On ‘free’ credit report sites, know the difference between credit reports and …

By | Nov 25, 2012

On ‘free’ credit report sites, know the difference between credit reports and …
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Q. My question is about the free credit score ­reports. You said that you can go to AnnualCreditReport.com for a free report. I went to that site, and after reluctantly completing the confidential information, I hit continue. The next thing to happen is that site says your scores are ready for viewing. Then it asks for a $ 1 refundable fee on my debit or credit card. Then in fine print it says once I agree, I agree to a monthly charge of $ 29.95 to be charged on my card until I call to have it stopped. Where is the totally free site that you give your information and you are shown your scores right away? Or are all these sites a scam for enrollment?

A.AnnualCreditReport.com is the correct site. Everyone is entitled to a free credit report from each of the three major credit reporting agencies — Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian. You can order all three at once on the site or get one every four months so you can try to pick up any questionable activity on your credit report more quickly.

However, you are not entitled to a free credit score. It can be confusing when you’re looking for your free credit report and a link appears at the top that…………… continues on Boston Globe

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