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3 Reasons to Be Aware of Property Fraud

 

Homeowners have likely heard about title fraud. This is where someone can gain access to your personal information and control of your home’s title. While this is a growing type of crime, many homeowners don’t understand how widespread it is and don’t think it can happen to them. Here are three reasons why property fraud should be a concern to you.

It Can Go Undetected for a Period of Time

Title fraud is the fastest-growing type of white-collar crime in the United States. In many situations, the victim doesn’t even realize that they are a victim until long after the crime has been committed. By that time, their title could be transferred into someone else’s name and they might be borrowing money against your property. There are various other problems that can be caused by this type of crime that can be difficult and time-consuming to overcome. Along with its popularity among thieves, this makes this type of fraud one of the most concerning types of crime for homeowners.

It Can Happen to Anyone

All a criminal needs to steal your home’s title is your personal information. There are various ways that identity thieves can steal your information. This includes receiving it over the phone, over the internet, or through the mail. Some criminals will contact you pretending to be someone else while others will steal the information from legitimate sources, such as stealing your mail. A common mistake is to think that you can’t fall victim to this type of crime. This results in people not taking the proper steps to protect themselves. It’s important to understand that anyone is vulnerable to this scam and can become a victim.

It Can Cost You a Significant Amount of Money

While this type of crime can be difficult and time-consuming to overcome, it can also cost you a lot of money. Oftentimes, the criminal will use your information to borrow against your home. By the time that you recognize your information is being used in this way, they could have already taken thousands of dollars. While there are alerts available to protect you, these likely won’t get to you before some damage has been done. This makes prevention even more important.

When many people think about fraud, they don’t think that it could ever happen to them. This is a continuously-growing type of crime that can affect anyone of any age. These are just some of the reasons why you should be vigilant of property fraud.

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Using Visuals to Power up Your Pitch Meeting

Pitching a new product to potential investors can be daunting. With the right visual aids you can help your investors see the value of your new invention.

Why

The two main reasons you should use visual aids in your pitch meeting are time and communication. If your potential investors have a busy schedule or you are just one of several pitches they are seeing that day, standing out from the rest with the small amount of time you are given is paramount and visual aids will help you do that.

The second reason is to more effectively communicate your product’s function and value to them. It can be difficult for someone who has no knowledge of your item to grasp what its idiosyncrasies are in one meeting. By using visual tools you can help your audience see, feel, and grasp more details about your merchandise, so they can better understand what it is, and what it does. This is especially important if your product will be the first of its kind. Since nothing quite like it exists on the market yet, it can be very helpful to use custom 3D printing to make a replica or small scale model that investors can see and interact with during the meeting.

What

While visual aids are important, you can have too much of a good thing. If you use an abundance of props or slides they could dominate the presentation and the materials could choke out the message. Try to find a happy balance and gauge what your audience will require. If you are meeting with one or two people then a few visuals should suffice. If you are meeting with a large group you may want to have more.

Also keep in mind the size and capabilities of the room you will be holding the meeting in. Will there be power hookups for laptops or tablets? Do they have a projector and a screen? Will there be enough room to bring a model of the product in to showcase? These are all questions you should think about and have a presentation that can be flexible if needed.

How

Electronic slide shows can be effective, but require proper lighting and hookups. Poster boards can solve the electricity and lighting issue, but may be cumbersome to carry on elevators and through busy lobbies. Consider having a colleague or friend help you set up for the meeting so you can save time and effort.

Having physical representations of your product available for viewing or interaction is perhaps one of the best ways to visually power up your presentation. A small custom 3D printing of your object, or sample sizes available for testing are great ways to introduce your audience to your product and use effective visual aids for a memorable pitch.