Well, I have multiple credit cards that generate it for me. When I see the same data in multiple places, I am inclined to believe it. Credit karma is one of many I use: I don't JUST look at that. Notably, my capital one score shows 741 AND my "deragatory payment".
Neither CK or Capital One provide a FICO score; they both provide a VantageScore 3.0 score using TransUnion data. The reason you are seeing the exact same score is because they are using the same exact scoring model using data from the same bureau. Rest assured that neither of these is a FICO score though, so you'll want to get your hands on your genuine FICO 08's which you can do through Credit Check Total for $1 if you're interested.
As for your GW letter campaign, please read the thread that posted the link to on the last page, I believe in Post 7.
ok, i read your post. very clever! you obviously have been doing this a while!
I sent my first GW letter about a year ago, so it really hasn't been that long. I have however put in a good deal of work within that year. It's a very good feeling to see the negatives dropping off of your reports when you start hammering out letters.
I know you said you're not against emails. That's good because that is my PRIMARY way to be proactive! Well, thanks for your tips! It's a bit harder scouring for emails, but that come with the territory.
There are benefits and drawbacks to all forms of communication. While emails may be less "personal" than snail mail, they are certainly faster and you have a written record with time stamps of all communication. It may be more difficult to come across as many email addresses as you can snail mail addresses for any creditor, but the combination of the two would make for quite a bunch of Saturation points!