What is a Merged Credit Report?

Often times, one will review their credit report and find information that is completely alien to them.  Accounts or addresses that have no relation to the consumer.  Often, the initial reaction is to assume identity theft – someone got a hold of your information and is ruining your credit.   You may instead be dealing with […]
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Getting Sued for a Debt? Don’t Hide from it, Get Legal Help

Getting served with a lawsuit by a creditor can be an extremely lonely and deflating feeling.  Many Americans are in debt and unable to pay all of their bills.  When someone is having a hard enough time making ends meet, it can be made worse when the pressure of a lawsuit comes to your door.  […]
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What Does “Meets FCRA Requirements” Mean on your Credit Report?

Many people have come to us with the question of what “meets FCRA requirements” means on their credit report.  Often times, an account being reported will have this comment attached to it.  Every time, it is an account that the consumer had once issued a dispute over. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is a […]
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Credit Bureaus Extend Free Reports During Pandemic

Good news for consumers. ICYMI CDIA and the Big Three credit bureaus announced they are extending free weekly credit reports at https://link.edgepilot.com/s/ca08fc70/c2kzDnTgJ0G7i7gDYEltGg?u=http://www.annualcreditreport.com/ for an additional year until April 20, 2022. https://link.edgepilot.com/s/de4c85fa/iKHOOxgS7k2JJdhHeqj7Vg?u=https://www.cdiaonline.org/equifax-experian-and-transunion-announce-extension-of-free-weekly-credit-reports-to-help-americans-during-covid-19/ Again, instead of one per year, consumers can now receive one per WEEK. Continue to check your credit report and contact SmithMarco, P.C. if […]
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Good Morning America Reports Record Number of Credit Report Errors

This morning on Good Morning America, it was reported that a record number of Americans are reporting errors on their credit reports.  It was quite an eye opening piece.  If you have not seen it, watch here.   A big part of the problem is the manner in which creditors are reporting accounts affected by the […]
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FICO vs. FICO 8

What is a FICO Score? Just when you feel it is hard enough to understand your credit score, FICO, the most widely used and most well known credit scoring model has introduced a new credit scoring system, referred to as FICO 8. FICO, or Fair Isaac Corporation, is the company that analyzes your credit information […]
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