FTC Cracks Down on ‘Credit Repair’ Scams

According to a recent report, government regulators are cracking down on companies that promise to remove negative information from your credit report. The FTC, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and eight state law enforcement agencies have targeted 20 companies that offer to remove information from consumers’ credit reports in return for big bucks.

According to Eileen Harrington of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, “Credit repair promoters generally charge hundreds of dollars, but don’t deliver on their claims. The fact is, they can’t. No one can legally remove accurate and timely information from your credit report.”

This is great news, as there’s no reason to pay for the removal of erroneous information. Simply check your credit report and file a dispute if you see anything that doesn’t belong. If, on the other hand, you have legitimate black marks on your record, there’s little that you can do. And paying a fly-by-night company a few hundred bucks certainly won’t help the situation.

[Source: CNN/Money]

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4 Responses to “FTC Cracks Down on ‘Credit Repair’ Scams”

  1. Anonymous

    I am interested in reading some more feedback on credit repair agencies. I am considering doing this, and would like to read more before paying the fee. Thanks!

  2. Anonymous

    not true, credit repair does work. I used credit assistance network in lake park and they removed over 90% of the negative information i had.

    Yes, you can do this yourself, I chose the convenient way

  3. Anonymous

    I’ve read that the technique these companies use is simply to flood the credit reporting agencies with so many disputes that they have a difficult time proving them all within the allotted thirty-day window. When they can’t, they’re forced to remove the information.

    Of course, most of the time they’re able to address all the disputes, so it seldom works.

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