Consumer Alert: Credit Reports - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Consumer Alert: Credit Reports

Posted by: EMAIL l FACEBOOK l TWITTER

What is AnnualCreditReport.com?

AnnualCreditReport.com is the ONLY authorized source to get your free annual credit report under federal law. The Fair Credit Reporting Act guarantees you access to a free credit report from each of the three nationwide reporting agencies - Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion - every twelve months.  The Federal Trade Commission has received complaints from consumers who thought they were ordering their free annual credit report, but instead paid hidden fees or agreed to unwanted services.  Don't be fooled by TV ads, email offers, or online search results.  Go to the authorized source when you request your free report.

How do I request my free credit report?

You can request your free report online, by phone or by mail. Visit AnnualCreditReport.com, call 1-877-322-8228, or fill out the Annual Credit Report Request form and mail it to Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281.  No matter how you request your report, you have the option to request all three reports at once or to order one report at a time.  By requesting the reports separately, you can monitor your credit more frequently throughout the year.  

Why should I request my credit report?

Because the information in your credit report is used to evaluate your applications for credit, insurance, employment, and renting a home, you should be sure the information is accurate and up-to-date.  In addition, monitoring your credit is one of the best ways to spot identity theft.  Check your credit report at least once a year to correct errors and detect unauthorized activity. 

What should I look for when I review my credit report?

If you see accounts you don't recognize or information that is inaccurate, contact the credit reporting agency and the information provider.  For more information, read the FTC's tips on how to dispute credit errors. 

If you suspect identity theft, you may need to place a fraud alert on your credit report, close compromised accounts, file a complaint with the FTC, or file a police report.  Start by visiting the FTC's identity theft website.

File a Complaint

The FTC wants to hear from you if you paid for what you thought was your free annual credit report.

SPAM

The FTC also wants you to forward us any unsolicited emails you've received offering you a free credit report. Send them to spam@uce.gov.

AnnualCreditReport.com will NEVER send you an email solicitation for your free annual credit report or use pop up ads.

©2009 WOIO. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Powered by Frankly