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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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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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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 them ...
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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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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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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 credit ...
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Credit freezes aren't available in Canada. What options are available to protect against identity theft?

It looks like credit freezes aren't possible in Canada. Despite this, there is some evidence that identity theft is a bona fide problem in Canada: RCMP states that in 2009 there were 11,095 identity ...
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How can I find a good credit score monitoring service that includes alerts when the credit score changes? [closed]

I recently found the below image in my notes, though I don't know the source so it is outdated.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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Shopping around for loans without detrimentally affecting 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Are “credit freezes” possible in Canada?

It seems to be generally-accepted that "freezing credit" is preferred to credit monitoring. Freezing your credit seems simple: Freezing your credit is as simple as contacting each of the credit ...
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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 better to wait until one credit card shows up on my report before applying for any others?

How should you schedule applying for new credit cards if your goal is to not alarm prospective creditors while getting high initial credit limits? For example if approved for a new credit card should ...