Archive for February, 2010
You hear from all sorts of places about getting your free credit report, but you just have to sign up for a free trial. And there’s always that catch. I saw something yesterday on the TV about a free credit report being offered and the offer expires March 31st? I can’t remember who it was.
Also, that offer aside, what is the legit place to get access to your once a year, free credit report? I don’t trust half of what I read….
I’ve been to the website to order my free credit report but it always tells me to pay. How can I order my free credit report online?
The Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act has been amended, requiring each of the national consumer reporting companies, to provide you with a free copy of your credit report, at your request, once a year. TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax are the three companies required to do so. Don’t pay for your credit report, or get lured into joining a paid program, when you can get it free. Freeannualcreditreport.com is the only website used by the three credit reporting agencies. Beware of so called free reports. This is the only FTC recognised source. Take advantage of the website in order to submit the proper forms, or, if you prefer, the process can be expedited over the telephone, or by the U.S. postal service.
The FTC has received many complaints about companies offering free credit reports. Thousands of people were lured by deceptive marketing into paying for services related to obtaining a free credit report. These people were offered a free report, only to be enroled in paid programs which were difficult to remove oneself from. These manipulative practices put people with bad credit at even greater risk for financial trouble. If you ordered a credit report between November 1, 2000 and September 15, 2003 you may be entitled to participate in the FTC settlement. More information can be found at MyCreditBusiness
Do not contact the three nationwide consumer reporting companies individually, they are only providing free annual credit reports through one outlet. Contacting them directly will only get you redirected to the combined contact resource. There is a required form to fill out in order to request your free credit report. Do not use forms found on websites other than freeannualcreditreport.com. These forms will most likely result in you being enrolled in a “free trial” program, which will cost you money in the long run. Be sure to steer clear of these dubious offers.
You will need your name, address, SS#, and birth date, plus you will be asked to answer a question only you would know the answer to (for security purposes). In the past, people were not entitled to view their credit information, they had to pay, or qualify based on certain activity within the credit report. Today the nationwide free annual credit report is mandated by the FTC. Don’t miss out on the chance to see what is in your credit report, and head off any trouble before it can effect your financial future.
I heard on CNN Headline News that you can obtain one free credit report per year from each of the 4 major credit bureaus.
Does anyone know the names of each credit bureau, the number to call (or address) and what you need to do to get a copy of your credit report?
u can use your credit report you need to get yur report. Reports are available on request. Free credit reports requested by phone or mail will be processed within 15 days of receiving your request. Such reports were mandated by a federal law enacted in 2003. The program has all now been implemented.
AnnualCreditReport.com is reportedly the only official site where you can get a genuinely free copy of your credit report from all three reporting agencies. And if you/\’d rather order your free credit report by phone or by mail, you can do that too . AnnualCreditReport.com processes requests for free credit file disclosures (commonly called credit reports). I have been told that under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACT Act) consumers can request and obtain a free credit report once every 12 months from each of the three nationwide consumer credit reporting companies.
Now once you have joined up for your credit report such as at AnnualCreditReport.com, there is an extra peril. This is that when you receive phishing spam pretending to be your report provider asking for personal information, you may think it is from your real provider asking for your details again from you for a Review” or a “verification”. The thing to remember here is that all the nationwide consumer reporting companies have pledged that they will not send you an email asking for your personal information.
If you get an email, see a pop-up ad, or get a phone call from someone claiming to be from your credit report provider – don/\’t trust them! Do not reply but delete the email, do not click on any link in the message.
Companies or individuals promising quick fixes are almost always fraudulent. The important thing to remember is that no one can have accurate information removed from the credit file. Companies still do get away with reading your report. Haven/\’t you ever received a pre-approved credit card?
Identity theft is also on the rise, now being the number one consumer complaint reported to the Federal Trade Commission. One of the first places identity theft shows up is often on your credit report.
Identity theft may show up as suspicious credit inquiries, changes of address, accounts in default, or new fraudulent accounts in your name.
Monitoring your credit report is your first line of defense in protecting your identity. I like to use the Stop Junk Mail service because I can stop all the credit card offers and other junk mail. Monitor your credit report to catch ID fraud early.
Information here should not be construed as advice and it is offered without legal responsibility or liability. It must be emphasised that you should consult a professionally qualified individual or company (such as an accountant, financial adviser or solicitor for example) should you need advice on your financial situation, as they will be able to relate their advice to your personal needs accordingly.
Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion are the 3 major credit bureaus and are required by law (Fair Credit Reporting Act – FCRA) to provide you with a free annual credit report at your request.
Once every 12 months you can request a free copy of your credit report. Your credit report includes information on where you live, how you pay your bills, whether you’ve been sued, arrested, or whether you have filed for bankruptcy.
The 3 major credit bureaus sell the information in your report to your creditors, your insurers, employers, and other businesses. Those businesses use your report to assess and evaluate your applications for credit, insurance, employment, or even renting a home…
You are also entitled to one Experian, TransUnion or Equifax Free Credit Report during any 12-month period no matter where you live, if:
You are unemployed and intend to apply for a job in the next 60 days.
You are on public welfare assistance.
You believe your credit report contains inaccurate information due to fraud.
You have received notice of an adverse decision within the past 60 days:
You were denied credit
You were denied insurance coverage
You were denied employment
Otherwise, each of these 3 major credit bureaus may charge you up to $9.50 for another copy of your report within a 12-month period.
You can request a copy of your Equifax free credit report here:
Equifax Information Services LLC
P.O. Box 740241 Atlanta, GA 30374
or call 800-685-1111
Another alternative is to print out the Annual Credit Report Request Form at the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) site and when filling out the form, be sure to mark only the Equifax free credit report. (Save the free report requests from TransUnion Credit Bureau and Experian Credit Bureau for another time.)
The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) recommends that you obtain an application for the free annual credit reports through:
Call: 1-877-322-8228 or
Mail the request to:
Annual Credit Report Request Service,
P.O. Box 105281,
Atlanta, GA 30348-5281.
For more information on your rights and application to access to your Equifax free credit report, visit the FTC site at ftc.gov.
Your Equifax free credit report is a snapshot of your borrowing and bill paying behavior over the last 24 months. The report will provide you with a credit score. With careful planning and as time goes by you have the power to change it for the better.
I am looking for a free credit report online. Preferably a service which provides instant results and is easy to understand. Can anyone recommend the best site to use? Something like a free credit report comparison would be awesome or even just somewhere that I can get more information about free credit reports.
Consumers in the US, UK and Australia can all get their hands on a free copy of their credit report to do a credit check on themselves. The systems in each country are different, and this article explains how consumers can go about getting a free credit report if they live in one of these countries.
In the United States:
Consumers have had the legal right to a free copy of their credit report, annually, for a number of years now. The Fair Credit Reporting Act granted consumers a free credit report from each of the three US credit reporting agencies, Experian, Equifax and Transunion.
There is only one authorised website in the US from which American consumers can obtain their free report under their legal entitlement, and that is annualcreditreport.com. There is also a free toll number, 1-877-322-8228 where US citizen’s can order their annual credit report. A report can also be ordered by filling out the Annual Credit Report Request Form and posting it to Annual Credit Report Request Service, PO Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281. Online, the service is instant, but security questions will be asked to verify identity. By telephone and post, it takes about 15 days for a credit report to arrive, but it may take longer if the agency needs to verify an identity.
The Federal Trade Commission, which protects US consumers, has warned people to be on the look out for what it calls ‘imposter’ sites. At one point it was estimated there were more than one hundred such websites in existence, some of which included domains that used misspellings of the authorised free credit report website.
There are other online services offering free credit reports, using subscription free trial period schemes. With these credit report services consumers need to be aware that if they fail to cancel the subscription within the free trial period they are likely to have their plastic charged. The trial period schemes usually require consumers to cancel the subscription within the trial period, usually 30 days, or the company may start to charge a fee.
Also, in the United States, consumers can get a free credit report if they have been turned down for credit, insurance or employment and they apply within 60 days of receiving notice from the company involved. The unemployed who are looking for work, those on welfare and people whose reports are inaccurate, because of fraud, can all get a free credit check.
In the UK:
There is not a legal right for consumers to a free credit report from the credit reference agencies in the UK, unlike the US. But you can go directly to the websites of the three credit reference agencies, Callcredit, Equifax and Experian to get one without having to pay a fee. All offer a free trial subscription service that provides a free credit report as part of the free trial. To avoid incurring a charge, the consumer must remember to cancel the subscription with the credit reference agency within the free trial period, usually 30 days. Failure to do so may lead to the agency charging fees.
One website in the UK, annualcreditreport.co.uk, provides UK consumers with free yearly access to their credit report from one of the three credit reference agencies. This service doesn’t require people to provide their credit card details to get a free credit report.
While there is not a legal right for consumers to a free credit report in the UK, there is a right under Data Protection laws for consumers to get a credit report for £2. This is known as a statutory credit report. A statutory credit report can be obtained by writing to the credit reference agencies and sending a cheque or postal order for £2, with details such as name, full current and previous address, and date of birth to: Callcredit Ltd Consumer Services Team, PO Box 491, Leeds LS3 1WZ; Experian Ltd Consumer Help Service, PO Box 8000, Nottingham NG80 7WF and Equifax Credit Report Advice Centre PO Box 1140 Bradford BD1 5US. It usually takes around 7 days for a statutory credit report to arrive.
Australian consumers have a right to a free copy of their credit report under the Privacy Act. Veda Advantage and Dun and Bradstreet, Australia’s largest credit reporting agencies, will both provide a free credit report to consumers within 10 days of receiving a request. The Tasmanian Collection Service, which covers the citizens of Tasmania, provides consumers with a free credit report if they have been refused credit or an application is to do with the management of an individual’s credit commitments.
Australian consumers keen to keep an eye on their credit rating can get a free copy of their credit report by writing to: Veda Advantage Public Access, PO Box 964, North Sydney NSW 2059. Dun and Bradstreet at Public Access Centre, Dun and Bradstreet (Australia) PL, PO box 7405, St Kilda Road, VIC 3004. Tasmanian Collection Service can be contacted at GPO Box 814H, Hobart, TAS 7001.
I’ve gone to get my credit report online through experian but its telling me I have to pay for the actual score. I don’t understand why.
These are just a few of the best credit tips and facts to help you improve your credit report and score and give you some ideas for fixing or repairing your credit. When buying a car get pre-approved first at your bank or credit union for example, because car dealers will contact several companies in an effort to get you the cheapest rate and this will affect your FICO score because you’ll have several hits at one time on your credit report.
It’s often recommended to drastically reduce your credit card use leave your credit card at home. However many people find it hard to do this if they need to carry it in case they need to call for a tow truck or other emergency. Weigh the risks.
If you can’t make your payments on time, contact your creditors immediately. Always be proactive when it comes to any debt you have. Develop a simple plan to repay your debt, and do your best to follow that plan even if it’s only to pay a small amount each month.
If you contact your creditors write down the specific names and phone numbers of your contacts at the companies. Follow up any phone conversations with creditors with letters confirming any agreements you’ve made.
Keep in constant contact with your creditors until you resolve your credit problems. Bankruptcy should not be the first solution to your financial problems. It doesn’t wipe your credit slate clean or give you a fresh start because it stays on your credit report for up to ten years.
The ability to buy a car, and/or get a home loan absolutely depends on your credit history and score. Some employers will use your credit score in their evaluation of you as a future employee.
What is FICO? FICO is a three-digit number that determines the interest rate you’ll pay on your credit cards, car loans and home mortgages and determine whether you’ll be able to get a cell phone or have your rental application for a house or apartment accepted or declined.
What does FICO stand for? It’s an acronym for Fair Isaac Corporation. Your FICO score is the biggest factor in determining your credit rating with lenders.
The average amount of time it takes to “clean up” any serious negative credit history is seven years. A higher FICO score puts you right in line for a lower interest rate on a loan or credit card. Any time you apply for a loan of any kind your FICO score will take a hit.
High school students are thought to be one of the easiest targets by credit card companies because it’s known they’re uninformed and eager to spend.
Simple but true: the only way to avoid credit card debt is to never use your credit card. A good guideline – always use your cash, not your credit cards for food, movie tickets and anything less than $10.00.
A good plan to follow when paying on any debt is to pay a little bit before the due date and pay at least a few dollars more than your scheduled payment. Pay your credit card debt online to avoid finding out that your mailed checks haven’t arrived on time and pay these three to four days ahead of time at least.
When paying credit card bills online, be aware that sometimes the site can be down for emergencies or maintenance or you may have a problem with your ISP. Pay a few days early if possible.
You’re entitled to an annual free credit report online from each of the three major credit report bureaus. Make sure to check for errors. You may find someone else’s name and debt on your report, an incorrect birth year, etc.
These are just a few of the best credit tips to help you with your credit report and score and repair. The more you can learn the more you’ll be able to raise your FICO score and help your credit history.
I get my free credit report every year. I need to know how I can get my free credit score I’d appreciate any good answers someone can teach me, how to get free credit score report.
I know there is a government sponsored program that will provide free credit reports from all three reporting agencies once a year. Does anyone know the specific web site to obtain these or a phone number to call?
Your credit report shows what kind of a creditor you are as well as your current financial status. It shapes your financial identity. As such, it is a vital record that you have to keep up to date. With free credit reports online, you can avail well-maintained credit reports for free.
Free credit reports online consist of records concerning your personal details, your credit history, the public record of any financial judgments that have been passed upon you as well as any inquiry that a third person might have made on your credit report. Hence, every detail of your monetary dealings is included in this report. It not only lets a financial company gain an idea of your credit worthiness but also help you keep track of your own financial ventures.
The process of application involved in getting free credit reports online is a simple one. You will be asked to fill in and submit an application form on the secure server of any agency that provides such services. The form will be processed and reviewed in a very short period of time and soon, you will have your credit report without having paid a single penny.
Free credit reports online can help you update the credit report without incurring extra charges. Credit reports have to be updated regularly. They play major roles in brightening your prospects. You have to tend to them from time to time. Recent changes, such as the completion of a loan payment or the pay-off of hitherto existent debts, should be included. Besides, the slightest spelling error could create havoc for you. So you need to make sure there are no inaccurate data.
You need to be aware of your credit status all the time and free credit reports online can help you check whenever and wherever you want for free. It is easy to search for them owing to their online availability. Just log on the internet and choose an offer that suits your personal needs and convenience.