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How Do I Remove Wrong Info From My Credit Report?

How to remove wrong info from credit report is one of the first things you need to know if you want to improve your credit score.

If there is incorrect information on your credit report it should be simple to remove, but sometimes it can be a long process. The most important thing is to be patient, persistent and business like. Do not give up, but do not write angry letters either.

There are two kinds of information that may be showing wrongly on your credit report. There may be mistakes in either your personal details or the financial information. The way that you deal with both of these is the same.

  1. Write to the credit bureau setting out exactly what is wrong and enclosing proof of the correct information. Keep a copy of everything that you send.
  2. Ask them to provide a new credit report so that you can see the corrections have been made.
  3. Send everything by certified mail. Ask for a receipt and keep it. You may need to prove they received your request on a certain date (see step 5).
  4. If they have not replied to you with the correction made, after a while you can write again referring to the date of your previous letter and the date that you know they received it.
  5. By law they must make the correction within 30 days of receiving your letter, if everything they needed was in there. If they ask for more proof, send it by certified mail and keep a copy again.
  6. If they do not correct the information within 30 days of receiving all the information they requested, you can file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. You will need to provide copies of everything that you sent. Make new copies so that you always keep a copy yourself.

At the same time, you will want to check your credit report with the other two credit bureaus. They may be showing the same mistakes, and just because you had it corrected on one report does not mean it will be corrected on the others. You can check your credit report once a year with each bureau without it reflecting badly.

When you write to a credit bureau, you may be real angry about the mistake which could be causing you big problems financially. It is important to stay very cool. Imagine you are acting on behalf of somebody else, not doing this for yourself.

The more quickly you need to have the mistake corrected, the more important it is to be business like. Remember that the person who deals with your request is probably not the same person who made the mistake originally, so you should not blame them. They will be much more willing to help you out if you are polite.

Keep in mind that you do have the right to have your credit report corrected and it should be a simple process that will only cost a few dollars for certified mail etc, if you do it yourself. If you have trouble getting the right tone in your letter, you may find it helpful to consult a credit repair company who will know how to remove wrong info from credit report.

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