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Call Don’t Click: Why it’s smarter to order a federally mandated credit report via the phone instead of the internet

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.

Call Don’t Click: Why it’s smarter to order federally mandated free credit reports via telephone, not the Internet: Summary

The World Privacy Forum urges consumers who qualify [1] to order a federally mandated free annual credit report [2] 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. [3] Consumers who try to use the official online site www.annualcreditreport.com may encounter numerous challenges, some of them potentially serious.