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Common Moving Mistakes that Can Put You at Risk for Identify Theft

A good friend of mine recently moved into Manhattan and unfortunately, misplaced some important documents in the shuffle. She is currently dealing with a very frustrating identity theft issue and so I thought today would be the perfect day to re-share this post from Paige.

 

Anyone who knows me knows that I have an uncanny fear of identity theft. I tend to hoard mail and old financial information for years, because I don’t want it to get into the wrong hands. The last time I moved, I had dressers filled with all sorts of papers to throw out. In my frenetic state, I wanted to throw it all into one big bag and out the door. But this would have been a huge mistake that could have caused me to lose my most valuable asset –my identity.

 

When people are in the midst of moving, they are usually so overwhelmed that they forget to protect themselves from identity theft – even though they know, and normally practice, proper ways to protect themselves. Here are IdentityTheftsome common mistakes people make when they are moving:

Throwing away documents with sensitive data. Always be sure to shred any and all documents displaying information about yourself, your family, your financials and anything else that is directly related to your personal identity.

Forgetting to change address with the post office. It’s easy to put off your change of address, but there are consequences for delaying this chore. Should any important information be sent via mail to your old address, anyone can take it and use it to their advantage. Even if you were close to your old neighbors, or sold your house to the nicest people, you don’t ever really know people. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Forgetting to notify banks, insurance companies, utilities providers, etc. of the move and new address. Remember the last time you went to the DMV? You probably had to show a proof of address, which is most often a bill from a bank or utility. Bills, bank statements and insurance documents contain a ton of information that anyone can use to steal your identity. Be sure to notify any financial or utility companies that you are moving in advance of your move so that you can either settle up, or have the address changed so that the bill comes to you. If you won’t be settled into your new home for a while, you can set up a P.O. Box or have your mail forwarded to a trustworthy family member or friend.

Keeping important documents, including titles, registration and insurance, in the car when it’s being moved. Again, you don’t want this important information in the wrong hands. Always keep important documents, from wills and birth certificates to car titles and registrations, on your person when you are moving.

Not vetting the moving company to make sure it is legitimate. Since your mover’s will be in you rhome and handling your items, you want to be sure you are working with a reputable company. A good moving company will only hire employees that have been background checked and drug tested. Here is an article on how to find a reputable moving company.

Leaving sensitive documents and materials, or computers open, in the presence of movers, contractors, utility representatives, cable representatives, etc. Your old home and your new home will be open to a variety of different people. Be sure to keep important documents under lock and key, and your computer locked, in the midst of all of the activity. In fact, be sure to password protect any mobile devices, including your smartphones and tablets, for additional piece of mind.

The FTC estimates that more than nine million people were victims of identity theft in the past year. It’s a staggering number that continues to grow. While most people know to be diligent online, it’s easy to forget that your identity can be compromised the old fashioned way – by theft of paper documents. It’s important to be diligent. If you have reason to believe that your information is in the wrong hands, or that you have been a victim of identity theft, here is helpful information from the FTC on the steps you will need to take to protect yourself.

Do you have any other tips for protecting your identity? Please share below.

Have You Seen Our Moving Checklist and Planner?

 

How prepared are you for your upcoming move? I ask these questions because people grossly underestimate the amount of preparation that’s needed in order to have a stress free move. I know that preparation and stress free checklistdon’t necessarily go hand in hand for some folks, but when you are moving an entire house planning ahead will save you a ton of angst on moving day.

How to Celebrate the Fourth of July in a New City

 

 

July 4th is right around the corner and, if you are anything like us, you are ready to celebrate!

How to Find a July 4th Event

 

But, what do you do if you are new in town? Summer is the busy moving season and that means a lot of families across the U.S. are going to be celebrating Independence Day in a new town. But that doesn’t mean new residents have to keep to themselves. July 4th can be a great way to get out into the community and meet new people!

Relocating for a Job after College Graduation? What You Should Know.

 

Relocating for a Job after College? What You Should KnowIt’s May, which means college graduation is right around the corner. Young twenty something’s everywhere are preparing to move home, move out, or move to a new city based on a job. It’s exciting to receive an official job offer, especially if you’re lucky enough to get one before graduation day. But moving for a job is a big deal, so it’s important to understand all of the details before making a commitment to an employer. If you are a soon to be college grad, or you know a soon to be college grad, this post is for you.

Holman Moving Systems Wins Customer Choice Award for 2013

Holman Moving SystemsWe are all so excited today over here at Holman Moving Systems! We won United’s Customer Choice Award for 2013!

What are the Costs Associated with Moving from the U.S. to Europe?

What is the Cost of Moving from the U.S. to Europe?If you’re anything like me, you’ve had a moment when you imagined moving to the other side of the pond. Perhaps you day dream about the siestas in Spain, the funky vibe in London, or the café studded streets of Paris. Maybe you even have a lead on a job. But, what does a move to Europe really entail? More importantly, what are the costs associated with the move?

Happy Labor Day!

Holman Moving SystemsHooray…it’s Labor Day!

For those of us in the moving business, labor day is a signal that another busy season is coming to a end.

But, it’s also more important than just the closing of another summer.

It’s a time for all of us to celebrate the contributions that workers have made to the United States, as well as to their organizations and local communities.

Thank you to everyone at Holman Moving Systems for their hard work (this summer and every day) and to our customers for making it another great season. We hope everyone has a lovely, restful and well-earned holiday.

Happy Labor Day!

Don’t Forget! 5 Often Forgotten Moving Day To-Do’s

Don't ForgetIt’s moving day! The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and you’re movers are going to arrive any moment…are you ready?

Most people only move once or twice in their lifetime, so it’s normal that moving day is a mystery to a lot of people. No matter how prepared people are, there are always some issues that are bound to come up. So, how can you guarantee a smooth move? Don’t forget the important stuff. Below are five things you should do on moving day.

Five Helpful Articles to Start the Spring Season

Spring CleaningApril is here and we know what that means! Taxes are due, spring flowers are blooming and it’s time to clean house, de-clutter and, for many people, prepare to move. In the coming months, we will be sharing all sorts of information on preparing for moving and moving day but, for now, we want to a moment to smell the flowers.

Throughout the week, we have been reading tons of articles on Spring time home activities including spring cleaning, de-cluttering, gardening and creating curb appeal. Many of the articles we’ve found are useful whether you are moving or staying in your home. Five articles stood out to us as being the most helpful, so we shared them below. Happy Reading!

Is It Possible to Move to a New Country Every Year?

Is it Possible to Move to a New Country Every YearOne of the things I love about blogging is the questions we get to answer. Becky and I spend a lot of time browsing the web to gather the best ones. This one in particular piqued my curiosity, mostly because I daydream about living abroad at least once a day.