By Michelle Black
Did you know that you are legally entitled to receive a free credit report every single year from all 3 of the credit bureaus (Equifax, Trans Union, and Experian)? Simply visit www.annualcreditreport.com to request your free report once every 12 months with zero strings attached! Trust us, we have checked it out. Now, unfortunately, this free report does not provide you with free credit scores (though you can pay to access your credit scores as well). However, even though you will not be able to receive your credit scores for free, the free credit file disclosure report will show you 100% of the account currently on your file.
You may wonder why it is important to check your credit report in the first place. Well, there are actually several important reasons:
1. Protect yourself from fraud – Checking your credit report once every 6 months will dramatically reduce your chances of identity fraud. If you check your credit report and discover “fishy” accounts then you can speak with a HOPE Credit Specialist for some expert advice and you may even be advised to file a police report.
2. Protect yourself from credit bureau mistakes – Let’s face it. The credit bureaus make mistakes and those mistakes can cost you, big time! Checking your credit report every 6 months will help you to monitor your file for incorrect accounts or incorrect information being reported.
If you do check your credit report and find errors, identity fraud, or other credit issues please know that all hope is not lost. There is still a way to turn your current credit situation around and achieve healthier credit scores! The HOPE Program has been helping people just like you to deal with credit problems for over 10 years. In fact, the average HOPE member graduates our program within 6 months or less! Call us today at 704-499-9696 to schedule your NO-OBLIGATION credit analysis with a HOPE Credit Specialist. You have nothing to lose and could even gain the financial freedom you deserve!