Showing posts with label Credit Repair. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Credit Repair. Show all posts

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Fixing Errors in a Credit Report

Anyone who denies you credit, housing, insurance, or a job because of a credit report must give you the name, address, and telephone number of the credit reporting agency (CRA) that provided the report. Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), you have the right to request a free report within 60 days if a company denies you credit based on the report.

Negative Information in a Credit Report
Negative information in a credit report can include public records--tax liens, judgments, bankruptcies--that provide insight into your financial status and obligations. A credit reporting company generally can report most negative information for seven years.
Information about a lawsuit or a judgment against you can be reported for seven years or until the statute of limitations runs out, whichever is longer. Bankruptcies can be kept on your report for up to 10 years, and unpaid tax liens for 15 years.
You can get your credit report fixed if it contains inaccurate or incomplete information:
  • Contact both the credit reporting agency and the company that provided the information to the CRA.
  • Tell the CRA, in writing, what information you believe is inaccurate. Keep a copy of all correspondence.
Some companies may promise to repair or fix your credit for an upfront fee--but there is no way to remove negative information in your credit report if it is accurate.

File a Complaint

If you have a problem with credit reporting, you can file a complaint with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Monday, July 19, 2010

2nd chance checking account

What is 2nd chance checking account?Some might spell it as second chance checking account.Some might just use short form as 2nd chance checking account.No matter how it spell it does mean the same thing.Second chance checking accounts are bank accounts for customers who are listed in, or have been reported to, any recognized consumer checking history database like ChexSystems. By using methods like financial education and monitoring, financial institutions are able to lower their exposure to risks.

Almost all second chance checking accounts have some kind of restrictions on various account activities as well as the transactions that can be performed. One example of a restriction applied to these accounts is the denial of checkbooks.

However, most of the other features of normal checking accounts such as ATM withdrawals, online bill payments, and direct deposits are included.

Most of the banks, thrifts and credit unions use ChexSystems for the simple reason that its database is a great way for financial institutions to minimize risks. Once a person is placed in ChexSystems' database, he stays there for 5 years. It's almost impossible for anyone to get off their list.

Since ChexSystems does a poor job of assessing the quality of risk a customer might pose, the database contains many individuals who shouldn't be there in the first place. There are also wide disparities in the way banks use ChexSystems. Each bank sets its own parameters and criteria for defaulting customers.

A new program called Get Checking offers customers who can't get bank accounts the opportunity to open a checking account once again. Once the customer has passed the test, they'll be given a "parole" from ChexSystems' database and allowed to open an account once again.

The eligibility to open a second chance checking account differs from bank to bank. Some banks may require hefty opening deposits while others may require only token amounts.

A lot of banks have now relaxed their guidelines as far as opening second chance checking accounts are concerned. This is due to the realization that most customers have problems with their checking accounts due to lack of knowledge.

Some major banks have offered to provide second chance checking accounts to anyone found in the ChexSystems' list so long as the person has not committed any major, outright fraud.