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Financial Literacy Month: Checking Your Credit. Give yourself some credit (reports). Reports free weekly 'til April 20,2022: AnnualCreditReport.com. Federal Trade Commission. Learn moreat: ftc.gov/credit #FinancialLiteracyMonth. Annual

One important back-to-basics step you can take this Financial Literacy Month (or anytime) is checking your credit report. 

Your credit report has a summary of your credit history. For example, if you’ve been evicted and a landlord turns uncollected rent over to a collection agency, that might be on your credit report. Information in your credit report affects your credit score. That’s important because businesses — like insurance and phone companies — use your credit score to decide whether to give you a policy or service, and what rate to offer. And potential employers and landlords also might check your credit.

So you want to know that the information on your report is accurate. And if it’s wrong, you want to make sure someone didn’t steal your identity.

Here’s the plan:

  • Order your free credit report. Go to AnnualCreditReport.com or call 877-322-8228. Until the end of the pandemic, everyone in the U.S. can get a free credit report each week from all three national credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion).
  • Read the reports carefully. Do you recognize the accounts? Do they list credit applications? Did you apply for credit at those places?
  • Spot mistakes. Fix anything that looks wrong (read more about how). But if it looks like someone else is using your credit, go to IdentityTheft.gov to report it and get a recovery plan.
  • Spot a credit repair scam. If a credit repair company asks for money up front, or tells you not to contact the credit bureaus yourself, that’s probably a scammer.

Look, it’s been a tough time, and it’s hard to get back on track. But you can take steps to rebuild your credit. Only time and a plan to pay off debt will improve your credit, but with free credit reports available every week, it’s a good time to take a small step towards recovery. 

Blog Topics: 
Money & Credit

Comments

Thank you so much.I recently had some fraudulent activity on one of my credit cards,and I really need to be sure that nothing else was impacted.

Are you sure that everyone in the US can get a free credit report "EACH WEEK" from all 3 national credit bureaus?? Don't you mean 'each year'?? Just asking for clarification .... I could see each month, maybe, but not each week. Thanks for the credit link, I just requested my credit reports from all 3.

Yes, we mean each week: until the end of the pandemic, everyone in the U.S. can get a free credit report each week from all three national credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion).

Total waste of time... fill out forms...wait..answer questions and then - cannot be delivered on-line with a list of form/documents to mail in to request mail delivery of report. W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L!

I find it impossible to request my credit reports on line through AnnualCreditReport.com. No success. I tried on the phone, after submitting all the information for Transunion, the line disconnected right at the end. Equifax and Experian would not provide on line, instead they want me to send confidential information through the mail. Why can't I receive the reports on line or on the phone?

I always have trouble reading these things. They are so complicated.

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