Your Credit History

Your credit history is important. It tells businesses how you pay your bills. Those businesses then decide if they want to give you a credit card, a job, an apartment, a loan, or insurance.

Find out what is in your report. Be sure the information is correct. Fix anything that is not correct.

How do I check my credit report?

This is easy to do by phone:

  • Call Annual Credit Report at 1-877-322-8228.
  • Answer questions from a recorded You have to give your address, Social Security number, and birth date.
  • Choose to only show the last four numbers of your Social Security It is safer than showing your full Social Security number on your report.
  • Choose which credit reporting company you want a report (You get one free report from each company every year.)

That company mails your report to you. It should arrive 2-3 weeks after you call.

What do I do with my credit report?

Read it carefully. Make sure the information is correct:

  • Personal information – are the name and address correct?
  • Accounts – do you recognize them?
    • Isthe information correct?
  • Negative information – do you recognize the accounts in this section of the report?
    • Isthe information correct?

Inquiries – do you recognize the places you applied for credit? (If you do not, maybe someone stole your identity.)

The report will tell you how to improve your credit history. Only you can improve your credit history. It will take time. But if any of the information in your report is wrong, you can ask to have it fixed.

How do I fix mistakes in my credit report?

  • Write a Tell the credit reporting company that you have questions about information in your report.
  • Explain which information is wrong and why you think
  • Say that you want the information corrected or removed from your
  • Send a copy of your credit report with the wrong information
  • Send copies of other papers that help you explain your
  • Send this information Certified Ask the post office for a return receipt. The receipt is proof that the credit reporting company got your letter.

The credit reporting company must look into your complaint and answer you in writing.

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