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 11 months ago '06        #601
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 markus said
wouldn't it be faster to just dispute your negative items over the internet? after receiving your credit reports?
You don't want to dispute online because it makes it easy for them to deny your dispute and I heard from some other credit repair forums that once you dispute online you can't dispute again. You want to dispute using one of the templates and send it to each of the bureaus via certified mail so they can't say they didn't get it. Also, send an additional letter with your identity info (SS#/Driver's License/Passport/Current Address/etc.) and get it notarized. Remember, the burden of proof is on the credit bureaus, not you. If they can't prove that it's your debt, they have to take it off your report.

 10 months ago '12        #602
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 Shizz said
Here's a general plan to get you started and comfortable.

I'm a.ssuming you've already pulled each of your 3 credit reports and have them available.

1) Opt-Out. 1-888-5OPTOUT (1-888-567-8688).
This keeps the CRA's (Credit Reporting Agencies) from selling marketing lists which include your information. Helps keep the Popup-collections to a minimum.

2) Prepare a letter to each of the 3 CRA's, TransUnion, Experian, Equifax asking them to delete all addresses/names other than your current one.
(Incorrect, never lived there, etc)
This takes away one method of verification when you dispute, if that negative is tied to that old address or name.

3) Prepare a listing of all negatives on each report, and gather details as best you can. Date it first went delinquent, date of last activity, etc. You will need these dates to figure the reporting period and if appropriate, when the legal SOL expires.

4) At this point, you might consider a "blanket" dispute of your negatives with the CRA's. many people have luck with their initial dispute, the easy stuff gets deleted leaving fewer negatives to deal with later.
Results in 30 days, lol.

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This is a good time to do some reading.
Up to this point, the stuff you've done is pretty straightforward. From now on, a good understanding of the laws involved will serve you well.
Read the FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act) and the FACTA (Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Amendment) update.
Read the FDCPA.(Fair Debt Collection Practices Act)
Read your state laws regarding collections- in the "Consumer Protection" forum.
If you have questions regarding the meaning of something, search then ask here.
In order to use the laws, you have to understand them...

Once you have those down, smile! You know more than 99.9% of the collectors and CRA's out there- which will work to your advantage.
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5) Now you'll have to start making decisions.
For each negative left, you should consider:

a) Legal SOL.
Can they still sue you? If so, are you prepared to deal with that? Settle? Defend? Countersue?

B) Who is reporting.
If it's a CA,(Collection Agency) you may consider a DV letter, or the 1-2 punch.
If it's OC,(Original Creditor) you have goodwill letters or verification letters at your disposal.

c) age of the negative.
If its nearing the end of the 7-year reporting period, sometimes the best thing to do is nothing at all, other than dispute it with the CRA's as "Obsolete".



As your report clears up, you'll want to start adding positives to your report.

-Initially, being added as an Authorized User is a good way to jump-start a thin report.

-And/Or a secured credit card.
Go with one of the Prime banks, National City, Chase, BankofAmerica, etc.
The nice thing about a secured card is- you keep your money!
Avoid the offers of $300 credit for a $250 fee.
You could put the same $$ into a secured card- and keep it. Why throw cash away? lol....
These subprime card issuers can be (not all of them but some) loaded with "gotchas" which will defeat the purpose. You will outgrow them soon enough anyway.
Particularly avoid Cross Country bank and Aspire. Bad news. Run.

One day soon, you will find yourself in a position to pick your cards and loans...you'll find approvals rolling in..
This can be a danger point for many people.
Avoid the temptation to run up balances on the cards!
It's easy to do, the newfound freedom of having credit available seems to make purchases much easier, lol. Ask me! :)
You've worked hard at this point to repair and improve your credit.
Don't undo your hard work by carrying high utilization, or worse- ending up in a situation where you cannot easily repay the cards.
Not saying you personally will do anything of the sort. Just a forewarning that that day is coming...and it's an easy pitfall to succumb to.


That's pretty much the overview of what to do.
The Devil is in the details of course, so- Once you get things rolling and you come to a crossroads where you're not certain what to do- Ask!
We love to help with letters, etc. Just post what you have, other will certainly jump in with suggestions.
1st of all props for all the info you took the time to put on here! I got an old "anytime fitness" debt where I signed up for a 2 year contract. I signed the contract in late 09 and broke the contract in early 2010. Since this is 2017 I got to wondering if that debt had finally fallen off since i live in Indiana and Indiana has the 7 year rule and logged in on my credit karma account and sure enough it was still active under some collection agency that has had the debt since 2012 as far as I know.

This year I got a my 1st car loan and started thinking about getting my debt taken care of so I logged back in to credit karma to see what they offer as far as help with debt, well low and behold the debt was just bought by another collection agency!

So my question is should I dispute this debt on credit karma or is that a bad idea? this is nothing but a gym membership if you are not familiar with the name "anytime fitness" and it's not like I have kept any property or items so I just don't understand why this debt hasn't faded into oblivion. it's only a little over $1,000 debt but it seems they are not gonna give up. I would appreciate any advice you might have thanks

 10 months ago '07        #603
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Where can you go to get the true credit score. I use creditkarma.com and cresist wise. My credit was like 590 but I took a loan out and they showed me my score was 678. I am trying get an actual range of my score.

 10 months ago '04        #604
Kliq 180 heat pts180
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 Wraith420 said
1st of all props for all the info you took the time to put on here! I got an old "anytime fitness" debt where I signed up for a 2 year contract. I signed the contract in late 09 and broke the contract in early 2010. Since this is 2017 I got to wondering if that debt had finally fallen off since i live in Indiana and Indiana has the 7 year rule and logged in on my credit karma account and sure enough it was still active under some collection agency that has had the debt since 2012 as far as I know.

This year I got a my 1st car loan and started thinking about getting my debt taken care of so I logged back in to credit karma to see what they offer as far as help with debt, well low and behold the debt was just bought by another collection agency!

So my question is should I dispute this debt on credit karma or is that a bad idea? this is nothing but a gym membership if you are not familiar with the name "anytime fitness" and it's not like I have kept any property or items so I just don't understand why this debt hasn't faded into oblivion. it's only a little over $1,000 debt but it seems they are not gonna give up. I would appreciate any advice you might have thanks
since it's been sold to a collection agency, it essentially resets the 7 year period.

the good news is, the collection agency is more willing to bargain with you. I would offer them a pay-for-delete in writing. Agree to pay off X% of the debt in exchange for them deleting the debt from your credit report

 10 months ago '14        #605
strungout 381 heat pts381
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Im about 3500 in the hole with a credit card i haven't made a payment on since 2014 they have since closed my account and i periodically get calls from collections... should i jus forget about it ?? I heard after 5 years it will leave my credit history ...i also heard if i pay it off now it wouldnt change anything as far as my credit goes..

 10 months ago '04        #606
Kliq 180 heat pts180
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 strungout said
Im about 3500 in the hole with a credit card i haven't made a payment on since 2014 they have since closed my account and i periodically get calls from collections... should i jus forget about it ?? I heard after 5 years it will leave my credit history ...i also heard if i pay it off now it wouldnt change anything as far as my credit goes..
it falls off after 7 years

also, if they aren't reporting your account as delinquent anymore then it's probably best to just let it fall off. What i mean by this is that sometimes a creditor will get lazy or just forget to notify the 3 bureaus every month that you still haven't paid your outstanding debt after a few years have passed

do NOT dispute it for any reason or the creditor might update your record to reflect its current status

 8 months ago '04        #607
quedawg 2 heat pts
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WHAT IF you owe the irs?

 8 months ago '17        #608
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 Kliq said
since it's been sold to a collection agency, it essentially resets the 7 year period.

the good news is, the collection agency is more willing to bargain with you. I would offer them a pay-for-delete in writing. Agree to pay off X% of the debt in exchange for them deleting the debt from your credit report
they cannot re age the account....Last date of activity is what it should be reflecting. Re aging is illegal and you can sue them for that. I would dispute it by mail for that reason and it should come of immediately

 8 months ago '17        #609
yousabitch 
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 strungout said
Im about 3500 in the hole with a credit card i haven't made a payment on since 2014 they have since closed my account and i periodically get calls from collections... should i jus forget about it ?? I heard after 5 years it will leave my credit history ...i also heard if i pay it off now it wouldnt change anything as far as my credit goes..
anything that is older than 24 months old does not hurt your score as much as items that are 24 months and newer. I would send the collector a contact me by mail only letter, this way you can get an idea on what they have on you and if ANYTHING that they are reporting is inaccurate. Never admit to the debt being yours though or you will screw yourself.

it will be deleted after 7 years not 5 and it absolutely will be hurting your score if you just have it sit there or if you pay it off without coming to a pay per delete agreement(at a fraction of what you owe)

 7 months ago '10        #610
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Should I remove my old addresses after I dispute closed accounts?

If I update my addresses before i dispute closed accounts, won’t agencies just get new info from updated credit report?

Does anyone have any sample dispute letters?

 7 months ago '17        #611
yousabitch 
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 GwopNation said
Should I remove my old addresses after I dispute closed accounts?

If I update my addresses before i dispute closed accounts, wonít agencies just get new info from updated credit report?

Does anyone have any sample dispute letters?
I typically dispute my clients old addresses, jobs etc in the 1st round .. some items can drop off or be easier to dispute just by doing it this way ,, FreshFocusCredit.com

 7 months ago '10        #612
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 yousabi*ch said
I typically dispute my clients old addresses, jobs etc in the 1st round .. some items can drop off or be easier to dispute just by doing it this way ,, FreshFocusCredit.com
Do agencies get updated info from updated credit report when they do an inquiry?

And does anyone have a sample dispute letter for removing accounts from collections?

Edit: Tried disputing over the phone and online. Sent ID, social security card, credit card bill, and the reason I was sending the documents when disputing online. Transunion removed them no problem over the phone. Experian and Equifax did not because they said that I have open account/closed accounts tied to those addresses.


Last edited by GwopNation; 03-13-2018 at 12:30 PM..

 6 months ago '04        #613
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Anyone using one of those services? My credit is sh*tty but I know it’s things that I fix. Any suggestions? Not sure if I should look for someone local or not. The last thing I want is to get in a worse situation.

And what kinda money do they charge? I read that with some type of act, it’s allegations to pay in advance. This stuff is just overwhelming but I need to get it done. Any help would be appreciated

 6 months ago '10        #614
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I’m trying to figure out if I should dispute with the credit bureau or the collection agency first.

There a few addresses that the credit agencies wouldn’t delete because the addresses are tied to open accounts/accounts in collections.

Edit: Nvmnd. Just read that you should dispute with the agency first because the cra can request info


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 6 months ago '17        #615
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 mistatnn said
Anyone using one of those services? My credit is sh*tty but I know itís things that I fix. Any suggestions? Not sure if I should look for someone local or not. The last thing I want is to get in a worse situation.

And what kinda money do they charge? I read that with some type of act, itís allegations to pay in advance. This stuff is just overwhelming but I need to get it done. Any help would be appreciated
i own and operate freshfocuscredit.com , I am a credit expert I will give you a free consultation if interested. Check out my website if you enter your info there i will contact you to schedule it.

 6 months ago '07        #616
dbbabd 1 heat pts
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 yousabi*ch said
i own and operate freshfocuscredit.com , I am a credit expert I will give you a free consultation if interested. Check out my website if you enter your info there i will contact you to schedule it.
Yo I need help on what's the best way to attack my credit. I don't have a complicated history just student loans (grad 2 yrs ago) , and a couple of old debts that's in collections from 4 to 5 yrs ago tottlallijg less than 10k.

 6 months ago '17        #617
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 dbbabd said
Yo I need help on what's the best way to attack my credit. I don't have a complicated history just student loans (grad 2 yrs ago) , and a couple of old debts that's in collections from 4 to 5 yrs ago tottlallijg less than 10k.

Enter your info on the website so that I can give you a call and set up the free consultation. It doesn't take long at all. freshfocuscredit.com. You can also call me at 866-217-2666

 6 months ago '04        #618
Q80 
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I used

 5 months ago '18        #619
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So check this out. I got a secured card from bank of america about a year ago. i've been paying that off and my score has went from 570 to 630 in about that time. I can't however get a real credit card that's not secured. I keep getting rejected.

How TF do i improve my credit if I can only get a secured credit card? Should I get another secured card and pay these both off? Sh** i just want to get to 700

 5 months ago '17        #620
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 wasabi206 said
So check this out. I got a secured card from bank of america about a year ago. i've been paying that off and my score has went from 570 to 630 in about that time. I can't however get a real credit card that's not secured. I keep getting rejected.

How TF do i improve my credit if I can only get a secured credit card? Should I get another secured card and pay these both off? Sh** i just want to get to 700
Howís your payment history? Age of credit? Any loans? Debt to income ratio ? Iím a credit specialist..

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