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Los Altos

698 Benvenue Avenue, Rocco Trust to McCormack Trust for $2,730,000

576 Casita Way, J. Stewart to G. Vemulakonda for $2,805,000

Scammers are 'skimming' to steal personal data

The next time you use the self-checkout lane at a store, be sure to take a second look at the machine you use to swipe your credit or debit card. Scammers are installing “skimmers” – devices that collect the data from credit, debit or ATM cards on the machines, according to the Better Business Bureau.

How the scam works

When you use the self-checkout lane, you ring up your purchases and swipe your credit or debit card to pay the bill. You may not notice anything strange about the card processor, but scammers have attached a skimmer to some registers. These devices “skim” your card’s information off the magnetic strip.

Congresswoman addresses housing, transportation, tech

Courtesy of Silicon Valley Association of Realtors
U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, center, in black and white blouse, recently addressed issues of concern to local realtors.

U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo addressed housing affordability and other local concerns during the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors’ meeting in May.

Eshoo, a Democrat, represents California’s 18th District, which covers Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.

Online network reimagines village marketplace

Judy Kitt’s summer to-do list just got a whole lot shorter.

The Mountain View resident checked off 12 household tasks using Blueberry Home, a new online network marketplace that enables neighbors to pool their home repairs and services.


Los Altos

633 Almond Avenue, A. Bourgan to Wang Trust for $4,148,000

832 Carmel Avenue, Wang Trust to I. & A. Field for $2,398,000

BBB warns businesses to watch out for directory scams

Better Business Bureau is warning businesses about a common scam that is on the rise.

BBB has seen an uptick in directory scams – or “Yellow Pages” scams – aimed at small businesses. Reports to BBB Scam Tracker have increased dramatically in recent weeks, and BBB cautions business owners and employees not to fall for the trick.

Realtors lend seniors a hand at home

Courtesy of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors
Realtor Volunteer Service Program volunteers, from left, Leticia Panuco, Miri Bialik, Howard Bloom and David Kim wash windows for a Mountain View senior.

Members of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors visit seniors and provide free assistance with household tasks every year.

During this year’s Realtor Service Volunteer Program, 170 volunteers from the local trade association helped 79 senior households residing within SILVAR’s five districts. In Los Altos and Mountain View, 49 realtors assisted 28 seniors.

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