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Identity Fraud Facts, Internet Scams And Data Breach

Did you receive a 'data breach or identity compromise' notification letter lately?

In 2006, 1 in 10 Americans received a letter from a U.S. company saying their personal data was somehow lost.

In 2007, over 23 million adults received a data breach notification letter from firms reporting the loss of personal data, affecting millions of hard-working Americans whose identity may now be compromised.

What will 2017 bring us? 

Since most of those companies sending out notification letters offer at most a year's worth or credit monitoring services, what happens when the service expires? Are you ready to spend $150 a year from now on to monitor a problem someone else created for you? 

We think identity theft insurance is a great product for year-round peace of mind. It's like car insurance –- you hope you never have to use it, but are glad you have it when you need it most. 

Ways to Protect Your ID
  • Order a free credit report from each of the three major credit reporting agencies at least once a year (at www.annualcreditreport.com). Some experts recommend that you stagger your order –- get one report every 4 months -– to achieve a year's worth of credit monitoring without paying a dime.
  • Do not give out personal information on the phone, through the mail or over the Internet unless you have initiated the contact or know whom you're dealing with. Identity thieves may pose as representatives of banks, Internet service providers and even government agencies to get you to reveal your SSN, mother's maiden name, financial account numbers and other identifying information. Legitimate organizations that you do business with already have the information they need and will not ask you for it
  • Be cautious about where you leave personal information in your home, especially if you have roommates, employ outside help or are having service work done in your home
  • Shred all unwanted credit offers that come in the mail addressed to you (to avoid becoming another credit card victim)
  • Use a crossed-cut paper shredder for ID theft protection
  • Use only your first initial, last name on your personal checks
  • Drop bill payments and other sensitive mail in USPS boxes, not your home mailbox
  • Purchase a personal ID theft protection plan to provide the needed funds and assistance to clear up legal issues and expenses
  • And when you decide to give up that old computer, pad or kindle make sure it get's the drive wiped.

Worst of all it can have a major effect of your insurance.  Contact us about how important your Insurance Score is. 

Bill Quickel's - Insurance Plus Agencies Inc. 114 Court St. Pomeroy, Ohio 45769    740-992-6677 or EMAIL US


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