5 Ways to Avoid Credit Report Scams

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Millions of people have signed up for free credit reports and credit monitoring with respected sites like Credit Karma and Credit Sesame. Although there are several respected sites that will provide free credit reports, there are also a lot of credit report scams online. Here are 5 ways to avoid getting caught by a credit report scam.

Do Not Click on Email Links

Phishing emails look legitimate and can be very convincing. If you are a member of Credit Karma and receive an email telling you to click on a link to access your account, don’t do it. Instead, go to the Credit Karma website yourself and log in. If the message was legitimate, you will see it when you log into your account on the website. Phishing emails also commonly use banks and PayPal as a cover to get your personal information. For security, it is better to make a habit out of going directly to the website instead of clicking on an email link and risking your personal information.

Check the Domain Name

Scammers will often send an email claiming to be from a legitimate

Is Credit Sesame a Scam?

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Credit Sesame’s mission is to find the best way for you to manage your credit and loans and to save money and build wealth. To achieve its mission, Credit Sesame offers free credit monitoring and reporting services to consumers.

Credit Sesame members receive one free credit score per month and are able to monitor their credit report for free. Consumers who sign up for Credit Sesame also receive free identity theft protection insurance.

Is the credit score on Credit Sesame really free?

Yes, the credit score is free. Credit Sesame does not charge consumers for a copy of their credit scores. Credit Sesame does recommend loans and credit cards based on your credit score and earns a fee from banks for recommending their products.

Some companies offer you a free credit score, but require your credit card number when you register. They then charge you a monthly fee for keeping your account. Credit Sesame does not do that. They do not ask for your credit card to open an account.

Does Credit Sesame give your actual credit score?

The credit score you receive from Credit Sesame is not the FICO score that lenders

Are Free Credit Reports a Scam?

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There are several companies that offer free credit reports. Credit Karma and Credit Sesame are two popular free credit report companies. So… are free credit reports a scam?

Credit Sesame members receive one free credit score per month and are able to monitor their credit report for free. Credit Karma members receive credit score updates weekly and also are able to monitor their credit report for free.

Is the credit score on really free?

Yes, the credit score is free. Credit Karma and Credit Sesame do not charge consumers for a copy of their credit scores. They do make recommendations for loans and credit cards based on your credit score and earn a fee from banks for recommending their products.

Some companies offer you a free credit score, but require your credit card number when you register. The company then charges you a monthly fee for keeping your account. Credit Karma and Credit Sesame do not do that. There is no risk of being charged in the future because they do not ask for your credit card to open an account.

Is it your real credit score?

The credit score you receive is not the FICO score

Money Management Skills Everyone Should Have

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Have you ever heard people talking about the skills you need in order to get a job? Or maybe you’ve seen lists of skills you should have in order to pursue a certain hobby. Well, having a certain set of skills in order to improve your finances is no different. While there are many skills that will help you improve your financial state, here is a quick list of some must have financial skills that will not only help you out in everyday life, but will definitely help when it comes to handling your money:

Basic Math and Accounting

Of course, basic math or accounting skills will greatly help you manage your finances. While a lot of people don’t know how to balance a checkbook these days, it’s still an important skill to learn. Basic accounting skills allow you to draw up budgets and set up net worth tables, which you will need to get an accurate picture of your cash flow and wealth. You probably should also learn to do complex math in your head. a At a bare minimum, you will want to learn to calculate compound interest and estimate expected monthly

Beware of Annual Credit Report Scams

4848301770_178a68703aCredit scores have a major impact on the day-to-day lives of consumers. They determine if you can rent an apartment, how much you will pay to borrow money and if you can purchase a home. The contents of your credit card used to be a mystery that only lending officers had access to. To aid consumers, the government required credit bureaus to allow consumers access to the contents of their credit reports.
The government requires that credit bureaus provide consumers with a free copy of their credit report once per year. The three credit bureaus Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion have created one site to meet satisfy this requirement.

What s an annual credit report?

The annual credit report is the free copy of their credit report that every consumer is entitled to once per year. It shows all the information that is in a consumer’s credit report. The annual credit report does not provide a credit score, but it does provide the information that is used to calculate your FICO scores.

The website that the three credit bureaus created to fulfill the government mandated reporting is Annualcreditreport.com. It provides one copy of the your credit