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HOMEOWNER’S CORNER Identity Theft Thieves in the Waste Basket ost identity theft now occurs electronically. But your identity can still be easily stolen by thieves who make use of what you toss in your waste basket, too. Trash facilities and recycling centers can be gold mines of personal information for enterprising dumpster divers. That is, unless you shred documents that contain identifying information — charge receipts, credit applications, insurance forms, physician statements, canceled checks, bank statements and even expired credit cards. Also, beware of those pre-approved credit offers you get in the mail and toss M unopened into the trash. Clever scammers complete these blank applications, obtain a credit card in your name, charge it to the limit and close the account before you receive the first billing statement. To protect yourself, tear the unopened envelop in half once or twice before tossing it in the waste basket. Better yet, eliminate these credit offers from your mailbox by calling (888) 5OPT-OUT (888-567-8688). You’ll be asked to provide your Social Security number so the consumer reporting companies can match you with your file. Also, deposit your outgoing mail containing identifying information in post office collection boxes or at your local post office, rather than in an unsecured mailbox, and promptly remove mail from your mailbox. If you’re planning to be away from home, contact the U.S. Postal Service at (800) 275-8777 or online at to request a vacation hold. The Postal Service will hold your mail at your local post office until you can pick it up or are home to receive it. CM The Federal Trade Commission has more information on identity theft and prevention tips at microsites/idtheft. 20 CONDO MEDIA • JULY 2010

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Condo Media - July 2010

Condo Media - July 2010
From the CED’s Desk
President’s Message
CAI News
CAI Regional News
Asked & Answered
Homeowner’s Corner
Vendor Spotlight
Volunteer Spotlight
Board Member Insight
2010 CAI-NE Financial-Reserves Directory
Advertisers Index
Classified Service Directory

Condo Media - July 2010