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How can I tell if a credit relief company is a scam?

These days, it is all too easy to find yourself struggling with serious debt issues. So many things can contribute to creating financial difficulties. Perhaps you had a series of legal issues or a member of your family needed expensive medical treatment. So often, a person with debt problems is merely a victim of unforeseen circumstances.

And if you are looking to find a solution to your financial woes, you may be considering seeking help from a credit repair company or credit counselor. And while there are some legitimate companies that offer such services, there are also many scam operations that will take your money and leave you in far worse shape than when you started.

So what kinds of behaviors can tip you off that a credit repair service is really a scam? Well, here are a few clues that you are working with a dishonest dealer:

  • The company fails to tell you about your legal rights and what sort of steps you can take on your own, free of charge, to repair your credit.
  • The company recommends that you try to obtain an Employer Identification Number to use in an attempt to create a "new" credit report that is separate from the report under your Social Security number.
  • The company asks you to purchase credit repair services prior to doing anything for you.
  • The company advises that you should not directly contact a credit bureau.

Credit scam artists prey on people who are truly trying to manage their debts. In doing so, they not only violate the public's trust but are also breaking the law. But the sad fact is, such operators can get away with taking your money if you give them a chance.

If you are looking for debt relief, you would be far better served by working with a Texas bankruptcy attorney. The attorney can offer you legitimate assistance and help craft a plan to help you get your debt under control.

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