Like a fox guarding the hen house

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Equifax data breach
Equifax data breach

This can’t be happening.  Now there is now another way for my clients to lose their money and their identities and it isn’t even because of some fraudster.  No, this time, the “perp” is a legitimate business failing miserably to protect its “people”.  I’m speaking, of course, about the Equifax breach.

For 35 years, I’ve seen a lot of scams out there; people trying to sucker us out of some hard earned cash.  This, however, takes the cake.

So what do we do?  Do we give up our credit cards and go back to the barter system?  Should we start taking chickens to the store to pay for our groceries?  Or should we just start carrying sacks of gold and silver with us when we’re running errands about town?  Perhaps we should start trading animal pelts again.

When my clients starting to call me two weeks ago for advice, I offered these alternatives.  They didn’t seem to think these options were feasible.  Most of them had no chickens to trade.

So what is practical?  Call the credit bureaus and freeze your credit.  No one will have access to your information without your permission.  It is going to be a hassle in the future, sure, but unless you have some spare animal pelts lying around, there isn’t an easier way to handle the situation.

Isn’t technology great?  It’s like the proverbial fox guarding the hen house.

Take my advice for what it is…It’s just, AS I SEE IT.

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Leonard F. Baer
Leonard Baer's practice focuses on Elder Law, and Estate Planning. His previous experience was in the area of complex criminal litigation, serving as Deputy Chief of the Major Crimes Division for The United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Baer was recognized by the Office of The Attorney General, as one of the top prosecutors in the country during his tenure. He has been included in North Carolina Top Rated Lawyers, a distinction awarded to those lawyers recognized by their colleagues as leaders in their field. He has also been recognized by the Florida Bar, for his efforts in representing seniors and their families, who are victims of scams and fraud. Mr. Baer is an AV rated lawyer listed in Martindale-Hubbell, and has been selected for inclusion in their Bar Registrar of Preeminent Lawyers, which for over 90 years, includes only those select law practices that have earned their highest rating. He has been designated by Martindale-Hubbell as preeminent in his field, and in the top 5% of all lawyers practicing in the United States. Mr. Baer has also been ranked by AVVO, an online Legal Directory of over 200,000 lawyers nationally, as Superb, their highest rating. He served as adjunct professor of Sports Law at The University of Miami, and is a frequent lecturer on the topics of Elder Law, Estate Planning, Asset Protection and Fraud Protection. He has been a columnist for several newspapers for over 13 years and currently has a nationally syndicated blog, “As I See It” with a readership of over 25,000.

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