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Do You Know How to Use Credit Reports To Your Advantage?

Jan 19, 2008
Most people view credit report with dread and even fear. This is especially true for those with money difficulties. If you are having money worries you shouldn't view these reports as something awful, instead they can help you restore your financial health. It's always a good idea to be equipped with as much information as possible so that you can deal with everything that is needed.

In the U.S. these reports are kept by these three credit report agencies - Equifax, Experian and Transunion.

In your credit report you will find details of your financial history going back many years. It will include details of car loans, credit cards and home loans. If you have been late in paying any loans these details will be here too along with how late you were. On your report you will also find current and past addresses along with phone number and social security number.

This is the exact same info the lenders have however you may not realize it now, but errors might be on your credit reports. This is one of the reasons why it's so important to know what they contain.

You may have paid off a loan some time ago but they are still listed as current. Or you may have cancelled a credit card but it's still showing up. These details should be accurate but sometimes errors can occur. Even banks make mistakes.

You may be blissfully unaware of what errors are on your reports so the only way to sort these errors out is by requesting copies from each of the three agencies. If you do spot any errors make sure you look for proof and send a copy to the agency requesting that they update their records.

Online social networks such as MySpace and Facebook have become highly popular in recent years. The problem is that they are being used by scammers who use the info you include on your profile to steal your identity. By requesting a credit report you'll be able to identify any odd behaviour.

Because of legislation, a free copy can be obtained per year. You can make a request by filling out a form online or by phone.

Luckily having this information gives you the ability to create a debt-free plan for your future. You may feel like hiding under your duvet and ignoring your credit reports but it doesn't do you any favors in the long term.
About the Author
April often writes articles on financial site www.dailydosh.net which also has articles about snowball debt reduction method and are low interest rate credit cards worth it? .
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