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A third of Americans find credit report errors. How to fix mistakes


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Before you take out a mortgage or car loan, check your credit report.

It may have a mistake that could cost you.

It’s not as uncommon as you may think. More than one-third, or 34%, of Americans found at least one error on their credit report, according to a new Consumer Reports investigation. Consumer Reports asked volunteers to get a copy of their credit report and check for errors and 5,858 did so between Feb. 1 and April 1.

Twenty-nine percent found personal information errors and 11% found account information errors.

Mistakes about personal information may not hurt your credit score, but could make it more difficult or impossible to access your credit…


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