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Your Credit Card Company Is Probably Checking Your Income

Your Credit Card Company Is Probably Checking Your Income

With millions of people out of work due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some Americans are using more of their existing credit lines. Anxious lenders are worried about repayment, and many credit card issuers are trying to figure out who still has a job so they can decide whether to let consumers keep spending or reduce their credit limit. How Creditors Find Out About Your Job and Income Lenders and creditors verify employment and income when consumers apply for loans…

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Lenders and Creditors Are Stepping Back While the Coronavirus Outbreak Goes On

Lenders and Creditors Are Stepping Back While the Coronavirus Outbreak Goes On

With millions of people out of work in the U.S., mortgage lenders are getting inundated with calls from people seeking help. And some of those who are struggling have started relying on their credit cards more and more to cover basic expenses. In response, many anxious lenders and creditors are taking a step back in different areas. It’s now become much harder to get a mortgage or a refinance loan. Credit card companies, too, are turning down new applications that,…

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How to Review Your Credit Reports Weekly During the Coronavirus Crisis

How to Review Your Credit Reports Weekly During the Coronavirus Crisis

Frequently accessing and monitoring your credit information is especially important when you’re having trouble paying your bills. If you’re among the millions who’re now getting a reduced income—or are out of work altogether—due to coronavirus (COVID-19), you should review your credit reports often so you can take steps to try to preserve your credit score. Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, you get the right to receive a free copy of your credit report from each of the three major…

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CFPB Won’t Enforce Credit Reporting Dispute Deadlines During Coronavirus Crisis

CFPB Won’t Enforce Credit Reporting Dispute Deadlines During Coronavirus Crisis

Your credit report is a record of all open credit accounts you have, as well as your payment history with each of them. The three national credit reporting agencies—Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion—keep these records, and federal law gives you the right, under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), to dispute errors and inaccuracies in your reports. Federal law also requires the agencies to respond to disputes within specific time limits. Generally, the FCRA requires that credit reporting agencies and furnishers,…

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Can the Bankruptcy Court Take Away Your Social Media Accounts?

Can the Bankruptcy Court Take Away Your Social Media Accounts?

If they are business accounts, then yes. A Texas bankruptcy court recently ruled that social media accounts (like Twitter and Facebook) used to promote a business are part of that business’s bankruptcy estate, and the bankruptcy court can order the owner to turn over the passwords. Personal social media accounts, on the other hand, are not part of a business’s bankruptcy estate, said the judge. Of course, determining whether a social media account is personal or instead belongs to a…

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