Applying for a loan? Better make sure that none of your Facebook friends are deadbeats

By Katie Lobosco  @KatieLobosco August 27, 2013: 11:24 AM ET

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Choose your Facebook friends wisely; they could help you get approved — or rejected — for a loan.

A handful of tech startups are using social data to determine the risk of lending to people who have a difficult time accessing credit. Traditional lenders rely heavily on credit scores like FICO, which look at payments history. They typically steer clear of the millions of people who don’t have credit scores.

But some financial lending companies have found that social connections can be a good indicator of a person’s creditworthiness.

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