There has been a recent spike in credit reporting complaints claiming that information on a consumer’s credit report actually belongs to someone else. This recent spike is a result of nearly twice the number of consumers complaining about incorrect information in a credit report. According to an analysis by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) and the Frontier Group, gripes from consumers set a new monthly complaint volume record for the fifth month in a row.
The total number of consumer complaints related to credit reporting has risen by 86 percent during the COVID-19 pandemic! PIRG researchers have acknowledged that the accuracy of credit reports is a “delicate barometer” for consumers considering credit reporting agencies essentially act as gatekeepers to financial or employment opportunities. We all know it’s nearly impossible to get a line of credit, a loan, etc. without creditors reviewing a credit report or credit score.
U.S. PIRG Senior Director for Consumer Programs, Ed Mierzwinski, has shed some light on what to do when a consumer finds credit report inaccuracies. “You can generally see your credit report for free, especially during the pandemic. You’ll need to file disputes with both the credit bureau(s) at fault and the company that made the alleged mistake.” He also advised consumers to check their credit reports for mistakes, especially if they are seeking new credit in the future.
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