Nice To Meet You

It is so nice to meet you. 

But, you ask, how did we meet? 
I don’t recall meeting you.  Is my memory fading?

Maybe your memory is fading, but I really don’t care about that.  Let me tell you some ways that I may have met you. 

  • Have you entered contests and provided your name, address, age? 
  • Do you fill out survey forms that disclose your information, perhaps from a hotel, restaurant, website where you purchased something? 
  • Have you completed a warranty card for a new appliance, a car, tires, a computer, mobile phone? 
  • Do you toss your mail that has your name, address, perhaps account number or other information without first shredding the same?
  • Have you been named in an obituary for a loved one who recently passed? 
  • Are you a social media person? 
  • Do you live in the United States?

If you answered affirmatively to any of these questions, identity thieves may have gained access to your personal information, AND, the more you share in these areas, the more vulnerable you are.  Even if you trust sites and companies, by providing information to them, your information could be compromised if they experience a data breach.  Posting vacation pictures on social media can invite potential break-ins at your home. 

It may seem like we are broken records – if you know what that phrase means – but PLEASE, PLEASE be cautious with the information you share.  Look for trouble and you won’t find it; don’t look for trouble and it could find you.


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About the Author

Kay Sowa is a paralegal in the Trusts and Estates Group at Capehart & Scatchard, P.A. She is an IRS Enrolled Agent, an Accredited Estate Planner®, and a Certified Trust and Fiduciary Advisor. She oversees the trust and estate administration practice for the firm. She is an accomplished author and lecturer who has frequently spoken on behalf of a number of organizations including the National Business Institute and the Institute of Paralegal Education.

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