Good News for Consumers–the CFPB’s Proposed New Rules for Debt Collectors

There is good news for the 70 million U.S. consumers who are behind in their bills and being pursued by a debt collector. The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has proposed new rules that apply to the debt collectors that collect bills for other creditors. The current rules are outdated and inadequate. For example, when existing law was enacted, there was no voicemail, email or text messages. Back when the debt protection laws were written, debt collectors were sending consumers postcards, collect calls and telegrams! Here are the main new rules: Debt collectors would have to tell consumers they could...

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New Reporting by Collection Agencies & Debt Buyers

Effective last month, collection agencies and debt buyers that report information to the credit bureaus must report the name of the original creditor and may not report debt that did not arise from a contract or agreement to pay, which includes parking fines, parking tickets, and involuntary towing fees. Beginning September 1, 2016, the collection agencies and debt buyers will have a “full file” each month, meaning the agencies and buyers will have to report positive as well as derogatory information to the bureaus. Typically, agencies and buyers only now report derogatory information to the bureaus. In September 2017, collection...

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Millions of Consumers Are “Credit Invisible”

Millions of Consumers Are “Credit Invisible” The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has a report on the 26 million Americans who are “credit invisible.” The Bureau found that one in every 10 adults do not have any credit history with a nationwide consumer reporting agency. About 189 million Americans have credit records that can be scored. The report also found that Black consumers, Hispanic consumers, and consumers in low-income neighborhoods are more likely to have no credit history with a nationwide consumer reporting agency or not enough current credit history to produce a credit score. Another 19 million consumers have unscored...

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How Hard and Soft Inquiries Affect Credit Scores

How Hard and Soft Inquiries Affect Credit Scores Consumers are often confused about the effect of inquiries on their credit scores. CreditCards.com consulted experts about the differences between hard and soft inquiries, how the big three credit bureaus’ report on inquiries, and inquiries’ effects on credit scores. Their experts explained that a hard inquiry means the consumer actively applied. for credit. Soft inquiries are reported anytime you review your own personal credit report, your credit is evaluated by existing creditors, or you receive a promotional credit card offer in the mail. Soft inquiries have no impact on your credit report...

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Getting and Keeping a Good Credit Score Depends on Your Credit Reports

Getting and Keeping a Good Credit Score Depends on Your Credit Reports Your credit scores depend on what is in your credit reports. Your credit reports have information on how you have used credit, how much credit you have available, how much credit you are using, whether you made payments when due, and whether any creditor has sent an account to a debt collector. Credit scores are numbers that designed to predict how likely you are to pay back a loan. The most basic and important actions you can take to get and keep a good credit score are as...

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