credits reports not available in Spanish

Free credit reports not in Spanish
— reported by the Miami Herald

You can do your banking in Spanish, talk to the IRS or ask a counselor to help you with your debts. But if you want to get a free copy of your credit report, it’s no habla Espanol.

All consumers are entitled to a free credit report once a year under a recent federal law. Checking that report closely for signs of fraud has become one of the best methods for fighting identity theft, which hits Hispanics more than any other ethnic group, according to a major study on the crime.

But those who speak only Spanish or very little English face language barriers when trying to get their free report.

The system that the major credit bureaus set up for ordering free reports, which is a Web site and a toll free phone line, operate only in English. There are no other languages available for placing your order.

What’s more, two of the three major credit bureaus don’t make credit reports available in Spanish.

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