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    • Hello good folks,
       
      Background: last October, Comcast locked my account because *a stranger* (mistakenly) paid for it with a credit card, and later disputed the charge with their credit card company and did a chargeback. Comcast made it so I couldn't use any type of credit/debit cards to pay. It took some give months to even expose this issue, as agents didn't know why my account was locked. I cancelled my account but they still wouldn't let me pay. Eventually, they sent it to collections, which very promptly hit my credit history with a "Collections" derogratory record.
       
      Unfortunate timing, because I'm in the market right now for a mortgage. Without this note, my credit history is close to perfect, with FICO8 of 835+, and VantageScore3 of 810+.  With this, the scores drop to about 710 and 760 respectively. Meaning, either mortgage denial or higher interest rate, leading to huge sums wasted.
       
      My questions are:
      1) What is the best way to get this rectified and get this record off my history?  
                  - Is it possible to do a "pay for delete"?  
                  - Should I be talking to Comcast or to the collections agency?  
                  - Is there something I need to to in the interim, like disputing the record?  
                  - What would be the fastest way to deal with this? Ideally, I want to apply for a mortgage in the next week if possible. If not possible, in the next 3-8 weeks.  
       
      2) Are there particular mortgage lenders that use a more favorable scoring so this one single negative record doesn't hurt my mortgage rate?  
                  - My understanding is, FICO8 has this 120+ point drop for the first negative record, while other scores (like VantageScore3) doesn't drop so dramatically. Is this correct?
       
      Thank you very much in advance.
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    • So my DH had a Citi/Best Buy card that was charged off in 2017. After beginning our credit repair process, I noticed the account was reporting the payment history inaccurately on Equifax and Experian. We disputed many times, then ended up suing them for FCRA violations. They settled the case by forgiving the debt and deleting the account from all reports.
       
      But now they’re back! In 2020, they sent us a 1099-C for an amount just a little bit shy of the balance. I believe it was just the principal balance, which amounted to $4,600. Well, as you know, it’s tax season. And who decides to send us another 1099-C for the same account/debt? Titty bank. They put the full amount of the debt this time; which was about $600 more than the first 1099-C they sent.
       
      I have consulted my lawyer because it seems illegal for them to write off the same debt twice. He has advised we should sue them again. While I’m sure we can win the case, litigation and settlement takes about a year to do, based on our past experiences. It ended up costing us an extra $1,200 in taxes this year. What do y’all think? Should we spend more time and effort on this situation? I’m pretty sure Titty also violated terms in our settlement agreement for the FCRA case as well, in regards to them not pursuing further collection activity.
       
      Any advice would be appreciated.
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    • I have come across a credit topic involving data point information that concerns AmEx's D* policy (which no longer exists) which triggered and raises an important question that may be of interest to anyone who has an AmEx credit card in their relationship history with AmEx.

      This is to give credit and courtesy to an excerpt from the @cashnocredit post...
       
       
      "I had an Amex in 1974, which closed in the early 80s. Opened a new one in 2011 but they didn't backdate me then. Had no record of it (which was always paid on time)."
       
      Question? 
       
      Does AmEx have all your previous applications and cards approved and store all positive and negative data indefinitely?
       
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    • I decided to continue another year of my glorified spreadsheet. 2022 was a disappointment in the shenanigans dept. Most of the dive hotels I stay at did remodels during the pandemic. Not too many WTH moments. Disciplining myself to go under 5/24, allowed me to add a Chase CSP and CFU to the mix in 2022. The various dumpster dive apps I use paid off. To the tune of about $2000 in value.
       
      Inflation being what it is, I'm more hyper sensitive than ever on what spend goes on what card, to maximize spend multipliers.
       
      Credit Cards:
      Amex Gold & Every Day MR 441,390
      Amex Delta SkyMiles 205,415
      Citi MileUp MC American Airlines 69,345
      FNBO Amtrak Guest Rewards MC 135,948
      Chase CSP / CFU Signature Visa UR 101,559
      Chase IHG Traveler MC 66,064
      BofA Customized Cash Rewards Visa (3% Travel) $0.88
      Citi Double Cash MC (2% CB / TYP Everything) 21,186
      Citi Premier MC Thank You Points 34,280
      Choice Privileges Visa Signature 360,660
      WF Active Cash Signature Visa (2% CB Everything) $87.44
       
      Shopping Portals and Apps / Stacking Opportunities:
      DOSH (CB) $18.56
      Rakuten Amex MR Earning. Pays out quarterly. Points Pending: 6857
      Fetch Rewards (GC) 27,439 Points
      Ibotta (CB or GC) $7.65
      Upside (CB or GC) $14.15
      CoinOut (CB or GC) $8.65
      Payce (CB) $18.97
      Receipt Hog (CB or GC) 3156 Coins
      Receipt Jar (GC) 2013 Points
      Receipt Pal (GC) 4725 Points
      Shell Fuel Rewards (Earning AA Miles 2miles/gal.)
      Starbucks / Delta SkyMiles (Earn 1 SkyMile for every $1 spent at Starbucks)
      AA Simply Miles
      Airline / Hotel Dining and Shopping Portals
       
       
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    • Hi Everyone!
       
      I have one last bad account, unfortunately a repo, that is still on my Experian and Equifax reports. Before Experian changed their report format, at some point last year the repo account said "on report until April 2023." Well, it's April and it's still showing. Could it be until the END of April? Would it be worth calling Experian's backdoor number and asking about it? Maybe sweet talking them to delete it early? lol
       
      What do you guys think? In comparison, this account was scheduled to drop off my Transunion report in January and was gone in December. Equifax is the worst and it show dropping from the report in July. 
       
      Thanks guys!
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    • this is a rare instance when calling a CRA is useful. Don't ask if your file is "split" instead ask if you have multiple files that need to be merged. good luck@!
    • card issuers need to make $$$ even if it is only on reselling receivables or on the interchange fees.
    • I just called about my synchrony care credit account. On my end, the security charges appear to have started January 2024 after I signed up for the card in April 2023. The rep from the security card side told me they have been charging me since I “opted in” electronically during the initial sign up for the care credit card.  I told her I don’t remember opting in and I have no charge records to them earlier than January 2024. She said the only way to sign up for the security card service is to opt in and asked me how I want to proceed. Of course, I asked to be removed from the program immediately! No, I did not specifically ask for a refund and no, she did not offer one. The whole thing is annoying and upsetting and I’m just glad I saw these *Admin prohibits insults that reference an individual's intelligence.* charges now instead of years later. 
    • If the student debt is Federally guaranteed, even if you do file BK it is hard to get that debt discharged, and the IRS will be offsetting tax refunds for a LONG time as the IRS has an obligation to do that by law. It would enable us to give better advice if we knew whether this is a part of the equasion or not - are these loans Federally guaranteed? BTW, there is no SOL on federally guaranteed student loans.   You may have a better option at income-related repayment - payments based on your income for 10 years and then the rest is forgiven. Contact your servicer to find out.
    • It is generally accepted that people should establish at least 3 credit card accounts when establishing or rebuilding credit, and credit experts say that having 5 credit accounts can boost your FICO credit score higher. Therefore, establishing 5 credit accounts is the ideal purpose.   I think that having 1 credit card account leaves you with no wiggle room when something unexpected happens, and it is not a safe situation in any case scenario. When adding another account, it also pulls down your FICO score on the credit report, for example, your AAoA is 6 years, halved to 3 years of AAoA, which has a significant impact on 15% of the FICO score pie, with a maximum score of 850.   As you described, your current FICO score is 800, if I were you, I'd calculate my strategy to go on a mini spree from 2-4 credit card applications. I'd apply to those lenders that I have not burned.
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