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After a hospital visit in 2004, Bea Cohen was reported deceased instead of discharged, leading her to be denied several times for credit cards and mortgages years later, reports The Star-Ledger’s Karin Price Mueller.
Cohen tried to fix the situation to no avail, and is dealing with the fallout to this day.
Here’s what she should have done, per Mueller:
2. File an official dispute with the credit bureaus in writing. Send a notarized letter that includes your full name, current mailing address, Social Security number, birthday, and a statement saying you’re not deceased.
3. Wait 30 days. After that time period, the credit bureaus will be required to send your results along with a free copy of your credit report.