Category Archives: Credit Report Errors

Mistaken Identities on a Credit Report: An All-too Common Problem for People with Common Names… (and Those with Unusual Ones, Too….)

In 2014, 38,313 men in the United States shared the name “James Smith.” It’s impossible to know if any of them were related to each other, or the 34,810 Michael Smiths and 34,269 Robert Smiths also walking around. But we can expect that they, and the 32,092 Maria Garcias and 30,507 Maria Rodriguezes, all have […]

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Issues Advisory About Name-Only Background Screening

What’s in a name? There is a great deal of frustration, confusion, and even difficulty navigating normal life if you are among the 38,000 Americans named James Smith or one of the 32,000 Maria Garcias in the United States. If you have a common first- and surname combination, it’s likely that you’ve been misidentified as […]

The Mixed-Up Files of Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion: What Happens When You and Your Neighbor Have the Same Name

Is your name James Smith? If so, you’re not just not alone, but as far from alone as it’s possible to be. That’s because this is the most common combination of first and last names in the world. And chances are you’ve developed a way to distinguish yourself, at least in your social circle or […]

Frustrated, Furious, or Depressed Because of a Credit Report Glitch? How to Fix It, Fast!

Have you ever been denied a bank or credit union loan, had an apartment application denied, or stood red-faced and sweating as the supermarket cashier says your debit card has been declined? If so, you know that financial and credit-related issues can be embarrassing and anxiety-inducing. But did you realize that you could be compensated […]

Credit Reports: Not As Accurate As You Might Think

Your credit score wields a lot of influence over your life. It can be the make-or-break determinate when buying a car, securing a mortgage, or accessing a line of credit for a new business venture. We’d like to think the logic behind our score is pretty bulletproof, but that may not be the case. In […]

Live in a Packed, Ethnic Neighborhood? You May Be at Higher Risk of Credit Report Mistakes Causing Havoc on Your File

Risk Factors for Mixed Files—Names and Neighborhoods One of the major types of credit report errors is a mixed file, which occurs when the credit reporting agencies combine information from multiple individuals. This error often occurs when individuals share similar names, social security numbers, addresses, birth dates, or other demographic details. The credit reporting agencies […]

Calling All Twins: Make Sure Your Sibling Pays Their Bills

Twinning equals winning, at least much of the time. Ask a twin whether they enjoy being irrevocably linked to an identical or very similar sibling, and you’ll probably hear some crazy twin stories about fooling friends, tricking teachers, and having a built-in best friend. But there are some occasions when being a twin is a […]

Wayward Son: How Your Son’s Credit Woes Can Become Yours, Especially if You’re a “Senior”

As a father, you always want what’s best for your children. Over the years, this has probably meant some sacrifices. While some sacrifice is normal, there are certain burdens you shouldn’t have to take on for your child. What’s an example of one of these? Your son’s bad credit choices and actions. You do not […]

Sins Of The Father: How Your Dad’s Credit Woes Can Become Yours, Especially if You’re a “Junior”

Family legacies can feel impossible to live up to, especially if you’re named after your father or one in a line of many with the same name. That pressure can be challenging enough—so what do you do when your dad’s credit impacts your credit report because you both have the same name? What happens when […]

Erroneous Information On Your Credit Reports? It May Be A Case Of Mixed Files

Can you imagine knowing that you’re dying of multiple cancers, trying to make sure your spouse of 50 years could cover burial costs, and attempting to renovate your home, and then being denied your HELOC application? That’s what happened to James Rennick. He was told that there was a problem with his credit report. It […]