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How to Help Prevent Offline Identity Fraud

Author TonyScurich , 7/6/2015

file0001578443946Contrary to popular belief, identity fraud does not always begin online. According to Travelers claim data, 44 percent of ID fraud cases happen when a person's purse or wallet has been lost or stolen. Thieves can use the information they find inside for ID fraud, so here are some critical steps to help protect yourself and your identity.

Watch Your Wallet and Purse

Many people store personal information in their purses and wallets, making it easier for thieves to commit identity fraud. Help secure your identity by keeping your purse and wallet in a safe place and carrying only essentials when you go out. Leave credit cards you will not be using in a secure place at home. Unless it is absolutely necessary, avoid carrying Social Security cards, birth certificates or passports as they contain key pieces of personal information thieves could use to steal your identity.

Monitor Your Mail

Whether you are sending or receiving mail, take steps to help keep it safe from prying eyes. Never put outgoing checks, bill payments or financial information in your unlocked home mailbox. When you need to send out sensitive documents, consider using a secure postal mailbox or send them from the post office. If you have not signed up for electronic statements, be aware of when your credit card statements are scheduled to arrive. If they are late, call the credit card company to confirm if the statement was sent. Be sure to shred old bills and unnecessary financial records containing personal information.

Keep a Careful Eye on Your Credit

According to our data, nearly half of ID fraud cases are committed using the victim's current accounts. On a regular basis, review your credit report and bank statements to monitor your accounts, and take these extra precautions:

  • Make a list of all your credit card and bank account information, and store the list in a secure place, such as on a password-protected flash drive or in a fire-proof safe. Include account numbers, expiration dates, credit limits and phone numbers or emails of the customer service and fraud departments. If your card is missing or stolen, you will then be able to quickly notify your credit card provider to prevent fraudulent charges.
  • Review your credit report and notify the credit bureaus of any mistakes. The U.S. Government Fair Credit Reporting Act gives consumers the right to receive one free copy of their credit report every 12 months from each of the three main credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax and TransUnion). Order one report from a different bureau every four months to see credit activity throughout the year. To order your credit report, visitwww.annualcreditreport.com.

Keep Your Social Security Number Safe

Social Security numbers are often used to open fraudulent accounts or to access financial information or assets. Do not have your Social Security number printed on your checks or allow merchants to write it on them. If a business requests your Social Security number, ask them why. If it is not a valid reason, do not provide the information they request. Also, never give confidential information to an unsolicited phone caller who claims they represent a financial institution or creditor. Instead, get the caller's name, location, phone number and reason for the call. Then call the phone number on your billing statements to verify the caller's identification.

Get additional tips for helping protect your identity while you are online.

Consider buying identity fraud insurance, a relatively inexpensive add-on to your renters or homeowners insurance policy. This coverage typically reimburses the cost of reclaiming your identity and rebuilding your credit, such as attorney's and notary fees and replacement of IDs. It is a low-cost investment against a high-expense crime.


Time to winterize your pipes

Author TonyScurich , 9/29/2014
PipesYour homeowner’s insurance policy probably won’t cover any damage from your pipes if investigations prove negligence or poor maintenance.   We have a few tips for you to use to winterize your pipes this fall.
  1. For all outdoor watering hoses and sprinklers, disconnect them and drain out the water.  Store them in a dry place.
  2. Make sure your shutoff valve is working properly.
  3. Check for broken windows or cracks where your pipes are located.  If cracks and/or broken windows are found, seal them up to prevent your pipes from freezing up.
  4. Make sure heat can evenly circulate throughout the house, especially around the pipes and water meters.
  5. If you have interior pipes, wrap them up with insulation.
  6. Don’t close your cabinet door.  Leave the cabinet doors open that are home to pipes so the heat can get to them.
  7. You may want to consider allowing your water run a little slower this winter.  It may cost a little more on your water bill, but when you compare the cost of repair your pipes, you’ll find that it’s worth it.
This winter, make sure that your pipes are well maintained and taken care of.  For more information about your homeowners insurance policy, feel free to contact Scurich Insurance Services. Content provided by Transformer Marketing. Source:  http://www.mainewater.com/Customers//media/Files/Bill%20Inserts%20and%20Fact%20Sheets/Winterizing%20Tips.pdf

Summer Party Liability Concerns

Author TonyScurich , 6/2/2014
Scurich Insurance Services, CA, Homeowners insuranceSummer is right around the corner, and with it comes a parade of graduations, barbecues, holidays and other gatherings with family and friends. Although summer parties are a source of excitement for most people, these get-togethers can also raise the risk of expensive liability claims.  Whether you are throwing a birthday party or hosting a Father's Day picnic at your home, you never know when an accident could occur. As more people enter your home, the risk of someone sustaining an injury on your property increases dramatically. For example, if you are operating a grill during a summer barbecue, your guests could be burnt accidentally. Likewise, if you own a pool, guests could injure themselves diving in, or they could slip and fall on the wet ground next to the pool. If someone sustains an injury on your property, they may file a lawsuit against you in order to recover medical expenses and/or lost wages related to the injury. If you don't have enough homeowners insurance coverage to pay the damages awarded to the individual in court, you will be forced to come up with the money on your own, which can lead to serious financial problems. In some cases, a large liability settlement could even require you to file bankruptcy or sell your home and other valuable assets in order to pay the amount you owe. If you are planning to host any parties this summer, review your homeowners insurance policy before you send out the invitations to ensure that you have the proper amount of liability coverage. If you discover that your coverage is lacking, consider investing in additional coverage to protect yourself against loss. If you aren't sure whether your policy provides sufficient coverage, consult our office for guidance.

My homeowners insurance covers that?

Author TonyScurich , 12/9/2013
Scurich Insurance Services, CA, Homeowners insuranceHomeowners insurance coverage can be tricky.  Some claims that one would think would be considered in the original homeowners insurance policy, are not (i.e. earthquakes, floods, etc.).   Here are a few of the possible scenarios that are covered: 1. The sky is falling! Chicken Little was onto something there.  If meteors or UFO’s fall from the sky and crash into your house, your homeowners policy will have “open perils” policies to protect you from anything that isn’t specifically excluded.  Falling objects are included in the policy.  So if Marvin the Martian crashes into your home, theoretically, you are covered. 2. The volcano is going to blow! We love the “open perils,” policies.  Should Dante’s Peak destroys your house, aside from tremors or earthquakes, your homeowners policy should theoretically, cover your loss.  Including if your house gets swallowed in a lava flow. If you live in Hawaii, chances are you will also have a state-run volcano insurance coverage that you will need to look into. 3. It’s a Stampede! We are being invaded by goats and cows!  The cows just ran through home but the goats came and ate our sofa, gnawed on our furniture and well, destroyed everything. Your homeowners insurance can over stampeding animals, as long as the animals do not belong to you.  The animals must be wild and not domesticated. 4. Your loved ones tombstones. Tombstones are a reminder of the loved ones we once lost.  However, there are pranksters that will deface and defile tombstones, especially around Halloween. Your loved ones tombstones are covered by your homeowners insurance. 5. The truly frightful Some homeowners policies will cover certain costs related to a murder, suicide or an unattended death in your home.  Not all homeowners policies have this option, best bet is to get a policy review and make any necessary adjustments. Give us a call today for a complete homeowners policy review. Content provided by Transformer Marketing.

 

My homeowners insurance covers that?

Author TonyScurich , 12/2/2013
Scurich Insurance Services, Watsonville, CA, Homeowners InsuranceHomeowners insurance coverage can be tricky.  Some claims that one would think would be considered in the original homeowners insurance policy, are not (i.e. earthquakes, floods, etc.).   Here are a few of the possible scenarios that are covered: 1. The sky is falling! Chicken Little was onto something there.  If meteors or UFO’s fall from the sky and crash into your house, your homeowners policy will have “open perils” policies to protect you from anything that isn’t specifically excluded.  Falling objects are included in the policy.  So if Marvin the Martian crashes into your home, theoretically, you are covered. 2. The volcano is going to blow! We love the “open perils,” policies.  Should Dante’s Peak destroys your house, aside from tremors or earthquakes, your homeowners policy should theoretically, cover your loss.  Including if your house gets swallowed in a lava flow. If you live in Hawaii, chances are you will also have a state-run volcano insurance coverage that you will need to look into. 3. It’s a Stampede! We are being invaded by goats and cows!  The cows just ran through home but the goats came and ate our sofa, gnawed on our furniture and well, destroyed everything. Your homeowners insurance can over stampeding animals, as long as the animals do not belong to you.  The animals must be wild and not domesticated. 4. Your loved ones tombstones. Tombstones are a reminder of the loved ones we once lost.  However, there are pranksters that will deface and defile tombstones, especially around Halloween. Your loved ones tombstones are covered by your homeowners insurance. 5. The truly frightful Some homeowners policies will cover certain costs related to a murder, suicide or an unattended death in your home.  Not all homeowners policies have this option, best bet is to get a policy review and make any necessary adjustments. Give us a call today for a complete homeowners policy review. Content provided by Transformer Marketing.