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The FICO score you pay to see from credit rating agencies is NOT your FICO score. Federal law mandates you can get a copy of your credit report for free once a year from the three major credit reporting agencies - this does not include the three-digit numerical score that lenders use to summarize your credit worthiness. To get that, you have to pay the ratings agencies. EXCEPT, that what you receive is not really the FICO score; it is a substitute number that the raters call an "educational" number. So lenders pay and get the real credit score, while you pay and still cannot get your own real credit ranking score.

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