John Oliver Takes on the Error-Plagued World of Credit Reporting


John Oliver took on the dicey world of credit reporting, or as the Last Week Tonight host described it on Sunday, the “basis for the single most important three-digit number in your whole life other than 311—the Beatles of rap rock.”

Businesses use credit reports to determine whether to lend credit to someone. But as Oliver explained, nearly a quarter of every credit report contains inaccurate information, including critical errors that can block a person from getting hired at a job and even renting an apartment.

It’s an error-ridden process by which many important life events are effectively destroyed. Watch above to see how Oliver tries to get credit reporting companies to understand the gravity of these routine mistakes.

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