The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) regulates the quality of a credit report and any errors occurring in the report should be corrected immediately so that future financial disasters can be avoided. Under the FCRA, the credit reporting companies as well as the person concerned are responsible for correcting the mistakes in a credit report.
Proactive action is the best method for disputing any of the items in a credit report. A letter should be sent to the consumer reporting company stating the inaccuracies or discrepancies in a credit report. A copy of the documents that prove the inaccuracies in a report should also be attached to the letter. It is important to keep receipts of the certified mail in case it is required as a proof in further investigations.
The consumer reporting company must oblige within a month and correct the inaccuracies present in the report. If there are no inaccuracies then a letter intimating the concerned person ought to be sent. However, if the consumer reporting company does find any mistakes then a written notice must be sent to all three consumer reporting companies stating the exact inaccuracies in a report.
If the disputed items are corrected then the company is legally bound to send a corrected copy of the report to the consumer. This free report does not count as a person? S annual free report. If an item is changed or erased, the consumer reporting company cannot put the disputed information back in the file unless the information provider verifies that it is precise and comprehensive. The consumer reporting company must also send a written notice that includes the name, address, and phone number of the information provider.
If an investigation does not resolve the dispute with the consumer reporting company, then a person can ask that a statement of the dispute be included in the consumer? S file and in future reports. The consumer can also ask the consumer reporting company to provide your statement to any party who received a copy of the report in the recent past.