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Early during 2019 I stopped paying all of my credit debt which consisted of credit cards and loans. I started off in 2017 with good credit-- scores in the 700s. I helped my boyfriend and got very much overwhelmed. Now in addition to working with a company named Peace of Mind whose brand is about forcing a creditor to prove that the creditor owns the debt in question, I want to do some of my own cleanups. I'm familiar with the Universal Data Form relative to how it is utilized. Question: Can I use the form to submit credit challenges to the three credit bureaus. I'm so ready to achieve that 850 middle credit score!
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.
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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: 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 Personal CC Recon 888-270-2127
Chase Business CC Recon 800-453-9719
Chase: 800-453-9719 (Business card lending)
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
GEMB: 877-294-7541 (escalated help desk)
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
Staples: 800-767-1291, 800-282-5316
Sunoco Corp. Card: 800-935-3387, 800-278-6626
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
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)
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
So- my credit file has not significantly changed in a long time (and I qualified for long-term zero% auto loan back in April).
I do carry significant balances on my credit cards, but always pay (auto-pay) significantly more than minimum payments.
but something triggered an odd cascade in the last few weeks.
I got notice one of my Synchrony accounts had suddenly had the credit limit dramatically reduced. I contacted them and they said they periodically check credit report and make changes. The letter they sent indicated high balances to limit on cards.
a day later ai get another letter from Synchrony- for a second account with them was having the limit reduced...
we all know this impacts your credit score, as it messes up your utilization %.
today, I got notice from a different bank- that, due to higher credit utilization rates, they dramatically reduced my limit in that card -
Which of course now even further rips my credit score...
And this afternoon, I get notice from Synchrony that my Automotive account (that has never had particularly high balance can limit) was having a limit reduction down to the current balance!
What’s going on? I have NEVER been late, never payed just the minimum payments on any accounts...
Is there some massive banking “surprise” on the horizon?
I did recently put a credit freeze on all 3 bureaus due to someone filing for unemployment with my name/SS# and I filed a police report on that.
I have paid credit monitoring service- and there is nothing new or odd on my CR...
So what’s going on?