What is a Consumer Report Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act?
The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), 15 U.S.C. § 1681, is the primary federal statute that regulates the credit reporting industry. When you obtain your credit report from Equifax, Experian, Innovis, TransUnion or any of the many other consumer reporting agencies (CRAs), you are obtaining a type of consumer report as that term is defined […]
You are a Lucrative Product To Credit Bureaus and Background Check Companies
At Sherman & Ticchio, we work in a peculiar field. We are attorneys who assist clients that are the victims of inaccurate credit reports or background check reports. We bring lawsuits against credit bureaus such as Equifax, Experian, Innovis, and TransUnion, as well as the companies that report to these credit bureaus (examples include banks […]
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Fair Credit Reporting Act Requires Furnishers to Conduct Reasonable Investigations of Consumer Disputes
The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) defines a furnisher as a company that furnishes information about consumers to credit bureaus (formally known as consumer reporting agencies or CRAs) like Equifax, Experian, Innovis, and TransUnion. Furnishers include, among others, credit card issuers, other types of lenders, and collection agencies. A furnisher’s duty to investigate a consumer’s […]
Adverse Action Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act
Normally, you are entitled to obtain one free copy per year of your credit report with Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion by visiting the website annualcreditreport.com, linked here. Because of the pandemic, you can obtain a free report from each of the big three credit bureaus each week through late April of 2022. In some instances, such […]
A Short Guide to Credit Report Inquiries
Credit inquiries are something very few consumers fully understand. Let’s take a look at some of the important characteristics of those inquiries: Inquiries only stay on your credit report for two years There are two types of inquiries, “hard” and “soft” As a note, TransUnion will refer to “hard” inquiries as “regular” inquiries. Soft inquiries […]
What is a Credit Inquiry (and what is the difference between hard inquiries and soft inquiries)?
Broadly speaking, a credit inquiry is a request by a financial institution or other company (like a potential landlord) for information about a consumer’s creditworthiness from a consumer reporting agency (CRA), which are commonly called credit bureaus. The big three credit bureaus are Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. A fourth credit bureau currently making a push […]
The Fair Credit Reporting Act and Your Right to Maximum Possible Accuracy (a basic overview)
The Fair Credit Reporting Act (commonly referred to as the FCRA) is the federal law that requires credit bureaus (also known as consumer reporting agencies) like Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion to, among other responsibilities, maintain and follow procedures to assure the maximum possible accuracy of information in consumer reports that they publish about you to, […]
How do I read my credit report?
You finally get a copy of your credit report with Equifax, Experian, Innovis, TransUnion or one of the many smaller credit bureaus, but when you look at it you’re hit with a wall of information that you can’t possibly understand. This is the situation many of our potential clients find themselves in, and it’s understandable. […]
Suspect Identity Theft? You Can “Freeze” Your Credit Reports
Today, with data breaches, telephone scams, and bogus links in emails and texts with offers or warnings that seem legitimate but are, in reality, part of click-bait cons, identity theft is rampant. And a major consequence of identity theft can be the opening of credit cards and other loans in your name without your knowledge […]
Employment background check report errors
You’re applying for a job, and you learn that you’ve been accepted. As you, ecstatic, read through the acceptance letter, you see a short note of fine print saying that your job offer is contingent on a review of your employment background check. “No problem” you think, “I don’t have any criminal history, nothing to […]
How can I dispute an error on my credit report?
To dispute an error on your credit report, a good practice is to contact the consumer reporting agency (also known as a credit bureau; i.e., Equifax, Experian, Innovis, TransUnion) and the company that provided the information (called a furnisher, which is often a financial institution, service provider, or collection agency). To trigger certain rights provided […]