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Singles use credit score to screen dates

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Credit score is used for all kinds of things these days from buying a home to getting a loan for a new car. Some employers even use it to screen job candidates.

But it may come as a surprise to some, that a singles are using credit score to screen potential mates.

"People wouldn't be so turned off as we might think," said Keisha Pickett. "I don't think people would find it as offensive, if they understood why you're asking the question."

Pickett has been on the Tampa dating scene for 10 years. She said it can be difficult to meet people in the bay area, and asking for a guy's credit score can give insight into what kind of person he is.

"If you're going for a long-term relationship, it's definitely something that needs to be discussed," she said.

More and more singles are starting to agree. The website,, is fast approaching 10,000 members. The dating website allows clients to meet based on their credit score. Owner Niem Green said he's seen a big uptick in interest following the financial crisis in this country.

"We find that people are becoming more cautious, and becoming more savvy when it comes to finances and credit," Green said.

Green advises that people don't have to be on the look-out for a perfect 850 credit score. He said a credit score somewhere in the 720-750 range is good.

"It shows what kind of commitment that person can have," he said.

It's important because money is one of the biggest things couples fight about. Certified matchmaker, Dr. Nancy Wall, encourages her clients to make finances part of the conversation.

"I would advise someone to run a financial credit check, with the other person's knowledge, of course," she said. "And then you have to be willing to do that also."

Pickett agreed both parties have to be willing to share their credit scores.

"If your credit score is 500, how are you going to require your mate to have a 750?" she said.

She keeps track of her credit score every month. So she's always ready, just in case someone asks for her number.

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