The three major credit bureaus- Experian, Equifax and Transunion, have all announced that they are offering free credit reports to all Americans on a weekly basis. This gives Americans a way to protect their financial health during the COVID-19 pandemic. The free reports will be available on AnnualCreditReport.com through April 2021.
Previously, you were entitled to one free credit report from each bureau per year. That number has been increased to as many as 156 over the next year, if you so choose.
How to Obtain a Free Credit Report
To get your free credit reports from each bureau, follow these steps:
- Go to AnnualCreditReport.com
- Click on “Request your free credit reports.”
- Fill out one form to request up to three copies of your credit report.
- Choose which reports you want (Experian, Equifax and/or TransUnion).
- Answer several questions to verify your identity.
- Obtain and review your reports.
Reviewing Your Credit Report
When monitoring your credit report, it is important to keep an eye out for common credit report errors and signs of fraud.
If you do notice any errors on your report, dispute them as soon as you can. The consumer reporting agency is then required to provide the information that you give to them to the creditor who has reported the debt. That creditor must investigate the dispute reasonably and report any inaccuracies. The credit reporters will then provide you with information regarding the investigation and, hopefully, they will correct the inaccuracy.
If they fail to fix the problem then, and only then, can you file a claim against the creditor for placing inaccurate or misleading information on your credit report.
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