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Be Aware of Credit Repair Scams

May 26, 2008
The first thing people do when they find themselves in debt is figure out how to cut back on expenses they know they can live without. Typically this is when a budget is created to try and minimize extra spending.

You have to be careful because if your bills are late or go unpaid this will cause your score to go even lower. This can become a never ending cycle if your bad credit keeps you from getting loan approval. And for every loan you apply for this will cause your score to go lower with every inquiry.

If you take the time and put in a little energy, it is possible to fix your bad credit score for free. Some people do not like to work towards fixing their credit themselves and they will turn to a company that will do it for them. There are reputable credit repair agencies but be cautious and on the lookout for some of these scams.

Here are just a few of the tricks that so-called repair agencies will try to pull on you. Be aware of what is necessary when it comes to credit repair, and what is not.

The most common scam is also the quickest to spot. Companies might ask you for payment in the beginning, before they have yet to begin working on your credit. There have been customers who have paid up front and that was the last they heard from the credit counselor. This is illegal and it is important to be cautious of any company that requires this of you.

Another common scam is when a company asks you to apply for a brand new employer's identification or taxpayer number. Don't be convinced that this will help you to get a new credit history. This is another illegal practice. Now in addition to being conned out of your money, you will have committed a fraud.

It is impossible to get a brand new credit history since your new file will have the same name and address, which will connect you to your old debts and credit file.

There is absolutely no quick fix to make negative information on your credit report just disappear. If something is incorrect then there is a way to get it resolved and removed. It is time consuming, but possible. If the negative info turns out to be correct then you can't erase it and it will remain on your report for years.

Don't believe any company that tells you they have any special connections or contacts inside a credit bureau. This is also illegal; no one has the power to make your credit just disappear. If negative marks are false they will be removed after a proper investigation. It is corrected during and pending the outcome, it will stay omitted or placed back on your report (if the info actually is correct).

These are the major scams that Americans face when trying to repair their bad credit. Be cautious of companies, but also know that there are some reputable ones who will really help you. Just do not get caught in a practice that will hurt you and your credit score even more.

It never hurts to take the time and do some research, especially when it is something as important as your credit!
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Christina Costa, a freelance credit repair writer, recommends Equotegrabber - where you can get a free credit repair anaylsis online in seconds! Visit Equotegrabber.com
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