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.
The FDIC and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) have announced a settlement with American Express Centurion Bank of Salt Lake City concerning deceptive debt collection and credit card marketing practices. American Express will pay restitution $85 million to over 250,000 consumers and pay penalties of $27 million. The authorities found American Express engaged in the following outrageous practices: 1. Misrepresented that if consumers entered into an agreement to settle old debt (that was no longer being reported to consumer reporting agencies), such settlement would be reported to consumer reporting agencies and thereby improve the consumers’ credit scores. In fact,...