03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

How To Clear Mistakes From Your Credit Report

Have you ever been horrified to discover errors on your credit report? Such inaccuracies can and should strike fear into any conscientious consumer's heart because of their punishing consequences.

What consequences, you ask? Well, they can result in higher interest rates whenever you borrow money, and they can even affect your ability to qualify for credit, insurance, employment or rental housing.

To avoid such ominous scenarios, consider these tips for fixing mistakes on your credit report.

1. Reflect on the ways errors can creep in. Sometimes automated processes take over and creditors send inaccurate information about people's bill-paying habits to one of the major credit bureaus. In other cases, people's identities accidentally get mixed up at the credit bureau when a staffer enters a Social Security number incorrectly. And sometimes people with fabulous credit histories become victims of blatant identity theft.

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