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Have you gotten your free credit reports for this year?

post #1 of 16
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It's been a year since I last pulled my reports for free so I can pull them for free again this month. There shouldn't be any surprises. I have great credit but I am curious every year to see them. I'll probably pay to get my credit scores as well.

If you aren't familiar with the free credit reports, here is the website put together by the US government: www.annualcreditreport.com
post #2 of 16
I wish I could do this! I mean I can see my credit information, but I have to pay. And here, requesting it can actually damage your credit rating (on the assumption that if you've asked for the info you must have something to be concerned about )
post #3 of 16
Thanks for the link. I didn't know you could get it free
post #4 of 16
Thanks for that link!! I was actually wondering how I could get a *free* one..
post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by catloverin_ks View Post
Thanks for that link!! I was actually wondering how I could get a *free* one..
No problem. They won't provide you your credit score for free, but they will provide you with everything else for free: payment history, account history, etc.

It's been in effect for 3 or 4 years I believe.
post #6 of 16
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No problem. They won't provide you your credit score for free, but they will provide you with everything else for free: payment history, account history, etc.

It's been in effect for 3 or 4 years I believe.
hmm, well its asking me for $$$.
post #7 of 16
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hmm, well its asking me for $$$.
Well, they may try to upsell services such as providing you with yoru credit score or putting you on a credit monitoring plan which is entirely up to you. The report is free.
post #8 of 16
I get a free one every year through all three major credit reporting companies. It can vary from company to company whats listed. Yes getting a credit score will cost you but really you don't need that IMO.
post #9 of 16
I have never gotten one I wonder if there is anything wrong on there..I do have impeccable credit, but I have heard that they can make mistakes.
post #10 of 16
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I have never gotten one I wonder if there is anything wrong on there..I do have impeccable credit, but I have heard that they can make mistakes.
That's the whole reason why you should request yours - that way you can catch any mistakes and get them fixed.
post #11 of 16
yep, this will be the third year I'm requesting mine, I stagger mine though so I get one every 3 months or so, first from Equifax, than Experian, or is it the other way then Transunion, but I'll be getting my credit score this year also, I only get it from Equifax though, as that is the one used most often. I've had/have credit problems, so I'm interested to know if my score has gone up any since I've been trying to get everything in order
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277 View Post
yep, this will be the third year I'm requesting mine, I stagger mine though so I get one every 3 months or so, first from Equifax, than Experian, or is it the other way then Transunion, but I'll be getting my credit score this year also, I only get it from Equifax though, as that is the one used most often. I've had/have credit problems, so I'm interested to know if my score has gone up any since I've been trying to get everything in order
Please keep in mind that each time someone/a company requests your credit score, it can cause it to drop. If you have had many credit inquiries lately, I would wait before requesting your score, as you don't want to inadvertantly contribute to it dropping just by making the request. Too many inquiries in a short period of time will cause the score to be lowered as a result.
post #13 of 16
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Please keep in mind that each time someone/a company requests your credit score, it can cause it to drop. If you have had many credit inquiries lately, I would wait before requesting your score, as you don't want to inadvertantly contribute to it dropping just by making the request. Too many inquiries in a short period of time will cause the score to be lowered as a result.
Hi GingersMom,

I have to respectfully disagree with you. Pulling your own credit score will not hurt your credit score in anyway. It's what is called a "soft pull". Credit card companies routinely pull your credit to determine who to send credit card offeres without your notice and those are "soft pulls" also. There are different types of credit pulls and the only ones that can cause your credit score to lower are called a "hard pull".

Here is a trustworthy source of information that explains the difference in details: http://www.lendingtree.com/smartborr...Hard-Pull.aspx

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Credit Report -- Soft Inquiry vs. Hard Pull
A soft inquiry does not hurt your credit score but a hard pull does.
On a credit report, when a third party looks at your credit score, this is called an inquiry. All inquiries, however, are not created equal. Some hurt your credit score, and some do not. An inquiry known as a soft inquiry does not affect your credit report, but a hard pull does.

Soft inquiry
A soft inquiry, or soft pull, is a term used to refer to an inquiry into your credit history that does not adversely affect the credit score. Often, you are not even aware that there has been a soft inquiry on your credit report. For example, if you receive a solicitation in the mail offering you a credit card, the credit card company has most likely conducted a soft pull to see if you qualify. When mortgage lenders pre-approve you for a loan, they initially use a soft pull. Potential employers use it as a part of background checks, and your current credit card companies use soft inquiries to check up on you. Banks use them to verify that you are who you say you are when opening an account. If you check your own credit report, which you can do for free once a year, this is done with a soft pull. Most of the time, you do not even know when they occur, and they do not affect your credit report.

Hard pull
A hard pull on a credit report is different. It does affect your credit score. Anytime that you are actually getting a loan or a new credit card, the lender conducts a hard pull on your credit report. This stays on the record. It also lowers your credit score by about five points for six months. For this reason, it is important to guard your credit report from too many hard pulls. If you get a store credit card just to save 10 percent on a single purchase, you have hurt your credit score. That is probably not worth the 10 percent savings. Some banks even use a hard pull if you are opening a savings account, so be sure to check your potential bank’s policy. Additionally, the incentives that credit card companies offer for signing up may not be worth the hit to your credit score.

A good rule of thumb for your credit report is to try to avoid any inquiries that are considered hard pulls. By limiting them your credit will be in good shape and you can qualify for the best interest rate available to you when it comes time for you to apply for a loan that you truly need.
post #14 of 16
I checked mine about a month ago.

I will fully admit that my credit blows...and unfortunately, I'm not going to take a lot of ownership in that, as a lot of it was due to my husband's actions. Prior to this, my credit was great.
post #15 of 16
Thanks for letting me know... I just went and pulled up all 3 for me.
post #16 of 16
I check mine every year since I graduated from College about WOW 4-5 years ago. Anyways I had an ex-fiancee who when he was my Fiancee stole my credit cards frequently AND put them back and HIDE the bills from me. So that totally screwed my credit over.

OH also a nice thing about there free credit reports is you can put on a fradulant alert for up to 90 days at a time and it will notify the other 2 free credit report companies. I had to do that recently due to finding out someone was using my name and credit to open a Dell account to buy computers. Luckily Dell called me to confirm so I stopped that nonsense.
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