What to Do if Your Credit Dispute Didn't Work

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What to Do if Your Credit Dispute Didn't Work

By JENNIFER MICIELI

If you took the time and effort to dispute an error on your credit report, but it didn't result in a corrected report, don't be discouraged -- you still have other options. Let's explore some of the main ones.

Could the error not actually be an error?

It could be possible that what you'd like to see reflected on your report and what data furnishers and credit bureaus are required to -- or have a right to show-- don't align. In Step 1 of our "How to Dispute an Error on Your Credit Report" article, we share some examples of potential errors.

If you're concerned about negative information on your credit report, the good news is that in many cases those items can have less impact over time before they fall off completely, usually after seven or ten years (depending on what the issue is). Hard inquiries usually come off your report within two years.

Have you contacted both the credit bureau and the data furnisher?

When your dispute investigation was completed, you should've received a summary of what was decided and why. If you previously contacted the credit bureau, but the disputed information came from someone else, like your bank or credit card company, then it may be worth it to contact the company that reported the information directly to see if you can sort out the issue.

If you previously contacted the data furnisher, but the disputed information didn't come from them, then the data furnisher may not have to investigate the dispute. It may be worth it to contact the credit bureau instead to make sure your dispute is handled correctly.

If you're a Credit Karma member, you can dispute an error on your TransUnion credit report through our Direct Dispute™ tool. Here are instructions on how to do that.

Still not satisfied with how your dispute was addressed?

Do you want to add information about your dispute to your credit report?

If your dispute was filed through a credit bureau, you can provide a brief statement summarizing your dispute that will be included with your credit report (not an option if you disputed directly with a data furnisher). This can help explain what happened even if the dispute didn't go in your favor.

Did your dispute take too long? Were you not treated well during the process? Is there still a valid error on your report that is hurting your credit?

Another step you can take is to file a complaint with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), your state's Department of Consumer Affairs or your state's Attorney General's office.

If you decide to file a complaint, it's important to explain what happened as fully as you can. Is it a problem with the way your dispute was handled? Is it an underlying account issue with the company that reported the information to the credit bureau? The CFPB has an online option for filing a complaint that lets you file different forms depending on the type of product or service you're having concerns with. They'll forward your complaint to the company you identify and will keep you updated on responses from the company.

Are you considering credit repair companies?

Be wary of possible credit repair scams that promise fixes they can't actually deliver on. You might be feeling very frustrated and be tempted by the quick fix they're trying to sell you, but be careful about letting someone else take advantage of your frustration. Repairing your credit can take time. Taking the initiative to work on your own credit health could save you from more frustration and effort in the long run.

About the Author: Jennifer Micieli, CFP® is Credit Karma's Financial Expert. She worked as a financial planner for five years before joining Credit Karma in 2014. Jennifer works with the content and product teams to help members learn how to better manage their finances.

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How can a company write closed/derogatory when you are still current on payments and have never missed a payment.  This is a Chase Home Loan.  I filed a Chapter 7 but never let it affect  my home only my credit cards.  Is there anyway to fix this.  The bank refused to let me reaffirm my loan.  They will not let me refinance for 5 years by that time my house will be within 5 years of paying off.  Any suggestions how to get the derogatory remarks removed?

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My husband and I owned a home in AZ and when he died unexpectedly in 2009 I had to let the home go into forclosure in 2010. We had a first and a second mortgage and after I signed all the papers and moved out every thing was fine. I rented for 2 years till i could get back up on my feet and purchased a new home in 2012. The only negative thing on my credit was the forclosures on the first and second house notes, which a simple letter and proof of the death of my husband cleared up and I was able to purchase my new home.

Now 6 years after my home was forclosed on Im being told my second mortgage was sold (not sure how it could be sold if it were forclosed on) and I am now deliquent on those payments. Now mind you the only reason I found out about this was because I was randomly checking my credit, I disputed it with the credit bureau and it came back that it was legitimate. I called the the bank who it is reporting it and they told me it was from my 2nd mortgage. I asked them to provide me the information they had on this loan multiple times and provided them my address and I still have not received anything from them not even a bill or statement, but every month the add another month delinquent on my credit. HELP I do not know what to do next.

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this has been on my record for to long an i had been scamed for alot of my credit i would like to have them removed when they have been on there over 2 years  tnank you, Janet Wielosik

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How is it possible for someone to place a negitive remark on your credit report, when they're never given you positive credit to your credit history. I'd . How can a time share which never never shows on your credit give you a negitive rating when you no longer want their property. They promise you they will sale the property if you no longer want it until you no longer want it then their story changes. I've paid them for two years never using the property because eveytime we tried they added more fees even at the property we supposedly have ownership to. So I refuse to pay them anymore money for something I've already paid for over the course of two years. So when my credit card was reissued I didn't give them the new numbers. Within three months they've placed me in collections. I don't think they should beable to go on my report when they weren't on there as a creditor. Do I have a leg to stand on? Some help please?

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Creditors aren't required to report anything to your report - including positive history. They are legally allowed to report negative payment history regardless of whether or not they have previously reported. We wish you all the best in resolving this tricky situation. 

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is there a time limit on how long a closed account can stay on your credit report

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Seven years from the date they report it to the bureau as a bad account, or closed account. Good luck

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I have contacted the Dept of Education in reference to the negative responses on my credit, even with my taxes, and also other information. I could not get a car loan or even a loan from the bank that I have been with for 11 years. I have hired a company that said that they would help me to dispute this, but when it comes to the goverment, well there is no resolution. Also they have wrong information about my employment history. So I am requesting a lawyer so that I can sue.

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Could Credit Karma maybe moderate comments on these sort of posts? Some of these are completely incoherent. Some of them seem to have been made under the false assumption that they were posting privately. I don't know if a single one of them is actually constructive. Just something to consider.

As far as questions go, here's a nice general one concerning disputes: Say Bob has an account from 2011 on his report. Bob disputes said report in 2017. If the dispute does not work out for Bob, will he have to wait an additional seven to ten years for that account to be dropped from his report? If the dispute fails, when can Bob expect the account to drop? 2018?

Thanks!

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This is useless if not one of the entities will do a thing even with divorce decrees saying one isn't responsible. 

If you can't find a way to stop the agencies who are destroying credit for NO reason, please don't post "hellpful" info that does not work. 

Been there, done that, no one is listening, the agencies and entieies like hospitals will not listen and are harming - and until credit companies like Credit Karma speak out to the FTC, we are all screwed.

Totally useless I am SO disappointed.

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How do you tell them that workmans comp was suspose to pay somw of them

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I have Medical Collection Bills that were to be taken off my collections (shouldn't have been sent to collections in the first place) as a result of a Worker Comp settlement....I have been unable to even get to the dispute section since the questions they ask you to identify yourself...they say I responded incorrectly....HUH?  This makes me wonder if someone has stole my identity...this is all really frustrating

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