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How Are Credit Reports Generated?
Credit reports are generated by credit bureaus. Credit bureaus gather information about your credit history and sell it to businesses that are allowed access to your credit report. Credit bureaus get most of their data from creditors but can also be found by searching court records for lawsuits, judgments, bankruptcy filings, and any county records to find legal claims.
What Do Credit Reports Include?
Credit reports include personal data such as names you previously went by, past and present addresses, Social Security number, employment history, marriages, and divorces. Credit data includes the names of your creditors, types and numbers of accounts, when accounts were opened, your payment history, your credit limit or the original amount of a loan, and your current balance(s). The report will show if an account has collection activity that is disputed.
I Have Found Mistakes in my Credit Report. Is There Anything I Can Do?
Make a list of everything out of date. The credit bureaus should remove this information from your credit report. Also, identify incorrect or misleading information. After identifying all mistakes, complete the "request for reinvestigation" form sent by the credit bureau. You can also send a letter listing each incorrect item explaining exactly what is wrong. Once the request is received, investigation will take place and the bureau will contact you within 30 days.
What if I Don't Hear Back within 30 Days?
If you don't hear back within 30 days, you should follow-up with a letter. The bureau is capable of performing a rush investigation if needed. If you are correct, or if the information is no longer verifiable, the information is to be removed from your report.
What if I Didn't Make any Progress with the Credit Bureau?
If you didn't make any progress with the credit bureau, contact the creditor directly and ask that the information be removed by writing to a party who is capable of doing so. Creditors are not allowed to report information known to be incorrect.
Do I Need a Lawyer to Help Me with My Credit Problems?
Dealing with your debts can often be confusing and frustrating. An attorney can help you sort out your financial problems, and offer solutions, including negotiating with your creditors and possibly filing for bankruptcy. A lawyer is familiar with your state's laws concerning consumer credit and will help to protect your interests. If you feel a credit bureau is wrongfully including information in your report, or you want to explain a particular entry, you have the right to put a brief statement in your report. The credit bureau must give a copy of your statement, or a summary, to anyone who requests your report.
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Last Modified: 07-07-2011 02:52 PM PDT
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