Monitoring Your Credit (Audio)
It is important for you to monitor your credit on a regular basis. Why? To make sure the information in your credit report is accurate! Since the information in your report determines your credit score, and your credit score often determines the interest rate you will be charged, you want to make sure you monitor your credit so you get the credit you deserve!
It's also important to monitor changes on all three of your credit reports, because your credit history is contained in all three of your credit reports from each of the credit bureaus: Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian. It's important to check and monitor all three reports because the information in each report may vary. Why? Because, different creditors may report your credit account and payment information to separate bureaus.
You should also know that companies checking your credit may only use one of the three credit bureaus. Since you do not know which of the three bureaus they will be using, you want to make sure that all three of your credit reports are accurate.
Monitoring your credit could help you save thousands of dollars and also be your "first line of defense" against Identity Theft. If someone has stolen your identity, experts agree that one of the best ways to minimize the effects of ID theft is to discover it as soon as possible, so you can take steps to lessen your losses, clear your credit and your name.
Today, credit monitoring is easier than ever thanks to 3-Bureau Monitoring services that monitor all three credit bureaus, Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion. If key changes occur on any of your credit bureaus, monitoring services will send you an email alert to keep you constantly informed regarding changes on your report.
The bottom line: Monitoring your credit is a wise investment to protect your credit and your financial future.
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