Because you are ultimately responsible for ensuring that your credit report is accurate, laws were enacted — specifically the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) to assist you. The FCRA gives you the right to contact the credit bureaus directly to dispute items on your credit reports. You can dispute any and all items that are inaccurate, untimely, misleading, biased, incomplete or unverifiable. Any item that cannot be verified on your credit report must be deleted. Goodwill Creditor Interventions may also be used to address an item on your credit report directly with your creditor. Also, the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) of 2003 may be utilized primarily in situations where identity theft is concerned. Thousands of people have legally and successfully restored their credit and increased their credit score simply by enforcing their own legal rights. This type of process can be done individually if you have the time, and of course the patience, for the learning curve involved.