Debt Collection Inquiries on Your Credit Report

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Debt collectors have what is called a permissible purpose to access your credit reports. They will regularly appear as soft inquiries. And they can even set alerts in order to monitor changes to your credit. Learn more.


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10 Responses

  1. komoru says:

    I have no collections anymore on any of my 3 credit reports, yet I still see debt collection agencies giving me hard inquiries. Can I dispute these through each credit bureau and get them to stop giving me hard inquiries?

  2. Fred Astaire says:

    How can we stop permissible purpose access of debt collectors to our credit reports?

  3. Jose Negrete says:

    Your videos are so helpful, I have watched plenty and always read the comments. I dont think I have seen this question asked before. When trying to settle a $2500 cc debt for $900 can I pay that 900 using a credit card? Lol sounds funny but its a real question.

  4. Scott Stahl says:

    Like your videos. Could you please work on your audio. Might consider wearing a mic.

  5. brandillysmom says:

    To me, this means that I must pay special attention to all mail that comes in and frequently check my credit profile. I just paid off the only CA left on my profile in March, about 1 month after another CA dropped off of my report. I didn’t expect that to happen until September 2018. The CA that I paid off will stay on my reports until March 2019, as will the last late mortgage. My FICO score improved by 84 points(for now). I use Credit Karma to check up on things. I do think that there might be some medical bills lingering, but I won’t know until something shows up in the mail, I guess. I was thinking that with a score of 660, I could try applying for a credit card. Now I think I’ll just wait a bit.

  6. Ronald Palomeque says:

    Mr. Bovee, Is it legal for CPAs to pretend to be a law firm and threaten to sue for debt?

  7. The Extra Credit Show says:

    Great video Michael- spot on information!

  8. Hedley Lamarr says:

    Great content Mr. Bovee! Thought I would add this : received a collection letter 2 days ago that got me worried and steered me in the path of your video's . the letter was from Jefferson Capitol Systems LLC regarding a roughly 10 year old debt i had with Wachovia bank for right around $5,000 . Long story short I was panicking thinking back to dates of accounts , and the fact that Wachovia is no more as they were acquired by Wells Fargo in 2008 all this frantic searching , and researching … and then i picked up the letter and took a closer look and right under the date and my name is a teeny tiny little paragraph that says Quote : " The law limits how long you can be sued on a debt. Because of the age of your debt , Jefferson Capitol llc cannot sue you for it and we cannot report to any credit reporting agency" , and it goes on to say if I make a payment or agree to do so in writing (as Mike Said) it will restart the clock so we can potentially sue you in the future. It is a fishing expedition ! No Thank You !! Read your collection letters carefully People especially the fine print! Thanks for the videos MIke

  9. Al May says:

    I have medical debts that are being reported unpaid by multiple companies for the same debt because they have been sold more than once, is this legal?

  10. Anthony Luisi says:

    Mike can a debt collector make a "soft" inquiry even if you have a security freeze on all your credit accounts? I thought a "security" freeze would not let anyone in unless one had removed the freeze?

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