Benchmark Title Company, LLC


Protecting your Identity

John Howe

Protecting your Identity

Here are some tips to protect yourself from identity fraud, followed by tips to clean up the mess if your identity gets taken for an unwanted ride.

Keep your confidential information private. Your bank or credit card company WILL NOT call or e-mail you to ask for your account information, they already have it.

Keep an inventory of everything in your wallet and PDA, including account numbers. Do not keep your social security card in your wallet. By the way, don’t keep this list in your wallet.

Go paperless on your bank account and credit card statement, no mail statements.

Monitor your accounts on line weekly for unauthorized transactions. Most thieves will start small to see if you will notice, pay attention.

If you conduct business on line, be sure to only use your own computer, you never know what protections are on friends or on public computers. (Library, Hotel, etc.)

Look for suspicious devises, do not let anyone stand near you when using an ATM, be sure to take you receipt and card when you leave the machine ands keep your pin number in your head, not your wallet with the card.

Do not store credit card numbers or passwords on your cell phone.

Do not keep passwords, tax returns or other financial information on your hard drive; do not send user name and passwords to anyone via e-mail.

I’ve been hit, what do I do now? A few important steps to follow, among others.

Place a “Fraud Alert” with the three major credit bureaus. When you place an alert you are entitled a free copy of your credit report. Take advantage of your right to a free credit report annually.

Make an identity theft report to the police and get a copy. File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, and if possible file a report with your state’s attorney generals office.

Close all accounts that have been tampered with. Contact each company by phone and follow with a certified letter. Be sure that the unauthorized charges have been reversed and document EVERY call, conversation. Get names, time and date of the communication.

Any questions can be directed to Benchmark Title at 618-239-3750. Please feel free to call or email: 

John Howe

Doreen Miller, Esq.
Vice President and General Counsel

Michelle Null
VP Escrow Operations

Bethany Bond
Marketing Director

Serving you from three convenient locations:

Main Office:
1124 Hartman Lane
Shiloh, IL 62221
Ph: 618-239-3750
Escrow Fax: 618-239-3707
Title Fax: 618-239-3757
Fax Orders: 618-310-1589
President: John Howe

318 North Main St.
Columbia, IL 62236
Ph: 618-281-9700
Fax: 618-281-9705
Manager: Randi Schur

4215 S. State Rte 159
Glen Carbon, IL 62034
Ph: 618-288-1695
Fax: 618-288-1852
Manager: Sara Sowell

Dates to Remember

December 26, 2007- Benchmark Title welcomed 2 new additions. Michele Schuetz (Rodney) from our Columbia office had twin girls, Miley and Paige, both doing great and already at home.

January 17, 2008 - Benchmark Title Commercial Reception rescheduled for a later date.

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