Many consumers have questions about the information being reported by credit bureaus. One of the most common questions we hear is “How does a mistake on my credit report hurt me?” You might think that having a mistake on a credit report isn’t likely to happen to you, but surprisingly as many as two out of every three people who review what’s on their credit reports find a mistake. Some reporting errors are minor, such as misspelling your name, but others can be more serious. Misinformation can bring down your credit score or make it hard for you to be approved for credit.
Types of Mistakes on Credit Reports
There are many different types of errors that may show up on your credit report and affect your credit. Some examples include:
Other errors you may find include incorrect balances or duplicate items. If you’ve recently gotten a divorce, you may find accounts that pertain to your ex-spouse. Any errors you find on your credit report should be disputed right away to reverse any damage that’s been done by this misinformation.
The Impact of Mistakes on a Credit Report
Wrong information on your credit report can quickly bring your credit score down. You may find it hard to get approved for a loan or a credit card, or you might not be able to get the best terms or interest rates.
Even if you’re not trying to borrow money, misinformation on your credit report can still hurt you. Many potential employers pull a credit report as part of the job screening process. Potential landlords, insurance companies, and utility companies may also base decisions on your credit report.
Fixing Errors on Your Credit Report
If you find any errors on your credit report, contact the credit bureau that’s reporting the wrong information and file a dispute. For help with straightening out mistakes on your credit report, consider working with Dovly. We’re an automated credit repair engine that can help you track, manage and fix your credit. As we get mistakes removed from your credit report, you can sit back and watch your credit score go up. Get in touch with Dovly today.