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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-06-2003, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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Some pretty good advice!

Subject: FW: An Attorney's Advice
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Maybe we should all take some of his advice!

A corporate attorney sent the following out to the employees in his company:
* The next time you order checks have only your initials (instead of first name) and last name put on them.

* If someone takes your check book they will not know if you sign your checks with just your initials or your first name but your bank will know how you sign your checks.

* 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.

* Put your work phone # on your checks instead of your home phone. If you have a PO Box use that instead of your home. Never have your SS# printed on your checks (DUH!) you can add it if it is necessary. But if you have it printed, anyone can get it.

* 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, etc.

Unfortunately I, an attorney, have firsthand knowledge because my wallet was stolen last month. Within a week, the thieve(s) 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.

But here's some critical information to limit the damage in case this happens to you or someone you know:

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 easily.

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

But here's what is perhaps most important: (I never even thought to do this).

Call the three national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and Social Security 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 thieves'
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 in their tracks.

The numbers are:

Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742
Trans Union: 1-800-680-7289

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



I hope this helps someone out. A little information could go a long way!

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took down those #'s, and about to e-mail this to everyone i know..thanks! i'm sure it'll help one of us out!
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Excellent post. Good find!

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Thanks Kim i take that as a high compliment from you because you sure come up with some doozzies as well!

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Hey thanks for the information, for the most part I hope I never have to use it.


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Thanks Kelly for sharing. There are some good ideas in there that I would never have thought of.

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Thanks. Will pass it on.

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This is some very useful information. Thank you.
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Another little piece of advice.....my wife learned the hard way, never, every keep a high dollar amount in your checking account. Someone got a hold of her checking account number, checked the balanced, ordered at computer from Gateway, having it shipped to our home address, then tracked it, and called UPS and picked it up in Palatine. Gateway took the check via phone, and was very uncooperative about the investigation, so was Harris Bank. I will not do business with either. You can setup your checking account, like I did, when the amounts drops to a certain limit, then they can transfer, a certain pre set amount to the checking account.

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