Steps you can take to prevent credit score scams

Safeguard your Social Security number (SSN): This is your golden key to financial information. Don't share it unnecessarily and be cautious about where you write it down.

Review your credit reports regularly: You can get a free credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion) every year at Look for any suspicious activity or errors that could impact your score.

Beware of phishing scams: Don't click on suspicious links or attachments in emails or text messages claiming to be from credit bureaus, banks, or credit card companies. They might try to steal your personal information.

Shred sensitive documents: Before throwing away documents with your SSN, credit card numbers, or bank account details, shred them thoroughly to prevent identity theft.

Use strong passwords and enable two-factor authentication:  Use complex passwords for your financial accounts and enable two-factor authentication for an extra layer of security.

Be cautious about credit repair services:  Some companies might make unrealistic promises about boosting your credit score quickly.  It takes time and responsible credit management to build a good score. Legitimate credit counseling services can offer guidance, but be wary of upfront fees or quick fixes.

Monitor your bank statements closely:  Look for any unauthorized charges or suspicious activity on your bank and credit card statements. Report any discrepancies immediately.

Don't fall for free credit score offers:  While some legitimate services offer a free credit score, be wary of offers that seem too good to be true.  They might trick you into signing up for unwanted services or hidden fees.

Be mindful of pre-approved credit card offers: Don't apply for every credit card offer you receive in the mail. Applying for too much credit can negatively impact your score.

Freeze your credit if you suspect identity theft: If you believe your identity has been stolen, consider placing a credit freeze on your reports. This restricts access to your credit report, making it harder for someone to open new accounts in your name.