SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2011
Americans worry about identity theft, with good reason. About 5 percent of us – 11.7 million people – age 16 or older have been victims of identity theft over the last two years, most often through unauthorized use of a credit card. Recently I received a call from my distraught sister. She explained a situation she encountered when she found out her identify was stolen. Unfortunately she was one of those 11.7 million people. My sister’s identity was stolen using a very common re-sale website that many of us have used. When attempting to use her bank card, she was denied. Upon contacting her bank she found out that someone had withdrawn $600 from her checking account. The next day she found her email was hacked and mail was being forwarded to another email address, which meant her bank account/charge card passwords were being changed without her approval. You know how that works, you forget your password and the bank sends you a link to change it. BINGO! New password and access to your account.
Within hours her identity was taken. So what happens next? To start with she had to file a police report, notify the credit bureaus, cancel her credit cards and open new ones, notify her email provider, contact the Social Security Administration and the Department of Motor Vehicles. If you think this takes only a few hours, think again! There was missed time from work, numerous phone calls with time spent on hold just to reach somebody, plus the mental stress that someone was trying to assume your identity.
You don’t have to go it alone…there is a solution. Identity Recovery Coverage insurance is available for many Pennsylvania home insurance buyers. The low-cost coverage helps victims get back some of the costs involved in restoring their credit history and identity records. Plus, with this coverage, which can be added to homeowners insurance, victims don’t have to go it alone: a case manager is there to help them through the identity-recovery maze.
For more information about Identity Recovery Coverage talk to us today at 888.304.6678. Here at The Weimer Group, our personal lines department is ready to help you with all of your personal insurance needs