Do you look out for you Clients I.D. security?

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Real Estate Agent with RETIRED 200305001

Do you look out for your clients I. D. security? I use my personal shredder in my office when something doesn't line up in the copier right. It seems like earnest money checks are the biggest culprit. I seem to get them in the copier upside down, backwards, you name it.

So what do you do with the mis feed? I know so many agents that just drop it in the waste can if they are too lazy to put it in the recycle bucket which isn't any better. If your office does not have a shredder, why not? If it does not would $30 for your own be the right thing to do? I think so! Your thoughts?

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Rob Shepherd -  ABR, GRI, REALTORS® for Florence Oregon Real Estate
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Comments (13)

Deborah Laemmerhirt - REALTOR® Brookfield,Newtown,Roxbury,Bridgewater,Washington,Sherman
Keller Williams Luxury Homes International - Brookfield, CT
Luxury Homes,WaterFront,Equestrian,NewConstruction

Hi Rob,

With identify thieft so common we can't help to be more careful.  I actually try to only hold things digitally and turn everything else into the office.  The office supplies a shredder as well.  I'm not sure what the answer is because we are the keepers of information that needs to be kept secure.  Thanks for sharing!

Jan 03, 2014 10:12 PM
Rob D. Shepherd
RETIRED - Florence, OR
RETIRED

Deborah: I find it interesting how many agents I have talked to, don't care or have never give it a second thought.

Jan 03, 2014 10:29 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Rob, I think a lot of agents are way too casual with their clients' information.  Thanks for the reminder.

Jan 03, 2014 11:15 PM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Many times I take phone orders and get a CC number, security code, etc. over the phone.  I always shred the paper with all of that information on it.....but not everyone in the store does Rob.  Imagine that getting into the wrong hands.

Jan 03, 2014 11:21 PM
Rob D. Shepherd
RETIRED - Florence, OR
RETIRED

Patrica: I think you are right.

Roger: At least you can sleep knowing you did the right thing.

Jan 04, 2014 04:50 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Rob, You bet I do.  I treat my clients security the same way I do my own. They deserve it.  Shredding takes time but being lazy about security is simply irresponsible.

Jan 04, 2014 09:55 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hey, Rob!  I included this post in today's Last Week's Favorites.  

Jan 05, 2014 06:22 AM
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

Hey Rob we have an industrial shredder so none of our clients persoanl info gets nabbed. In addition we use an encrypted drop box (of sorts) for transmitting info even via email.

You can never be too safe these days

Jan 05, 2014 11:22 AM
Gay E. Rosen
Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty - Larchmont, NY
As Real as Real Estate Gets!

Rob - that is really importnat.. We allr eceive credit chcks from agents whose clients are seeking to rent a property.. but do we do with those pdf scans afterward?  I hope they are all deleted and not sitting in someone's computer ...

Jan 05, 2014 09:25 PM
Gay E. Rosen
Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty - Larchmont, NY
As Real as Real Estate Gets!

Rob - that is really importnat.. We allr eceive credit chcks from agents whose clients are seeking to rent a property.. but do we do with those pdf scans afterward?  I hope they are all deleted and not sitting in someone's computer ...

Jan 05, 2014 09:25 PM
Rob D. Shepherd
RETIRED - Florence, OR
RETIRED

Pat: Thanks for the mention in your weekly finds!

David:Tell me more about that encrypted box?

Gay: You would hope so, I bet many don't.

Jan 05, 2014 09:52 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

It would be very important to me as a client of yours to know my information was not being placed in the trash!  

Jan 05, 2014 10:22 PM
Rob D. Shepherd
RETIRED - Florence, OR
RETIRED

Shaon: I have never heard one ask, but I can't speak for others in our office.

Jan 05, 2014 11:01 PM