Checking your credit report

By | Feb 18, 2013

Checking your credit reportNews from KSDK:

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Disputing mistakes on credit report is importantNews from Evansville Courier & Press:
Disputing credit report errors can be complicated and frustratingly slow. But it is also a necessary task for Americans who want to avoid paying more on loans and credit cards for a mistake they did not make.
A Federal Trade Commission study released Monday found that one in four consumers surveyed discovered an error in at least one of their credit reports from the three major credit […] Continue Reading…

Credit Score Report Errors Costing Big Bucks

By | Feb 18, 2013

Credit Score Report Errors Costing Big BucksNews from ABC News:
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Taking credit scores seriouslyNews from Washington Post:
THE NEXT TIME you apply for a credit card, a car loan or a mortgage, a three-digit number will determine whether your would-be lender will give you a sweet interest rate — or point you to the door. That number, of course, […] Continue Reading…

Credit report errors can cost you

By | Feb 17, 2013

Credit report errors can cost youNews from Allentown Morning Call:
A young Poconos man nearly was in tears when we talked about his credit reports.
He said his father’s medical debts mistakenly were showing up on his reports, and no matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t get them removed. He was trying to get loans to attend college, but his messy, mistaken credit history was complicating things.
That was several years ago. I made some phone calls to investigate, but then lost contact with him, so I’m not sure whether he […] Continue Reading…

Victimized by Credit Reports

By | Feb 14, 2013

Victimized by Credit ReportsNews from New York Times:
The companies that compile and sell credit reports on 200 million Americans have often dismissed allegations of widespread errors in the reports. But a long-awaited study issued this week by the Federal Trade Commission shows that the problem is quite real — with one in five consumers having confirmed errors in their reports.

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How to spot errors in your credit score

By | Feb 14, 2013

How to spot errors in your credit scoreNews from KARE:

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Can paying a credit card bill weekly hurt my score?News from CBS News:
(Credit.com) Everyone knows that paying your bills on time is essential if you want to get — or keep — strong credit scores. But does the size of your payments affect your credit scores? Nicole, a Credit.com reader, asks:

I’ve spent the last year doing my best to clean up my financial snafus. One of the things that I did was get […] Continue Reading…

Fact-checking credit reports

By | Feb 13, 2013

Fact-checking credit reportsNews from Washington Post:
Lucky you if you’re one of the many consumers who recognize an error in your credit file and are able to successfully dispute it, get it removed and receive the credit rating you deserve.
But woe to those who find errors and have trouble getting corrections from any of the three major credit bureaus — Equifax, Experian or TransUnion.

That’s the conclusion of a long-awaited study by the Federal Trade Commission on credit report accuracy.
Each credit bureau maintains files on more than 200 million consumers, which […] Continue Reading…

Credit report mistakes: How to protect your score

By | Feb 11, 2013

Credit report mistakes: How to protect your scoreNews from CBS News:
(CBS News) A new government study reveals up to 40 million Americans have mistakes on their credit reports. Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine has opened an investigation into the credit reporting industry and insists that while the agencies have for years pinned mistakes on banks and merchants that provide them with bad information, the fault lies with the industry for what he calls clear violations of the 2003 Fair Credit Reporting Act.
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FTC: Credit Report Errors Common

By | Feb 11, 2013

FTC: Credit Report Errors CommonNews from ABC News:

A Federal Trade Commission study released on Monday revealed that 5 percent of consumers had errors on one of their three major credit reports, potentially leading to higher costs for loans and insurance.
It’s a story familiar to Vernon Stanton III, 37, from Hobbs, N.M.
Stanton said the credit bureaus mixed his credit history with those of other people with a similar name. When he moved to Kansas City, Kan., for a new job in 2000, he said he was rejected from rental properties […] Continue Reading…

40 million mistakes on credit reports, study says

By | Feb 9, 2013

40 million mistakes on credit reports, study saysNews from CBS News:

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Senators Take Another Stab At Eliminating Paid Medical Debt From Credit Reports

By | Feb 8, 2013

Senators Take Another Stab At Eliminating Paid Medical Debt From Credit ReportsNews from The Consumerist:

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This happens all too frequently: Someone with good credit suddenly incurs a large number of medical bills. Sometimes it’s too much money for the person to pay off in time, sometimes one bill will get overlooked and the debt is sent to collections. That person’s credit will now carry that stain for up to seven years.
This is exactly what happened recently to Consumerist reader Jack.
Last August, collections agency contacted him about a $ 72 […] Continue Reading…

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