Helpful legal advice...

Reblogger Aida Pinto
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Independent Real Estate Broker DRE#00972295 some really good advice!  Please go over to his blog and let him know that you liked his post.  I will be disabling comments:  

1.) Equifax: 1-800-525-6285  

2.) Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742 

3.) Trans Union : 1-800-680 7289 

4.) Social Security Administration (fraud line):  1-800-269-0271

Original content by Steve Peters, Jr. SB065509






Not A Joke!!   Even If you dislike attorneys..You will love them for these tips. 

Read this and make a copy for your files in case you need to refer to it someday. Maybe we should all take some of his advice! A corporate attorney sent the following out to the employees in his company: 

Do not sign  the back of your credit cards. Instead, put 'PHOTO ID REQUIRED.'  

2. When you are writing checks to pay on your credit card accounts,  
DO  NOT put the complete  account number on the 'For' line. Instead, just put the  last four numbers. The credit card company knows the rest of the number, and anyone who might be handling your check as it passes through all the check processing channels won't have access to it. 

3. Put your work phone # on your checks instead of your home phone. If you have a PO Box use that instead of your home address. If you do not have a PO Box, use your work address. 
Never  have your  SS# printed on your chec ks. (DUH!) You can add it if it is necessary. But if you have It printed, anyone can get it. 

4. Place the 
contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine. Do both sides of each license, credit card, etc. You will know what you had in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel..... Keep the photocopy in a safe place.  
I also carry a photocopy of my passport when I travel either here or abroad. We've all heard horror stories about fraud that's committed on us in stealing a Name, address, Social Security number, credit cards. 

Unfortunately, I, an attorney, have first hand knowledge because my wallet was stolen last month... Within a week, the thieves ordered an expensive monthly cell phone package, applied for a VISA credit card, had a credit line approved to buy a Gateway computer, received a PIN number from DMV to change my driving record information online, and more. &nbs p;
But here's some critical 
information to limit the damage  in case this happens to you or someone you know: 

5. We have been told we should  
cancel our  credit cards immediately. But the key is having the toll free numbers and your card numbers handy so you know whom to call. Keep those where you can find them. 

File a   police report immediately in the jurisdiction where your credit cards, etc., were stolen. This proves to credit providers you were diligent, and this is a first step toward an investigation (if there ever is one). 

But here's what is perhaps  
most important of all: (I never even thought to do this.)  
Call  the  3 national credit reporting organizations  immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and also call the So cial Security fraud line number. I had never heard of doing that until advised by a bank that called to tell me an application for credit was made over the Internet in my name.  

The alert means any company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen, and they have to contact you by phone to authorize new credit. 

By the time I was advised to do this, almost two weeks after the theft, all the damage had been done. There are records of all the credit checks initiated by the thi eves' purchases, none of which I knew about before placing the alert. Since then, no additional damage has been done, and the thieves threw my wallet away this weekend (someone turned it in). It seems to have stopped them dead in their tracks.. 

Now, here are the numbers you always need to contact about your wallet, if it has been stolen: 

1..) Equifax: 1-800-525-6285  

2.) Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742 

3.) Trans Union : 1-800-680 7289 

4.) Social Security Administration (fraud line):  

We pass along jokes on the Internet; we pass a long just about everything. 

If you are willing to pass this information along, it could really

Help someone that you care about..


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Marcia Kramarz
Re/Max Executive Realty - Medway, MA

Excellent POst - Off to photocopy my wallet contents

Sep 20, 2011 07:48 AM #1
EC, JF, Double R and Zoey the Cool Cat
Russel Ray Photos - San Diego, CA

That has been going around by email for several years now. When I first got it I thought that it was all good advice. However, #1 is not good advice because if you don't sign it, then stores don't have to accept it, with or without photo ID. Been there, done that, and it was embarrassing.

Sep 20, 2011 12:40 PM #2
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