Using the provisions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), 15 U.S.C. 1681, is the best way for a consumer to solve problems associated with inaccurate information on their credit report. Passed by Congress in 1971, the FCRA is part of the federal Consumer Credit Protection Act and regulates various entities involved in credit reporting. The stated purpose of the statute at 15 U.S.C. 1681(b) is “to require that consumer reporting agencies adopt reasonable procedures for meeting the needs of commerce for consumer credit, personnel, insurance, and other information in a manner, which is fair and equitable to the consumer regarding the proper use of credit information, as well as assuring confidentiality, accuracy, and relevancy.”
The banking system depends on accurate credit reports and inaccurate credit reports in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and throughout the United States hurt consumers as well as lenders because inaccurate judgments, tax liens, and other trade lines undermine the integrity of the entire lending process. Credit evaluation is a vital part of the life of consumers everywhere and can greatly impact the life of its victims. Through the mechanisms and rights afforded by the FCRA, incorrect items on credit reports for consumers in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere can be removed and damages recovered for the entities responsible. Please review this previous post for information on how to dispute inaccurate items in your credit report.