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Negatives on Credit Report from Student Loans

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I have negatives on my credit report (CR) from two types of debt. Nine of the negatives are from student loans that I thought were in deferment but where not. Once I found out I made a payment to bring the loans current and now currently in deferment. The other negative is from cancellation of credit card debt. All the ... Read More »

Credit Scoring is a Scam and a Fraud

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Photo Credit: The Truth About I was just sitting here and noticed that someone searched for “credit scoring is a scam and a fraud.” Kind of an interesting search. Frankly I never thought of it like that. But that reality is that point of view isn’t all that far off. You see the impression people have about a credit score ... Read More »

I Missed My Credit Card Payments and I’m Freaking Out. – John

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“Dear Steve, I am a student. Graduating from a university with a Bachelors Degree in business. I have 3 credit cards and a car loan. I am behind one month on 2 of my credit cards. I have applied for jobs and will have an interview next week, but even if I do get the job, the hiring process will ... Read More »

Bad Credit Is Bad News for the Unemployed

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A recent report from Inc. Magazine says at that at least 60 percent of employers run credit checks on potential job applicants at least some of the time. This is a 17 percent increase from 2006. And given the high unemployment rate, this is particularly concerning. With a much bigger pool of candidates to choose from, employers can narrow the ... Read More »

The Credit-Scoring Scam of the Century

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Are you a victim of the credit scoring scam of the century? If you have a credit card, there’s a 50/50 chance that you are. What Is the Credit Scoring Scam of the Century? About half of credit card companies use a shameful tactic to keep their competitors away from you, and this tactic hurts your ability to build a ... Read More »

True Cradle Robbers – Stealing Credit From The Cradle

It’s often not a parent’s first thought to check the credit report of their minor child, however, it may now become a necessity. Not because a child may fraudulently be using credit without their parents’ knowledge but because scammers may have stolen their unused Social Security number and identity. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) put out a warning last week ... Read More »

Verizon is Listing Accounts on My Credit Report I Don’t Owe. – Marc

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“Dear Steve, Checking my credit report I found verizon phone company had 4 derogatory accounts listed ( two had claim skip tracing on them), which I have no recall on. three claim to be accounts started same day in September 2006. I was using AT&T cell phone since 2005 as only phone service. I contacted Verizon customer services and they ... Read More »

Your Roster Number is Your Credit Score

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Whenever I was in basic training, each recruit, each private was assigned their own roster number. That roster number was our identifier. We had to put it on all our gear. I had to have it strapped across a tape on my Kevlar, which is our helmet. It dictated as far as when we would eat chow and what order ... Read More »

Easy Credit – Logansport Pharos, Logansport, Indiana, May 15, 1886

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ONE lesson taught by the hard times, says a current writer, is to keep out of debt, and how to do it. “This Is a forced lesson like some of the others, but none the less valuable, for it has been well learned. In many places merchants and others have narrowed the doors of credit; and in some they have ... Read More »

Insurance Scores: How Your Credit History Affects Your Insurance

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What does the information in your credit report have to do with your automobile or homeowner’s insurance? Perhaps more than you think! Many insurance companies these days use insurance scores to help determine eligibility for their policies, evaluate policies for renewal and sometimes to determine rate discounts. Insurance scores are popular with insurance companies because they have been proven to ... Read More »

Carolyn Writes In And Wants a New Mortgage In Bankruptcy

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“Dear Steve, My husband and I are in bankruptsy, we have a 3 year plan with one year left on the plan. Our mortgage company has us on an ARM and wont remodify our loan. How can we get out of chapter 13 and get into a fix rate mortgage? Carolyn” Don’t miss our free Get Out of Debt – ... Read More »

Secret Credit Bureaus You Don’t Know About, But They Know About You

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So let me tell you a story about secret credit bureaus that you don’t know about. Most of us have some knowledge about the three major credit bureaus that hold our credit report and credit score. The three biggies are Equifax, Experian and Transunion. But there are more places that hold information about you. Have you ever heard about Innovis? ... Read More »

Bankruptcy Filers Can Easily Get Better Credit Scores Quickly

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When people go bankrupt their finances become a painful chapter in their lives. They avoid credit and shun anything to do with their credit reports or credit scores. And that’s a mistake. Going bankrupt is painful enough but being unfairly penalized for going through bankruptcy is not fair. If you have gone bankrupt in the last seven years you need ... Read More »

Is a Credit Card a Right or a Privilege? – Personal Finance Bloggers Question of The Week

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This weeks personal finance brain trust question was: Is having and using a credit card a right or a privilege? WC – A 27-year-old writer living in Chicago and writing about personal finance through The Writer’s Coin. This one’s easy: this is a service. So if I had to pick I would say it’s a privilege. When I was a ... Read More »

Graduate From College With Good Grades And Get A New House

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An inovative new program from Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas significantly rewards students that graduate within five years, with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, secure employment in the Dallas metropolitan area, maintain a good credit history and donate 400 hours of volunteer time to the community. University president Michael Sorrell is quoted as saying “This program ... Read More »

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