Identity Theft and Mortgage Fraud

Reblogger Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Real Estate Agent with EXP Realty 414-525-0563 57026-90 Broker

Holidays ahead will mean more shopping...with credit cards in person and on line...Beware...Be Careful..Be Safe !

Original content by Victoria Valle

Mortgage fraud can be the result of identity theft. Here are some helpful tips for avoiding identity theft:

  1. Never leave receipts in random places such as bank machines, gas stations, or trashcans.
  2. Always sign your credit cards. Never give your credit to someone else to use. Report lost cards immediately. Keep an eye on your monthly statements to see if anything shows up that shouldn't.
  3. Shread important documents, such as pre-approved credit card applications, bills, and credit card receipts.
  4. Avoid keeping written record of any of your credit card information. This is an easy way for someone else to get a hold of them. 
  5. Never give others personal information, such as your social security or pin number, over the phone, unless you initiated the call.
  6. Always get your mail immediately. Don't leave it in the mailbox for long. Never leave mail lying around.

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Rainmaker
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Kristin Johnston - REALTORĀ®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
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Great reminders.....I am always amazed on how many 'easy' ways thefts come up with to steal identities..

Oct 11, 2009 01:05 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

The one that was the hardest to imagine was the buyer we had who closed on a house with a wife who didn't know he had another wife and children in another state...Yicks !

Oct 11, 2009 01:12 AM #2
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I never sign my credit cards.  I put "See ID" on the back.  It gets checked by the clerk each time I use it.  My main card, from Citibank, has my photo on it.

Oct 12, 2009 10:23 PM #3
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