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You have rights when a debt collector is pursuing you. SmithMarco, P.C., has over 30 years of combined experience practicing law protecting the rights of consumers around the country.

Contact us for a free case review to determine if your Fair Debt Collection Practices Act rights were violated. 

Complete a Full Credit Check on Yourself

Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) you are entitled to know what is reporting on your credit file.  Credit reporting agencies provide your information to lenders, employers, landlords, banks, insurance companies, department stores and other entities.  So, to maintain your financial welfare, you need to know what they are reporting about you.  Experts say there are approximately 400 specialty credit reporting agencies in addition to the three main players, Experian, Equifax and Trans Union, that the average consumer is aware of. Read More...

Salary Information on your Credit Report

Checking your credit report is standard protocol for the average consumer.  Accessing your credit file to review the information reporting is essential to your financial well being. Did you know that in addition to account information, credit reporting agencies also collect salary information on consumers? Read More...

Who Is Really Reporting Your Credit Information

The average consumer is aware of the three big credit reporting agencies, Experian, Equifax, and Trans Union.  When applying for credit, most consumers are aware that lenders review your credit report to see if you are “credit worthy” before they decide whether or not to lend you money.  Most often, the reports being reviewed are from one or all of the big three.  However, there are dozens of other reporting companies that store your credit information and are sharing it with your potential lenders.Read More...

What Factors Make Up Your Credit Score

Your Credit Score is the number assigned to the information contained in your credit report.  Your Credit Score is the number used by lenders to make decision on whether or not to lend you money.  Your Credit Score is the number that allows you greater financial opportunities.  Your Credit Score is your “adult GPA.” Your Credit Score is the number you should care about and should work toward making it the highest and best number possible.Read More...