Posted on: Nov. 03, 2016 in Credit, Credit Score, Car Loans, Debt

You already know that you should be reviewing your credit report regularly. You are entitled to a free credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus on an annual basis. You could request all of them at once each year. Or, you could request one from each bureau every four months and keep a closer eye on things.


The more frequently you review your report, the more likely you are to spot inaccuracies or fraudulent activity. These items can have a negative impact on your score that you do not deserve! If you do find something on your report that you feel is not correct, here’s what you can do:

  • Tell the credit bureau what you feel is incorrect. Regardless of which bureau issued the report, notify them immediately of the discrepancy. When you contact the bureau, you’ll need to identify which item(s) you are disputing, provide the facts and details as to why you are disputing it, and request that the item be either deleted or corrected. You may also include copies of any supporting documentation you have.
  • Contact the creditor. Send a letter to the creditor to advise them that you are disputing the information they provided to the credit bureau. Again, send copies of any documentation you have to support your position. You can also request that the creditor copy you on any correspondence to the credit bureau regarding the disputed charge.

It’s important to note that it can take up to 30 days for your situation to be reviewed by the credit bureau. Often it will take up to three months for a creditor to resolve your issue. You may be entitled to an additional free report from the credit bureau with which you disputed the charge in order to verify that the disputed charge has been rectified. This entitlement can vary by state, so it’s best to check with the specific credit bureau for more details.


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