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Most people quickly pay off their bills when they get them. This is a good habit to have because it eliminates the chance that you’ll forget to pay it later. Unpaid and late bills can be detrimental to your credit.
However, before you write that check or submit an online payment, take some time to thoroughly examine all the charges. There may be erroneous or fraudulent charges. Mistakes do happen and identity thieves do exists in this world. Surveying each bill to ensure the accuracy of all charges can save you from a world of headaches.
Large amounts owed are easy to spot and recognize. Small amounts might be more challenging to recall. It’s these small charges that you need to pay closer attention too. Identity thieves are increasingly using small unauthorized charges that are spread across multiple stolen identities to accumulate wealth. Makes sense right? These charges are often passed on by.
When you’re looking through your bills, be sure all transactions are accounted for. If there’s an unfamiliar charge, investigate further. When the issue cannot be resolved, it’s time to start worrying. Immediate action needs to be taken. Dispute the transaction with the credit bureau, credit card company or bank.
A credit monitoring service can facilitate in this matter. So can identity theft protection services. You can let others actively monitor your credit and identity while you rest in peace.
While it’s possible to live life to some extent without using credit, that scenario is becoming increasingly difficult to do. The world now revolves around credit for much of its operations. Credit allows for transactions to be facilitated much more easily and quickly than traditional forms of payment. So how do you get credit and once obtained, how do you manage it so that your credit reflects favorably when you want to use it.
Establishing your credit in some ways is a catch 22. You need credit in order to obtain more of it. If you’re applying for a new credit card, it might be difficult for you to get it because you don’t have a history of credit with which credit card companies can use to assess your credit risk. If that’s the case, then where do you start?
There are a handful of things you can do to address this dilemma. The first thing you can do is ask a family member to add you as an authorized user on their credit card. By doing this both the owner of the credit card and the authorized user of the credit card are liable for charges made. History is accumulated for both parties. This example is frequently applied for parents who want to help their children who are going off to college.
Having someone co-sign for a loan is another way of initially establishing credit. Keep payments up and soon enough you’ll see your credit be available for future lenders to see.
The previous two suggestions pretty much require you to piggyback off someone else’s existing credit. What can you do yourself to start this process of having your own credit and credit score. Many banks offer what’s called secured credit cards. Essentially these are lines of credit based off of a deposit you have with them. Open up a bank account and deposit some funds. Use your secured credit card in accordance to what funds you have at the bank.
Having credit and managing your credit well is a necessity and a priority. The use of credit is a privilege. It must be handled responsibly. Keep your credit free from inaccuracies and monitor your credit for instances of fraud.