Equifax Credit Dispute: How to Dispute Personal Information on a Credit Report
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A reader commented on the post “Strategies for Outsmarting Uncle Sam at Tax Time,” and we wanted to do our best to answer his question.
My ex-wives have very similar names (like Cristina & Tina) and they have the exact same last and middle names. Their credit reports got combined somehow. One of them thinks I did it. Not only did I not do it, I couldn’t even if I wanted to.
How/where do I get info to prove no one can change another person’s report?
Generally, anyone with whom Equifax has established a business relationship and who has what is considered a “permissible purpose” under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) can obtain a copy of your credit report.
The companies, groups, and individuals who may have permissible purpose include:
A third party may also access to your Equifax credit file under the requirements of a court order or other legal procedure.
If you believe that any item of information contained in your Equifax credit report is incomplete or inaccurate, simply notify us directly, and we will promptly investigate the matter on your behalf with the source that provided the information.
Within a month of your dispute request (45 days if your dispute is based on your free annual disclosure report), you will be notified of the results of the dispute investigation and provided with a credit file reflecting the results of the investigation at no charge.
You should examine this file carefully to make sure the inaccuracies have been corrected or removed. If information you disputed has been re-verified, it will remain in your credit file, but you can request that it be shown as disputed and you can add a statement of explanation to your credit file.
If your personal information (e.g., name or address) is incorrect on your credit file, we recommend that you first contact each of your creditors and confirm that your personal information is correct in their records. Updating your personal information with your creditors will help ensure that information they report to Equifax is correct.
Submitting your dispute online is the quickest and easiest way to resolve or correct errors on your credit file, but you can also write to us at:
P.O. Box 740256
Atlanta, GA 30374
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