A good credit score is essential for various reasons, such as applying for loans, credit cards, or mortgages. One day, you decide to apply for a credit card. You’re responsible with your finances, so you’re confident about getting approved. Soon after you apply, you receive notice that your application has been denied. Upon investigation, you realize your credit score has dropped significantly, and your credit report shows extensive debt and bankruptcy. After consulting with the credit reporting agencies, you determine that you have a mixed credit report with someone with the same name as you. Now you have a horrible credit score and are unsure how to correct it. How can you fix your mixed credit report? Who will help you? One simple mistake on your credit report can create lifelong issues. You need to act quickly if you notice your credit report has incorrect information. The legal team at Ware Law Firm can help you fix your mixed credit report.
Call us today to schedule your free case evaluation.
What is a Mixed Credit Report?
A mixed credit report occurs when your credit file is mixed with another person’s file on consumer reporting agencies. This can happen if you have a common name. For example, millions of people in the United States may be named “John Smith.” Because of this, people with the same or similar names may end up with a mixed credit file. Additionally, if a credit reporting agency misspells your name or address, you could have a mixed credit report. Those credit report errors can be devastating because you will be judged based on the other person’s financial decisions. If the other person is maxing out their credit cards and isn’t making payments, your credit score may be negatively affected.
Here are some other consequences of a mixed or merged credit report:
- Creditors might be unwilling to lend to you
- Your interest rates may increase
- Your credit applications could be denied
- You may have a difficult time filing an updated credit report
To fix a mixed credit report, you can file a dispute with credit bureaus, but this can be a complex and time-consuming process.