A Brooklyn man named “God” says a credit agency doubts the existence of his financial history.
God Gazarov sued Equifax for refusing to correct its credit-reporting system so it would recognize his first name as legitimate, reported the New York Post.
A customer service representative even suggested the Russian native change his first name, which was also his grandfather’s.
“It’s on my passport, it’s on my birth certificate,” Gazarov said. “There’s no need for me to change it. I never had a problem with it anywhere else.”
The 26-year-old jewelry store owner, whose name was translated from Russian and Hebrew to its American spelling, said he’s a citizen and graduate of Brooklyn College.
“I’m established, I’m building my credit up, I pay all my bills on time,” Gazarov said.
His financial responsibility is reflected in scores above 720 with the credit agencies TransUnion and Experian, Gazarov said, but the Equifax glitch prevented him from being approved for a loan to buy an Infiniti.
The company said it was working with Gazarov to resolve the problems with his account.
“Equifax has processes in place to help ensure that businesses and individuals requesting access to credit are who they say they are,” the company said in a statement. “These processes flag standalone names that generally may not be associated with the valid openings of credit accounts.”
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