3 Ways to Receive Your Credit Report For Free
Thinking of buying a new home or automobile? Before you shop, make sure you take a look at your credit report. You can be assured that your lender will. It is also important to keep up with the contents of your personal credit reports to reduce the likelihood of identity theft and to fix any errors that show up on your report as soon as possible. You can go to any of the 3 credit reporting agencies and receive a copy of your credit report for a fee. However, there are also a number of free ways to receive a copy of your credit report.
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Receive a free credit report from one of the three credit
reporting agencies: Equifax, Experian, and Transunion.
First, there are many websites that will offer you free copies of your credit report. This is one area where the Federal Government has actually helped consumers out. The Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act of 2003 (FACTA) added new sections to the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act that help consumers fight the growing crime of identity theft. As a result of this act, the three large credit reporting agencies: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion have created a website called www.annualcreditreport.com where consumers can sign up to receive a free copy of their credit report from all 3 agencies once a year.
Receive a free credit report from an online website.
Another way to receive your report for free online is to use one of the many websites that advertise providing you with a free copy of your credit report. Usually in exchange for this free service, you are also entitled to receive a barrage of spam email and marketing materials. In light of the fact that the large agencies have banded together and now offer their own method to receive a free annual credit report, this method is not recommended.
Receive a free credit report if you have been denied credit.
There are also two other ways to receive a free copy of your credit report. Any consumer that is denied credit for any reason can request a free copy of their credit report from the agency that provided the report. Credit bureaus also provide free copies of your credit report under other circumstances. You are entitled to one report free of charge per year if you certify in writing that: you are unemployed and plan to look for a job within 60 days, you are on welfare, or your report is inaccurate because of fraud.
With all of these tools at your fingertips, it should be easy for you to keep up with your credit report, and best of all it's FREE!