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Jason Taub - Realtor
Jason Taub - Realtor

How to Protect Your Identity When Buying a Home

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Thieves are using ever-more sophisticated scams to steal your identity and ultimately, your down payment. To help protect yourself, consider these suggestions:

* Install malware protection software on your computer to help block online attacks.
* Create strong passwords for your computer and smart devices and change them regularly.
* Add lock-out software that blocks access to your computer when you’re not using it.
* Never access or send financial or personal information when connected to a free wifi hub or charging station.
* Seek referrals before choosing a lender. And never send sensitive information without first meeting the lender in person.
* Never open suspicious emails or attachments, even if they appear to be from your lender or Realtor.
* Use caution if posting information about your purchase on social media, where it can be mined by scammers.
* Never email sensitive information. Instead, send it by courier, drop off the documents in person, or use a secure, encrypted document-sharing platform.
* Ask your Realtor and lender who will have access to your personal information and how it will be disposed of if it’s not needed when your transaction is complete. Will it be shredded or stored in a secure location?
* Only work with a lender who uses dual controls on wire transfers so no money can be moved until two employees independently approve the transfer.
* Never wire funds until you have phoned a trusted source to confirm all the information in the wiring instructions is accurate.
* Always be on the look-out for scams and impersonators.

Sources: Florida Realtors, Federal Trade Commission, National Association of Realtors

About Jason Taub - Realtor

Native South Floridian. Resident of downtown Fort Lauderdale for 8 years. Served on the Board of Directors for condo association of 400+ units. Extensive knowledge of the Fort Lauderdale area and Broward County. Buy, Sell, Rent - I've got you covered.

About D'Angelo Realty Group

From the inception of the downtown Fort Lauderdale condo market, consistently year after year, D’Angelo Realty Group has been the local market leader with a proven track record and longevity of listing and selling luxury estates in the greater East Fort Lauderdale area. Closing well over 1,200 condominium transactions and over $2 billion in real estate sales, the expertise within our full scale real estate brokerage will secure the highest market value for sellers and negotiate the most equitable price attainable for our buyers.

Contact Jason today for all of your real estate needs. Available 24/7.

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