Oh, Lord—Now even God has a Equifax credit score.
The credit reporting giant Equifax has reportedly settled a bizarre case in which it was accused of denying a New York man named "God" entry into its credit database because it refused to recognize his legal name.
Equifax's original stance had led the man, Brooklyn jewelry dealer God Gazarov, to being denied one car loan, and and then being charged a higher rate of interest on a loan because he was deemed as having no credit history, according to the New York Post.
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Despite protests by God—the human one—an Equifax customer-service rep had allegedly refused to accept his name into the company's system, and even suggested he change his first name. In contrast, the two other major credit agencies, TransUnion and Experian, had accepted his name, according to the lawsuit.
But Equifax now accepts God Gazarov's name as legitimate for its database according to the settlement, which was reported Thursday by the Post and the Daily News.
The company has also agreed to an undisclosed monetary settlement, which was signed off on by a federal magistrate.
"I'm happy my credit is fixed, and I just hope it doesn't happen to anyone else," the 27-year-old non-deity said Thursday outside of U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, the News reported.
Gazarov's credit score is now reportedly a strong 820.
Gazarov, who was born in Russia, told The Post his unusual moniker comes from his granddad.
"I was named after him," Gazarov said. "I'm sort of like God Jr."
Equifax's lawyers refused to comment on God's words outside of court, according to both newspapers.
But Equifax spokesman Timothy Klein, in an emailed statement to CNBC, said, "The processes we have in place are for security and protection purposes to help ensure that businesses and individuals requesting access to credit are who they say they are."
"Standalone names that generally are not associated with valid openings of credit accounts are flagged by this process. We have made the necessary alterations to accommodate certain standalone names, including Mr.Gazarov's, without compromising the integrity and security of our systems."
Read The Post's story here.
Read the Daily News's story here.