Credit Report Errors

  • Credit Report Errors
04 Apr, 2024
Daniel Cohen
7 min
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common errors on credit report

Learn how to rectify credit report errors and get a boost in your credit score- alongside Consumer Attorneys!

Dive into the world of credit reporting with Consumer Attorneys as we assist you in identifying and resolving mistakes. We walk you through improving your creditworthiness by addressing discrepancies and resolving issues, allowing you to feel confident about your score and unlock opportunities.

Credit report errors are mistakes and inaccuracies found on your credit report. These mistakes can prevent you from enjoying your life and receiving financial support in the form of loans and credit should you ever need it. Overall, these inaccuracies can make your credit file look as if you do not have creditworthiness. Once you are marked as not worthy of receiving lines of credit, it will be difficult for you to get loans, credit cards, and many other things. What is even more concerning is that, if you do get lucky and are approved for credit, your score may be so low that the loan terms are terrible.

Three Common Credit Report Errors and How to Resolve Them

Your credit report plays a role in different aspects of your financial life. From obtaining approvals for credit to determining interest rates. It's crucial to note that credit report errors are more common than we might think. We examine what the three most common credit report errors are and provide guidance on how to address them.

Mistakes in Account Information

One of the most common credit report errors involves inaccuracies associated with account information.

If there are any discrepancies in your credit card balances, payments, duplicate accounts, or accounts that do not belong to you, it can adversely affect your credit profile and potentially lead to consequences.

Here's what you can do to address these issues:

  1. Regularly check your credit report. Make it a habit to review your credit file so that you can quickly identify any inaccuracies. Also, get your credit report from the credit bureaus and carefully examine your financial history.
  2. Dispute inaccurate information. If there are mistakes in your credit report, it is important to dispute them with the credit bureaus. Strengthen your case by providing supporting documents, such as bank statements or payment records that prove the inaccuracies. See below for the steps to file a dispute.
  3. Stay proactive. Follow up! Keep track of the progress of your dispute. Ensure that the credit bureaus investigate and respond if there is an error on your credit report.

Errors in Personal Details

Your credit report contains personal details like your name, address, and social security number. It is crucial for this information to be accurate in order to avoid misunderstandings and protect your creditworthiness.

Here's what you can do:

  1. Verify Your Information. Make sure to verify your information by reviewing your credit report. It's quite common for credit reports to contain errors related to details, so it’s essential to check that your name, address, and other identifying information are accurate.
  2. Gather Documents. If you come across any issues in your credit report, gather supporting documentation such as utility bills or official identification documents to validate the information.
  3. Contact the Credit Bureaus. Contact the credit bureaus to update your details and submit any corrections. If you have questions, they should be able to help during the process. Ensure that your credit report accurately reflects the information.
  4. File a dispute. If necessary, file a formal dispute, using the guidance below.

Fraudulent Account Issues

There are a number of fraudulent account issues that can cause credit report problems. Identity theft is a credit report problem that often involves fraudulent accounts appearing on your credit file. These accounts can have an impact on both your credit score and financial stability.

Consider these steps:

  1. Report. Immediately report any suspected accounts to both the creditor and the credit bureau. Reporting it promptly minimizes damage to your credit.
  2. Request a fraud alert. Consider requesting a fraud alert for added protection on your credit report. This requires lenders to verify your identity prior to approving applications for credit.
  3. Seek Legal Assistance to dispute. Seek assistance from Consumer Lawyers. When dealing with fraudulent accounts, it's beneficial to have a credit report dispute lawyer by your side to navigate the aspects of resolving fraudulent accounts. Their experience can streamline the process and help to ensure that your rights are protected.

Filing a Dispute

If you discover that your credit file is incorrect, you have a legal right to dispute the errors that you find. Use these steps to assist you:

  1. Get your credit report. You should get a copy of your credit report. You can get a copy of your report online for free.
  2. Locate inaccuracies. You should then, spend time pinpointing the inaccuracies.
  3. Gather relevant documents. After identifying the inaccuracies, you should gather supporting documents, such as bank statements or identification records, to make your case stronger.
  4. Contact the credit bureaus. Next, you should contact the credit bureaus, including Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion either on their website or via mail. 
  5. Dispute by mail. We recommend that you challenge any errors in writing and by certified mail. Be sure to include a description of the violations and enclose all supporting documents that you gathered.
  6. Monitor your disputes. It is necessary to keep an eye on your dispute as it progresses by checking that the credit bureaus adhere to the prescribed investigation period.

Contact us for Assistance!

Disputing credit report errors can be overwhelming, to say the least. But you don’t have to tackle it alone. Credit reporting error lawyers can assist you through the complexities of credit reporting, providing help for fixing errors and safeguarding your future.

Remember, maintaining a credit report is crucial for your well-being. Take measures to address errors in your report and strengthen yourself with the resources and tools to overcome these challenges. If you face difficulties, reach out to a credit report dispute lawyer for support. We prioritize your success! Complete our online form, email us at info@consumerattorneys.com, call us at 1-877-615-1725, or chat with us via our LIVE chat feature on our website!

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Daniel Cohen is a Founding Partner of Consumer Attorneys and a co-chair of Consumer Finance Litigation practice. Since 2017, he is a member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates and the National Consumer Law Center. Mr. Cohen is a nationally-recognized practitioner of consumer protection law. He has a wealth of proven legal experience in the US in: collective claims, representing visually impaired people who believe their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act have been violated in both the physical and digital environments, corporate governance and dispute resolution. Read more

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