Coronavirus and Your Money

Get Free Weekly Credit Reports for Another Year

Take advantage of the extension to check each report for errors or signs of fraudulent activity.

The three major credit bureaus—Equifax, Experian and TransUnion—will continue to offer a free credit report to consumers each week at AnnualCreditReport.com until April 20, 2022.

The extension follows the bureaus’ move in spring 2020 to provide free weekly reports as the coronavirus pandemic struck the U.S., causing financial hardship for Americans who lost their job or faced a pay cut. Before the recent announcement, the availability of free weekly reports was scheduled to expire in April. Typically, a free report is available from each bureau only once every 12 months through AnnualCreditReport.com.

Check each report for errors or signs of fraudulent activity, such as the presence of a credit card or loan that you never opened or a collection account for a debt that you don’t owe. The most effective way to block identity thieves from opening accounts in your name is to put a free security freeze on your report from each bureau. (You can add a freeze at www.transunion.com/freeze, www.experian.com/freeze and www.equifax.com/personal/credit-report-services.) When a freeze is in place, a creditor cannot access your report in response to an application for new credit, thwarting crooks. If you want to open a credit account, you can temporarily lift the freeze.

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