A credit report gives out the credit history, credit score. Often used interchangably with Credit Score. This tag is to be used for questions related to credit report. Related tags are credit-history, credit-rating and credit-score.

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What to do about a single account collected on twice, then written off on credit report?

I had a company collect a debt based on a settlement agreement for a cell phone I used to have. I had them send me a letter confirming the settlement of course, which I still have. A few months later, ...
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How will the New credit reporting rules affect people who are already struggling financially?

With the new credit reporting rules in place in Australia and the implications of having a black mark against your file for just being 5 days late in making a payment, whether it be credit card or ...
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How can I have credit cards without having a credit history or credit score?

Is your credit history/score like a criminal record? I mean is it always with you? Also, are there other ways to get credit cards besides with a bank? I want inside my credit score without having a ...
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Should I pay an erroneous bill in collections if it is a tiny amount?

I have a very small bill amounting to $43. I was billed this amount when a medical services company sent me a product that I did not order. (It was probably ordered on my behalf by a doctor I ...
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How do I get a debt settlement letter to agencies to erase bad credit details on the three reporting agencies?

I have just settled a debt with a collector and received a settlement letter. They told me they don’t report to creditors. How do I get this information to agencies to erase bad credit details on ...
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“International credit report” for French nationals?

I'm a French National married to a US citizen, and we're looking into buying a house in Florida. Does anybody out there knows of a anything akin to an international credit report for a French ...
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Does a balance transfer from a credit card affect our credit score?

If we do balance transfers from our credit card, pay more than the minimum payment within the due date and payoff the entire amount slowly within the specified time-frame, does it improve our credit ...
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Possibly an error on my credit report, what can I do?

I recently obtained a copy of my credit report. There's one collectable item from Comcast Cable back in 2011 worth $93 that I was supposed to owe (which I don't recall). I dialed Credit Protection ...
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How can I remove personal loans from my credit report?

I have two $16,000 personal loans. My husband and I recently reconciled after a 3 yr. separation and have found a home we want to buy. He doesn't know about the loans. I must get them off my credit ...
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How does an eviction affect a guarantor's credit score?

If I am the guarantor for someone (say a child, or a younger sibling), and that person got evicted, under what conditions (if any) does this show up on my credit score/report?
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How long will it take for my credit score to reflect my name having been taken off a mortgage?

As part of divorce settlement (January 2011) my ex was required to remove me from our Mortgage and Home Equity Loan ($600,000). For 23 years we made timely payments, so there was no BAD DEBT - just ...
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If my identity is stolen, is there another way to authenticate identity to the major credit bureaus other than my credit history?

Supposedly, one is able to monitor their credit rating with the three major credit bureaus to prevent/stop identity theft. However, the yearly report can only be viewed by answering questions about ...
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“Dispute” Credit Report by pointing out debt that they don't show? [duplicate]

I have looked all over and it seems as though whenever anyone suggests disputing inaccurate information on your credit report, they are always referring to removing or changing existing records. ...
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How do I fix my credit score when I have bad things in my credit history?

I am trying to improve my credit score and have been looking for companies to take charge of this effort. But I found them to all be shady at best so I have taken the task upon myself. I have not yet ...
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Why am I getting “Pre-approved” loans from random financial institutions in the mail?

Lately I've been getting letters in the mail saying that I've been pre-approved for a $2000 dollar loan by some random bank or financial institutions. I've never given out my address to anyone. I ...
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Why would something vanish from credit report?

I just got my Fico score (myFico.com) and was stunned when it was 67 points higher then 10 months ago (650 to 717). I noticed it was missing a medical bill I still haven't paid from 2008 for around ...
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How do collection agencies work

I wanted to understand how companies decide to send accounts of customers to collections and then, how the collection agencies settle. My understanding was that in any company, that has receivables, ...
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Who can help me understand my credit report?

My wife has a bumpy credit history, but we are trying to get a handle on it. At this point most of the negative things on her report have been resolved, but there are a few that are confusing us. ...
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Write a credit report dispute letter without including the report?

I need to dispute several items on my credit report, but since my report is 46 pages printed (38 without the legal extras they have to include at the end), I don't necessarily want to include copies ...
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What percentage of your credit card limit should you use [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the optimal ratio of used credit to credit limit for your credit score? Does length of credit history or percent of credit used count for more? I just read ...
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How do I fix a “red flag” regarding my SSN on my credit file?

According to the agent I talked to in myFICO.com, the reason I've been having so much trouble trying to get my credit report is because there is some kind of a problem with my SSN in my credit file. ...
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Should I be concerned if Equifax asks you about a “possible mortgage”?

I have been unable to get my online credit reports, and I am planning on sending a written request to see what could be done. However, something is worrying me: Equifax's FACT check before it tells ...
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Do I have to pay interest to increase my credit score?

I am going to ask this oft repeated question one more time because: I have heard many of my friends say that the best way to increase your credit score is to take a loan ( at an interest) and then ...
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How soon are credit reports available, after opening one's first credit account ?

They say that your credit reports are available after having an open credit account for 6 months. I've had a Citi Forward card for international students for 6 months and a week now, but I still can't ...
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Are credit monitoring services worth the monthly fee?

Several services offer to monitor your credit - supplying you with an updated credit report every month and your credit score, too. Are they worth the monthly cost ($10-20 is the range I've most ...
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Collections - charge off

I had a debt on my Bank of America credit card (which I used to pay part of my tuition during grad school). I was unable to pay it, it went into collection and I settled with them. Now I have a charge ...
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Can signing up at optoutprescreen.com improve my credit score?

I recently discovered optoutprescreen.com, the "official Credit Reporting Industry website" for consumers to opt-out of credit offers. A lot of people recommend signing up there, simply to reduce ...
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What are remedies if a collection agency won't remove a false item from the credit report?

Through my ex-wife's shenanigans I've had an entry on my credit report for around $400 for about a year. I think she wrote a check on an account that we've once had together, but was closed in 2007. ...
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My credit score took a massive dip. Why?

I checked my credit score today and it took a massive dip compared to one month ago: Ignore the gray line - it's immaterial. Transunion - Green Experian - Blue Equifax - Red I downloaded the ...
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How can I request a free copy of my credit report from Experian Canada?

In Canada we can request a credit report for free through the mail. I had no trouble finding TransUnion's or Equifax's request forms on their website, but Experian is another story. Their Canadian ...
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What can I realistically do to raise my credit score?

I have a crappy credit score. My situation in a nutshell: In the divorce, the ex got the home, which was then foreclosed on. My name was still on the mortgage. That was in 2009 or so. I attempted ...
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Transunion is “unable to locate credit report.” Should I be concerned?

I've been reviewing my different credit reports (from Experian, Equifax and Transunion). Equifax spelled my name wrong, and it's not extremely clear that I managed to fix that. But that's not the ...
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If spouse is already an authorized user, can they get their own credit card?

I signed up for a Citi credit card and in the application added my spouse as an authorized user so she could use it while I am away and we could meet the spend requirements (it's a mileage card). If ...
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Does getting more credit or credit cards improve your credit score?

I'm reading Ramit Sethi's I Will Teach You To Be Rich, and one of the tips from the first chapter is to apply for more credit card debt. He warns it's only for people like me who carry no credit card ...
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Should I look up my credit report or score before applying for a credit card?

Right now I have two Credit Cards, Amex and a Visa through Wells Fargo. I am planning changing over to Chase Freedom card for their 5% cash back. Part of the sign ups, depending your your credit, can ...
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Experian credit report: what are major credit cards?

My Experian credit report says that one of the factors negatively contributing to my credit score is the lack of "major credit cards currently open." The report further explains this in the following ...
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Effect of going over the credit limit on a credit card to your credit score?

If I have a credit card balance that is over the credit limit, and I don't go under within 30-days, the provider will report the overage to the reporting agencies. If you have generally good credit ...
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How can I get my incompetent utility company to remove late payments on my credit report?

My FICO score dropped 100 points after my incompetent utility company posted false late payments. It had been 780 prior to the late payments. I have a legitimate case but they are so bureaucratic and ...
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How can I get credit inquiries bumped off my Equifax credit report?

I understand that there is a bug with Equifax such that if you pull your credit report enough times, you eventually will bump off older hard inquiries other than those for mortgages and cars. Please ...
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Which secured credit cards start building your credit history right away?

I spoke with 3 banks this morning and they all said that for the time I was on the secured card, they would not report me to the credit unions and companies. They would just keep the score internal to ...
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Adding myself as a co-holder of my parent's credit card will build my credit history?

I have been in the U.S. since 2007 as a student, and only recently realized the importance of buliding my credit history. My belief is that a credit card is the way to start building a credit ...
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Why is my credit score now being ranked on a scale of 501 to 990?

Over the years, I've run several credit reports on myself inching my way closer to 750 then 800 on a FICO scale. Then, using TrueCredit to analyze my report, as I always have, I suddenly notice I'm ...
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Security freeze on my TransUnion credit report

I run a credit check on myself every couple months just to make sure everything looks good. Well today I received this message on the report: *SECURITY FREEZE: THE FOLLOWING CREDIT BUREAUS REPORT ...
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How can I find a good credit score monitoring service that includes alerts when the credit score changes?

I recently found the below image in my notes, though I don't know the source so it is outdated. How can I find a good credit monitoring service at a reasonable cost? I need a feature that will send ...
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Is there a way to get a helpful person at a credit agency?

This question applies to anyone with a need to sort out a credit report issue, but I'll give the background in my particular case. My credit is fine with all three agencies, but only one of the three ...
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How do I freeze my credit?

If freezing your credit is a better way to protect your identity and the associated credit that goes along with it, how do I freeze my credit?
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I'd like to refinance; how can I shop around at different banks without it affecting my credit?

I want to take advantage of the lower rates... and I want to shop around at different banks (unless you think that is unwise). What must I know/do before each bank runs my credit report?
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Credit card not showing up on joint account holder's credit report

My wife has practically no credit, and we're trying to build it up. About 9 months ago I opened a Kohl's store credit card, and added her as a joint cardholder. We recently went through her credit ...
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Is a bank obligated to report information on your credit report?

Is a bank obligated or required to report information on your credit report? I was reading this question and I thought that banks did not have to report information about a loan to the credit ...
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Why is my credit card not showing on my credit report?

I have just got my credit report. All seems fine, but I have noticed that there is no mention of my credit card on the report. I only have one and it is with the same bank current account. I was a ...