Your credit score is important. A low credit rating can prevent you from buying a home, getting good insurance, or even landing a job. However, your score may be lower than it should be due to errors in your credit report. To make sure your credit report is accurate, follow these steps:
STEP ONE: Get Your Report.
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STEP TWO. Review Your Credit Report.
Carefully review your report for errors, missing information, or misleading information. If the report includes late payments but is missing on-time payments, the report is incomplete. The report may overstate the amount of outstanding debt, or closed accounts may be reported as open. Be sure to also confirm your name, address, social security number, and phone numbers are correct.
STEP THREE. File Written Disputes.
The final step is to send letters to the credit bureaus, Trans Union, Experian, and Equifax, as well as the creditor. It is best to use certified mail, return receipt requested, to prove delivery. DO NOT USE the bureaus’s online portals for registering disputes, as these are often lost or mishandled. Also, sending a letter to the creditor who reported the information is not enough.
Your letter should clearly state why you believe your credit report is inaccurate, incomplete, or misleading, and should include supporting documentation, if available, along with identification documents such as a driver’s license, social security card, and current utility bill.
The credit bureaus should send you a letter along with a corrected report. If you still need assistance, the attorneys at Taylor Couch may be able to help.