Protect Your Credit Report Against Fraud
February 23rd, 2012
It seems that not a day goes by when we don’t hear about some new scam that’s being perpetrated against unsuspecting victims. During the holidays it’s especially it’s important to keep a close eye on your credit report to ensure there’s nothing suspect going on.
Kim Strynadka of Dominion Lending Centres shared some great tips for keeping a watchful eye on your credit:
Every year you should check your own credit. It helps you ensure that you are on track and there is no fraudulent activity. In order to accomplish this, I recommend 3 things:
- Contact both credit bureaus directly and request a copy of your reports. You can reach Equifax Canada at: 1-800-465-7166 and TransUnion Canada at: 1-866-525-0262. Just as a warning, there is a cost to order your report. There are methods to obtain your report for free, but they are very time-consuming.
- Read “Understanding Your Credit Report and Credit Score”
You can also see what a credit report looks like, know how to get errors corrected or understand what factors influence your credit scores by reading a publication called Understanding Your Credit Report and Credit Score from the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada.
- Flag Your File for New Credit Requests
I recommend calling both agencies and asking them to put a ‘flag’ on your file to call you on your cell phone before issuing any new credit. This is a very good, pro-active strategy to help protect yourself.
Posted by: nalh
Categories: Consumer Tips,Newsletter Articles
Tagged In: credit report, Dominion Lending Centres, Equifax Canada, fraud, Kim Strynadka, TransUnion Canada
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