Companies that want you to lie about credit history or create a new credit identity can get you into legal trouble. Companies that provide “new” identifying information use stolen Social Security numbers, and if you use this number then you are committing fraud. Likewise using an Employee Identification Number or Credit Profile Number provided by these companies is a crime. Rather than committing fraud, take the steps below to improve credit on your own.
Do not close your secured card until you are approved for a new credit card. Once you are approved for your new credit card, call the bank that issued your secured card. Tell them that you are going to close the account unless they convert you to a secured card. It is always worthwhile trying to get the conversion, and here you will be making a threat that you will keep. Because, if they don’t convert your card, you will close it. That means you will likely end up in retention unit.
Negative entries on your credit report that are either erroneous or inaccurate can often be removed by simply writing a letter to the reporting agency. In fact, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) states that the credit reporting agencies must investigate any disputed entry a consumer discovers on their credit report. If the agency finds that the entry is erroneous, they must remove it from the report.
That’s why it’s so important to make sure that the information on your credit reports is accurate. A single mistake on these reports could send your credit score tumbling — and errors aren’t as uncommon as you might think. In fact, a report by the Federal Trade Commission in 2012 found that 26% of participants in a study found at least one potential error on their credit reports. That same study found that 5.2% of the participants who corrected these mistakes saw their credit scores increase enough so that they would be more likely to nab a lower interest rate on a loan.
You’ll use your own money as collateral by putting down a deposit, which is often about $150 – $250. Typically, the amount of your deposit will then be your credit limit. You should make one small purchase each month and then pay it off on time and in full. Once you prove you’re responsible, you can get back your deposit and upgrade to a regular credit card. Read more about secured cards here.
I was impressed with the listed content of the training course, for $59.00 I wasn't really expecting "THAT" much, in terms of the "Hows" and "Whys" of the Credit Repair Industry; I expected to have a brief "here it is, go out and do it!" kind of experience. This training is not dumbed down, and is easy to understand and retain. The use of video along with the text that accompanies each lesson is what I really liked about the course. Each lesson is linked to the next one, and the final exam, in a way, follows that pattern. It is not an easy pass, there is effort involved with it. I would recommend both the training academy lesson material and the training guide "The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Credit Repair Business" which is a free PDF copy of the paperback book, as tools that I will continually refer to. The private members-only forum is also a great resource too. All this for $59.00. Not bad. I'm going to follow the instructions in the course, I'm going to pull my credit reports, my wife will pull hers, and we are going to see what they look like. I look forward to applying what I've learned in the course to our own credit history, and then to the clients that I hope to get once I get things going.