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Ways of Spotting Disreputable Credit Repair Service Companies

May 4, 2008
If you want to restore your credit, then you should keep some things in your mind. Contrary to the rosy picture given by such service providers, repairing your credit is not an overnight job. If your credit score is bad, organizations that promise to fix your credit score may have called. These credit repair services will not be any help to you. Below are 5 methods to determine if a scam credit repair service is attempting to fool you.

Tip No. 1 - Advanced Guarantee

Any company that will make a ridiculous guarantee up front without looking at your individual situation is one that you should run away from. Simply put, these are the people who will tell you whatever it is that you want to hear and then run off with your money in the end. Though it may feel good to hear a credit repair service tell you good news, you can't just fall for the first company that makes a big time promise. More times than not, this is a huge red flag for a company that is trying to rip you off.

Requires a Large Up-Front Payment

If a company asks you to pay them up front, then you should be very concerned about their validity. This is even truer for those scam credit repair services that want a large payment before they will even begin. It is not a happy thought, but there are people out there who are looking to pull the wool over your eyes. If they can do that under the veil of repairing credit, then they will hold no punches. Before you dedicate a large portion of your money to a scam credit repair service up front, you should consult other credit repair help options.

Changing your Identification Numbers

If a credit repair service comes to you and makes promises of improving your credit score by giving you're a brand new identity, you should run far away. These companies will often try to tell you that they can help you by giving you a brand new social security number or a tax identification number. Not only will this not help repair your credit, but it is also a crime. You can get into big trouble messing around with those sorts of numbers.

Tip No. 4 - Spamming You

Most reputable credit repair firms will not advertise by sending out spam emails. If you are checking out a service as a result of some spam that you got in your inbox, then there is a good chance that the company is a little bit less than reputable. Try to stick with a credit repair service that does their marketing in a more traditional way, as these firms are much more likely to end up providing a legitimate service to you.

Tip No. 5 - Do What Feels Right

If it doesn't feel right, then there is a strong possibility that it is not right. Common sense should guide the majority of your financial decisions and this one is no different. You should know, at this point, what a legitimate business looks like and what a scam looks like. If you start to feel uncomfortable at any point during your interaction with a given company, then it is time to look in another direction.
About the Author
Richard Lakin's financial analysis of the repairing credit industry with special attention on repairing credit services can be found on his blog.
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