Buying a new home can be one of the most exciting times in a person’s life. It’s a great accomplishment but it’s also something that requires a person to keep their eyes peeled and be careful with their personal information. Many times the holidays remind some of us just how small our homes are and we dream of a bigger home!
LifeLock wants to help with some new home buying identity protection tips so if you are getting ready to make the move, take a look at these great tips!
- Check the Better Business Bureau for reviews of movers before allowing them in your home.
- Replace the locks on your new home ASAP. Previous tenants could potentially still have a set of keys!
- The safest way to pay your bills is to drop them off at a post office box rather than leaving them in your mailbox to be picked up. This way it is harder for identity thieves to intercept your bills and steal your information.
- During and after buying a new home a lot of expenses arise. You should always monitor your financial accounts, so you’ll know if a bill is missing or unauthorized purchases have been made. Buying at such high volume for your new house makes it easier to miss unauthorized purchases.
- If visiting a new doctor after moving, before providing any personal information like your Social Security number, ask why it is needed. Often at doctors’ offices they can get your Social Security number through your insurance company so they don’t need to ask for it on a form. Try not to write down your Social Security number on a form, because you never know where they store it and who has access to it.
- Store papers containing personal information in a safe while moving. Keep safe rather than sorry!
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