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Don't Fall For Credit Repair Scams

Don’t Get Fooled By Credit Repair Scammers

Maintaining an excellent credit score is a universal goal, but at times, assistance is needed to enhance those crucial three digits. Enter credit repair companies, that offer services to identify and rectify errors on credit reports and aid consumers in elevating their scores. However, not all credit repair companies are trustworthy, and understanding the dynamics of credit repair scams is essential to protect yourself.

Credit repair scams manifest in various forms:

  1. Empty Promises: Fraudulent companies request payment for services but deliver no tangible results.
  2. Illegal Measures: Some companies resort to unlawful actions to boost credit scores, such as filing false police reports or falsely claiming identity theft, implicating victims in criminal activities.
  3. Unauthorized Identity Changes: Victims are coerced into establishing a credit privacy number (CPN) or an employee identification number (EIN) to rebuild credit, often using someone else’s Social Security number (SSN), an illegal practice.

To shield against these scams, watch out for warning signs:

  • Upfront Fees: Legitimate companies do not charge exorbitant upfront fees.
  • Unrealistic Promises: Be wary of promises to achieve specific credit scores within unrealistic timelines.
  • Failure to Mention Free Disputes: Legitimate avenues for disputing credit report errors without charge should be acknowledged.
  • Encouragement of Falsification: Any suggestion to falsify information is a red flag.
  • New Identity Recommendations: Avoid companies advocating setting up a new identity through CPN or EIN.
  • Lack of Credentials: Ensure proper accreditation, a physical address, and positive business ratings.
  • Refusal to Collaborate: A refusal to engage with creditors and credit bureaus raises suspicions.
  • Incomplete Contracts: Insist on a comprehensive contract outlining all terms and conditions before engaging a credit repair service.

When seeking credit repair services, opt for companies that don’t exhibit these warning signs. They should posses reputable accreditation and transparent contractual terms. Safeguarding against scammy credit repair companies is crucial for preventing further harm to your financial standing. Use this guide to navigate the credit repair landscape and avoid falling prey to scams.

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NCUA

Dressler Branch
4100 Dressler Rd. NW
Canton, OH 44718
Office: 330.493.8325
Fax: 330.493.8328

Loan Dept.: 330.493.7602
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3426 Cleveland Ave. NW
Canton, OH 44709
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1281 S. Sawburg Ave.
Alliance, OH 44601
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Fax: 330.821.2004

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Minerva Area Federal CU Shared Branch
(Cash and deposits only)
3570 Union Ave. SE
Minerva, OH 44657

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Routing Number
241274598

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