Comenity Bank/ATYLRLMC is an abbreviation that stands for Comenity Bank/Ann Taylor MasterCard. This financial institution provides the Ann Taylor credit card, a retail store card designed for frequent shoppers of the Ann Taylor brand.
Why Comenity Bank/ATYLRLMC May Appear on Your Credit Report
You might find Comenity Bank/ATYLRLMC on your credit report as a hard inquiry if you’ve recently applied for an Ann Taylor credit card issued by Comenity Capital Bank. When you apply for new credit, the lender or creditor will run a credit check, which can result in a hard inquiry on your report.
Hard Inquiries vs. Soft Inquiries
When you apply for new credit, such as a mortgage, car loan, insurance policy, or credit card, and the lender or creditor runs a credit check, it is considered a hard inquiry. Even applying for an apartment, cell phone plan, or certain job positions can trigger a hard inquiry.
Though a single hard inquiry may only cause a small drop in your credit score, multiple hard inquiries within a short period can accumulate and negatively impact your score.
Soft inquiries typically occur when a company checks your credit history during a background check, or when a lender or credit card issuer checks your credit to prequalify you for an offer. These inquiries may also be conducted by existing creditors monitoring your current credit situation. Unlike hard inquiries, soft inquiries do not affect your credit scores.
How long do hard inquiries stay on your credit report?
Regardless of whether you’re approved for the Ann Taylor credit card, the hard inquiry will stay on your credit report for up to 2 years. Hard inquiries are recorded by one or more of the three major credit reporting agencies: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.
Dealing with Unauthorized Inquiries
If you don’t recognize an inquiry or are certain you didn’t authorize it, contact Comenity Bank and ask for an explanation. The creditor’s name should be listed under the “Inquiries” section of your credit report.
Can Comenity Bank/ATYLRLMC be removed from my credit report?
Credit repair companies like Lexington Law specialize in removing inquiries and other negative items from your credit report. With over 18 years of experience, Lexington Law achieved more than 6 million removals for clients in 2021 alone.
Lexington Law can help you dispute and potentially remove various items, including:
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