Inquiries are requested usually from financial institutions but can be from all types of entities for various reasons. Inquiries are classified as soft or hard inquiries. Soft inquiries does not affect your credit profile but hard inquiries do. If you have inquiries listed on your credit report that you do not recognize and or it may be fraudulent (meaning you did not give an institution permission in writing to run your credit), I may be able to dispute it on your behalf. I can remove up to 10 inquiries for $50. Inquiries usually makes up 10% of your credit score.