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Your credit file is your passport to obtaining credit in the future. It records such things as how well you manage current credit agreements (e.g. loans & credit cards), whether you have made applications for further credit and if you have been late repaying or defaulted on any debt.
As there is no automatic right to credit it's important to ensure that what is on your credit file is correct. You can request incorrect information to be deleted and this will help your credit rating. With the rise of identity theft there is also a risk that people will try to obtain credit in your name. This could also be recorded on your credit file potentially damaging your legitimate right to get credit in the future.
So, do you know what is on your credit file? Do you know why you are being refused credit? As it is so important to know what's on your credit file we've teamed up with Experian to provide you with their CreditExpert service.
The Home Office actually recommends getting your credit report on a regular basis to help reduce the risk of identity theft.
So, don't let credit be denied to you because wrong information is held about you, and don't let yourself become the victim of identity theft. Check your credit file today.
If any of the information held about you is incorrect or should have been deleted you can request its removal - this should help your credit status.
The credit agencies generally hold information on your file for at least 6 years. Information held by agencies includes:
Actions you can take now:
The main credit reference agencies (see "Who holds credit files about me" below) gather four main different types of data about you:
These are the simple rules that, over time, will help you clean up your credit file and so improve your credit rating. Keep in mind that this is about improving the data held on your files and this in turn will be used by companies to judge your credit score:
...and don't forget to check that what is on your credit file is correct.
Fact - you don't have just a single credit score. Credit scoring is the process that lenders go through to judge the risk of lending to you. They will look at your credit file and other information to generate the score. Since not all lenders are after the same type of customers different lenders could score you quite differently.
But, taking steps to improve and correct what is on your credit file will, everything else being equal, help to raise your credit scores when you look for loans and other credit.
If you have credit problems and don't want to be credit scored then a guarantor loan may be an option for you.
Fraud linked to identity theft is a growing problem, as more and more data is handled on line and is held by organisations. CIFAS, the UK body responsible for trying to help prevent fraud, say that around 120,000 cases of identity fraud are reported each year at a cost of over £3.0bn. CIFAS report that:
How to minimise the risk of your identity being stolen
In the UK there are 3 main credit reference agencies gathering data about us:
Credit File Advice Centre
PO Box 1140
0844 335 0550
Consumer Services Team
PO Box 491
0870 060 1414
Customer Support Centre
PO Box 8000
This is a myth. The UK's Information Commissioner's Office (the body who monitors data protection) has confirmed that credit reference agencies do not hold blacklists of borrowers, and they do not tell lenders if they should offer you credit or not. This decision is for the lenders to make themselves.
The 3 UK credit reference agencies are obliged to provide you with the credit data they hold about you. You can obtain it from each agency for £2 (i.e. £6 in total). This fee is charged each time you make a data request, and the fee is non refundable. You can order the reports via their websites or via the post. You should receive the information with 7 working days.
The CreditExpert alternative allows you unlimited access to your credit data and an instant response. As part of the service there is also a fraud monitoring service with an alert system. This lets you know if there are any changes to your credit report.
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