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Credit Score Dropping, I Owe the IRS, and Need More Student Loans

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I have been trying hard over the past years to get out debt. I currently owe the IRS , have student loans, and to make it worse I am back in graduate school accumilating more debt. I have also noticed that my credit score has been decreasing and want to know what to do to make this better. when you ... 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 »

Quick Credit Tip: Become an Authorized User

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Learning how to become an authorized user on a credit card is a strong and quick strategy for building your credit, and building it fast. In fact, I have seen people’s scores jump as much as sixty points just by becoming authorized users. Before discussing the mechanism for becoming a an authorized user on a credit card, let us take ... Read More »

Federal Reserve Report Digs Into Consumer Debt

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A new Federal Reserve report is out that describes the status of household debt and credit developments in the third quarter of 2011. The report shows the total amount of indebtedness is still mostly contracting. The number of credit card accounts is still down to near decade low levels. Car loans are slightly increasing while new mortgages continue to dwindle. ... 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 »

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 »

What You Need to Know About Your FICO Score

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If you have ever heard someone refer to your “score” or your “credit score” they are probably referring to your “FICO Score.” It is called a FICO Score as the way the number is calculated is based on software developed by a company called Fair Issac and Company. Once you have requested a loan, a lender may ask one of ... Read More »

VantageScore, FICO Score, Experian Plus Credit Score. Which Credit Score Really Matters?

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Let’s start with the basics, what a credit score really is. A credit score is NOT a value that identifies who is a better personal finance manager. A credit score IS a number that is calculated to allow lenders to identify which people are the least risky to lend to and who are most likely to produce them the most ... Read More »

Working on Raising My Credit Score and Need Some Advice. – Shawn

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“Dear Steve, Working on my credit to raise my score and need some advice and or assistance. i have pulled my credit reports and i have found a lot of discrepencies and things that should have been romoved . there are things that show an amount but no other information. there are items that are 15years old . can you ... Read More »

Can My Wife and I Independently Go Into a Debt Relief Program? – Paul

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“Dear Damon, My Wife just closed her business and the outstanding unsecured debt is about 100K. My personal debt is about 38K. I want to go on a debt relief program where a company negotiates a reduced amount and interest. She does not want to do this for her debt load. Can we independently arrange for debt relief? I want ... Read More »

Bank Errors Taint Credit Reports and Lower Credit Scores

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by Marian Wang, ProPublica, We’ve pointed out cases in which banks’ miscommunication and disorganization have caused mistaken foreclosures [1], but as several recent [2] reports [3] have noted, that’s not the only way in which bank mistakes have affected homeowners. Some consumers have been surprised to see damage to their credit score after requesting information from the banks. One Nevada ... Read More »

SteveSavers – Group Discounts to Save Big Bucks on Debt and Credit Help

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Today I’m announcing a new free service of the GetOutOfDebt.org site, SteveSaver’s. So what is a SteveSaverTM you are probably asking? There are a number of areas that people spend money on credit and debt issues. They spend money on credit counseling, credit reports, credit scores, debt settlement services, etc. So I thought, let’s bring group saving discounts offers to ... Read More »

FreeScore.com – Debt Relief Television Commercial

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Commercial Name: FreeScore.com Car Dealership Record Date: 11-06-2010 Network/Channel: WRAZ Fox Description: Man is sitting at car dealership and is denied for loan. Men in spandex standing behind him, one short guy in hockey mask. Just one bad credit score can really hurt you. Track your credit score at FreeScore.com. Shows screen that says “3 Free Credit Scores.” [quicktime]http://getoutofdebt.org/member/video/FreeScore.com-20101106.mov[/quicktime] The ... Read More »

Clinton Wants to Know “Am I Doing The Right Thing By Repaying My Debt?”

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Clinton “Dear Steve, I am receiving social security disability insurance (SSDI) and got abandoned with a mortgage back in 2007 that went into foreclosure. I know I can’t get the foreclosure removed but I have been diligently trying to pay off all of my outstanding debt, charge-offs and the ones that report a zero balance but the collection agencies keep ... Read More »

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