A lot of sites offer a free credit report as a come-on to get you interested, but there are almost always strings attached (i.e., hold on tight to your purse, wallet, and /or personal information). This site is the real deal, however-- every individual can get one free credit report per year, NO strings attached, from EACH of the big three credit monitoring agencies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion:
NOTES: Each spouse should order a free credit report in his/her own name- results can differ from spouse to spouse!
This important security notice on the website helps to protect you from "mimic" sites that ocasionally spring up:
"Please be aware of how you arrived at this site. To ensure that you are visiting the legitimate site, type https://www.annualcreditreport.com directly into the address bar on your browser. You will never receive an email directly from the Annual Credit Report Request Service."