Be Weary of Free Credit Reports

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

ODESSA- An online search for "Free Credit Reports" will yield more than 71 million websites, but only one offers truly free service. 
"Any site I've clicked on so far you had to have a credit card on it," said Ted Blair, "They say it's free but it never is."

Trish Powell, president of the Better Business Bureau of the Permian Basin says pay attention to the fine print. A good rule of thumb, if the site asks for a credit card number it may ask for you to enroll or sign up for something before you get your free credit report.

"They offer a product of service but it's conditional upon them purchasing the monthly service," said Powell.
Rachel Jung, says she has never gotten caught up in the free credit report scam.

"I've never used one of those sites because I can get it other wise," said Jung.

According the FTC, you can get your credit report, truly free by logging onto or by making a request in writing to Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281. Don't make request to the three major credit bureaus.