Specialized Credit Reports You Don’t Know About

Specialized Credit Reports You Don’t Know About Credit.com has a report on some relatively unknown credit reports. For example, Equifax has a report it calls “work number” that provides employment and income verification data obtained from private companies. Fannie Mae said mortgage companies could use this report in lieu of pay stubs effective mid-2016. Landlords often look at applicants’ credit reports before deciding whether to rent an apartment or other living space. There are many such credit reports that include former addresses, eviction history and the like. Cable companies and utilities have an “exchange” with information on customers’ history of...

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Whether to Dispute Errors Online or by Letters

Whether to Dispute Errors Online or by Letters We and other consumer advocates have long advised consumers to send disputes to the credit reporting agencies by mail rather than using the agencies’ online option. The main reason for using old-fashioned mail was that there was no way to send in documents to the agencies to show the consumer is right and the reports are wrong. Now, however, the bureaus online systems allow consumers the ability to upload documents, such as documents showing proof of payment. Consumers understandably like the online option because it is easier and faster. There is still...

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American Banker asks if Credit Bureaus Can Finally be Tamed

American Banker asks if Credit Bureaus Can Finally be Tamed The American Banker magazine has an article that asks “Can credit bureaus can finally be tamed?” The article describes a “tough fix-it order” imposed by federal and state officials that was supposed to force the bureaus to clean up inaccuracies and better respond to consumer complaints. But that happened 25 years ago and the problems with the bureaus persist. The article notes that lawyers, advocates and regulators agree that problems of accuracy and how disputes are handled continue to be problems. In 2012 the FTC found that one in four...

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Consumer Reports on How Your Credit Report May Help or Hurt You

Consumer Reports on How Your Credit Report May Help or Hurt You The January 2015 issue of Consumer Reports has an excellent article on credit reports. It is especially useful for any consumer who discovers a problem with his or her reports, but does not know how to begin to fix the problem. The article has specific advice on how to dispute errors in the reports. It also describes what goes into consumers’ credit scores and ways to rehab your credit score.

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Channel 7 Interview with Mixed File Victim

Channel 7 Interview with Mixed File Victim Last night, Michael Finney of Channel 7 in San Francisco interviewed our client Lisa Allen about her experience with the credit reporting agencies. When Lisa was just a child, the Social Security Administration mistakenly gave her social security number to the guardian of a another Lisa Allen who lived in another state. The mistake occurred because their names were the same and their birthdays were only ten days apart. As the two Lisas went through their teen years, Experian, Equifax and Trans Union mixed their credit files meaning the other Lisa’s credit files...

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