In this digital age, it only takes a few clicks for someone to steal your identity and wreak havoc on your finances. Something as simple as incorrect information on your credit report could actually be a sign of something nefarious—like identity theft—or it could be a mixed file error that’s the result of a mistake by one of the major credit bureaus. In either case, you need to act fast to protect your financial future. If you’ve spotted discrepancies on your credit report, read on to learn what you should do.
Is It Identity Theft?
If you see incorrect information on your credit report, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your identity has been stolen. However, some warning signs indicate that you might be a victim of identity theft. Here are some things to look out for:
- Unfamiliar Accounts or Loans: If you see accounts or loans that you never opened or applied for, someone may have stolen your identity and taken out credit under your name.
- Strange Purchases or Transactions: If you notice charges on your credit card or bank statements that you don’t recognize, someone may be using your credit card or online banking credentials to make fraudulent purchases.
- Calls From Debt Collectors: If you start receiving calls from debt collectors about debts you didn’t incur, someone might be using your identity to make purchases without paying for them.
Is It a Mixed File Error?
A mixed file error occurs when the credit bureaus mix up your credit information with someone else’s, leading to incorrect data on your credit report. This error can happen if you have a common name, but it can also occur due to a clerical mistake by the credit bureaus. Here are some warning signs of a mixed file error:
- Accounts You Never Opened: If you see accounts on your credit report that you never opened but share your name with someone else, this could be a sign of a mixed file error.
- Delinquent Accounts: If you have no record of accounts on your credit report, but it indicates delinquencies, this could be another warning sign of a mixed file error.
- Incorrect Personal Information: If the personal information on your credit report is not yours, it could be due to a mixed file error.
Don’t Deal With the Credit Bureaus Alone
The most crucial step in dealing with identity theft or mixed file errors is to act quickly and decisively. Don’t wait to contact the expert credit dispute attorneys at Boss Law right away. We specialize in these cases and help you navigate these situations, correcting discrepancies and getting you the compensation you deserve, whenever applicable. Call us today at (727) 877-3188 for your no-cost, no-obligation consultation.