Your credit is bad. Perhaps you have a string of unpaid bills haunting your past. Maybe you declared bankruptcy within the past 10 years, or defaulted on a student loan. Clearnet
All of the above can block your access to obtaining a major credit card, such as VISA or Mastercard.
But bad credit is not the only reason you can be denied a major credit card. Some people simply have never used credit. People who like to pay cash only, have never financed a car, taken out a college loan, or a mortgage may have zero experience with credit. In that case, most card companies will reject your application, not because you have bad credit — but because you have no credit rating.
Many women who marry young and do all their borrowing under their husband’s name often find themselves with no credit rating after they are widowed or divorced. Thousands of women have been denied loans and credit cards on that basis.
Still other people carry too much debt to be considered a good risk. If you have a car loan, a student loan, a mortgage, two or three — out cards, you are unlikely to be granted another credit card.
But in any and all of the above cases, you can still obtain a credit card. No matter how bad your credit, and even if you have declared bankruptcy, you can still be granted a VISA or Mastercard with a limit as high as $5,000, if you know the right company to call, and how to make your application.
We are going to reveal these card companies and the methods by which you can obtain a VISA or Mastercard later in this report, but first, let’s talk about some of the other things you really should know about credit cards, including annual fees, interest rates, credit reports and more.
Your Credit Rating
How do credit card companies decide if you are a good credit risk or a bad credit risk? Well, it’s sort of a Big Brother thing. There are several large agencies in America which track the borrowing and buying behavior of just about every single American who has borrowed money at one time or another.
The four major credit rating agencies are:
CSC Credit Service: (Phone: 800-392-7816)
TRW Information Sys.: (Phone: 800-392-1122)
Equifax: (Phone: 800-685-1111)
Trans Union Corp.: (Phone: 800-851-2674)
When you send in an application for a credit card, the card company contacts one of the above agencies, which pulls your file, if one exists, and let’s the company know if you have any bad debts in your background.
If you have never borrowed money or used credit of any kind, your name will not appear in the data base of any of the above. If you have, there will almost certainly be information about you. If you have ever defaulted on a bill, or walked away from a debt owed, that information will be available. If you have never defaulted on a loan, but have made frequent late payments, that is recorded, too, and goes against your credit rating.
25 Percent Error Rate
If this sounds a bit like Big Brother, most would agree with you that it is. It’s scary to think that some large anonymous corporation is keeping a file on you, but it’s true. Furthermore, they will share your file with any lending institution that wants to know something about you. That’s the price you pay to obtain credit. You’ve heard the statement, “there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.”
When it comes to the game of credit, the lunch is definitely not free, neither in the monetary sense, or in the realm of personal freedom.
To top things off, credit agencies make errors in as many as one-fourth (25 percent) of all their reports. At this minute, false information about you may be ruining your credit rating.
To check your credit rating for errors, call the agencies at the numbers I provided above. They will request that you send them a written letter asking for a copy of your credit report. They will send you a copy of the information they have about you.