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does anyone know or can suggest a good place that can monitor your credit report and other info and let you know when something changes like someone trying to get a credit card or doing anything with your name or social security number like opening a bank account?  i just recently changed all my phone numbers,bank account info,e mail address,the whole works.i fel for a scam where this company offered me a 1,500 limit on a credit card and all i had to do was pay a 200 dollar fee to get the card activated.well with it being christmas and me being a lil desperate i fell for it.when i finally looked this place up on the net it had tons of people caling it a scam and saying they got taken too.just wish i'd looked before i did it but i was so busy in december i didn't stop and use my head like i was supposed to.everyone here be careful don't fall for these things.......

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justxploringComment by justxploring - January 2, 2008, 5:13 pm
You can get a free credit report from each of the reporting services. I think that's only available once a year. It will not affect your credit score either. Trans Union, Equifax and Experian are the companies that report credit. If you want one of them to monitor your credit on a regular basis, you need to pay for that service, but I'm not sure it's worth it, Mike. Youc an go directly to one of them (like Experian.) But the report isn't going to warn you when you run across a scam. Sorry you got taken, but the only way to check out a place like that is to use a lot of search engines. There are sites like scambusters, urban legends and blogs in general. The FTC also warns people about such scams and might have a list if you ask. Try the FTC web site. I know the worst thing a person can do is to kick someone when he's down, so I assure you I'm not trying to do that, Mike. However, you've mentioned a few times that you've had trouble getting a credit card, so when some unfamiliar company comes along and offers you a deal "but just send $200" an alarm should go off in your head. We all goof & make mistakes under stress, so you are just like the rest of us. But be aware in the future of the "too good to be true" offers. I hope 2008 is a better year for you. Be well and God Bless you and your beautiful family.
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ThinkComment by Think - January 2, 2008, 10:41 pm
FYI, I know someone who fell for a scam like that where you did not have to pay. They called and offered him a credit card and got all his information and forwarded it to a legitimate company. He got the card and did not suspect a thing until the card company called him and asked if he was charging things at Wal Mart stores all over the world.
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emilygComment by emilyg - January 2, 2008, 11:54 pm
Sorry that happened to you.
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justxploringComment by justxploring - January 3, 2008, 1:03 am
Gee, after reading the other comments, I sound as if I was criticizing, but you asked for info on finding services to monitor credit and I was just providing the information requested. I am truly sorry that happened to you. Regarding what Think wrote, don't ever take an offer over the phone. Obviously that person he mentioned was a victim of identity theft. I'll stop answering blogs. I was only trying to be helpful. Take care.
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Comment by LOTTOMIKE - January 3, 2008, 1:47 am
thanks everyone....justxploring you can post in my blog anytime.i didn't think you were criticizing.everything is cool.

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