Dealing with Debt Collectors
You must be aware of the fact that your credit score may drop with erroneous entries on the credit report. You can dispute with the creditors or debt collectors if you find any inaccurate negative information on the credit report. Well, you need to know that inaccurate and positive information on your credit report can’t be removed from it. So, if you’ve erroneous entries on your credit report, you can manage to dispute the erroneous items with the debt collectors directly. If you’re unaware of the tricks to dispute erroneous entries on the credit report then you need to correspond with the debt collector to remove the incorrect entries.
Here are some of the important points that you need to consider when you plan to dispute the inaccurate information from the credit report:
1. Know your rights: Make sure you’re aware of your rights to remove the erroneous entries from your credit report with the debt collectors who reported the information. So, you need to send a dispute letter to the company that provided the information to the consumer reporting agency.
2. Debt collectors job to investigate: The debt collectors report the agencies in regards to credit information immediately. Make sure the time frame of response is same when you send a dispute letter to a consumer reporting agency. In most of the cases, the company has 30 days for investigation and the this period may get extended up to 45 days if you provide additional information. Make sure you get information in regards to the credit information within five business days of completion.
3. The debt collectors may not respond to your letter: Well, the debt collectors may not respond to your letter if you contact the credit reporting agencies to dispute erroneous information on the credit report. If the debt collectors have already responded to the dispute, then it may not respond to your letters any more unless you provide more information.
4. Liability of the debt collectors: According to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, if the debt collector provides information to the CRA, he has to follow certain liabilities.
• Finds out more about dispute reported information.
• Provides accurate and complete information if the reported information is incorrect.
• Informs the credit reporting agency if the consumer disputes information.
• Checks when the accounts are “closed by the consumers”
• Sends the credit report agency with the required details like the month and years of the delinquent accounts given to the collection agency or charged off.
• Needs to complete the investigation of a consumer dispute within 30 to 45 days time span, so that credit report agency can manage to complete the scrutiny.
Therefore, you’re required to keep the above mentioned points in mind when your plan to dispute the accuracy of the items on the credit report with the debt collectors.
***This article was contributed by Anjelica Cullin.