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Are Credit Repair Companies Worth Your Dime?

On Behalf of | Nov 1, 2013 | Consumer Protection

Today, you cannot avoid the bombardment of ads for credit repair
companies, promising to boost
your credit score
and do away with your bad credit
forever.  Despite the fact such offers are obviously
appealing, consumers should beware there is no quick fix and such
claims are likely the sign of a scam you are better off

The harsh reality is, there is no immediate solution to repair
your credit and the only sure fire way to fix your score is with a
little patience and a lot of time.  Legitimately improving your
credit score
takes knowledge and commitment to coming up with a
plan to pay off your debt and continuing to make payment of all of
your bills in a timely manner.  A credit repair company cannot
usually make good on the promises they offer as accurate negative
information cannot be removed from your report, so forking over
money to a company to dispute information that is rightfully
reporting is more than likely a waste of money you could be using
to pay off your debt.

The Federal Trade
(“FTC”) put together a list of conduct consumers
should be weary of in an effort to protect you being taken
advantage of.

  • Never pay a credit repair company up front.  Make sure the
    company does the work before you hand over your hard earned
  • Make sure the company does not charge you for free
    information.  Credit repair companies should not just recite
    you the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) and send you on your
    way.  These companies must actually do the disputing for you
    and follow up for the results.
  • Avoid a credit repair company that advises you to cease all
    communication with the credit reporting agencies and that advises
    you it can remove accurate derogatory information from your
  • A legitimate credit repair organization should never advise you
    to dispute information that is up to date and accurate despite it
    being negative.
  • Accurate negative information cannot legally be removed from
    your credit report so a promise to do so can be viewed as a
    violation of the law.  The “FCRA” allows you to dispute
    inaccurate information from your credit report at no cost so
    anything a credit repair company can do, you can also do on your
    own behalf free of charge.  Before agreeing to start the
    services with a credit repair company know that it cannot falsely
    represent their services and cannot charge you until completing
    their promised services.

If you are having issues with your
credit report
and need the advice or assistance of counsel, contact SmithMarco P.C. for a  free
case review.