It seems that lately there is an abundance of credit repair scams. It might be that so many people are dealing with low credit report scores.
Low credit report scores can affect every aspect of someone's life. From opening a bank account to buying a house to everything in between. What is really sad is that many times, it is not even the individual's fault.
Often times their credit has suffered due to a medical illness resulting
in large medical costs or another major life-changing event. Though low
credit scores can be very depressing and frustrating, it is important
to know how to go about avoiding credit repair scams.
Unfortunately, credit theft and scams are running rampant lately. Because of the unbalance in the economy and the rise in people struggling with their credit, more and more scams are popping up.
It seems as if they are trying to play on people's emotions during a difficult time. Often, many people sign up for these so called services without knowing much about the company that they are dealing with.
They literally just trust in the fact that the company says that they can improve your credit. Thankfully, there are ways for a consumer to recognize one of these credit repair scams.
It is important as a consumer to enter one of these arrangements after doing a bit of research on them, not before. This is not to say that there are no legitimate credit repair companies out there, in fact there are legitimate companies out there that can help you and your credit.
These steps are to help you in avoiding scams so you can run in the other direction and look for a company that can truly assist you.
Any company that claims overnight or exaggerated results should put up a
red flag in your mind. If a company claims to get your credit score to
800 in twenty-four hours, it's a credit repair scam. It would be great
if they could, but the only way this would occur would be in our dreams.
Best to avoid this company immediately.
Another clue to credit repair scams is if you go to their office only to be led into a basement setting with a smoke filled room and two guys smoking cigars.
Well, maybe not this scenario exactly, but I am sure you understand what I am getting at. You want to be in a professional environment. Whether you are in the office or basement or online, ask questions.
An important question to ask is "how long have you been in business?"
You should be leery of any response under two years. If they say "we
just opened last month" or "would you like a cup of coffee?" run out of
the office and fast.
The last important hint to scams is the amount of the fee that they are charging you. Yes, there will be a charge involved, after all they are providing a service. That charge though must be reasonable.
Often, a scammer will charge you an
extremely large amount of money coupled with incredible results and you
will not see your results or your money ever again.
It is important to consider the charge a fair amount. You may also want to compare it to other credit repair programs as well.
Credit repair scams are growing quickly. The only way they can be stopped is to recognize them for what they are and move on to a legitimate company.
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