A new report issued today by the World Privacy Forum in advance of the March 1 rollout of free credit reports to Midwestern U.S. residents shows that consumers may be better off calling or mailing for their federally mandated free credit report instead of going online for it.
The World Privacy Forum urges consumers who qualify  to order a federally mandated free annual credit report  to call the toll free number (877-322-8228) instead of ordering their free credit report online. Calling the toll free number exposes consumers to fewer potential hazards than ordering online.  Consumers who try to use the official online site www.annualcreditreport.com may encounter numerous challenges, some of them potentially serious.
Call Don’t Click: Why it’s smarter to order your federally mandated free credit reports via telephone, not the Interent. A report on www.annualcreditreport.com by the World Privacy Forum, originally published February, 2005, updated March 2005
The report findings are divided into two sections: findings on fraudulent domains, and findings relating directly to the actual annualcreditreport.com site.
Blacklisting, or not allowing active Web linking to the annualcreditreport.com site is an ongoing issue.  But those consumers who do manage to land at the official annualcreditreport.com site have further challenges to contend with.