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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How can one get their FICO/credit scores for free? (really free)

TV and the web are filled with ads promising to give you a free copy of your credit report. Unfortunately, instead of being wholly free, they are actually free trials, which means: You only get ...
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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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How can I pull a credit report on my 20-year-old son?

My wife and I would like to see a credit report on our 20-year-old son. He is a college student, and we are responsible for virtually all of his expenses. We want to ensure he doesn't have credit/debt ...
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What is the best way to go about cleaning up a poor credit rating?

Is it true that poor decisions you make now can affect you for up to seven years? Can they negatively-affect one beyond then? What are some steps one could take to repair the damage?
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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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Why is a US credit score based on credit utilization?

As a European citizen I am somewhat puzzled by how American credit scores work. The US is one of the few, possibly the only country where such a strong focus is put on the utilization history of ...
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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 visited....
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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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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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I am co-renting with others who do not pay rent reliably. Is there a way I can stay without harming my credit rating?

I rent with other adults in a rental property and my name is on the rental agreement with them. I would like to know if I have to move out, or is there a way I can remain and still pay just my fair ...
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Are there advantages to getting a “secured” credit card, if you have poor credit?

I've heard about "secured" credit cards - where you basically pre-pay the amount of your "credit card" limit - surely your use of this type of card is evident on your credit report, and the advantage ...
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Might it make sense not to look into debt that is in collections?

I happened to glance at my credit report and one of the agencies shows that I have a debt of just over $100 in collections. It appears to be from an emergency room in a previous state (I moved about 6 ...
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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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How can I inform the collector that I have paid the landlord in full, to update my credit report? Will it help my credit score?

Unbeknownst to me, some apartment debt I paid had already been sold to a collections agency before I actually paid it. Now the collections agency still thinks I owe, (according to my TransUnion report)...
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Is bad for a person's 'financial reputation' to have transactions to lottery sites on his/her bank statement?

I want to buy a UK National Lottery ticket using my debit card but I don't want my bank to hold this against me - I don't want to ruin my credit report. Am I right to worry about this?
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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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Why Am I Having Such A Hard Time Getting a Credit Report?

I have always heard about evil credit card companies preying on vunerable college students. I find that quite interesting, considering I've found it impossible to get a credit card! Even more ...
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Is there a free online credit report service in Canada?

This question refers to the AnnualCreditReport.com service in the United States. Similarly, is there a free online credit report service in Canada?
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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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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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Keep or cancel an unneeded credit card?

I recently got a credit card through my bank that is superior to the one I was using previously (the first one was a secured credit card that I used while I was establishing my credit history). My ...
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I've started two credit agency disputes with the originators of the credit (CC company and a bank). Is there anything more required from me?

I found a CC that I had nothing to do with opening on my credit report. I called the issuing company and told them as much and they opened a dispute with the 3 agencies. Also, in an effort to increase ...
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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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Should I dispute fraudulent hard inquiries on my credit report?

A store credit card was opened fraudulently in my name, and I am going through the process of disputing and having it removed from credit reports. Within a few days of that account being opened, ...
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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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Is the Amazon credit card reported to the credit agencies?

Is the Amazon Store credit card reported to the credit agencies? I'd like to know if a good payment history with this card will affect credit score or not.
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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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What are good tips for someone starting out to establish good credit history?

When you started out on your own, whether it was moving out of home for the first time or getting that first job what things did you do that helped your credit rating/history?
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Does closing a normal bank account affect my credit like closing a credit line?

I have a checking account that I once opened to divide money into different piles. I have since stopped doing that and want to close the checking account. I still have other checking accounts with ...
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Shopping around for loans without detrimentally effecting credit rating/chance of getting said loan?

I've found myself stuck in a quandary. I put a deposit down on a car and I'm trying to obtain a personal loan based on this. The problem is that I'm finding that despite passing all initial checks ...
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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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Who are the consumer credit reporting agencies in Canada?

I'm trying to determine what credit freeze and reporting options are available in Canada. In the United States it seems freezing your credit requires contacting all of the credit bureaus. I have not,...
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Can you have negative credit utilization? How would it appear on your report and affect your score?

I know from this answer that having 1% utilization is better than 0%, but what about -1%? Is this even possible? Every time I make a charge with my credit card, I pull up my bank's app and pay it ...
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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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Foreclosure debt still on the credit report

I went through a pretty nasty divorce in which my ex-wife got to keep the house. Eventually the house was foreclosed on and she eventually got evicted. However, my name (along with hers) was still ...
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What is a FICO score and how is it related to a credit report?

What is a FICO score and how is it related to a credit report?
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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 do the CRAs (Equifax etc.) know my occupation?

I just checked my credit reports for the first time and my job is listed on each report. How do the CRAs get this information and why do they list what job I have?
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How do disputed debts work on credit reports?

There is a company that believes I owe them money. I disagree, and they've hired a debt collector. I know how about my rights per the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and in particular that I ...
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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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Can a company run a credit check on me without my permission?

I understand that sometimes when dealing with companies over the phone or over the counter, they need to run a credit check. I would have thought that as a courtesy they would at least tell you this ...
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How can I escalate a credit dispute when the bureau “confirms” the item?

A while back, I was moving to a new city. At the point when I got around to applying for an apartment, I had never checked my credit before. I was denied the apartment due to credit, and started ...
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How do I find a legitimate, premium credit repair service?

I'm trying to find a premium credit repair service to help work towards the goal of removing all included in bankruptcy trade-lines from my credit report. In the past I have dealt with disputing ...
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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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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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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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Possible to remove remaining foreclosed mortgage debt off my credit report?

A little while ago, I asked a question where the consensus was that the bank won't be coming after me for the remainder of the money after the house was foreclosed on. Seeing how they can't come ...
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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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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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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 ...