Contact the three major credit bureaus
After filing a police report, call or email TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax, and report the id theft. The credit reporting agencies will then freeze access to your credit reports. This makes it incredibly hard for anyone to open new accounts in your name. The credit bureaus will also send you complimentary copies of your credit reports.
Find and report unrecognizable charges and accounts
Next, you should look over your credit reports and identify fraudulent items. Any charges or accounts that you don’t recognize must be disputed. In order to dispute unauthorized items on your credit reports, you must write letters to the appropriate creditors and credit reporting agencies. Also, when mailing these dispute letters, make sure to include copies of your police report.
Wait it out
This is the only step in the credit report recovery process that doesn’t require swiftness on the part of id theft victims. Instead, it falls to creditors and the credit bureaus to act within a strict time frame – 30 days. Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), this is how long the credit reporting agencies have to investigate your disputes and respond. After receiving your responses, check your credit reports again to verify that all disputed items are cleared.
We Repair Credit Reports Damaged by ID Theft for Free
For victims of Id theft, the credit report repair process is complicated enough. Yet, it gets even more frustrating when the lenders and credit reporting agencies won’t cooperate. Sometimes it’s necessary to file lawsuits in order to get credit reports completely cleaned up. We know this all-too well because we’ve been fixing credit reports for Id theft victims since 2008.
The good news is that we don’t just step in to file a lawsuit. Instead, we handle the entire credit report recovery process for you, from beginning to end. At Credit Repair Lawyers of America in Michigan, we write dispute letters on behalf of our clients and ensure that all of their documents are in order. Then, if it’s necessary to file a lawsuit, we do that too – for free. Our clients pay nothing out of pocket for the work we do because the FCRA requires the defendants in successful actions to cover our costs and fees.