Q: Hello, I received an offer in the mail from YesCreditOne.com. Is this a scam? Because I am having a hard time finding information about the issuer, Credit One Bank.
A: It’s funny you mention Credit One Bank. A few years ago I had a roommate – albeit a short-lived one – that had horrible credit. However he was able to get a credit card from Credit One Bank. I can’t recall a great deal about his personal experiences with them, but I can tell you some things I do know about the issuer…
YesCreditOne.com is not their only website
If the reason you think Yes Credit One is a scam is because the website doesn’t have much information on it, then you are mistaken. The reason there is not much information on YesCreditOne.com is because it appears to be a secondary site setup solely for offers sent through the mail, like the one you received. The official site for Credit One Bank has much more information on it.
Conclusion? The YesCreditOne.com website is not an illegitimate scam.
But, are their offers any good?
Well for starters, it’s important to point out that Credit One Bank focuses on credit cards for those with bad credit…really bad… and it’s hard to classify any cards in that category as truly “good” offers since the typically charge fees and have high interest rates. So we have to look at them in context to others in their league.
Here’s my review of the YesCreditOne.com card offer as of this month:
- The credit card offered is a Visa
- You get unlimited 1% cash back rewards on all gasoline purchases
- The APR listed is 23.90% or 26.90%. Both are very high but that is not unusual for cards in this category.
- The annual fee for the first year is $75.00 and $99.00 each year after that (billed at $8.25 monthly)
- I do not know if there is a processing fee or not. I cannot view the Credit One Bank card application directly because I don’t have an offer code to enter. From what I can seen on the YesCreditOne.com website, there is no mention of a processing fees but I have read reviews elsewhere where people mention a processing fee (But is there for this particular card? There doesn’t appear to be.)
- The credit line on the YesCreditOne site says “up to $1,500.” But remember that “up to” means you may or may not get anything close to that. Purportedly it can be as low as $300 (and from what I recall, $300 is what my former roommate had as his credit limit on his card).
Credit One has been around for a while – at least a five years or so – so yes, they are a real bank with a physical address (whether it’s privately held or publicly owned, I don’t know) and holds an actual bank charter issued by the OCC (Office of the Comptroller of the Currency). They are not a scam – their operation is completely legal. Now, they could be a virtual bank with a P.O. Box rather than a brick and mortar facility for all I know but that doesn’t negate the fact that they are registered company.
Are they offering a great deal with their credit cards? Well, not exactly great in the aspect that it’s a huge line of credit with an annual fee. Their interest rates are pretty high and there is an annual fee but you have to remember that at this end of the market (for those with damaged or little credit history) the options are not as good and you have to pay to play. But just because they don’t have consumer-friendly terms doesn’t mean they are a scam. To the best of my knowledge, the Yes Credit One/Credit One cards are legitimate and if used responsibly, they can be used to build credit. However, I think there are much better deals in the marketplace for someone who does their homework. I would recommend you investigate other credit cards designed for those with bad credit scores or little credit history as well as secured cards (which require a small refundable deposit in exchange for a nominal line of credit to start).
Here is an example of one of their basic Visa cards:
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Written or last edited on January 19, 2016