Your BBB® wants to remind everyone in the tri-state area that checking your credit every year is a must. Credit reports may not always be fun to look at, but they are imperative for knowledge of your future. Taking care to make frequent check-ups on your financial information can help uncover what information is, or isn’t, on your credit report.
Reports from all three-major credit reporting agencies: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion are all made available for free once a year on AnnualCreditReport.com. Every twelve months the release of credits is required by law. If choosing not to look at all three reports at once, they can be viewed one per month over a four-month span.
During the time of large purchases, which can range from cars to houses, may require that you check your credit reports more frequently including looking at all three reports with extreme caution. Small differences can be a sign of issues with the report.
If errors are found on the report, the following steps can be taken:
- Dispute them yourself, as contracting a credit repair service can be costly. Consumer reporting agencies are required by law to correct inaccurate or incomplete information on the report.
- Go to identitytheft.gov to get information, if you think your identity has been stolen based on your credit report. Identitytheft.gov provides personalized steps to help recover from identity theft.
Poor credit problems can be fixed in time and they require patience. Work on things yourself to control credit issues. After a period of six to nine months another credit may be viewed for free on AnnualCreditReport.com.
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