It is not at all uncommon to find errors in your credit report, so you should be prepared to search through yours with a fine-tooth comb. Studies say that up to seventy percent of credit reports are likely to contain some common errors, so it is important that you do not let them slide. By correcting the errors that appear in your report, you can see the scores rise by twenty to one hundred points, depending on the type of error. It is your right to dispute any errors in your credit report, and the law states that all disputes must be investigated. The law also requires the source of the error to correct the errors with the credit bureaus immediately.
As you might imagine, the number one error that may appear in your credit report is an incorrect report about a missed payment on a loan or debt. Even with high-tech computing and reporting systems, it is possible that mistakes can be logged and reported. By providing proof of your payment, you can quickly have these reports removed from your credit score, so it is important that you maintain accurate records on your side, as well.
It is also possible that you could end up with negative reports on your credit as a result of family members with same or similar names. This happens quite often with fathers and sons that share the same name. If a family member has been reported on your credit score, then you can easily have this remedied. Again, it is important that you provide proof for your claim.
Finally, it is possible that identity thieves could negatively impact your credit score by opening accounts with your name. These are often harder to prove, but you will be surprised at how willing the credit bureaus are to work with you. Identity theft and credit fraud are rampant, and no one wants to see it solved more than the credit bureaus.
As mentioned, you should always keep good records of your payment histories. If you feel that there are mistakes on your credit report, then you should first notify the credit bureau with the erroneous report. Next, contact the creditor or bank that has submitted the error, and provide the proof that they will need to complete their investigation quickly. It may take some time, but you will see massive results in your score.