Questions tagged [credit-report]

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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Why are free credit reports available only once per year?

Consumers have access to a free annual credit report from each of Equifax, Transunion, and Experian thanks to the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act passed in 2003. However, this may be too ...
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Inappropriate credit report hard inquries

I'm an international student in the US. Three weeks ago I decided to buy a used car. I found a great option at an official manufacturer dealership. I wanted to buy it fully for cash. After a little ...
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Can I get an active collections account removed from my credit report if the original debt is not on there?

I'm currently paying off an old debt from Wells Fargo that is in collections with Portfolio Recovery. The collections account appears on my credit report, but the original debt does not. Does this ...
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Would Getting (and Paying) an Installment Loan Benefit My Mortgage Rate

I am planning to buy a house (in the US) in about 9-12 months. I've read from different resources that an installment loan may boost my credit score if I make my loan repayments on time, as this is ...
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As authorized user why is the credit utilization of the primary card showing in my report

My wife added me as an authorized user on her credit card account and I received a card with my name. The credit limit is still the same and is shared. I have recently started seeing it in my ...
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Can I appeal credit ding if ex-wife is responsible for paying mortgage?

Per the divorce agreement, my name stays (jointly) on the mortgage, but my ex-wife is responsible for making all mortgage payments She missed two payments this spring, triggering a negative credit ...
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Credit score on credit card application is much lower than reported credit score on Experian

My girlfriend applied for a credit card and was approved. The approval letter included her Experian score, which stated a score of 645 (I don't remember the exact number, but that neighborhood). She ...
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first credit card for H1B worker

I see a question Looking to get my first credit card but that seem to focus on students. I have a friend, who just came on H1B with zero credit history. The bank that has the regular account for him/...
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Is it worth fixing a wrong address on my credit report?

I pulled my credit report today and noticed that one of the former addresses doesn't belong to me. It belongs to my aunt and uncle. I've never lived with them or had mail sent to their house, so aside ...
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How can I force a reconciliation between VantageScore 3 and FICO® Score 8?

My wife's credit score via VantageScore 3.0 (via CreditKarma, which is based on TransUnion data) is 790. In contrast, My wife's credit score via FICO® Score 8 is 670 (also based on TransUnion data)....
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Does creating an Equifax account subject you to additional personal data collection?

For creating an Equifax account, (for use with security freezes, for example), this is included in the Terms of Use: You authorize and instruct Us to obtain, monitor, and compile Your: (i) credit ...
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Impact on credit score of opening and closing accounts

I'm planning on buying a house sometime in the Winter of 2020 to spring 2021. Currently, my credit score is about 770 and I have the following open credit lines: A 2.5 year old $25,000 Prosper loan ...
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Single late mortgage payment is hurting me a lot

I'm from the US and I've recently applied for HELOC refinancing at a much lower rate (-2.00%), but underwriter has decided to deny the application due to a single late mortgage payment made in Jan ...
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When should an immigrant to the US be able to freeze their credit?

I know someone who's been in the US for about three years. He came legally and is in the process of becoming a citizen. He has a bank account, a shared checking account with a family member, but no ...
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Large credit score drop

I use Mogo to review my credit score every month. I just moved to Canada so it took a while to even kickstart my rating, however, Mogos history shows. Dec (2 months after I got my credit card) - ...
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Can I find out who recently has been reporting very old addresses to my credit report?

My credit report at TransUnion includes, in the personal information section, both past addresses and the date each was reported/confirmed to the credit bureau. Several addresses are reported with ...
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Please help me increase my credit score. Take a look

Its been a journey paying off old debts and getting some creditors to wipe the slate clean. Below is my current situation. Any tips/recommendations on which way to go? 2 accounts are closed.
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What Happens if dont pay the creditcard or Personal Loan amount and leave the country

Hi My Friend went India without paying his credit card balances around $150K. Now he is unable to pay due to losses in business and what kind of actions can happen from credit card companies and/or ...
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Can my neighbours affect my credit report and/or credit score?

My wife and I live in a single building (in London, England) which contains three flats/apartments. We rent our flat privately (private tenants, renting from a private landlord) and the other two ...
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Is there a way to authorize release of credit check for a landlord, without revealing actual social security number?

I'm staring at an Apartment Owners Association of California form, for a rental application. I'm perfectly willing to have my credit checked, regarding a rental property. But I'm nervous about giving ...
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Auto loan finance for building credit

I recently moved to the USA and I have no credit history. I want to buy a car that costs $18,300. My down payment will be $12,000 and I will finance the balance at 15.4% (extremely high!) over 36 ...
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Does paying off my credit balance before the due date for a lower utilization rate hurt my score?

Last month I opened a cash rewards credit card with Bank of America. I am worried about my credit score, as my first closing date was the end of September. I paid off the balance that I used a ...
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Can you hurt a nonexistent credit score?

I am a student, I just started my sophomore year. I have always been very financially responsible. Now, I want to start building my credit, so I did my research and applied for a student credit card. ...
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Settle credit card debt now or wait

Several years ago, I had 3 credit cards. After having financial issues (job loss and several other unfortunate events), I was not able to keep up with the monthly payments. I stopped payments on all ...
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Get a credit card for my immigrant wife, or keep her off the books?

My wife is a recent, legal immigrant to the US. I am considering getting her a credit card. I know this may be difficult because she has no credit, but I might be able to work something out with my ...
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What is the most efficient way to dispute an invalid collection on a credit report?

I had a surgery and a ton of medical issues. All but one thing went through insurance. The healthcare provider for that one thing went straight to collections. I contacted them, and my insurance ...
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Can U.S. car dealerships pull your entire credit report or just your FICO score?

In the U.S. can car dealerships pull your entire credit report, or just your score if you go into them to apply for a loan? Of all the research I've done, it sounds like its just your FICO score that ...
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Is it possible to tell if someone is a U.S citizen or not just by looking at their credit report? [duplicate]

I am not sure if this question fits this stack exchange, but I could not any other that seemed more appropriate. Here it goes. Say person A is a U.S citizen with 3 years of credit history. Person B ...
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Free Credit Report — Checking for identity theft

I'm about to request my free annual credit report. I've never requested one before, but I noticed something suspicious with my FICO score lately in my Discover Card app and want to look into my credit ...
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How does this credit scoring work?

I live in the UK, where credit referencing agencies are seen by many (myself included) as the devil. They hold a lot of life-critical information about me but they don't want to share that info, not ...
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How will having two active credit accounts with different balances affect my monthly credit scores?

I heard that with the new FICO model, they want you to spend ten percent or less of your credit limit to keep your scores from dropping. I recently applied for a second credit card, one with four ...
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Bank's Reporting Responsibilities on Closing Accounts

Is a bank required under law to report the bank's closing of your account to ChexSystems or any credit reporting agency
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Collections account on one credit report yet CreditKarma reports my scores are almost the same. Why?

I've been fighting with the credit reporting agencies to get an incorrect collections account removed from my report. Two of the three have complied, but TransUnion is being very stubborn. It's been ...
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How do credit checks work?

How do credit checks work? I am considering a loan to a person who doesn't have credit and isn't eligible to get a loan from a bank. How does the logic of credit checks work? At least, I hope to ...
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How much can owning part of a liquidated company affects my credit score?

As part of my employee compensation when I started working for a small startup, I got 5% of the shares. The company didn't make it and the founder wrote me to tell me that he's going to liquidate it, ...
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Old collection keeps resurfacing on my credit

[This question is very similar to Credit Report debt expiration limit: original creditor vs. Collection, but I'm solely concerned with the 7-year FCRA rule and my ability / legal right, or lack ...
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What are the risks of paying rent through CreditLadder or a similar company?

In the UK, paying rent is not normally reported to credit agencies. Landlords who own more than 100 properties can report this to Experian, but the vast majority of landlords have less properties. ...
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Should I pay credit card balance to ZERO, or just the balance due?

I have a credit card set to pay the balance due in full on the due date automatically, so I don't pay interest. By the time the due date hits, my actual balance is of course, almost double the ...
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If you put a freeze on your credit, will your credit score stop changing?

I have placed credit freezes at all three agencies in the US. I have existing debt that I am paying on time, will the credit freeze stop that activity from being recorded and helping my credit score?
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Credit Report debt expiration limit: original creditor vs. Collection

I am confused about how the statute of limitations with regards to debt applies to what is reported on an actual credit report from the 3 credit reporting agencies in the United States. Researching ...
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Is it ok to have multiple life time free credit cards?

I am currently having two life time free credit cards. These cards do not charge any annual fees. And another bank is offering me such credit card. I was thinking if I should go for it as its rare ...
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How to remove a late payment from my credit report?

My boyfriend had horrible credit, so we bought a living room set with my credit, but when we broke up he decided to stop paying on it (even though he kept the couches) and I didn't realize till 90 ...
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Should my credit record show addresses where I never lived?

I have an address on my credit report, where I have never lived, but my ex has. Now I understand it is fine to have a link to her on the report, but her addresses should presumably feature on her ...
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What is the potential downside to freezing additional credit reporting agencies?

I have had a credit freeze on the big 3 credit reporting agencies for many years, and now I'm hearing about a 4th, Innovis (since the latest Equifax breach). Is there a down-side to freezing Innovis ...
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Can I prevent Equifax from collecting my personal information?

Given the recent news about Equifax leaking information about millions of U.S. consumer (and some from U.K. and Canada), Is there any way for me to prevent Equifax from retaining my information? ...
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Getting updates when my credit report is accessed

I have a subscription to one of those ID protection services. Not because I paid for it, but because someone lost my personal information and sprung for it for a couple of years. I've read somewhere ...
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Freezing my credit report: worth it?

My information has been leaked several times, including in the recent Equifax fiasco. I'm considering freezing my credit report. The downsides of this seem to be the annoyance of paying a fee (to ...
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Do I need multiple credit monitoring services?

I currently have credit monitoring through Experian and I pay extra for it to monitor all three credit bureaus. In light of the recent Equifax breach and Equifax offering credit monitoring for those ...
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Credit freeze and affect on perception as credit risk

In light of the Equifax hack I keep reading that people should apply a credit freeze on themselves at the 3 main bureaus. However, someone told me that their mortgage consultant said that placing a ...
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Disputed bill awaiting response sent to collection agency

I have a family member who disputed a medical bill she received in April. Essentially, the provider billed for a code that indicated it was a 30-minute visit, instead of 5. Upon receiving the bill, ...