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After bankruptcy, credit repair may be the first thing on your mind. While your eagerness and optimism are important as you start the process of bankruptcy credit repair, beware of those who will take advantage of people in your situation.
You have probably seen advertisement of companies offering bankruptcy credit repair services. These companies offer quick and easy ways to clean your credit report; delete your bankruptcy record or create you a new identity. Before you get excited about these incredible offers, you should know the following:
* You can repair your credit report on your own. Repairing your credit report means updating your information and making sure everything is accurate. You don?t need to pay anyone to do this. All you have to do is to get a copy of your credit report from the 3 main credit-reporting companies. Then, if you find any error you can directly contact the credit-reporting agency involved to file your dispute. Within a certain period of time, any information that you claim to be an error will be removed if the agency fails to verify otherwise.
* Bankruptcy will remain in your credit report for 10 years, if you filed for Chapter 7 or 7 years, if you filed for Chapter 13. Until the set period is over, there is nothing you or anyone can do to delete that information.
* Creating a new identity to conceal your bankruptcy is against the law. Usually, bankruptcy credit repair scams like this involve applying for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) that you will use in your credit application instead of your social security number. These companies will proudly claim they are offering legitimate services but nothing can be farther from the truth. Providing false statements in a credit or loan application is a federal crime so is obtaining an EIN with fraudulent intent.
Avoid bankruptcy credit repair scams with common sense. Check with the Better Business Bureau before you start doing business with any bankruptcy credit repair company. Never pay a company in advance for a service not yet rendered. The company should provide you a written contract and inform you of your legal rights.
There are no quick fixes when it comes to bankruptcy credit repair. Some may need the help of a professional. Most often, you can do it by yourself with simple yet effective steps such paying bills promptly. Either way bankruptcy credit repair requires time and a steady commitment on your part.
There are reputable financial institutions that are willing to help you restore your credit. Shop around, compare your options and be patient in your search. However, do not make the mistake of submitting your applications to all the credit card companies you are considering just to find out what their terms are.
You can get information on the general terms of bankruptcy credit by simply inquiring with the different companies. Note that too many credit applications and credit checks will lower your credit score significantly.
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