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Monday Mailbag 9/3/2018

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I have been threatened via email about a debt that I don’t recall ever asking for or getting. Tomorrow, they said they are issuing a warrant with my local police and serving me a summons. I am afraid of this and don’t know what to do.

Legitimate collection agencies are bound to work within the confines of the FDCPA (Fair Debt Collection Practices Act). Collection agencies CANNOT get warrants issued against you for debt and are legally bound to provide you a 30 day written notice when they acquire your debt. This email sounds like a scam. If it’s a legitimate debt which is still within your state’s statute of limitations and they summon you to court, you will have the opportunity to validate the debt and receive all of the original paperwork from the original creditor (including the original contract you signed when you established the debt) to find out what the debt is for. Don’t panic and DO NOT send any money to this company.


Is a Credit Score of 600 good or bad?

A 600 credit score could be either poor or fair depending on the credit scoring model used to calculate the score.

Most credit scores (FICO & VantageScore v3.0) have a range of 300–850 with a few industry-specific FICO scores ranging from 250–900 and other scores like Sagestream ranging from 1–999 and VantageScore v2.0 ranging from 501–990.

For the sake of simplicity, let’s assume that your score of 600 is a FICO score, the most common credit scoring model and the model used in 90% of lending decisions.

A 600 FICO score is considered to be in the Fair range which means that you can probably qualify for a mortgage or auto loan but, the terms and interest rates won’t be that great.

FICO Score Ranges

According to the Fair Isaac Company (FICO), the average credit score in the US is 695 which means if you should really try to shoot for the 700’s to start getting premium offers from lenders.

Based on some information which we received from mortgage lenders and auto dealers, your FICO score should be at least 740 to qualify for tier 1 auto loans and mortgages.

To increase your scores you will want to work on optimizing the 5 factors used to calculate your credit scores, which are:
Payment History – 35%
Credit Utilization – 30%
Length of Credit History – 15%
Mix of Credit – 10%
New Credit/Inquiries – 10%

To get the most out of your credit scores and increase them, you should pay your bills on time, work on paying down your credit cards to a credit utilization of 20% or less, keep your oldest accounts open and active to establish a long length of credit history. Don’t open too many accounts at once and incur too many inquiries, in fact, you want to try and limit yourself to 1 inquiry every 6 months. Carry a good mix of credit which includes both installment and revolving accounts.

Finally, if you have and past delinquencies or accounts reporting derogatory statuses like collections, late payments, charge-offs, repossessions, tax liens, judgments, bankruptcies, foreclosures, etc… you will want to work on removing them from your credit reports by leveraging consumer protection laws such as the FCRA, FCBA, FDCPA, etc….

You can’t magically remove all negative information from your credit reports with the wave of a wand but, if you investigate the derogatory information, validate the debt, complete method of verifications requests, permissible purpose verification, goodwill requests, etc… you can do some damage to the negative information and improve your scores.

You can perform all of this work yourself but, make sure that you understand that the process takes time and can be quite time-consuming. You have to be organized, diligent, and stay on top of everything.

You can also choose to hire a credit repair company to handle all of the work on your behalf to work on removing the derogatory information and advise you on the best way to manage your credit to get the most out of your credit scores.

We would be honored to have the opportunity to work on your credit reports, increase your credit scores, and help you reach your financial goals.


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Assurance. Our Credit Repair process was developed by experienced attorneys.

Speed. Documents are typically processed and sent out for investigation within 3-5 days.

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Credit Score FAQ

July 31, 2018 by  
Filed under Blogs, Credit Repair, Credit Score


Credit Scores don’t have to be complicated. Here is a quick FAQ of some of the common questions consumers have about their credit scores.

What is a Credit Score?
A credit score is a 3 digit number which typically ranges from 300-850 but, can range from 250-900 or 501-990 depending on the scoring model, which is used by lenders to determine your creditworthiness for home loans, auto loans, student loans, personal loans, business loans, credit cards, and even insurance premiums. Credit Scores are aggregated from the information contained within your credit reports which are maintained by Experian, Equifax and TransUnion.

What is a FICO Score?
A FICO Score is the most popular credit scoring model used today. 90% of lending decisions are based on FICO scores. There are different FICO scoring models used by the mortgage industry, auto lending industry, insurance industry, credit card industry, etc…. There are actually 49 different FICO scores with different scoring models and variances.

Do I have more than one Credit Score?
Yes. There are dozens of different credit scores like the VantageScore v3.0, v2.0, Plus Score, TransRisk Score, Power Score, and many more including 49 different FICO scores. On top of this, your scores are calculated based on the information contained within your credit reports, of which you have 3 (Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion). So your Experian VantageScore will be different form your TransUnion VantageScore which will be different from your Equifax VantageScore.

Different Credit Scores

How are my Credit Scores calculated?

Your credit scores are calculated from the information contained in your credit reports. There are 5 main factors considered in determining your credit score.
35% – Payment History
30% – Credit Utilization
15% – Length of Credit History
10% – Mix of Credit
10% – New Credit/Inquiries

What your credit scores are made of

What is a good Credit Score?

Credit Scores typically range from 300-850 with some models ranging from 250-900 or 501-990 but, those are outliers so, let’s focus on the most common credit scoring range, 300-850.
Higher credit scores demonstrate a higher degree of creditworthiness and less risk to the lender while lower scores demonstrate a smaller degree of creditworthiness and a higher lending risk.

According to Experian, the average credit score in the US is 691 so try to get your scores above that. Here’s a chart of what the Fair Isaac Company (FICO) deems to be a good credit score.
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Does income factor into Credit Scores?

No. There are a myriad of factors which are used to calculate your credit score but, your income is not one of them. You can have a great credit score no matter how much your income is. Other factors that do not impact your credit scores are your age, gender, race, education, employment, address, or marital status.

What do I have to do to get a high Credit Score?

Here’s a quick list of actions that you can take to improve your credit scores.
Pay your bills on time
Maintain a low credit utilization
Limit your credit applications to 1 every 1 months
Don’t close your oldest accounts
Keep a good mix of credit

Follow these 10 Credit Commandments to increase your credit scores.

Where can I get my Credit Scores?

You can access your credit scores for free via sites like CreditKarma or CreditSesame but, keep in mind that these scores will be VantageScore v3.0. You can also get an Experian FICO score from sites like Discover but, it will be just one of the 49 FICO scoring models. The best place to get your FICO credit scores is at myFICO.com where you can access 28 different FICO scores.


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Assurance. Our Credit Repair process was developed by experienced attorneys.

Speed. Documents are typically processed and sent out for investigation within 3-5 days.

Support. Award winning customer service guarantees your satisfaction.

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Average FICO Credit Scores Hit All Time High

September 23, 2016 by  
Filed under Blogs, Credit Score

FICO score

As America leaves the economic crisis behind and heads toward economic recovery, the American people are also seeing recovery. According to a study conducted by the Fair Isaac Company (FICO), the creators of the FICO score algorithm, consumer credit scores in America are getting better. In fact, the average FICO score in the US is now 699, an all time high.

Fewer credit defaults, fewer charge-offs, fewer collections, and fewer late payments are attributed to this increase. Consumers seem to be understanding the importance of credit and becoming more educated about their credit scores. In short, Americans are being more responsible with their credit.

A FICO score of 699 means that for the first time since the development of the FICO score, the average American is on the verge of a “Good Credit Score”. (According to the following chart from FICO).

Excellent Credit: 750+
Good Credit: 700–749
Fair Credit: 650–699
Poor Credit: 600–649
Bad Credit: Below 600

Is your credit score better today than it was a few years ago?

If not, here is a list of things you can do to improve your credit scores.

Pay Your Bills On Time
Payment history is one of most important factors in a consumer credit score. Pay your bills on time and your score will gradually increase, miss a payment and your score can drop over 100 points in no time at all. Make sure that you pay all of your bills on time, every time, no matter what.

Pay Down Your Credit Cards
The Utilization rate of your credit cards is a huge factor in calculating your credit scores. Ideally, you balance should be no more than 20% of your credit limit, which means that if your credit limit is $500, your balance should never exceed $100. Keeping high balances on your cards and going over your credit limit drags down your credit scores so work toward paying your balances down and watch your scores increase.

Repair Your Credit
If you have derogatory accounts such as late payments, charge-offs, collections, judgments, etc… reporting in your credit reports you will need to repair your credit. You can either learn to fix your credit yourself or hire a professional credit repair service to help you.

CreditFirm.Net has helped thousands of consumers just like you remove negative information from their credit reports and improve their credit scores by leveraging consumer protection statutes like the FACTA, FCRA, FDCPA, HIPAA, and more.

Since 1997, CreditFirm.Net has helped our clients purchase homes, get low interest auto loans, and save millions of dollars by improving their credit scores.

Is your credit score at least 699?


Why Choose CreditFirm.net?

Assurance. Our Credit Repair process was developed by experienced attorneys.

Speed. Documents are typically processed and sent out for investigation within 3-5 days.

Support. Award winning customer service guarantees your satisfaction.

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