Protect Your Home and Finances

Real Estate Agent with Surterre Properties

Did you know that approximately every 3 seconds, someone becomes the victim of identity theft? These staggering figures show us  that it is important to take steps to protect our home and finances....but how? The following tips are some ways to help keep you and your finances safe:

*Review your credit report on a regular basis and check for suspicious activity.

*Do not give out personal information over the phone, such as credit card or social security numbers.

*Never give our your pin number to anyone

*Install security programs on your computer to prevent hackers.


What steps are you taking to protect yourself?


We'd enjoy hearing your comments!


And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.

Best regards.

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors           

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Michael Caruso, Broker Associate ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GREEN GRI

Surterre Properties

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Lara O'Keefe
North Texas Home Finders - McKinney, TX

Michael, I've had friends whose identity got stolen and it was not fun for them to clean up. Thanks for the helpful tips.

Apr 04, 2009 09:14 AM #1
Regina P. Brown
California Coast & Country Homes, Inc. - San Luis Obispo, CA
e-Pro Realtor

ID theft is a bigger problem than most folks realize, and it's only getting worse... thanks for the reminder.  I personally have Identity Theft Shield from Pre-Paid Legal and I feel much safer.

Apr 05, 2009 09:58 AM #2
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

I had my identity stolen about five years ago, as did some of my neighbors. Apparently they had gone through the neighborhood on trash day and gotten some good information. Since I use a shredder, the only thing I could figure out is that one of my employees at the time threw something out without shredding it. I check my bank account daily online, so I found it very rapidly and was able to put a stop to it. The stuff the lady was buying was from specialty women's stores, which I've never had the need for -- LOL.

Apr 06, 2009 10:25 PM #3
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