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Credit scores: The higher, the better

The World Cup may be over, but it’s still important to know the score…your credit score, that is.

Ever wonder how a lender decides whether to grant you credit? For years, creditors have been using credit scoring systems to determine if you’d be a good risk for credit cards, auto loans, and mortgages. These days, other types of businesses — including auto and homeowners insurance companies and phone companies — are using credit scores to decide whether to issue you a policy or provide you with a service, and on what terms. Continue Reading >

Feds call out national mortgage servicer

The Federal Trade Commission and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau don’t play games when it comes to making loan servicers pay for illegal and unscrupulous behavior. Case in point: Green Tree Servicing LLC. Continue Reading >

It Pays to Check Your Credit Report

The FTC recently completed its fifth national study on the accuracy and completeness of consumer credit reports. A credit report includes information on where you live, how you pay your bills, and whether you’ve been sued, or have filed for bankruptcy. Nationwide consumer reporting companies sell the information in your report to creditors, insurers, employers, and other businesses that use it to evaluate your applications for credit, insurance, employment, or renting a home. Continue Reading >

Keeping Your Credit Report in Check

Have you ever tried to pay for things with a check and the transaction was declined even though you had money in the bank?  It might be because a consumer reporting agency gave the retailer negative information about your credit history – including your checking account history – or indicated that you could be a bad credit risk for other reasons. Continue Reading >

Russian hackers might have your info — now what?

You may have heard about it in the news: reports that Russian hackers have stolen more than a billion unique username and password combinations, and more than 500 million email addresses, grabbed from thousands of websites. What should you do about it? We asked our resident expert, Maneesha Mithal, director of our Division of Privacy and Identity Protection.

Q. How do you know if your information was part of this hack?  Continue Reading >

Scammers play name game and get caught

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but sometimes it’s illegal. Just ask the people behind First Time Credit Solutions, who promoted their business as “FTC Credit Solutions” until the real Federal Trade Commission shut them down. The group claimed their credit repair firm was licensed by the FTC, and allegedly took thousands of dollars from people after promising to delete negative, but accurate, information from their credit reports. Continue Reading >

Shedding Light on the Credit-Reporting Industry

Whether it’s after a shopping spree or before you make it big purchase, it's probably a wise move to check your credit report. You can get a free credit report from each of three largest credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion) once a year at AnnualCreditReport.comContinue Reading >

What do they have on you?

You know that credit reports reveal your borrowing and payment history, but are you aware there are dozens of other “specialty” consumer reports that track everything from your rental history to your prescription purchases? These reports can affect your ability to write a check, obtain insurance coverage, a job, a cellphone or even a place to live.  Continue Reading >