While the FRCA created the credit repair industry, the Credit Repair Organizations Act regulates the credit repair industry. It’s the law that grants you the right to authorize a qualified third party to make disputes on your behalf. Basically, this means that you can hire someone to do the work for you, reducing the time and aggravation of repairing your credit.
Regulations set by CROA
The purposes of the Credit Repair Organizations Act is to ensure that prospective buyers of credit repair services from credit repair organizations are provided with the information necessary to make an informed decision. It intends to protect the public from unfair or deceptive advertising and business practices by credit repair organizations. It enumerates prohibited practices, required disclosures, contract requirements, liability, and penalties for non-compliance and procedure to report non-compliance
The CROA strictly prohibits:
No person may— make any statement, or counsel or advise any consumer to make any statement, which is untrue or misleading (or which, upon the exercise of reasonable care, should be known by the credit repair organization, officer, employee, agent, or other person to be untrue or misleading) with respect to any consumer’s credit worthiness, credit standing, or credit capacity to(A) any consumer reporting agency (as defined in section 1681a(f) of this title); or (B) any person—(i) who has extended credit to the consumer; or (ii) to whom the consumer has applied or is applying for an extension of credit;
Make any statement, or counsel or advise any consumer to make any statement, the intended effect of which is to alter the consumer’s identification to prevent the display of the consumer’s credit record, history, or rating for the purpose of concealing adverse information that is accurate and not obsolete to (A) any consumer reporting agency; (B) any person (i) who has extended credit to the consumer; or (ii) to whom the consumer has applied or is applying for an extension of credit;
Make or use any untrue or misleading representation of the services of the credit repair organization; or engage, directly or indirectly, in any act, practice, or course of business that constitutes or results in the commission of, or an attempt to commit, fraud or deception on any person in connection with the offer or sale of the services of the credit repair organization. (b) Payment in advance No credit repair organization may charge or receive any money or other valuable consideration for the performance of any service which the credit repair organization has agreed to perform for any consumer before such service is fully performed.