2. Close any accounts that have been tampered with or opened fraudulently,
3. File a police report with your local police or the police in the community where the identity theft took place.
4. File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission using the FTC's Identity Theft Hotline at 877.438.4338 or online at www.consumer.gov/idtheft or by mail at: Identity Theft Clearinghouse, Federal Trade Commission - 600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC 20580
Quick Tip - Utility Statements
Most people assume they must keep their utility statements for 7 years - the number of years recommended to keep your tax returns. Do you know how much paper that adds up to?
Utility statements such as those for your: Water, Sewer, Electric, Gas, Cable TV, Direct TV, Phone, Cell Phone, DSL, etc... can all be eliminated after the bill is paid, unless of course there is a way that you can deduct any of these on a tax return and therefore you would need to save as supporting documentation for your tax return.
I am asked often: "Do I need to shred these documents?" These documents do not contain information such as your social security number - so unless you want to protect your Name and Address (which is public information), then you do not need to shred them. It really is a matter of your personal comfort level.
Book Signings Scheduled
At each of the events listed below, I will give a brief talk about my latest book:
“I have never used a service like Eliminate Chaos. We recently moved to the Seattle area and the help that Eliminate Chaos provided was amazing, in just a few short days my box filled house became livable.” - Ricki, Bellevue
A great way to try us out and get some organizing done at the same time! For a limited time, we are offering an amazing NEW client organizing special. If you are not an existing client this is a great way for us show you how we can eliminate your chaos.