Guard your identity with identity theft protection services.
Identity theft protection is often the first line of defense against becoming a victim of fraud. Whether it occurs through a data breach, a lost wallet, stolen mail, or any number of possible causes, the ramifications can be devastating. Identity theft protection services and identity theft insurance can help shield you from significant losses.
Protection services typically offer three main services:
- Monitor for potentially fraudulent activity such as accounts being opened in your name or credit inquiries you didn’t authorize.
- Monitor the dark web for your information and often your child’s information. If suspicious activity occurs, you’ll be notified.
- Finally, these services typically offer assistance when recovering from identity theft.
Identity theft insurance goes a step further.
Identity theft can be costly. A thief could use your name to rack up expenses on a credit card you didn’t even know existed or they could deplete your bank account. But they could also create legal trouble in your name, resulting in thousands of dollars in attorney and court fees.
If you have to miss work to sort things out, you may lose wages. You might need to pay for notary fees, copies of credit reports, replace government issued identification, or have excess child care costs while you manage all of this cleanup. Identity theft insurance can help pay for all of this. Insurance policies also usually provide access to fraud specialists.
How do you know what you need?
First, you’ll need to find out what you already have. Most banks and credit cards offer protection against charges you didn’t authorize. They also may offer monitoring and protection services at no charge.
Similarly, your homeowners insurance or renters insurance policies may provide some amount of insurance or protection services. However, it will most likely be offered as an endorsement or rider to these insurance policies.
Discovering what you already have can be difficult. Request a free identity theft insurance quote today to have an MSIG specialist walk you through it.
You can purchase services and insurance in multiple ways.
There are numerous independent services that offer identity theft protection services that may or may not include insurance. Depending on what you choose, this can cost several hundred dollars a year.
Insurance endorsements and riders are far less costly, often under $100 per year, but they usually don’t include monitoring at that rate. However, you may not feel you need the monitoring, especially if you’re regularly monitoring your credit on your own. Some employers will offer access to these plans on a discounted basis, so it may be worth inquiring about.
Questions about safeguarding your credit and assets? Request an identity theft insurance quote today to learn more from an MSIG specialist.
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