Avoid Financial & Estate Planning Mistakes
By Christina Bush, CES, CAS CMFC
Wealth Manager/Certified Estate and Trust Specialist
* Go to www.annualcreditreport.com or call 877-322-8228
* It typically costs around $9 to get your credit score.
* Be aware of 'shoulder surfing' (people watching you from a nearby location as you punch in your telephone calling card number or credit card number).
* Don't be a victim of 'dumpster diving'.
* Lock up your personal information at home, work, in your car, etc.
* Shred all old statements, credit cards, etc.
* Avoid putting your driver's license number on checks. This is not necessary and just gives theives more information to use against you.
* While traveling have your mail held at the post office or collected by a trustworthy person.
* Close accounts that you know or believe have been tampered with.
* When you open new accounts, use brand new pin numbers and passwords (avoid using your mother's maiden name, your birth date, the last 4 digits of your social security number, your phone number, or childrens' birthdays).
* File a police report and a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (877) ID-THEFT
* Don't respond to spam and avoid Phishing (responding to emails asking you to verify your personal information)
* $40 billion per year is lost to fraud in non-profits.
* Fraud is found in nearly 20% of 501(c)3 non-profit organizations.
* By law, the last 3 years of 990 tax returns are supposed to be available for public scrutiny as well as the past 2 years financial statements, which are supposed to list any salaries taken by board members or employees. If this information is missing it is a red flag.
* Be very cautious who you donate your hard-earned money to!
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