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Do You Know How to Obtain a Free Copy of Your Credit Report?

Nov 3, 2007
Getting a copy of your credit report has never been easier than it is today. You are entitled to a free copy from each of the major credit reporting companies once a year for free, allowing you to check your credit report three times a year with absolutely no cost. This is probably one of the factors that has helped many credit card holders manage their credit, handle their money more wisely, and even get out of debt. Simply knowing what your credit report is can significantly help you to stay out of trouble, but how do you get a free copy?

So how do you go about getting a free copy of your credit report? Why is it so important that I know what my credit score is? What are some of the dangers of handing out my bank account and social security number information to people I don't know, or can't even see?

Getting your free credit report is simple. Generally, people like to go through the online process of filling out the information they require, clicking submit, and simply waiting for the credit reporting information to arrive. However, there are also possibilities of getting your credit report by asking for it over the phone, or through a letter in the mail. However you do it, it is important to make sure you are dealing with a legitimate company, and that you are not allowing your personal information, like your bank account info and your social security number, to get into the wrong hands.

Knowing your credit score is important to your credit management abilities. If you know what your credit report says about you and how you spend your money on a regular basis, you will be more likely to control your spending and manage your debt more wisely so that your credit score does not go down, but so that it will improve. Knowing what your credit score is will also help you to detect any kind of fraud that poses a threat to your good credit, or that will cost you money in the future because of identity theft and the effects it has on your credit report.

There are few risks that you take when you ask for your credit report. However, if well inspected, can be very minor risks. It all depends on what action you are willing to take to protect your identity and your credit reputation.

The biggest risk you take, when not requesting information from the major credit reporting companies, is, obviously, that you are giving your information to a company who is not legitimate. Many "companies" out there are really identity thieves, or other types of criminals who only want your personal information to use at their benefit. Make sure you know who you are handing out your information to, and how well you can trust them with it.
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