Category Archives: Credit Scores

How Debt Collectors Furnish Data to Credit Bureaus (Part Two)

If you haven’t yet, read part 1! Though tradelines—reports of outstanding debts—can considerably impact a consumer’s credit report and credit score, a report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) reveals that debt collection reporting is uneven and suspect. Updating the information on a credit report often does not depend on the debt resolution. Instead, […]

Understanding Section 611(e) of the Fair Credit Reporting Act

If you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of American consumers frustrated by problems with their credit reports—maintained by one of the nation’s three largest credit bureaus, Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion—you may wonder if there’s anything you can do. But there are ways to repair your credit. Let’s briefly look at one such tool: Section […]

Common Customer Complaints about Credit Reporting Bureaus (Part 2)

In our last post (click here to read part 1), we looked at the dramatic increase in consumers’ complaints against the national credit bureaus, Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion. But, of course, we need to do more than know the number of complaints we need to pay attention to. We also want to examine the types […]

Data Breaches and Protecting Against Identity Theft

On August 17th 2021 the mobile phone company T-Mobile revealed that they had discovered a cyberattack had exposed certain personal information of around 7.8 million current customers, and information about around 40 million former customers to bad actors. The data included names, dates of birth, social security, and driver’s license or identification information. Financial, credit […]

Consumer Reporting Complaints (Part 2)

Read part 1 by clicking here! From January 2020 to September 2021, CFPB received more than 700,000 consumer complaints about Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax—the national credit reporting agencies (NCRAs). But the number of successfully resolved complaints dropped to just 5%. Why? According to a recent report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), one reason […]

Reporting of Collections Tradelines (Part 2)

Read part 1 by clicking here! While the prevalence and impact of collection debts on credit reports are clear, what’s even more of a concern is how often mistakes are made. And this flawed reporting is having an impact on consumers’ lives. Currently, there are no accepted or enforceable standards for when or why debt […]

Reporting of Collections Tradelines (Part 1)

An estimated 220 million U.S. consumers have at least one credit report maintained by the major credit bureaus of Expedia, Equifax, and TransUnion. And of these millions of consumers, one out of three have what’s known as a “collections tradeline” included in their reports. Yet most Americans may not even know what a tradeline is, […]

What Should You Do If You Have Medical Debt on Your Credit Report? (Part 2)

In our last post —if you haven’t read it yet click here for part 1—, we discussed the credit bureaus’ announcement that they are changing how they will include medical debt on consumers’ credit reports. Industry watchers estimate that these changes will eliminate 70% of medical debt reports. But let’s talk about steps you can […]

What Should You Do If You Have Medical Debt on Your Credit Report? (Part 1)

According to a recent report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), almost one-out-of-every-five consumers has information relating to their medical debt on a credit report. And while medical debt is the most common type of collection information on a consumer’s credit report, medical debts aren’t a good indicator of creditworthiness. Medical debt is usually […]

Credit Bureaus Will No Longer Report Most Medical Debt

In mid-March, all three major credit bureaus—Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion—announced they would no longer include most medical collection debt on people’s credit reports. This is a major change that should have everyone checking their credit reports. According to the Washington Post, the credit bureaus will be taking steps to change how they report medical debt […]