In the past year we have taken big steps toward making consumer financial markets work better for consumers and responsible companies, and consumer complaints have played a major role. We began with credit card complaints in July of 2011, and as time passed, we added complaints about mortgages, bank accounts and services, private student loans, vehicle, and other consumer loans.
We are proud to announce that, starting today, we are accepting complaints about credit reports.
Credit reporting touches the financial lives of nearly each and every American. Credit reports affect whether or not you are able to get a credit card, a home loan, an auto loan, or a student loan, the ability to rent an apartment or get hired, and even tasks as simple as getting a cell phone or electricity for your home. It also can affect how affordable or expensive those things are for you.
Starting today, we can help consumers with individual-level complaint assistance on issues with their credit report. The types of complaints we can work on include:
- Incorrect information on a credit report
- A consumer reporting agency’s investigation
- Improper use of a credit report,
- Being unable to get a copy of a credit score or file, and
- Problems with credit monitoring or identify protection services.
Before you file
If you believe that there’s incorrect information on your credit report, or if you have an issue with a credit reporting company’s investigation start by filing a dispute and getting a response directly from the credit reporting company itself.
There are important consumer rights guaranteed by federal consumer financial law that are best preserved by you first going through the credit reporting company’s complaint process.
After you file a complaint with the credit reporting company, if you are dissatisfied with the resolution, file a complaint with us.
Every complaint we receive helps us understand the challenges facing consumers, and they inform and shape our priorities. Reading your complaints about credit reporting will complement work we have already started in this area, including conducting a study comparing credit scores sold to creditors and those sold to consumers and beginning to supervise of consumer reporting agencies.
Scott Pluta is the Assistant Director for the Office of Consumer Response at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.