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1/11/09

Beware of Credit Repair Services

It is true that many companies exist that will claim to clean up your credit report for a fee. Some of these companies are less than ethical and some are outright scams. However, there are many legitimate companies that will clean up your credit report for a small fee. Many people believe that all of these credit repair companies are cheats that take your money and do no work to help you out. This is simply untrue. However, if you do not know what you are doing or do not keep tabs on the credit repair company that you may hire, you may be take advantage of, your credit report may not be fixed, or both could occur.

If you have late payments, collection accounts, bankruptcies, or any or all of these things in your credit report, you know that these things lower your credit score (some more than others). If you have these things in your credit report, you may have to hire the services of a professional "credit cleaner" in order to maximize the use of your credit report. For the most part, these companies dispute inaccurate information on your credit report in attempts to remove some of the late payments, collection data, and other negative information that have been compiled in your report. The thing that you have to be most concerned about is that these companies not only behave ethically, but that they also behave legally. Creating a new social security number or a new identity in order to avoid your debt obligations is fraud. Therefore, do not engage in such activity.

Many skeptics argue that everything that these credit repair companies do can be done yourself for less money. This is 100% true, but I do not see how that is relevant. I can make dinner at home for less money than going to a restaurant. However, under the skeptics' logic, I should not go to the restaurant because it will cost more than making dinner at home. The point is, if you use a credit repair company, you are paying for experience and convenience.

Keep in mind that you do not have to use a credit repair company is you do not want. As stated in the above paragraph, you can clean your credit report yourself. However, if you decide that your credit report needs to be repaired, you should analyze your situation and decide which option (paying a company to do it or doing it yourself) is best for you. Either way, if done correctly, the results will be worth the time and money.

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