Credit report errors are more common than you might expect – turns out credit bureaus can make mistakes too. It’s important to check that your credit information is correct and up to date as errors could have serious implications when applying for credit and can also alert you to things like identity fraud.
What are credit report errors?
Credit report errors are essentially any piece of information on your credit report that is incorrect, misleading or out of date.
Types of errors can include:
Incorrect personal details
Make sure all personal information such as your name, date of birth, most recent and past residential addresses are correct.
These relate to late payment amounts over $150 that have been overdue for at least 60 days. Defaults can stay on your credit report for up to 5 years. Check to see if late payment and default notices were issued for these repayments and if they accurately reflect whether payments were missed.
More serious defaults can transition into credit infringement which can remain on your credit report for up to 7 years.
Debts and loans
Look out for debts and loans that were not made by you, incorrect amounts, duplicates, incorrect repayment records/information. Don’t forget to check that the loan amounts and monthly repayment history on your credit report are correct.
What to do if you find an error
Firstly, you can contact the credit bureau where the error was identified. In Australia, there are three main credit bureaus: Equifax, Illion and Experian. Usually small errors can be corrected straight away or the credit bureau can investigate further on your behalf with the financial institution that listed the information.
Secondly, you can contact your credit provider or financial institution and provide details about the incorrect information you identified. If they refuse to correct the error, your credit provider must give supporting evidence proving why the information is deemed to be correct on your credit report.
Thirdly, if the institution that listed incorrect information does not resolve the error, you can reach out to the ombudsman for dispute resolution. Lodge a complaint by contacting the Australian Financial Complaints Authority . AFCA
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