These Are Credit Reporting Agencies You Can Hold Accountable

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has just released this list of consumer reporting companies that can be held accountable. The list identifies dozens of specialty reporting companies that collect and sell access to people’s data, including individuals’ finances, employment, check writing histories, or rental history records, often without their knowledge. Using the list, people … Read more

Too Many Americans Falling for Balance Transfer Trick

Americans are struggling with record levels of credit card debt – currently more than $1 trillion. Interest rates on that debt hovers around 16 percent. One popular solution is a “zero-percent balance transfer.” This is where a person transfers high-interest credit card balances to a new credit card – which charges no interest. These deals … Read more

Why Won’t Navient Report My Student Loan Status to The Credit Bureaus?

Question: Dear Steve, I was previously in default on multiple student loans, both federal and private. I have since rehabilitated my federal loans, and am on a .01% interest rate for my private loan (owned by navient, serviced by asset recovery?), paying on time each month. Even prior to being on this low interest rate … Read more

Did the Statute of Limitations Expire for Debts Not on My Credit Report?

Question: Dear Steve, I am getting calls and letters about loans that were signed for in 2003 and 2004. Wouldn’t these loans be passed the SOL. How does bankruptcy affect statute of limitations? Does it start the clock back at zero in regards to time you have to pay it? What if I am getting … Read more

How Can I Get Credit Inquiries Removed From My Credit Report? – Marci

Question: Dear Steve, Mistakingly while researching refinancing my mortgage, getting a HELOC, refinancing my car lease payment. Because my credit is mediocre I truly was just looking, however, I inadvertently seem to have authorized credit report pulls. Now I have numerous hard inquiries approximately 18-20. None of those, not surprisingly, did not get me a … Read more

How Can I Deal With My T-Mobile Credit Report Fraud?

Question: Dear Steve, Completed BK CH 7 and my credit scores were on the rise.Then I received a bill from T-mobile for service I NEVER had. Now my credit is tanked again just when I was starting to recover. T-Mobile fraud is investigating but I don’t know how to find if this T-mobile fraud is … Read more

Experian Continues to Report Judgment Included in Bankruptcy

Question: Dear Steve, I filed Bankruptcy Chapter 13 in 2011 and completed in 2014. Since that time, I have tried to clean up my credit reports. With most of the issues I have had success. There is however one Reporting agency (Experian) That did nothing with my dispute about a Judgment that was included in … Read more

Removing an Outdated Bankruptcy from a Credit Report: Jorge’s Story

Jul 16 2015 By Ashley Gordon Have you ever found an error on your credit report? These errors can negatively affect loan applications, how much you can borrow, hiring decisions and more. In Jorge’s case, he had lost an apartment because of a bankruptcy, which can stay on credit reports for up to ten years. … Read more

Man Named ‘God’ Settles Credit Report Lawsuit

A New York man whose first name is God has settled his lawsuit against credit reporting agency Equifax for failing to generate a credit report because its system did not issue credit reports under the name “God.” God Gazarov, 27, of Brooklyn, claimed he had trouble accessing credit because the lack of a credit report with … Read more

1 in 10 Americans Don’t Have a Credit Score or Credit Report

One in 10 U.S. adults is invisible to much of the American economy because they have no credit report or score, a new report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has found. Those 26 million adults — disproportionately Black or Hispanic — have virtually no chance to borrow money or use credit cards. And another … Read more

Your Biggest Credit Report Complaint May Be Getting Fixed

Recently the three major credit reporting agencies — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion — agreed to a settlement with the New York Attorney General’s office to overhaul the national credit reporting process to better serve Americans. The agreement includes changes to the credit report dispute process, how some negative information can appear on credit reports and … Read more