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  Card Consumer Credit Debt Information  - Your FCRA rights: The legal force behind every credit card consumer  - Aug 1, 2007  

FCRA stands for Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990 which, was specially designed to make sure that every consumer reporting agency acts in a fair and impartial manner and respects the consumer's right to privacy while preparing their consumer reports. FCRA grants extensive rights to consumers in USA. Here is a summary of these rights.

Every consumer in USA has a right to get his disputes investigated. The FCRA directs all credit bureaus to investigate such disputes, within 30 days. The credit bureau has to contact the creditor, any collection agency or institution that provided the disputed information. The law requires that the information provider should investigate the matter and report the findings back to the credit bureau.

In case the information provider finds that the dispute is correct and the information was wrong, he will have to notify the same to all the credit bureaus, not just the one which initiated the dispute enquiry. This is to ensure that any such dispute if present is corrected across all credit bureaus. This disputed information has to be deleted from your credit report.

After any investigation of dispute by the credit bureau, all its findings must be presented to you- the consumer in the form of a written report. This report must accompany any corrections made to your credit report due to the dispute investigation.

In case the dispute is not settled the way you want, the credit bureau will allow you to insert a statement -100 words in length, in your credit report to present your take on the concerned dispute.

If by any means, during the investigation of dispute the creditor, financial institution or collection agency breaches trust by providing inaccurate information or by not responding to the dispute, you can sue that agency in state or federal court.

In addition to it this law also makes it mandatory for all the three major credit reporting agencies to supply a free copy of your credit report each year when asked to do so.

Checking out your credit reports and monthly credit card statements regularly is a good way to find out any discrepancies, that can negatively affect your credit ratings.

  Card Consumer Credit Debt Information  - Credit Card Application Made Easy  - Mar 8, 2007  

Since the internet was developed, banking and credit applications were made easy for the consumers. Consumers need not go to the credit companies to apply. They do not have to wait for long hours in line just to get an application form. They are saved from falling in line again if they got rejected by the company due to lack of necessary paper requirements. They need not spend much money to travel far. Now, through online credit application consumers can submit their applications without hassles. Consumers can even apply in their pajamas.

Online credit card application has been the broadest way of applying for credit. Just like other transactions done online, the applicants first step is to visit major search engines and websites. Because there are a lot of credit companies competing in the market, consumers can choose from a wide variety of companies.

To get the best offers from these credit companies, it is advisable for consumers to study and compare first these companies in terms of their credit card application requirements, credit interest rates, available credit limits and spending capacity.

Consumers apply for credit online for many reasons. These may be used for traveling and hotel accommodations, groceries, gasoline services, medical expenses, shopping and recreational activities.

To make online applications for credit, the consumer can search the internet by typing in the search engine the words 'credit cards' or online credit card applications. The search engine will generate various results. There will be a list of credit card websites listing credit card companies for the consumers preference.

One by one, the consumer can click the link that leads to the website of the credit company. In the credit card companys website, the consumer will find the companys offers and an online application form which will be filled up by the interested consumer. This form is very much similar to the application form being filled up in person.

In filling up the application form, some information will be asked by the company such as full name, address, contact numbers, bank accounts and other private information. Once the consumer completes the form, he or she will be asked if he or she agrees to the terms and conditions of the credit company. The consumer must confirm and then click the button submit' Once the form is sent through the internet, the consumer is advised to delete any information in the history page to be able to prevent other users from getting the consumer's personal data.

The processing of the online credit card application usually takes 24 to 48 hours or may even be shorter. Some credit card companies guarantee a hundred percent approval of the consumers' applications. The consumer may also send inquiries to the credit card company to clarify their terms and conditions.

Once the credit card company replies to the consumer's application, all that the consumer has to do is to follow the next steps and wait for his or her credit card. However, the consumer must take responsibility in making payments and spending up to the credit limits if not needed.

In this new age of modern technology, more time can be saved. With just a few clicks, you can have the credit card that you need. Enjoy surfing and apply at the best credit card company.

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