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  1. Hi All - I am new here. We are looking for help on how we can move our high APR CCs to 0% with a BT to new cards. We have the following CCs with CL info. We are looking to do BTs to 0%. We opened a couple cards but got low CL, asked for a higher CL but were denied. We opened up US Bank cards to do BTs but got CL of $500 - 600. I tried asking US Bank to increase our CL to no avail. I thought we can leverage our open CL's on other CC, meaning I can lower the CL on a Citi card with 0% util and they would give me more but the CCC said it would not help. One thin
  2. Just thought I would post this in order to save someone else some time. After waiting for about 2-3 months for my trade lines to post to no avail, I decided to make some phone calls to vendors who I thought may report to DNB. Here are my results: Quill - Still reports. Have to make a purchase of at least $50 and wait 19 days to pay it. (I hate this personally) Uline - Still reports. Not sure what their terms are. Grainger - Have not been able to get an account with them because they are saying you must be incorporated for at least 3 months until they approve an account wi
  3. Hi, I've gone into a bit of credit card debt that I cannot pay. 4 separate cards totalling around 25k. Amex has just emailed me saying that my account has been transferred to Zwicker & Associates for collections. I have basically no assets, just a cheap old car and household items. I moved out of the country a year ago and unfortunately have had trouble with work due to Covid and starting over here, so I ran up my credit cards. How should I respond to the coming collection letters and what are my options from here? Thanks so much.
  4. Hey there everyone! I've been a lurker for way to long and decided it's time to get to rebuilding my credit. Thank you to everyone who has contributed on this forum! It has been a help to many and will to me also. So here are my details....🤕 Background About May 2014 I lost my job of 5 years and my apartment all in a 30 day span because life happens of course. I had some savings to stay afloat but it ran out and I couldn't run to a well paying job like the one I had fast enough. Hence, my credit went down the drain over the next year. Baddies I sucked it up and went
  5. Almost 40 days ago I sent in 3 dispute letters to all 3 CRA's. I received nothing back from EQ, EX sent me a copy of my report with no changes or notes, and TU deleted 4 accounts. Is there any way to leverage TU to help with the other CRA's? Thank You for any help!
  6. I finally decided to attack my credit issue rather than pretend they don't exist. Here is the situation Here is my CreditKarma information... TransUnion and Equifax (both show the same items Credit Cards $0 I have a $500 secured Discover IT card that I used for YouTube TV payment and that is it. Between 10% and 30% utilization opened May 2020. My mother added me as an authorized user to her Costco Capital One card that has perfect payment history, 8 years open and a $15,000 limit. Collections $5,317 Armada Corp Total Accounts 6 (medi
  7. Basically, below are the baddies on my reports. I know I can't do much for the lates, but I'm hoping I can work on the other ones. I’ve been lurking and researching, but not sure what to start with. Any help is appreciated. Equifax Lates: Auto loan – 10x in past 2 yrs. 8 Navient Accounts – 7x in past 2yrs. (although was in forbearance) 2 Utah Higher Edu Accounts – 6x in past 2 yrs. (must verify if was in forbearance or deferment) 1 ACS Group Account – Sold in 2016, shows as closed and current status of 120 days past d
  8. I have an AMEX charge off from 2017 its paid but I want it off my reports I've called them but the guy on the phone just kept saying nope can't take it off even if paid. I've even tried disputing them because they were reporting the wrong info but they just update with the right info. I was able to get approved for a different AMEx card two months ago so I know I'm not blacklisted I was wondering has anyone had any luck with something like this.
  9. Living in Texas and law firm has Texas address. Was contacted by Rausch Sturm law firm who say they are representing portfolio recovery associates. They list the original owner of debt as Barclays credit card so I know it’s real. I want to pay the debt. It isn’t past the 4 year statute in Texas because original debt is from 2016. However, They do not indicate an offer. They just indicate I can contact them via phone or mail to discuss options. Should I wait till they make an offer? Should I call them or write a letter? I’ve seen websites discussing advantages of both calling
  10. Anyone have experience pulling medical collections back from the credit agency and start a payment plan with your HC provider? Or negotiating with a HC provider for items already in collections and paying the HC a negotiated monthly amount or a one time negotiated payment then doing WhyChats system if the items are not removed from collections? The reason I ask is I have over 9 open accounts with Armada Corp (CA) totally over $15,000 and I am looking for the most efficient way to get this removed from my credit report. Thanks, BFee
  11. Trying to help a friend and not sure what to do. They were just served with paperwork from the Courts in Osceola County, Fl. It was filed by Raush Sturm on behalf of Sears for some appliances purchased almost 5 years ago. The account was interest free and when it came time to make the final payment it was offered to Sears to split the final payment within 7 days of each other to clear the account. They refused and final payment was not made. In the documents they included only 1 statement which shows a balance now due of $9027.70 as of 1/9/2019. Currently she has 10 days to answer the court c
  12. So I have a Credit One card and recently got a CLI bump on it so I'm up to $550, but after reading some posts here, I'm hearing that it looks bad to have it. I don't necessarily need it because I have a Cap 1 Platimun ($850), a Wells Fargo ($600 secured) &, a Discover IT ($500 secured). The Credit One is the youngest of all the cards, only a year old. I had another credit one card about a decade ago that charged off and a weird thing happened. After months of paying on time with this new card, the old account reports as closed, but with 2 years of all positive payment history.
  13. Hello, everyone. For the past week or so, I've been reading up on ways to deal with a CA that recently showed up on my credit report. I stumbled upon Why Chat's HIPAA program, read through it, and while it's quite clear, I just want to make sure it is the right thing for me. I'd also like to use it to ask potential follow up questions along the process. It showed up on my credit report June 28th, with a Date of First Delinquency of February 20th, 2017. At the moment, it only shows up on Equifax and Experian. It's from a hospital visit in California, and I am from and cu
  14. Hi CBs, I'm a newbie and after reading all the newbie forums I hope I'm doing this right. This is my first post. I just received a Notice of Intention To File An IRS 1099 -C Form from a CA - Offices of Taylor and Associates. The notice says that they are the legal owners of the account referenced in the box below. The box includes the OC name (Bank of America), and account #, the CA name, charge-off balance $1719.21, Interest $2751.68, Total amount owed $4470.89, charge-off date 3/3/2004, and client claim number. Then the CA offers me two settlement options lo
  15. I'm at a 802 credit score. I've never been in collections and while I have debt, it is all student loan debt that I am paying. I've never had to help someone with bad credit before. We are both in our late 20's. Her score is around a 630 transunion and 700 equifax. I finally got a new job and moved my fiancee from Texas to NY. We are interested in getting married and getting a house/moving for her degree in 1 to 3 years. She does have some credit problems that we would like to take care of. She's never had anyone tell her how to handle credit or anything, so she is oblivious to it
  16. In 2016 and parts of 2017, I've had a few credit cards go into collections. 1. Credit Card from a bank is about $20,000.00 2. Credit Card from a store is about $5000.00 3. Credit Card from a bank is about $5000.00 4. Credit Card from a bank is about $3000.00 At the time I was not working and did not know about negotiating/settling . I am now working, making about a small $33K a year. Should I pay off this debt? Do I call the collection agency's and pay it off? What's the best route to take? Best
  17. I am looking for some advice. I am able to make all of my payments, but I feel like I'm spinning my wheels and getting nowhere. At the end of the month, I have approx. $290 leftover as "discretionary income", but this goes towards gas, groceries, etc. Any extra cash I get, I throw at my debt, but that means I have $0 to add to my savings. Since I have $0 savings, anytime I have an emergency (like a medical issue), I end up having to put it on a credit card, pushing me futher into debt. I would like to avoid bankruptcy, because I don't want to lose my car or house. With $16k in credit card debi
  18. Hi, this is my first post here as I'm kind of stuck in a situation and need help. After moving out from my previous apartment in Indiana, I forgot to pay the electric bill (Duke Energy) for the final month which I did not realize until 4 days ago when I saw a collections record on my credit report. Now I did not receive any communication from the CA or OC regarding the debt until I saw the CR. I have not yet talked to either the CA or OC, but I’m more than willing to pay the whole debt amount ASAP, but would like to get the collections record removed from my CR. I’m a foreign national and do n
  19. Hi, I'm new here and got a notice from a credit agency on my private student loan. It's been 3 years since I last paid as I was contesting the amount and got sick. I signed for the loan in D.C. and the loan originated in OH. I now live in OH. I also stopped paying while I lived in NY (before I moved to OH). I just got a letter from a CA based in NY state (don't know if the CA state location makes any difference). My question is which SOL will apply? OH, NY or the shorter DC SOL of 3 years? OH has a number of SOLs, 6 years, 8 years so I'm not sure which SOL would even apply to the promi
  20. I have an account from Ocwen ( mortgage company )that have late payments from 3 years ago. the account is closed and paid in full but I have massive amount of late payments I been disputing this account for a year it finally The account was deleted from my Equifax report bringing that score up to 807. My fingers are crossed because my Experian have 3 more days to get deleted. But my TransUnion was updated as accurate leaving my score 709. My question is> If I dispute the TransUnion account again will Experian and Equifax update showing late payments again? I think this happene
  21. I have a new business and am looking to get a business credit card. I have a mid 700 credit score and I have a navy fcu credit card and a citi credit card that I have received within the past month. I also have three au accounts on my report. What card should I be applying for
  22. I have Ex 710 but my TU and EQ are crap. My driving record is clean and I'm over 40, my rate should be low but amfam is using my TU score and thus my premium is nuts. When I called a person working in my agent's office she said they draw from all of them which I know is not true because I just got a letter from my insurance company saying that they had just pulled me on TU to rate me. So rather than call all over the countryside and get the same answer from people because they don't know what I'm really asking or they don't actually know the information I'm looking for, I'm asking here because
  23. Utilization Consolidation Optimization only using EX HELP! Scores EQ538 TU587 EX638 Amex blue 10K / 4K bal Amex Every 10K / 7500 bal BOA Alaska Air 4500/ 3900 bal DISC 6300/ 4200 bal BECU 2K/ 1500 bal Cap 1 800/ 0 bal CITI 1K/0 bal Credit one 950/ 0 bal First Premier 1K / 0 bal First Premier 400/ 0 bal Student loan 9500/ 9270 bal I was at 690-710 on my scores then loaded my cards, killing my scores from over utilization. Along the way I was dealing with a federal agency penalty which before it got through with the appeal/contesting/a
  24. Hi everyone! Just joined the community after hearing great things on an number of personal finance forums. I'm trying to rebuild my credit so that I can get a good mortgage hopefully by the end of 2020. Specifically, I'd like to increase my score from 568 to above 700 -- I know that's ambitious. Some positives. Several weeks ago, I paid off the remaining balance on my CC debt. I'm now in the middle of consolidating my student loan debt, which racks up to about $42K. I'll begin making monthly payments as soon as that process is complete. The not so good. The student loa
  25. 🤨WHAT SHOULD I DO NEXT TO BUILD MY PROFILE 🤔 5YRS/OLD BUSINESS ONLY 1 TRADELINE REPORTING TO D&B : SPRINT BUSINESS CELL PHONE PAYDEX 80 VIRTUAL ADDRESS THROUGH IPOSTAL 1800# THROUGH GRASSHOPPER NET 30 VENDORS QUILL ULINE SUMMAS _ CREDIT LINE $1000 BP UNIVERSAL GAS MASTER CARD _ CREDIT LINE $500 SPRINT BUSINESS PHONE GRAINGER SUPPLY WORKS DENIED FEDEX OFFICE Thank you for joining FedEx Office. During your enrollment; you requested a credit account for print. Using the inf
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