Saturday, May 27, 2023
Can an unpaid cellular phone bill be reported on my credit report? I am in a dispute with a cell company over a bill that was paid by check and not credited to my account. Thank you for your help.
Yes. It is possible that your cellular phone company can report trouble with your account to the credit bureaus. And it can go much further than that! Credit card companies continuously review your credit score and if they see that number drop they will raise your rates! That's called Universal Default.
I talked about Universal Default in a prior article titled, Penalty Rates.
Chances are that they're not going to report it right away because the matter is still in dispute. If you suspect that they may be reporting it, you should get a copy of all your credit reports. I recommend getting them all at MyFico. (I've used their services many times.)
The best resource for credit report law is the FTC (Federal Trade Commission). The law governing credit reporting is The Fair Credit Reporting Act (summary of law here).
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