Chuck Willman, (Chuck Willman)

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Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Chuck, you should totally write a blog post about this - this is fantastic information to share.

I'm so sorry you are dealing with this. I agree with all of your points as well!

Dec 26, 2018 08:12 PM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

I have been through similar, although not via being hacked, and know what it's like...sorry you have to deal with this.

Some other things to do...

Use a reloadable credit card (such as AmEx) for onine purchases if PayPal is not accepted.

Use PayPal online as much as possible.

Pay cash for gas or use a prepaid VISA to pay at the pump so skimmers don't capture your CC information.

If available for your credit cards, set an alert to be notified of any "card not present transaction". VERY important...when I was a victim of crdit card fraud, the charges were all made online without the card.         

Add two factor authentication to your online banking.

And don't forget to change your passwords!   

Dec 26, 2018 09:53 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Sorry to hear you were caught up in this mess.

Dec 27, 2018 04:41 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Great advice, sorry you had to learn the hard way.

Dec 27, 2018 04:25 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hi Chuck - definitely no fun. I am sorry this happened to you. 

Dec 26, 2018 09:31 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

So sorry to hear, Chuck. Yep I have gotten new bank and credit cards several times. Thankfully that's the worst (no hacking) but such a pain. I check my credit cards and bank online weekly - I figure it's a good precaution.

Dec 26, 2018 08:37 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

    Oh, that is so sad, Chuck.  A friend of mine went through this recently.  They hacked his bank account, then changed his password and User ID.  It was a mess.


Dec 26, 2018 08:23 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks for the advice, hope you get this all sorted out quickly.

Dec 26, 2018 07:28 PM
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

Went through this before and it is not a good situation.  Hope you get it settled.

Dec 26, 2018 07:12 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Major Bummer Chuck Willman I hope they catch the creep who did this to you. I have been lucky to date never having been hacked.

Dec 26, 2018 06:51 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

You ought to make this into a blog post.

My wife and I have an ID Theft program we've used for years that doesn't break the bank (pun intended)


Dec 27, 2018 08:03 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

Thanks for the tips; there's always going to be people out there looking to better themselves at another's expense. Sorry to hear that happened to you. 

Dec 27, 2018 07:41 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

This is a blog post. Put that great information out there and very sorry that this inconvenience happened to you.

Dec 27, 2018 07:16 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

This is a royal pain.

Dec 27, 2018 06:57 AM
Chuck Willman
Chuck Willman - Alpine, UT

Thank you for all the comments. I hope to respond to each of them but I'll be away from the computer for a bit as another of the steps is to do a thorough scan of all potential computer network access points.

Dec 27, 2018 06:54 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The dark side is always prowling around...It is wise to be aware/alert

Dec 27, 2018 06:24 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I had some one hack my fed ex account and re route my packages to a town one over. Police did nothing so i did my own stake out. I also canceled my fed ex account and worked with their security for the future

Dec 27, 2018 06:13 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Hope your nightmare ends quickly! Thanks for the tips!

Dec 27, 2018 04:01 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

There is no system 100% proof. My phone is not linked to any money or payment accounts.

Dec 27, 2018 08:52 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Timely suggestions. All of us need to be alert.

Dec 27, 2018 08:11 AM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL

Yes, that is so true.

Dec 27, 2018 07:27 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Chuck, sorry that happened to you.  It does suck.  I got a credit card letter in the mail last week that I did not sign up for.  Only way I found out is because have a freeze on my credit with each of the 3 main bureaus and the 3 smaller ones as well.


Google "Michael Bazzell online workbook" that should take you to a long workbook about freezing your credit and (the long part) removing your info from the 50+ data brokers out there.


I have freezes on my credit, monitoring services in place through the auto club, property title not in my own name and I monitor my property titles regularly too.  I also pay cash for most purchases and have "disposable" credit cards for online ones.  I've had many a credit card skimmed at gas pumps over the years.

Dec 27, 2018 02:28 PM
Caroline Gerardo
Licensed in 20 states - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

Sorry this happened to you

Also change passwords every month and not all the same

Check your balances 4 times a week

Check your email every day

Dec 27, 2018 01:12 PM
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA.

Oh my...I'm so sorry to hear this - and thank you for sharing your important information.

Dec 27, 2018 08:47 AM
Amy White
Daily Successful Living - Gilbert, AZ
Personal Financial Specialist

I've been a victim as well - multiple times now that my info is out there.  It is seriously the worst feeling every.  I love your list of helpful tips.  The one tips I would add is to check your accounts regularly (I do it daily) and frequently change your passwords.  

Dec 27, 2018 08:42 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Chuck, OH so sorry to hear.  I have a client that just got hacked too, he said it was a HUGE pain.

Dec 29, 2018 06:58 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

This is why I am not in favor of a lot of tech use in my business

Dec 28, 2018 06:36 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I have life lock.

Dec 28, 2018 05:52 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

So sorry it happened to you, I think most of us have "been there". Such a waste of time to change everything and possibly face losses. Thanks for good advice.

Dec 27, 2018 11:30 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Oh Lordy ... I am so sorry that happened to you. 

Dec 27, 2018 09:29 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

I use/have ID Theft prevention services & insurance.

Dec 27, 2018 09:04 AM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Yes, great question and for sure, we all should be very careful at the best time of the year. 

Happy New Year.

Dec 27, 2018 08:57 AM