Credit Myths Exposed *An Account May Only Stay On My Credit Report for 7 Years *False: Accounts may stay on your credit report for 7 years after the date of last activity on the account. This means if you make a payment on the account, if the account is charged off, sold to a collection agency, etc. then the 7 years start over. Plus, public records stay on your credit for 10 years after the account is resolved.
*Creditors Have to Delete Accounts from My Credit Report Once Paid *False: Your creditors are not legally obligated to remove paid accounts from your credit report. They are supposed to update the balance on the account; however, many times they do not fulfill even this obligation.
*Being Turned Down for a Loan Hurts My Credit *False: Creditors are not legally allowed to put a note on your credit report if they turn you down for a loan. However, the simple fact of having your credit pulled for the application can lower your score approximately 1-3 points.
*Creditors Have the Right to Call Me to Collect a Debt *True: Your creditors may call you (depending upon the state in which you live) to try to collect a debt UNLESS you request to only be contacted via mail. If a creditor is harrassing you, you have the right to make this request to stop the calls.
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