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FICO to Offer Barclaycard Holders Credit Scores for Free

FICO, owner of the credit-scoring formula most widely used by U.S. lenders, is giving some consumers access to their credit scores for free, even before they apply for a loan.

The offering starts today for credit-card holders of two companies: Barclaycard US, a unit of London-based Barclays Plc, and First Bankcard of Omaha, Nebraska-based First National Bank of Omaha, FICO said in a statement. San Jose, California-based FICO, formerly known as Fair Isaac Corp., is talking to other banks about giving the scores for free, said Anthony Sprauve, the firm’s senior consumer credit specialist.