Making multiple payments each month can help credit scores

Posted on Aug 17 2013 by

Dear Experian,

I tend to make more than one payment per month on my credit cards accounts. Will this raise my credit scores?

- STA

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Making very good credit scores better

Posted on Aug 16 2013 by

Dear Experian,

I have an 805 Experian score. I know that’s a good score; however, I am a competitive person and would like a higher score. I have the financial means to do whatever is necessary. For example, I could pay off my mortgage, but I don’t because I think it helps your score to have one. I pay my credit cards off monthly, but your systems show a balance, so should I send a $10,000 or $20,000 advance payment each month to the credit card companies so there will never be a “balance,” just activity? Would that help? I really don’t need credit, but find it challenging to raise my score.

- PSZ

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How to find out who has looked at your credit report and why

Posted on Aug 16 2013 by

Dear Experian,

I got a call from Sallie Mae telling me someone had pulled my credit report. How do I find out who that was and why?

- TDO

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FCRA restricts who can get your credit report

Posted on Aug 16 2013 by

Dear Experian,

Who can access my credit report? Do they have to have my permission? Is there anything you can do to prevent someone from accessing my credit report?

- NNH

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What happens to your credit file when you die

Posted on Aug 16 2013 by

Dear Experian,

What happens to your credit file when you die? Does the file get closed right away, or does it stay open for a period of time?

- THB

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The consequences of writing a check when there is no account

Posted on Aug 16 2013 by

Dear Experian,

Is writing checks on an account which has been closed considered illegal?

- LXS

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Why it is important to establish credit when you are young

Posted on Aug 16 2013 by

Dear Experian,

Why is it important to establish credit while you’re young? If I don’t establish any credit will it affect my future and why?

- OZY

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The effect on credit scores when you check your own credit report

Posted on Aug 16 2013 by

Dear Experian,

How often can I check my own credit without getting dinged for it? I do not want to affect my credit scores by over-checking.

- NDQ

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Time limits for collection agencies to collect a debt

Posted on Aug 16 2013 by

Dear Experian,

What is the time frame that collections agencies can go after their money?

- TRA

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Balance-to-limit ratio applies only to revolving accounts

Posted on Aug 16 2013 by

Dear Experian,

Does the balance-to-limit ratio only apply to credit cards, or does it apply to installment loans, such as student loans or auto loans, as well?

- NDR

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The meaning of “too few accounts paid as agreed”

Posted on Aug 16 2013 by

Dear Experian,

My credit score came back with a statement saying, “too few accounts paid as agreed.” I was wondering what that means since I have never paid an account or bill late.

- CHW

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How long it takes for scores to go up depends on your overall credit history

Posted on Aug 16 2013 by

Dear Experian,

How long after negative information is removed will it take for your credit score to go back up? When viewing your credit report, can a business see if you have been denied credit?

- FSU

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How disputed information is updated with other credit reporting agencies

Posted on Aug 16 2013 by

Dear Experian,

If one credit agency deletes a record because my dispute was favorable; how does that get reported to the other agencies, or does it? Do I send a copy of the result of investigation to the others so they can remove the unfavorable item?

- KVI

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Employer listings on your credit report

Posted on Aug 16 2013 by

Dear Experian,

I used Quizzle.com to see my Experian credit report. You have my current employer incorrectly listed. The employer you show was a couple of jobs ago, and I work for a completely different company now. How significant is this? Should I request you update your records? Will I harm my credit standing by making such a request?

- CKC

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Adding a fraud alert does not hurt credit scores

Posted on Aug 16 2013 by

Dear Experian,

Does adding a security alert raise your credit score or affect it in any way?

- WCB

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The impact of paying a collection account on credit scores

Posted on Aug 16 2013 by

Dear Experian,

Does settling a debt that is showing negative on my credit report as a “collection”, get removed from my report as soon as it is paid? Does paying this debt help raise my credit score?

- ONY

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Getting more credit cards to help credit scores

Posted on Aug 15 2013 by

Dear Experian,

Will my credit score improve if I have more credit cards? Do I have to use them to get a better score?

- IGG

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The difference between “closed” and “paid in full”

Posted on Aug 15 2013 by

Dear Experian, Some of my accounts that are paid in full show “closed” instead of “paid in full.” Does this hurt my credit rating? If my account is paid in full but did have delinquent payments throughout the term of the loan, can it be deleted seven years from the original delinquency date? – OGG […]

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U.S. credit history will not transfer to Canada

Posted on Aug 14 2013 by

Dear Experian,

I am a citizen of both the U.S. and Canada. I currently reside in the U.S., but I plan to move with my family back to Canada. Will my United States credit history transfer to Canada? Are there credit card companies that offer accounts that will transfer from the U.S. to Canada?

- JST

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How to notify Experian that an individual has died

Posted on Aug 14 2013 by

Dear Experian,

Where can I fax a death certificate so the individual’s report can be flagged appropriately?

- TBW

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How ex-husband’s address appears on your credit report

Posted on Aug 14 2013 by

Dear Experian,

After viewing my credit report, I saw that two addresses are addresses where I have never lived. They are addresses of my ex-husband. How do they get on my report?

- TTO

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Adding a statement explaining collection accounts to your credit report

Posted on Aug 14 2013 by

Dear Experian,

Can I include a letter in my credit report to explain a charge off or collection?

- SMB

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Difference between a voluntary surrender and repossession

Posted on Aug 13 2013 by

Dear Experian,

If I voluntarily surrender my car to the financial institution carrying the loan, will it make a difference on my credit report? Or, is it a repossession no matter how it is repossessed?

- HAN

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Small claims judgments are reported to credit bureaus

Posted on Aug 13 2013 by

Dear Experian,

I am a landlord that has been awarded a small claims judgment in excess of $5,000. Can this be reported to a credit bureau, if so how?

- RDT

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Using checks from your credit card company

Posted on Aug 13 2013 by

Dear Experian,

Is it wise to use checks that your credit card company sends you stating that you can use them anyway you please?

- VPJ

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