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The Wrong Way to Dispute Your Credit Report

Jun 22, 2008
Disputing negative credit items with the credit bureaus Equifax, Experian, and Transunion can often be a challenge. Many times the bureaus respond to a dispute with a letter indicating they verified the disputed item. Accordingly, you are stuck with the information being reported about you.

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) allows you to attach a 100-word essay to your credit report. This is the opportunity to explain the negative information and argue that you deserve new credit.

It may be difficult to resist the urge to proclaim your innocence by way of a consumer statement. You may feel the need to explain that the bad credit simply was not your fault or beyond your control.

Do not fall into the trap of adding a consumer statement to your credit. It is almost never a good thing.

It may look like the credit bureaus are doing you a favor by adding your consumer statement. However, it is really just another technique the credit bureaus use against you.

People often send in statements like this: "I fell behind on my credit card bills, but I have since caught up. My boss laid me off from my job of 20 years. Even though I could not pay my bills, it was only a temporary situation and now I am current."

It may seem unreasonable to punish somebody for losing her job. Especially if she caught up on all her bills.

However, the credit bureaus and creditors read such a consumer statement entirely different. They don't see a good person who went through some brief and unexpected hard times.

Her inability to make payments is seen as a sign of weakness and/or irresponsibility. They believe that she should have emergency money to pay bills during times of emergency.

Writing a 100-word statement can damage your credit for three more reasons. First, such a statement only cements the fact that you paid your bill late. Second, the credit bureaus already have confirmation that the late payments are accurate. Thus, should you dispute the items in the future, the credit bureaus will ignore that dispute or deem it "frivolous." Third, any future creditor will expect you not to pay them should you run into another financial emergency. As you can see, there is no benefit to the consumer when they attach the consumer statement. In fact, the purpose of the statement is so old and out-dated that it probably should be simply abolished. It was part of the original Fair Credit Reporting Act enacted by Congress in the 1970's. The statement has no purpose nowadays since most credit applications are reviewed electronically.

In today's digital world most applications are reviewed electronically. Thus, such a statement only serves as another way for the credit bureaus to ignore your credit report dispute.

In sum, ignore the temptation to tell your side of the story. Resist the urge to "justify" your being late on that credit card bill or car payment. Steer clear of adding the deadly 100-word consumer statement.
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