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What If I Can’t Pay Back a Payday Loan?

March 23, 2017

Dear Experian, I had a payday loan I took out in 2011. I became unable to work and had to have surgery in 2012. I began attempting to repair...

How Do I Find out Who I Owe Money To?

March 9, 2017

Dear Experian, How can I find out who I owe? I would like to know so that I can pay off my debt and clear up my credit. –...

Can I Apply for Credit Cards After Declaring Bankruptcy?

March 8, 2017

Dear Experian, Can I apply for credit cards after declaring bankruptcy? What kind of credit card might I qualify for? I am trying to rebuild my credit. – GSP...

Can Opting-Out of Pre-Approved Offers Help My Credit Score?

March 2, 2017

Dear Experian, Do inquiries for preapproved offers damage your credit report? I am trying to make an informed decision on whether to opt out of these solicitations. – HNS...

Negotiating a Settlement Amount on an Account in Good Standing

February 28, 2017

Dear Experian, My mother offered to pay off my private student loans. The account is in good standing, but I am negotiating to pay an amount less than the...

What Happens If I Don’t Pay My Credit Card Bill?

February 23, 2017

Dear Experian, What would happen if I didn’t pay my credit card bill, but I pay all my other bills on time every month? Would it still hurt my...

How Long Does It Take to Repair Your Credit?

February 21, 2017

Dear Experian, How can I remove collections and late payments and repair my credit report? How long does it take? I would like to buy a house in four...

Can You Negotiate Credit Card Debt?

February 16, 2017

Dear Experian, I am completely overextended with credit card debt but pay my bills on time. If I call a credit card company and negotiate a settlement or lower...

When Will a Paid Judgment Be Removed?

February 14, 2017

Dear Experian, I paid a civil judgment in full this year. Will that ever be off my credit report? It shows the amount owed is $0, but it still...

I’m Thinking About Consolidating My Debt. Is That a Good Idea?

February 9, 2017

Dear Experian, Is it a good idea to obtain a personal loan to consolidate or pay off credit card debt? I currently pay approximately $800 a month to credit...

Can You Pay Your Student Loans with a Credit Card?

February 7, 2017

Dear Experian, I am on disability income but have not yet been able to get my student loans forgiven. If am unable to get them forgiven, can I take...

Does Applying for Credit Cards Hurt Your Credit?

February 2, 2017

Dear Experian, Do credit card inquiries hurt you long-term? If I apply for credit and am denied, how many points will my score drop? – PYL Dear PYL, It’s...