Your credit report is one of the most important documents in your financial life. The information in your credit report as maintained by the three major credit reporting agencies, Equifax, TransUnion and Experian is used to calculate your credit score. This is used by financial institutions to evaluate your credit worthiness and can affect your ability to get a credit card, mortgage loan or a car loan. It also can affect the rate that you will be charged on such loans. Your credit score is also used in many states by companies in making employment hiring decisions. When you are the victim of identity theft, the effect on your credit score can be devastating. It is a complicated, frustrating and time consuming task to correct your credit report after you have been the victim of identity theft.
Make sure that your credit report and your credit score are accurate. Get a free copy from each of the three major credit reporting agencies once a year by going to www.annualcreditreport.com.