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Credit Cards Keep Showing Up in Mail

Jul 31

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Recently a consumer was concerned about her credit after several new credit cards arrived in the mail. The credit cards were for various companies and the consumer had never applied for any of them. Unfortunately, this happens a lot.

Credit cards arriving in the mail are a red flag that your identity has been stolen. With credit monitoring, the consumer would have received an alert that applications for the cards were submitted to the Credit Bureaus. Unfortunately in this instance, the consumer did not have credit monitoring. By the time the cards arrived in the mail, a lot of damage had already been done.

ID thieves can rack up huge bills on newly opened accounts before the cards ever even arrive to you.  Sometimes the cards can be opened in-store and used immediately. Other times, a store will issue you a temporary card number that can be used until your actual card arrives.

The gap in time is why credit monitoring works in this case. While it is very difficult – if not impossible – to prevent identity theft altogether, you can greatly reduce the impact of the crime simply by monitoring your credit regularly.

2 Comments Add your comment

  1. Carl Bartosch
    Nov 08 at 17:26

    How often can an agency check your credit report?

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    Randy Reply:

    You can check your credit report(credit score not included) for free once a year at annualcreditreport.com. You may check your credit as many times as you like per month with your preferred resource’s fee based inquiry. If you are asking how often any entity can run your credit, the answer is probably unlimited. Your credit report is simply a list of compiled data that has been collected. It does not prohibit, inhibit or dictate any person or organization making financial changes with the information used.

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