We all are looking for the fastest way to get the things we want. People charge up their credit cards because it is quick and seems painless at first. Those with debt and credit problems want to fix it and move on as fast as possible. This is a good goal, but if you rush things too much, you could find yourself a victim of a fraud.
Credit-related frauds and scams target the inexperienced, the elderly and the desperate. They are specifically looking for someone who will jump on an idea without thinking it through. You pay up front, but they never deliver what they promised. These scams can cost you as little as your up-front payment or cost you as much as your home.
The Federal Trade Commission specifically warns consumers to be wary of all “companies that want you to pay for credit repair services before they provide any services.” Credit repair services that charge up-front fees are specifically breaking the law. It is illegal to charge you before the services are rendered under the Credit Repair Organizations act. However, there are many companies who regularly collect up-front payments.
Let’s get one thing straight to begin with — you don’t need anyone to help you clean up your credit report or score. What can be done has to be done by you. Do a little homework on raising your credit score and improving your credit history and you will find that it is really quite simple.
Some credit repair companies will tell you to dispute all of the derogatory information in your credit report, even if it is true. They are hoping that the credit bureau will not be able to verify all of the items before the 30-day time frame is up. However, this strategy doesn’t work. If something is taken off that is accurate, it will be put back on. You also risk the chance of having the agencies decide that all of your future disputes are “frivolous” under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. This means that they won’t even be considered.
There are many companies out there that tell you to apply for an Employer Identification Number from the IRS and use this instead of your Social Security Number to apply for credit. This is illegal. You could go to prison for doing this and face heavy fines.
Credit repair is a simple process. It is absolutely free. There is nothing that they can do that you can’t do for yourself. If you are having serious financial difficulties, turn to a financial advisor or credit counselor, not credit repair services. You will find that a solid financial plan has the added benefit of helping you to repair your credit. You can repair your negative credit without having to pay a penny to anyone. Take the time to research your options before you jump into anything that promises to be a quick fix. These promises usually cost you money.