Jacoby & Jacoby Articles The Credit Repair Organizations Act

The Credit Repair Organizations Act

By Jacoby & Jacoby  Sep. 11, 2013 2:30p

The Credit Repair Organizations Act (CROA) is actually part of the Consumer Credit Protection Act. This federal law prohibits credit repair organizations from engaging in a variety of adverse actions, such as giving false or misleading statements or fraudulent behavior. It also prohibits them from being paid before any promised services to clients are "fully performed." Any services that a credit repair organization promises must be written into a contract which includes a detailed description of those services and the time frame in which they will be rendered. These organizations must also provide to the consumer a separate written disclosure which describes the consumer's rights before they enter into the contract.

Any credit repair organization that violates this federal law can be sued by a consumer to "recover the greater of the amount paid or actual damages, punitive damages, costs, and attorneys fees." The CROA can be enforced by the Federal Trade Commission as well as State Attorney Generals. The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs has published information on its website about how to spot credit repair scams from unscrupulous companies. These tips include such warning signs as the company promising to remove negative information off your credit report, requiring you to pay an upfront fee before they do anything to help you, or asking you to sign blank forms with personal information attached.

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