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  1. First thank you for all the knowledge posted here, I have followed CB off and on for over 10 years. So here is me current credit Pic and I don't know what approach to take... except getting credit one and the AT&T charge offs removed. Once I receive me new unsecured Cap 1 I'm hoping that gives me a score bump because I really don't have any open accounts as you can see. Discover said no to their secured card 😢 I have been a member of NFCU since 97 but my account is dormant just need to deposit money in savings to make active. But I was thinking I need to wait until I clean up my TU and bring scores up before trying for their secured card. I'm assuming the student loans are hurting me but didn't want to contact them until I got better guidance from you all. I could desperately use some guidance from you all Fico 8 eports & scores as of March 10 Experian 558 Citibank AU $6500 limit $4977 =76% usage - 9 years old never late - I disputed this account due to usage being high and it was removed- no change to my score Belk AU $9000 limit $1666 balance = 20% usage- 20 years old never late Care Credit AU$4000 limit $0 -no usage - 8 years old never late Sears - closed AU no negatives CarMax paid closed $19,117 -opened 4/14 closed 7/15 Acendium student loan 44 lates CO $2872 updated 8/16 EDSOUTH student loan 10 lates CO $1750 account transferred to another office last update 8/16 EDU SERV OF AMER student loan CO $1984 account transferred to another office last update 12/14 FED LOAN SERV- closed exceptional payment history 5/15 GLESI/ Bank of America -closed exceptional payment history 2/12 US DEPT ED/ GSLI closed CO $1017 seriously past due last updated 2/20 US DEP OF EDU/ GSLI closed CO $2701 seriously past due updaye2/2020 Inquiries Cap1 3/20 - unsecured card $300 limit in mail Discover 3/20 - declined secured card TU 509 Belk - same Care credit - same CreditOne -paid- closed unkown payment history -CO bad debt updated 1/17 Discover -same Sears-same NFCU AU- closed updated 5/23 $20k limit exceptional payment history Carmax-same All the same student loan info Collection AT&T Mobility $1206 collection opened 9/18 updated 2/20 Inquiries Cap 1 EQ 535 Citibank same Belk- same Care credit same Creditone same Discover same NFCU SAME CarMax same Credit union atl $3803 CO auto- opened 4/11 CO 12/14 - consumer disputes EDSOUTH GLESI SAME EDUC SERV AMER same FED LOAN SERV same FED LOAN SERV same US DEPT EDUC same US DEPT EDUC same Inquiries Cap1 same
  2. Long time lurker, now ready to participate! Just paid off 25k of 120k debt. 11k stupid installment loan from penfed, and 14k credit card debt. CC debt utilization down to 62%. No other debt except mortgage. (Just paid off only auto loan) have 5 student loans 5k balance. I'm hoping to have CC debt paid in under 4 yrs I'm going after highest int rate cards first. Any other wisdom or ideas about how to handle my credit profile ? Is my utilization too high to start requesting no inquiry CLI's? Thanks
  3. Hello everyone, Long time lurker but first time poster here, looking for a little help on where to go next to achieve my goals. Here is a little backstory on what I've done so far. I Should have Filed BK a long time ago but was too proud/stubborn to do so. I was absolutely buried in payday loan debt, buried to the point it took almost all of my paycheck to pay them. I basically ran credit cards up to get by. I took out a a 11k loan @ 25% earlier this year to knock out the payday loan debt and tackle some of the CC debt. I know the interest rate is ridiculous but its better than the payday loans and equal to or lower than the CC rates i was paying. I was able to get back on my feet with this loan and now actually have money to pay my bills and then some. My goal is to get my score up high enough to secure a much lower interest loan to get rid of this crazy 25% loan and hopefully secure a card with a good BT offer to get rid of the rest of the credit card debt. Here is what i have going on currently 629 FICO Score the 25% loan has right around 10k left on it $7877 in revolving debt for a 67% utilization rate. Most of the cards with balances are still close to maxed out 80%+ Utilization I was just added as an AU to a card with a $6600 limit and 0 Balance. Once this reports my utilization should be down to roughly 43% As for baddies i currently have 1 collection that is due to fall off next month and 3 late payments from Credit one bank. I sent Credit one a goodwill letter and to my surprise i received a response yesterday that they will be deleting those late payments for me. So within a month or so my reports should be completely clean from baddies. I will be receiving a small bonus from work soon. I should net somewhere between 1500-2k if i guessed right on taxes. Where should this money go once i receive it? Does it reflect better on your score to have more cards with 0% utilization or more cards with a balance but none of them with really high utilization? Also what kind of score do you think i would need to secure a loan to get rid of my current high % loan and secure a card with a good BT deal to help knock down my revolving debt quicker? Thanks in advance for all of your help.
  4. Hi everyone, just looking for some advice... I'm in the last year of my 20s and have a very high debt in general. I blame my past self since after getting my first job, I was blinded by approvals of several credit cards and used them like cash. I would like to start my journey to a better credit score, especially since my 30s will probably consist of buying a home and having children with my fiance. Not really sure where to start... I'd like to start bringing down my debt but I feel so overwhelmed with everything that I have to pay for. I currently keep track of my money using a spreadsheet, but that doesn't mean anything if I don't actually try to pay off the debt I have... I recently paid off my Chase CC balance (that's why it's 0 right now) and an installment loan around $2,500. Would it be better to pay the closed accounts first (at least the ones accruing interest), or pay off the balance in my open accounts? Any advice would be helpful, thank you! With that being said, here are my stats: Credit scores Experian - 565 | Equifax - 582 | Transunion - 587 Current monthly bills - ~$1240, including payments below Monthly salary - min $2,500 *New job that just started this month; previously, I was earning around $1,200 a month Current savings - $3,000 OPEN CC ACCOUNTS Chase - 0 (balance) / 500 (limit) @ (23.15%) min payment: $25 Capital One Quicksilver - 1,519/1,500 @(22.90%) min payment: $44 Capital One Platinum - 2,230/2,250 @ (22.90%) min payment: $70 CLOSED CC ACCOUNTS Bank of America - $2,110 @ (21.24%) min payment: $70 Barclays - $920 @ (21.24%) min payment: $30 CareCredit - $1,200 (under hardship assistance, interest no longer accruing) min payment: $22 Nordstrom - $1,915 (under hardship assistance, interest no longer accruing) min payment: $22 PayPal - $1,083 (under hardship assistance, interest no longer accruing) min payment: $25 Student Loans Sallie Mae - $25,000 (deferred payment, only paying $25 a month) Fed Loans - $16,000 (forbearance due to COVID19)
  5. In reviewing my Equifax report, I noticed 4 accounts that have comments saying "Payment is payroll deductible." 3 of the accounts are closed and charged off credit cards. The 4th is open and being paid as agreed with never any lates. It is clearly not an error in reporting by the creditors because it shows like this on each account (with different dates): 04/2016 Payment is payroll deductible 08/2016 Payment is payroll deductible 02/2017 Payment is payroll deductible I am 100% Positive I have no judgements against me that would enable a credit card debt to be payroll deductible. Is this an effort on behalf of the creditors to further damage my credit by making it appear that an there has been a judgement against me for a particular debt when that has never actually occurred? I've done extensive searching online and haven't found any answer as to why this comment appears.
  6. 1. EX & EQ deleted a collection acct from my report in 2016 after one initial dispute 2. In 2019, a JDB reports on EX & EQ for the same acct. I requested a DV and the JDB sent the initial application. 3. OC sent the wrong item in 2014 and after 6 months of disputing they stopping collection attempts. (technically this should be #1). 4. I disputed the JDB (2nd ÇA) with the CRA’s and it came back verified. What letter can I send to the JDB after they responded with the initial application from 2014 and what is another dispute tactic to the CRA that only responds with previously verified. i searched but searching here is not the same anymore. thanks in a d’avance for input
  7. I have 6 trade lines reporting from Ascendium collections with notation of student loan and various amounts. After reviewing my credit report it shows US Bank as the original creditor. I called the student loan servicing phone number and asked where these tradelines are coming from & the rep states my student loans were consolidated. So of course I asked how because I don’t recall and never signed any docs. I requested her to send me the consolidation signature docs and any reference documentation. She only sent the original loan dating back 24yrs. Can someone offer advice how to handle this and get this Ascendium off my credit reports. I have disputed with the CRA and they came back verified multiple times. I requested validation from Ascendium but no response. the listing shows On my credit report as removal date: 11/2021. if it does fall off next year I don’t want some new servicer picking it up and starting the game over. im equally concerned that a consolidation happened without my knowledge.
  8. Hi everyone. I have a few baddies on my report listed below. Any advice one how to tackle them would be greatly appreciated. Thank you! This auto loan is reported as included in Bk on EX but not on TU and EQ. This collection account is from an apartment I was living in a few years ago. It is reported as included in Bk on EX but not on TU and EQ. I am still getting letters and phone calls from the collection agency. This account is from Credit One. It is sold to LVNV Funding for collection. These two charge offs from Cap One and Discover have not been sold to collections. I currently have the funds to pay for delete or settle for less and then dispute later on. Any advice on how to tackle these will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
  9. Out of the blue I get a bill for $126.58 from Convergent. It says it is on behalf of Cox. I have no outstanding bill with Cox, am completely paid up with zero balance. I have never received a call or a previous communication from Cox or Convergent. Are they sending little bills to Convergent hoping people will pay them since the amounts are too small for Cox to deal with? Confused.
  10. I have a charge-off that is still with the original lender. How do I begin to dispute this. Do I ask for validation first or do I start with the 609 letters.
  11. Hello - I have two similar scenarios. One is mine and the other is a family members'. My scenario: I have 3 student loans that are currently in forbearance. However, they are showing closed on EX. They are active on TU & EQ. Can these be disputed to get them reporting as open on Experian, will making on-time payments when out of forbearance fix this or should I just leave it alone? (They are older accounts and help the average age of my accounts). Note these accounts have a long positive payment history. Family member scenario: Family member's home was in foreclosure, but they reinstated it right before the auction. They are now current and have made two on-time payments. The account is now closed on EQ and EX, only open on TU. Will this account eventually report correctly now that they are making on-time payments? Should they do anything to get it to report accurately as open, on-time payments and not in foreclosure?
  12. A "backdoor number" is one that gets you past frontline CSR's directly to Credit Analysts / Credit Departments / Account Managers / Account Specialists (different lenders call 'em different things) - these people/departments have decision-making abilities far beyond frontline CSR's; they can take and review requests for reconsideration of denied CC apps or CLI requests, APR reductions, etc. and implement their decisions. I can continuously update this first post with the latest information if everyone will post to this thread. I'll make the change and acknowledge. We truly appreciate your participation. Amazon (store card): see Synchrony (GE) AMEX: (Oasis Program) AMEX: 866-314-0237 (new app status) AMEX: 800-582-6471 (recon with frozen EX for pin) AMEX Business charge cards - (877) 399-3083 AMEX Credit Bureau Unit: 800-874-2717 (Must have a current credit report before calling. They will ask for the account number from the credit report, which is different from your card number) Barclays: 888-232-0780 (Customer Care) Barclays: 866-408-4064 (Credit Analyst) BBVA Compass Bank: (American Express Card issues only) 866-246-2924 Best Buy: 877-420-0001 Best Buy: 888-908-9890 (Credit Analyst, existing accounts only) BofA: 888-260-4696 (secured accts.) BofA: 800-824-5895 (secured & partially secured accts.) BofA: 800-881-4730, 866-226-8225, 800-247-7975 (Credit Analyst, existing accounts only) BofA: 866-618-4585 (Sr Credit Analyst) BofA: 704-386-5687 (Office of the CEO) BofA: 888-500-6270 (Credit Dept. Fax) BofA Business: 877-665-5023 (Analyst/UW) BofA Business: 877-665-5023 (New applications) BofA Business: 800-442-1043 Cap1: 800-625-7866 (Account Specialist) Cap1: 800-951-6951 (cust. relations) Cap1: 800-548-4593 (application department; status) Cap1: 800-889-9939, 800-625-7866 (Account Specialist) Cap1: 877-513-9959 (Account Retention?) Cap1: 800-258-9319 (Debt Recovery) Cap1: 866-280-0118, 800-955-1455 (EO) (Nerfed in general) Cap1 Secured Platinum: 800-219-7931 (deposit taker, can speak to credit analyst) Chase: 800-432-3117 (App status) Chase: 888-270-2127, 800-527-7419 (App recon) Chase: 800-453-9719 (Business card lending) Chase: 888-245-0625 (Credit Analyst - Recons) Chase: 888-622-7547 (Chase Executive Ofc. in IL) Chase: 800-955-9900 (Product change status questions) Chase: 888-298-5623 (Consolidation - M-F 8am-10pm EST) Chevron/Texaco Biz Card App Status: 888-243-8358 Citi: 800-645-7240, 800-288-4653 (Citi Business) Citi: 800-750-7453 (Business) Citi 888-201-4523 (Personal) Citi: 718-248-0847 (EO) Citi: 800-695-5171 (New Accounts UW) Citi: 605-331-1698 (EO - CC division) Citi Credit Bureau Dispute Fax: 866-713-5028 Comenity: 800-303-1368 (Consumer Relations - Recon) Discover: 888-676-3695 (New Accounts) Discover: 866-305-7691 (Direct Line TO CS) Discover: 866-222-0536 (EO) Elan: 800-364-9648 (CC underwriting, business and personal) Equifax: 800-846-5279 (Direct to Rep) Equifax Executive Office 404-885-8000 Experian: 800-493-1058, 800-208-9232 (9AM-5PM ET, need report number from EX) ExxonMobil Biz Card: 800-903-9966 FIA: See Elan FNBO: 800-444-6220 GEMB: 877-294-7541 (escalated help desk) Haverty's/Sync: 800-333-1082 Home Depot Store Card: 800-677-0232 (Credit Analyst) Home Depot Store Card: 423 467 6957 (App Status/Recon) Home Depot MC (Commercial): 800-720-0649 Home Depot: 800-685-6691 (Commercial) Hooters: 801-545-6705, 800-850-4668 HSBC: 866-574-4421 (App Status) HSBC: 866-719-3897 (Credit Analyst) JC Penney: 800-542-0800 Juniper: 866-408-4064 (Credit Analyst) Juniper/Barclays: 866-750-6031 (Corp. Offices) Key Bank: 888-201-4523 (App status) Key Bank: 800-254-2737 Key Bank MC: 800-288-4653 Key Bank Credit Research Fax: 216-357-6400 Lowes: see Synchrony (GE) Macy's: 800-627-2909 (Credit Dept. - new credit, inquiries on upgrade to Visa, credit reporting issues) Macy's: 800-543-9617 (Recovery Services) Marvel: see Synchrony (GE) Meijers MC: 801-517-5560 National City: 800-762-0974 (Credit Dept.) Nationwide Visa: 866-757-2720 (App. status) Nordstrom: 800-964-1800 (CLI) Orchard: 800-395-6090 (May get answered in Spanish by bilingual CSR's. If this happens and you don't speak Spanish, either try again later or try saying "Habla ingles?" or "Ingles, por favor" to let them know you're an English-speaker) Philips 66: 866-289-5630, 800-610-1961 PNC Bank: 800-762-2117 (Business CC) PNC Bank: 877-562-0150 (Business UW) Sam's Club: 800-301-5546 (Underwriting) Sears: 800-599-9710 (App status) Shell Fleet Card: 800-223-3296 (App status) Shell: 800-223-3296, 866-438-7435 Shell: 800-377-5150 Staples: 800-767-1291, 800-282-5316 Sunoco Corp. Card: 800-935-3387, 800-278-6626 Sunoco: 800-310-4773 Synchrony (GE): 800-240-0512, 800-480-0205 (Biz) Synchrony (GE): 800-588-4290 (Consumer) Synchrony (GE): 877-379-8175 (Sr UW) Synchrony (GE): 888-885-6937 (Verification) Synchrony (GE): 800-333-1082 (Haverty's) Synchrony (GE): 866-519-6441 (Marvel CC, Sr UW) Target Biz Card: 800-440-5317 Tiffany: 800-770-0800 Transunion: (312) 466-7719 (Corporate Office Resolution Team Voicemail) Transunion: (610) 546-4600 (Corporate Office, need extension or last name to search directory) USAA Bank Secured Platinum: 800-344-5696 ext 38763 (secured product specialist) US Bank: 800-685-7680 (Underwriting) US Bank Secured Platinum: 800-344-5696 (underwriters for secured product) Valero: 877-882-5376 Walmart (Sync): 877-379-8175 (Sr UW) Walmart (Sync): 877-969-5302 (Verification) Wells Fargo: 866-677-1128 (CC Executive Office) Wells Fargo: 844-576-6424 (Executive Office) Wells Fargo: 877-514-3717 (Amex Propel Credit Svcs) Wells Fargo: 844-879-4824 (Direct # for Product Change Credit Svcs) Wright Express: 888-743-3893
  13. Hello All, I have been a member here since 2003 (lost old username) and I cant tell you how many times I have used this forum to learn and I rarely post when something good happens. Well I have something to share. I recently decided to write a letter to the CEO's office at American Express Executive offices asking for removals of late payments on 3 cards, Gold, Platinum and Plum. I had 5 120+ late payments showing on Gold and Plum and the Platinum was a business trade line that wasn't reporting on my personal CR but had 7 years of fantastic perfect payment history. When Mr Chenault's assistant called me on my cell phone to tell me that he personally read my letter and now Amex is adjusting all 3 TLs to report on my personal CR with a perfect payment history on each TL ! I literally was blown away. All I did was write a letter stating the situation that I had and told the truth. The letter I wrote was personal and not some standard cookie cutter stuff you can find online. See, thats the trick that always worked. Tell your story, make it personal and make it sound authentic. I cant tell you how many times Goodwill letters have worked for me. I just told the truth and the success rate is pretty good. I have to be honest, I was so shocked when the office of the CEO called me personally. Usually I dont pick up the phone if I dont recognize the number as Im getting slammed from telemarketers lately (probably should have a separate thread to discuss that) but man, super super happy. Ill post the results here on my scores but Im projecting a 30 point bump on each CRA at least. Good stuff!
  14. Hi My wife (yes, it really my wife and not me😤) has late payments on these four creditors. I wanted to send a goodwill letter to these creditors. However I want to concentrate my efforts on the one where I may have the most success, So if anyone has had any experience with any one of these four creditors in getting late payment successfully deleted by a goodwill letter I would appreciate it. And yes I understand Goodwill letters are shot in the dark and for the most part not successful. However I have had a few success stories using them in the past. Thanks.
  15. Hey CB, Its me again lol I really could use some help because I'm getting nowhere. I feel like the more I read the more uncertain and confused I am about just how simple or detailed my DV letter should be 🤦‍♀️. I should have sent this letter out Friday, and here I am Tuesday stuck. So I searched my particular CA and based on what I have read they can be a pain to deal with, which causes me to second, hell triple guess myself on what my letter to them should look like. Can someone PLEASE just guide me in which direction I should go. So here is info on the collection : I am in Georgia Only reporting on TU Just hit my credit within 30 days No prior communication from them because they probably have incorrect address for me Collection is with Credence RM Says placed for collections 9/18 OC AT &T mobility This is my only negative I haven't resolved a ND I'm approaching the finish line so I think I'm just overthinking it
  16. Need advice on what I should do. Account opened 2/16 delinquent 5/16 I ordered my hard copies of all reports and I just noticed they have been recently doing soft pulls 😒 Those pulls were probably triggered by my disputes. I live in GA so I'm still within the SOL. What my concern is that they will sell it off to a collection agency and then I'll have that ding on my credit as well. I only have one collection and its on TU from a company that's trying to collect on a 2018 ATT bill that I'm in the process of doing the 1-2 punch on. So I definitely don't want a new collection added. The limit was small, only $300 but of course it's showing like $604. So, should I just contact them and try to settle for pennies with a PFD at best or settle for a little more with one less stress about new collection at worst? Or is there something else that I may want to consider? I have already disputed this account once and EQ is redisputing (I won't make a move until they finish their dispute) while TU updated it to show "charged off as bad debt purchased by another lender" Thanks for any guidance you can give with this, its greatly appreciated!
  17. 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 to MyFico to get a real snapshot of my situation after pulling my three annual reports. At this time I have about 10 baddies on my CR s. Bank of America - CC that is a CO 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 to MyFico to get a real snapshot of my situation after pulling my three annual reports. At this time I have about 10 baddies on my CR s. Bank of America - CC that is a CO DOFD - 12/2014 DOLA - 01/2015 CL - $2,100 Deficient Balance - $2,342 Getting emails over the last few month directly from CCC trying to settle the account. Started at $1,200 or so now trying to settle account for around $700. Account falls off report in 2021. Capital One Auto Finance - Auto Loan that is a CO DOFD - 11/2018 DOLA - EQ shows 09/2018 and TU shows 07/2019 Deficient Balance - $11,767 after repo and auction Offered to settle for $2,354 in 08/2019 via lump sum or payments of up to 12 installments. Delta Community Credit Union - Auto Loan that is a CO DOFD - 08/2014 DOLA - EQ shows 08/2014 and TU shows 06/2014 Deficient Balance - $1,881 after repo auction Never offered to settle debt Dept of Ed/Nelnet - Student Loan DOFD - 04/2015 DOLA - 01/2018 Paid as agreed with only 90 days late derogs showing EQ 08/2015, 07/2015, 06/2015 TU 04/2015 - 08/2015 EXP only 08/2015 Discover Bank - CC that is a CO DOFD - EQ 04/2015, EXP 12/2017? DOLA - EQ 11/2014, TU 06/2014 Deficient Balance - $1,413 No offer to settle. CCC tried to get judgement in small claims court. CCC's attorney no showed and case was dismissed. Didn't even know about the case until maybe 2018 cause they sent court notice to prior address. Georgia Power - Utility Company DOFD - 06/2014 DOLA - 10/2015 Deficient Balance - $0 Paid balance in full after CO. Only shows on EQ on CR. Georgia's Own Credit Union - CC that is a CO DOFD - 08/2014 DOLA - 09/2014 Deficient Balance - $0 (prior $1,222) No offer to settle. Only reports to EQ and EXP. No reporting from CCC since 02/2015. Macy's - CC that is a CO DOFD - EQ 10/2014, EXP 12/2017 DOLA - EQ 07/2014, TU 06/2014 Deficient Balance - $0 Used to call like crazy but I went off on the CA and mentioned the FCRA and CFPB and they never called or sent a letter again back around 2015/2016. Portfolio Recovery - CA for OC DOFD - 02/2015 (date CA was assigned) DOLA - 08/2018 (stupidly made a payment to CA) Deficient Balance - $474 (started as $624) Made a payment in late 2018 to CA then stopped. Got a letter or two from them then they went away. OC was Synchrony Bank for a Care Credit CC. Progressive Insurance - Place with CA by OC DOFD - 04/2019 (date CA was assigned) Deficient Balance - $212 Assigned with CA Caine Weiner. Had a car repo'd and forgot to cancel the insurance. OC for car called file claim and insurance company cancelled policy once notified of the repo. In addition to the baddies I have about 8 old addresses listed under the CRAs Inquiries EQ 3 hard from two car dealers (10/12/2018, 10/16/2018, 10/19/2018) Never signed anything and it looks like dealer pulled over the phone when calling about trying to trade in car to avoid repo by Cap1 from above. 15 soft Mostly Credit Karma and Lexis Nexis from shopping auto insurance rates. TU 1 hard from 10/19/2018 car dealer 17 soft (same reasons as EQ) EXP 1 hard from 10/19/2018 car dealer 29 soft Same reason as above and some skip tracing via repo companies. Scores Fico 8 Scores EQ - 490 TU - 496 EXP - 523 Next Steps Taken Opt'd Out - 02/2020 Gearing up to get old addresses removed from CR Approved for Self Lender Account 12 installments at $48 Goals Get scores of to 600. No specific timeframe but, to be accountable 12-18 month in my case seems fair. Questions With derogs this old should I just rebuild for the year via Self Lender and maybe a Secure CC in 3-6 month and let the derogs fall off in late 2021? EXP has the complete wrong date of birth listed for me as 12/31/1987. Trying to age me I guess. Dispute this at the same time as the addresses showing proof via license? Should I settle any of these accounts? If any I would consider the Cap1 Auto loan since they offered $2358 and the balance is over $11k. PFD on the CAs or DV first? - 12/2014 DOLA - 01/2015 CL - $2,100 Deficient Balance - $2,342 Getting emails over the last few month directly from CCC trying to settle the account. Started at $1,200 or so now trying to settle account for around $700. Account falls off report in 2021. Capital One Auto Finance - Auto Loan that is a CO DoFD - 11/2018 DOLA - EQ shows 09/2018 and TU shows 07/2019 Deficient Balance - $11,767 after repo and auction Offered to settle for $2,354 in 08/2019 via lump sum or payments of up to 12 installments. Delta Community Credit Union - Auto Loan that is a CO DoFD - 08/2014 DOLA - EQ shows 08/2014 and TU shows 06/2014 Deficient Balance - $1,881 after repo auction Never offered to settle debt Dept of Ed/Nelnet - Student Loan DoFD - 04/2015 DOLA - 01/2018 Paid as agreed with only 90 days late derogs showing EQ 08/2015, 07/2015, 06/2015 TU 04/2015 - 08/2015 EXP only 08/2015 Discover Bank - CC that is a CO DoFD - EQ 04/2015, EXP 12/2017? DOLA - EQ 11/2014, TU 06/2014 Deficient Balance - $1,413 No offer to settle. CCC tried to get judgement in small claims court. CCC's attorney no showed and case was dismissed. Didn't even know about the case until maybe 2018 cause they sent court notice to prior address. Georgia Power - Utility Company DoFD - 06/2014 DOLA - 10/2015 Deficient Balance - $0 Paid balance in full after CO. Only shows on EQ on CR. Georgia's Own Credit Union - CC that is a CO DoFD - 08/2014 DOLA - 09/2014 Deficient Balance - $0 (prior $1,222) No offer to settle. Only reports to EQ and EXP. No reporting from CCC since 02/2015. Macy's - CC that is a CO DoFD - EQ 10/2014, EXP 12/2017 DOLA - EQ 07/2014, TU 06/2014 Deficient Balance - $0 Used to call like crazy but I went off on the CA and mentioned the FCRA and CFPB and they never called or sent a letter again back around 2015/2016. Portfolio Recovery - CA for OC DoFD - 02/2015 (date CA was assigned) DOLA - 08/2018 (stupidly made a payment to CA) Deficient Balance - $474 (started as $624) Made a payment in late 2018 to CA then stopped. Got a letter or two from them then they went away. OC was Synchrony Bank for a Care Credit CC. Progressive Insurance - Place with CA by OC DoFD - 04/2019 (date CA was assigned) Deficient Balance - $212 Assigned with CA Caine Weiner. Had a car repo'd and forgot to cancel the insurance. OC for car called file claim and insurance company cancelled policy once notified of the repo. In addition to the baddies I have about 8 old addresses listed under the CRAs Inquiries EQ 3 hard from two car dealers (10/12/2018, 10/16/2018, 10/19/2018) Never signed anything and it looks like dealer pulled over the phone when calling about trying to trade in car to avoid repo by Cap1 from above. 15 soft Mostly Credit Karma and Lexis Nexis from shopping auto insurance rates. TU 1 hard from 10/19/2018 car dealer 17 soft (same reasons as EQ) EXP 1 hard from 10/19/2018 car dealer 29 soft Same reason as above and some skip tracing via repo companies. Scores Fico 8 Scores EQ - 490 TU - 496 EXP - 523 Next Steps Taken Opt'd Out - 02/2020 Gearing up to get old addresses removed from CR Approved for Self Lender Account 12 installments at $48 Goals Get scores of to 600. No specific time frame but, to be accountable 12-18 month in my case seems fair. Questions With derogs this old should I just rebuild for the year via Self Lender and maybe a Secure CC in 3-6 month and let the derogs fall off in late 2021? EXP has the complete wrong date of birth listed for me as 12/31/1987. Trying to age me I guess. Dispute this at the same time as the addresses showing proof via license? Should I settle any of these accounts? If any I would consider the Cap1 Auto loan since they offered $2358 and the balance is over $11k. PFD on the CAs or DV first? Any guidance looking at my credit profile is appreciated!! 🤗
  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 not know much about such processes, but I don’t want a near $100 debt stain my credit score for years to come. I have read some of the discussions in this forum on this topic, and understand that I should first talk to the OC and get the debt settled. What I'm not clear about is what steps I should undertake after that. I would highly appreciate if someone could guide me with this or share their personal experiences in such situations. Thanks for helping out!
  19. Long story short, have an old judgement, that while it isn't showing on my credit reports, shows up as public record when the mortgage company pulled my credit. I have to get it paid/settled/removed in order for them to approve my mortgage loan. How can I best protect my assets while I try and settle with them? So far I have been able to fly under their radar as I am self employed, have a different bank account and don't have any auto loans. I know since the judgement they have tried to get information in court from companies I have done contract work for, so I know they are diligently trying to garnish wages from me. How can I protect my bank account while I am in contact with them to settle the judgement and get it taken care of?
  20. I have 5 credit cards, ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 in credit limits. I'm currently using 88% of my available limit (according to Credit Karma). I recently got a loan from a relative in the amount of $10,000 to get my score a little higher while I apply for a mortgage. My total credit card debt is just over $20,000. What should I pay first? Should I pay off the lower balance cards, or get the higher balance cards closer to the suggested 30% balance? Thanks!
  21. 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 happened in the past but I not sure. Right now Im Exp. 800 Equifax 807 and Transuntion 709
  22. Hi everyone, I've been fighting a bankruptcy chapter 7 for almost a year and got it off LexisNexis, Experian and Equifax but TransUnion is growing to be a thorn in my side. The bankruptcy is from 2014, and I am disputing the accuracy on dates, file/case number, and address. I've sent about 3 letters requesting all the investigative material after they sent me the standard "verified" letter. Obviously they keep sending me a copy of my report with the same "verified" remark so I filed a complaint with the CFPB, attaching all letters I sent, as well as a letters from the bankruptcy court, copy of my LexisNexis report showing no bankruptcies in it, as well as the responses received from TU after each letter. TU sent the following response to my complaint: We have reviewed your complaint along with the information you provided regarding this issue. As a result of our research, on [DATES], an investigation was initiated into USBK Court Eastern New York #XXXXX per your requests. In response to the investigations, the disputed information was verified or updated accordingly and the results were forwarded to you for review. On [DATE], an investigation was initiated into the USBK Court Eastern New York XXXX account appearing on your TransUnion credit report per your request. At that time, a letter was forwarded to you advising that our records show that we previously completed an investigation into the identified item and that the data furnisher verified the information as accurate on your credit file. Please note that TransUnion has verified that the bankruptcy information reported in your credit report accurately reflects the public record of the United States Federal Bankruptcy Court, and is currently reported on your credit report as permitted by federal law. The Fair Credit Reporting Act allows: Bankruptcies to be reported for 10 years from the date of filing. However, it is TransUnion’s policy to report discharged or dismissed Chapter 13 bankruptcies for seven years from the date the bankruptcy was filed. Voluntarily dismissed bankruptcies, regardless of the chapter filed, are reported for seven years from the date the bankruptcy was filed. Therefore, as permitted under federal law, it will remain on your file until 2/4/2024. In addition, on [DATES], letters were forwarded to you advising of TransUnion’s Investigation Procedure per your requests. The current mailing address you provided with your complaint, is not listed in our records. If you would like for TransUnion to update your current address, you must submit copies of two (2) of the qualifying documents listed below to this address: P.O. Box 2000, Chester, PA 19016-2000. Electronic statements printed from a website cannot be accepted for proof of address. Driver’s license or State ID card (current and unexpired). Pay stub, Bank/credit union statement or cancelled check, College letters (campus housing), Government issued ID card, Medicaid/Medicare cards (if address is present), Stamped post office box receipt, Utility bill (water, gas, electric, or telephone). Or one (1) of the following: Signed letter from homeless shelter, Prison identification letter. When providing proof of your current mailing address, please ensure; Bank statements, utility bills, cancelled checks, and pay stubs are not older than 2 months. PO Box receipts and signed letters confirming residency are not older than 1 year. Any advice about how to go about this? Thanks
  23. When you take a consolidated loan...do they pay off the debt BEFORE the card or loan is closed or AFTER it is closed? If you cant get a personal loan is this your next best option...? How does before or after affect the credit if its closed, but paid? Is that a good way to go if you have less than a certain amount? How does one loan payment, if you have a car loan and student loan... affect the credit then? Can you obtain credit again during the loan payoff or only after...? How are you treated by the credit card companies...? Really curious about this process.
  24. In early 2016, I lost my job in the oil field. It was a very good job, and I made good money. I received a decent package when I was laid off, and starting looking for a job. Sadly, the entire oil patch was going through the same thing, and it took my 18 months to find a job that paid 1/5th of what I had been making. It took another six months after that to find a job that allowed us to keep our heads above water, and now I'm back in the saddle and we're doing much better. Around the 18 month mark, we had to let some of our credit cards go. They had pretty high balances, but we were doing fine until that point. It was always our intention to try to pay them when I found a job, because we did incur the debts and I felt pretty bad about having to let them go. Also, we'd worked so damn hard to get our credit straightened out and it was very nearly physical pain to let it go to hell again. But when I got to the point where we could actually start looking at making payments again (around that two year mark), well ... OCs were sort of like, too bad, we've already charged them off and sold them. I decided to try to ride it out and see what happens. We haven't applied for new credit, but we've maintained three or four cards, our car payments, student loans and a personal loan in the time that's elapsed. Fast forward to last month, and I was sued by Midland for a small-ish debt. I responded, but haven't heard anything back yet. The thing is, we're trying to move in to a new rental, and the RE agent is telling us it may be impossible for us to do so with our credit scores (my FICO scores are low 600s and I make the bulk of the income; DH's are mid 500s). Soooo I was wondering (and I'm no newb but I am sick of dealing with this crap) if I should try to settle some of these with a couple of caveats - primarily that they are PFDs and the remaining debts are never sold. I still have two years to ride out the SOL, and I cannot wait that long to move or buy a car (that needs to be done next year). Should I try to settle these debts? I'm morally opposed to paying bottom feeders like Midland and Portfolio, but I need to get my scores back to a reasonable point, and the damn collections from JDBs are what's really screwing it up. Also, I'm concerned that since half or more of my debts are now owned by Midland, if they are in any way successful with this lawsuit, they will charge full steam ahead and go after me for all of them. I can see it really opening the flood gates, so to speak. What would you do in this situation? TIA, TQG
  25. Hey all, I would like to reintroduce myself and say hello before I pose my questions. I am recently divorced and have been left with defaulted credit cards that though have been in my name but used by the ex. I take ownership of the situation but it's been a tough pill to swallow. I know there is no such thing as quick credit repair but with my work schedule and busy life outside work I find it hard to put time aside to fight the credit battle. Now that I have moved on from my bad marriage on to my new life I would love to be in a position where I could buy a new house but my credit says otherwise. My scores have been floating around 580 even with many positive trade lines and they continue to drop. I have been speaking with a gentleman named Dave from a company called 740Plus Credit and of all the places I have spoke they seem to be the most professional. I really hate the idea of paying for a service but I feel like I am out of options. Question 1: Does anyone have any experience with this company? I would attach the agreement he wrote up but I cant figure out how to attach it Question 2 would be: What other options would a guy in my position consider? I am a 45 year old professional who makes decent money but my life stands still because of my bad choices. I know this might be vague, I'll answer all questions that need answered but I ask please to give solid advice. Thank you

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