Detect Identity Fraud Early
We all know we should inspect our credit card statements every month for mysterious charges. But that only catches the thief who uses an account you know you have. In the past few years identity fraud has risen dramatically. In this form of credit fraud, a thief steals your good credit by taking control of or opening new accounts in your name, running up large balances, and making you pay the collectors for what you never bought. New accounts opened with your identity will appear on your credit report, revealing identity fraud to you.
If you don’t check over your credit report, it could be months before the credit grantor, tired of not getting paid, turns the account over to a collector who tracks you down and demands payment for a loan you’ve never even heard of. As with much less problematic inaccuracies, identity fraud is something you can detect and fix simply by checking your credit history thoroughly and on a routine basis.
Become an Informed Consumer of Credit Services Your credit report can impact your financial stability dramatically. With good credit, you can obtain many types of benefits–a home mortgage or lease on an apartment, an auto loan, low-interest credit cards, and more-with ease. But if your credit history is not up to par, many of these financial options will not be available to you. Either way, you should know what to expect when a lender runs a credit check on you. Besides paying your bills regularly and on time, the single most important thing is to monitor your report regularly.
Studies have shown that many credit files contain inaccuracies that can harm your credit rating, leading to rejections when you apply for loans, insurance, or even a job. Often, this can be attributed to simple human error. The causes can range from a clerical error to a computer glitch in which your file is mixed with that of someone with a similar name. That’s why it’s important that you check all of your credit files and monitor your credit regularly to protect your good credit standing. And if your credit is less than perfect now, checking your report will aid you in identifying lingering problems so you can deal with them effectively and move towards an improved credit standing. Whatever your situation, reviewing your report on a regular basis is your ticket to a better credit standing.