In today’s digital world, it can be hard to keep your identity protected. From financial fraud to full-on identity theft, there are plenty of opportunities for lawbreakers to put a serious kink in your future plans. That’s why we’ve partnered with CyberScout, an industry leader in identity and data defense, to bring you credit monitoring services. This service helps you prevent and recover from the unexpected — so you can focus on what matters most.
Why We Partnered With CyberScout
At American Family, we’ve partnered with CyberScout because they’re industry leaders in identity protection and data defense. They monitor credit for millions of households nationwide. You’ll be better able to prevent — and recover from — the unexpected with CyberScout. Their credit monitoring service goes hand in hand with identity theft insurance to give you 24/7 protection and peace of mind that you’re doing what you can to avoid identity theft. So what exactly does CyberScout do for you?
By partnering with CyberScout, we’re helping you in several ways. One big way is that you’ll save money by bundling these services within American Family — they cost more when purchased separately. With our unique CyberScout alliance, you’ll get their expertise at a big discount.
Another key benefit is that you’ll have specialist-level assistance with CyberScout’s fraud experts when this added coverage is active. They’ll help you navigate your way through the recovery process and help to restore your identity afterwards.
What Is Credit Monitoring?
Credit monitoring is offered by many information security groups and usually consists of continued surveillance of your credit reports. A credit monitoring service will usually alert you when a new credit account is opened in your name or when an account is updated or changed. They’ll also be in touch when a financial lender or credit card institution pulls a hard inquiry on your credit.
While credit monitoring can help customers fight ongoing identity theft, it can’t prevent it. To help avoid identity theft, practice these principles in your daily life.
How Does Credit Monitoring Work?
Identity thieves have many ways of taking advantage of your good name — all it takes is a few key pieces of your data. That’s why credit monitoring is so important.
Credit monitoring from CyberScout is a comprehensive identity protection and management service that alerts you to changes with your credit, personal or financial information. You’ll get:
- Credit monitoring through web-based services that scour millions of identity records. Should something concerning pop up, they’ll send you a credit monitoring alert immediately.
- Easy access to view reports and quickly spot fraud.
- Contact with a CyberScout specialist for guidance on alerts received.
Should I Sign up for Credit Monitoring?
Those least likely to have the service, such as children, college students and senior citizens, are more susceptible to identity theft. While everyone can stand to benefit from credit monitoring, those above and their families stand to take on more emotional, financial and overall damage if identity theft occurs.
If you’re still unsure if it’s for you, consider the current technological environment — we’re sharing more information online than ever, and the chances that someone may have access to your data has vastly increased in the last few years.
What Does Credit Monitoring Cost?
American Family offers two different plan options for credit monitoring. And remember, bundling may save you even more!
Silver plan. At $40 per year (per person) the silver plan allows you to stay up-to-date with daily monitoring of your personal records, including email alerts for any changes and an annual credit report and score from Experian.
Gold plan. At $70 per year (per person) the gold plan expands your monitoring services to three credit bureaus — TransUnion, Experian and Equifax. Daily monitoring from these three bureaus helps you make more informed financial decisions. It’ll also help you detect any suspicious activity of your personal records by sending email alerts for changes that may appear on your credit reports and to your credit score.
Have Questions About Credit Monitoring?
A CyberScout representative will be happy to help you select the plan that best fits your needs. Call 1-877-432-7463 to learn more and add this service alongside your current ID Fraud Expense coverage.
Want even more protection? Our identity fraud expense coverage is another great way to safeguard what matters most. It’ll help cover high costs related to restoring your identity — such as legal fees, loan re-application fees, notary expenses and lost wages — should the unexpected happen. Connect with your American Family Insurance agent today to learn more and get the peace of mind you deserve.
All coverage options and endorsements are not available in all states, please speak to your agent on availability.