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A sample letter is included here to help you in correcting your credit profile. Make sure that you clearly identify information that you dispute, include copies of receipts or documents that support your position. Then request that information be corrected or deleted from your file.
Send your letter by certified mail and request a return receipt from recipient. Keep all correspondence that you mail out. Give agencies involved 30 days to begin their investigation. You can call them but be aware that phoning them does not protect your consumer rights! You must notify them in writing to protect your rights.
They must notify you of results of their investigation. Although process will take time, it’s important to do it. This is your credit profile, your “consumer identity” that is at stake. Don’t expect an error to correct itself.
At your request, credit bureaus must send notices of corrections to your credit profile to anyone who has requested your report in last six months. If you applied for a job and were turned down because of inaccurate information in your credit report, you can have corrected report mailed to anyone who received a copy in past two years.
Sample Dispute Letter Date
Your Name Your Address Your City, State, Zip Code
Complaint Department Name of Credit Reporting Agency Address City, State, Zip Code
Dear Sir or Madam:
I am writing to dispute following information in my file. The items I dispute are also encircled on attached copy of report I received. (Identify item(s) disputed by name of source, such as creditors or tax court, and identify type of item, such as credit account, judgment, etc.)
This item is (inaccurate or incomplete) because (describe what is inaccurate or incomplete and why). I am requesting that item be deleted (or request another specific change) to correct information.
Enclosed are copies of (use this sentence if applicable and describe any enclosed documentation, such as payment records, court documents) supporting my position. Please reinvestigate this (these) matter(s) and (delete or correct) disputed item(s) as soon as possible.
Sincerely, Your name
Enclosures: (List what you are enclosing)
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© 2005, http://www.yourfreecreditreportnow.com Author: James H. Dimmitt James is editor of “To Your Credit” a FREE weekly newsletter focusing on managing your personal finances and credit. Subscribe and get a FREE copy of your credit report when you visit: http://www.yourfreecreditreportnow.com