Review Your Credit Report for Inaccuracies

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Each credit reporting agency follows their own  format, but they provide the information which will help you decode your credit report.

For each credit report, carefully note any records which you believe to be inaccurate, incorrect, erroneous, misleading or outdated. It does not matter whether the information is negative, neutral, or even positive, if it is in anyway erroneous it should be removed.

List All Inaccurate Items

Once you have noted each questionable item, you should list them. Rank the most damaging information first, followed by the next most damaging, etc., until those items which are neutral. Do this for each credit report, as they may not all have the same questionable information on them.

The following ordered list should give you an idea of the significance of derogatory information:

  • Deceased status 
  • bankruptcy
  • foreclosure
  • loan default
  • repossession
  • court judgments
  • collections
  • past due payments
  • late payments
  • credit inquiries
  • blended files and file variations 

You will find that some of the questionable information is duplicated on one or both the other credit reports.  You should send a dispute letter to each of the three major credit reporting agencies, for each questionable item appearing on their report. 

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