How to recognize credit repair scams

Almost everyday we get to hear about companies offering to help consumers clean up their credit reports for a fee. They promise that by accepting their service, they would be able to repair their credit and easily qualify for loans & jobs.

But the truth is that they don’t do anything after taking hundreds and even thousand of dollars from the customer and simply vanish with the money. So how a person can save himself from falling prey to any such credit repair scam offer?

We have summarized some of the most common signs where it is likely that the offer is nothing but a scam:

  1. A credit repair company does not tell you about your legal rights & what the customer can do by himself for free without taking their help.
  1. Customer is asked to pay for the services upfront before they provide the service.
  1. Any company which recommends customer not to directly contact any credit reporting company.
  1. Customer is advised to create a new credit identity and then a new credit report by applying for EIN (Employer Identification Number).
  1. Credit repair company which advises customer to dispute all information listed on his credit report even if the customer is aware that it is accurate.

As per laws, obtaining EIN from IRS under false pretense is a federal crime. Additionally, according to CROA (Credit Repair Organizations Act) companies cannot ask for payment which they haven’t yet provided.

What we would suggest is that don’t fall prey do any such scams and try to repair your credit on your own and save some money also. You can improve your credit only by putting in conscious effort, time, and a self managed personal debt repayment plan.