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Common Credit Report Errors in West Virginia

When it comes to credit reports, it is not uncommon for a consumer to make a mistake. In fact, one in very five U.S. citizen makes an error on their credit report. Such mistakes can prevent you from obtaining credit, a loan, housing, and even employment.

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5 Common Credit Report Errors

  • Outdated information – Credit reporting agencies use various databases of big credit bureaus (e.g. Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion) to gather personal information. Ensure your credit reports are up to date.
  • Clerical Errors – Although they are quite common, such errors can be detrimental to your credit score. You must properly label all credit and loan types listed.
  • Mistaken or merged accounts –If you have a common name, ensure all your accounts on your credit report belong to you. Check for similar addresses as well.
  • Identity Theft – Identity theft is one of the most common crimes of the 21st century. Hackers can obtain your personal information and open accounts under your name. You must check your credit report every year to make sure you are not a victim of identity theft.
  • Background Check Errors and Employment Report Errors – These errors are considered the most damaging, especially if it prevents you from being employed. Common mistakes include mixed up or merged information, clerical issues, and outdated information.

Who is Liable for Damages in Identity Theft Claims?

In regard to civil cases, not only is the identity thief liable for credit issues, but also other parties such as a business, landlord, or other party if failed security measures led to the credit or employment case. Additionally, these parties may be liable for punitive damages.

If an institution’s process of investigating a credit dispute of their information (or failure to do so) contributed to further damages, it may be liable in a credit report case. This may include situations in which false information is able to continue to be reported because an organization does not investigate an obvious error.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

At Katz Kantor Stonestreet & Buckner, PLLC, our legal team is dedicated to helping the victims of identity theft recover justice. We can evaluate your case to identify all liable parties and hold them accountable for their negligence.

Schedule a no-cost case evaluation with our Princeton Identity Theft attorneys if you are interested in filing a claim — send us a messageor call (304) 713-2014 to get started.

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