CREDIT CARD INFORMATIONAL WEBSITES
Secret History of the Credit Card
Companion to a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) program in which
Frontline and The New York Times "join forces to investigate an
industry few Americans fully understand. ... [C]orrespondent
Lowell Bergman uncovers the techniques used by the industry to
earn record profits and get consumers to take on more debt." The
site features the full program, interviews, facts for credit card
users, and related articles. Also includes a teacher's guide.
Your Access to Free Credit Reports
Under an amendment to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA),
consumers can request a free copy of their credit report once
every 12 months. This site has the details and the URL of the only
official request website.
This site "allows you to request a free credit file disclosure,
commonly called a credit report, once every 12 months from each of
the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax,
Experian and TransUnion." Includes a FAQ. Sponsored by Equifax,
Experian, and TransUnion.
Better Business Bureau (BBB): Security & Privacy, Made Resources
for small business owners about data security and customer
privacy. Some of the topics addressed by the publications on this
site include privacy policies, identity theft, computer security,
payment card security, and what to do if customer data is lost or
stolen. From experts in computer security and business privacy.
The Truth About Credit
A consumer site offering advice on credit cards. Coverage includes
ripoffs, hazards and traps, navigating offers, terms, paying off
debt, obtaining your credit report, resolving troubles, and links
to state PIRGs and the original PIRG with information on other
consumer protection topics. From the Public Interest Research