NJ Identity Theft Victims Offered Help With Credit Repair Process

Identity Theft topped the Federal Trade Commission’s list of consumer complaints in 2010, accounting for 19% of the 6.1 million complaints received, and 2011’s totals are expected to be even higher.

ID theft is now an estimated 37 billion dollar crime. Victims of identity theft can face out-of-pocket costs of $3,000 or more plus be left with hundreds of hours fighting creditors.

Most cases of credit card fraud involved misuse of existing credit card or other accounts, while 1.8 million found that new accounts were opened, or other frauds were committed, using their personal identifying information.

How does ID theft affect the average victim?

  • 47% have trouble getting credit or a loan as a result of identity theft
  • 19% have higher credit rates
  • 16% have higher insurance rates because of identity theft
  • 11% have had a negative impact on their ability to get a job
  • 70% have trouble getting rid of (or may even never get rid of) negative information on their credit records
  • 40% have experienced stress in their family lives as a result of displaced anger and frustration over the identity theft

The odds of becoming an identity theft victim increase considerably if you are a young adult or a small business owner. The reason people in these demographics tend to be more exposed to identity thieves based on the normal behavior they need to engage in to survive in today’s world.

Young NJ adults, especially those away at college, are likely to use shared library or dorm room computers. New Jersey small business owners tend to complete financial transactions by mail or over the Internet, often using their personal accounts and home addresses to aid in processing them. More than 1 out of 3 businesses have been hacked by thieves putting your personal information at risk.

  • 29.1% are Medical/Healthcare,
  • 16.2% are Government/Military,
  • 10.5% are Banking/Credit/Financial,
  • 9.2% are Educational institutes.

These are types of companies we all use every day.

It makes sense to trust an experienced firm like Better Qualified, LLC to follow up so you know you are covered.  Even if you are a victim who has been offered help by a company that has had its accounts hacked by thieves, you should consider hiring someone to represent YOU.

If all this concerns you, contact us today to learn more about BQ IDShield, identity fraud services.

Credit Scoring: A Consumer’s Perspective

It is no secret that insurance companies use the credit scores of individuals as one tool in the approval/disapproval process and in establishing premiums.

Most courts allow this process as long as the scoring is uniformly applied to all insureds and is consistent with the purposes of the individual state’s insurance code. But just because credit scoring is legal does not make it right.

Insurers contend that there is a clear correlation between credit scores and the risk of loss; that is, the lower the credit score, the more likely that the insured will file a claim. This may be statistically correct, but I wonder if insurers take into consideration the fact that the credit-scoring companies often make mistakes. And, what is even worse, the credit-scoring companies don’t admit mistakes or when they do, it takes months and even years to make the corrections.

That is not going to help any potential insured get coverage when it is needed.

Insurers want to attract and retain low-risk customers since this is a way to make a profit, but many state insurance codes have the express purpose of making insurance available and affordable for everyone. Turning away a potential customer or charging the customer prohibitively high premiums because of some anonymous crowd of pencil-pushers using subjective standards does not seem to me to be living up to that express (and grand) purpose.

Plus, I just find it irritating that these credit-scoring agencies have so much power over the daily lives and operations of citizens (and even countries as the effect of the downgrading of the U.S. credit rating shows).

Now, before anyone thinks I am complaining because I have a low credit score, the fact is that I don’t. And I realize that an insurer needs to make a profit to continue in business.

But credit scoring still seems to me to be a crude, unfair, overly subjective way to set underwriting standards. There has to be a better way to establish the insurance-worthiness of a potential customer.

Those in the insurance business are intelligent people, and ignoring credit scores or at least downgrading their importance when it comes to the approval/disapproval process and establishing premiums cannot be that hard a task.

 

David D. Thamann

David D. Thamann, JD, CPCU, ARM, is managing editor for FC&S Online.

NJ Credit Repair Company Helps Consumers Fix Credit in About Six Months

Better Qualified, a leading NJ credit repair company, can help restore personal and business credit in as little as six months.

According to Better Qualified, many consumers have erroneous information on their credit report that is hurting their score.  The Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) conducted an independent study and found that 79% of credit reports surveyed contained either serious errors or other mistakes of some kind. These mistakes can cost consumers hundreds or even thousands a year.

The Freedom Package from Better Qualified has been the credit repair solution many have been looking for. This package consists of a comprehensive six-month program that includes NJ credit repair services, identity theft resolution, education services and much more.  This popular program has helped thousands of consumers with bad credit and the company’s superior customer service has earned them an “A” rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Better Qualified’s superior customer service is evident online, where many have given the NJ credit repair company top ratings.

NJ Credit Repair testimonials

Jason W. writes “Better Qualified found mistakes on my credit report and began cleaning negative marks immediately. At that time they also suggested that I take initiative with their help to separate my personal credit and business credit so that I would not have future complications. A year later my credit score has risen and my business credit is established with multiple creditors. I highly recommend that everyone use Better Qualified for your personal credit and if you own a business. You will not regret it.”

Jeff V, an employee at a mortgage firm in NJ, praised Better Qualified for helping his client with his tarnished credit score.  Jeff writes, “On behalf of myself and my client, we wish to thank you for successfully getting his credit score from 644 to 688 in under 45 days. By getting his score up, we were able to avoid the 1.5% add-on for a credit score under 649 and get him a 4.25% rate…essentially leading him to $4,861 in savings and $57 savings every month. You guys are the best and I’ll be sure to refer anyone else I know to you!”

Additional Better Qualified testimonials can be found online: http://betterqualified.com/testimonials/

Better Qualified takes a time tested, legal approach to restoring bad credit. The NJ credit repair company will challenge all disputable information on a credit report and will work to have any erroneous information deleted.

To learn more about their services call (888) 533-8138.

Background:

Founded in 2006, Better Qualified has become a leader in credit restoration and identity theft resolution services. Better Qualified is headquartered in Eatontown, New Jersey, with licensees across the country.

Since founded, Better Qualified has maintained an excellent track record of success and offers a 100% money back guarantee.  The business has an “A” rating from the Better Business Bureau.

12 myths about bankruptcy

Will you lose your house and retirement savings? When will you be able to borrow money again? Get the facts on these questions and more.

 

Like most big, bad scary things, bankruptcy has a reputation based on a few tidbits of truth and a lot of embellishment. And like most creepy crawlies, it’s not nearly as frightening once you know the truth.

With a mind toward declawing the monster, here are a dozen misconceptions about bankruptcy:

1. Everyone will know I’ve filed for bankruptcy. Unless you’re a prominent person or a major corporation and the filing is picked up by the media, the chances are very good that the only people who will know about a filing are your creditors. While it’s true that bankruptcy is a public legal proceeding, the number of people filing is so massive that very few publications have the space, manpower or inclination to run all of them, although some local newspapers do print the names of those who have filed in that community.

2. All debts are wiped out in Chapter 7 bankruptcy. You wish. Certain types of debts cannot be discharged, or erased. They include child support and alimony, student loans, restitution for a criminal act and debts incurred as the result of fraud.

3. I’ll lose everything I have. This is the misconception that keeps people who really should file for bankruptcy from doing it, says Chris Viale, the chief operating officer of Cambridge Credit Counseling in Massachusetts.

“They think the government will sell everything they have and they’ll have to start over in a cardboard box,” Viale says.

While bankruptcy laws vary from state to state, every state has exemptions that protect certain kinds of assets, such as your house, your car (up to a certain value), money in qualified retirement plans, household goods and clothing.

“For most people, they’ll pass through a bankruptcy case and keep everything they have,” says John Hargrave, a bankruptcy trustee in New Jersey. If you have a mortgage or a car loan, you can keep the property as long as you keep making payments (like the rest of us).

4. I’ll never get credit again. Quite the contrary. It won’t be long before you’re getting credit card offers again. They’ll just be from subprime lenders that will charge very high interest rates. “There are innumerable companies that will provide credit to you,” says California bankruptcy attorney and trustee Howard Ehrenberg.

“I don’t advise any of my clients to run out and run up the bills again, but if someone does need an automobile, they can go and will be able to get credit,” he says. “You don’t have to go underground or something to get money.” (Do you know your credit rating? Take MSN Money’s quiz for an estimate.)

5. If you’re married, both spouses have to file for bankruptcy. Not necessarily. “It’s not uncommon for one spouse to have a significant amount of debt in their name only,” Hargrave says. However, if spouses have debts they want to discharge that they’re both liable for, they should file together. Otherwise, the creditor will simply demand payment for the entire amount from the spouse who didn’t file.

6. It’s really hard to file for bankruptcy. It’s really not. Technically, you don’t even need an attorney — you can do the paperwork without one. However, going through the procedure alone is not recommended.

7. Only deadbeats file for bankruptcy. Most people file for bankruptcy after a life-changing experience, such as a divorce, the loss of a job or a serious illness. They’ve struggled to pay their bills for months and just keep falling further behind.

8. I don’t want to include certain creditors in my filing because it’s important to me to pay them back someday, and if the debt is discharged, I can’t ever repay them. Bless you for even thinking about such a thing. You’re no longer obligated to repay them, but you always have the opportunity. If your conscience won’t let you sleep because you didn’t pay your debts, there’s nothing in the bankruptcy code that prevents you from doing that once you’re back on your feet. But it is nearly impossible to leave any account with a balance out of your list of creditors. In general, all creditors receive notification of your bankruptcy filing, whether they are listed in the petition or not.

The Bankruptcy Business

9. Filing for bankruptcy will improve my credit rating because all those debts will be gone. Filing for bankruptcy is the worst “negative” you can have on your credit report. Unlike other negatives, which stay on your report for seven years, bankruptcy can be there for 10 years, but you do get to rebuild your credit eventually.

10. You can’t get rid of back taxes through bankruptcy. Generally speaking, this is true. However, there is such a thing as tax bankruptcy, says tax educator Eva Rosenberg, known on the Web as TaxMama.

11. You can only file for bankruptcy once. The truth is, you can file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy only once every eight years, says Justin Harelik, Bankrate’s bankruptcy adviser. For Chapter 13 reorganization, you can file more often than that.

Of course, that doesn’t make it a good idea.

“Multiple bankruptcies are really bad,” Rosenberg says. “Many people get into the habit of once they’ve done it, it becomes a way of life. This is not good for your karma.” Or your credit rating.

12. I can max out all my credit cards, file for bankruptcy and never pay for the things I bought. That’s called fraud, and bankruptcy judges can get really cranky about it.