What Is Identity Theft?
Identity theft is a crime where someone takes your personal and/or financial information using it without your permission. They’ll use this information to make transactions or purchases, obtain credit, services or benefits — anything for their gain.
Identity thieves take advantage of technology and use everything from deceptive emails or text messages, social networking, digital public records, hacking into computers or networks, and using information-gathering malware — among other techniques. Lost or stolen wallet, checkbooks, credit cards or other physical documents are also common ways thieves get your financial information.
It’s easier than you may think for someone to steal your identity. That’s why identity theft insurance is so important to consider.
What Is Identity Theft Insurance?
Identity theft insurance helps protect you from the high costs related to restoring your identity. Having identity theft insurance with American Family Insurance means you’ll have someone by your side every step of the recovery process to help make the process simpler, quicker and less expensive.
Credit Monitoring Service
It’s important to know that identity theft insurance doesn’t prevent your identity from being stolen or even alert you if it’s been compromised — that’s why monitoring your credit report is so important. At American Family, we’ve partnered with CyberScout, the industry leader in identity and data defense. With their expertise, they’ll help monitor your credit so you’ll better be able to prevent and recover from the unexpected. Their credit monitoring service goes hand in hand with identity theft insurance to give you 360 protection and peace of mind that you’re doing what you can to avoid identity theft. What exactly does CyberScout do for you?
- Helps monitor your credit through web-based services that search millions of identity records.
- Easy access to a web portal where you can view reports and quickly spot fraud.
- You’ll have access to a CyberScout specialist for guidance on alerts received.
While we can’t stop identity theft, we can help provide you with helpful resources, articles and tips on how to protect yourself from identity fraud and get through the recovery process. Start with this guide to preventing identity theft.
Add identity theft insurance to your existing homeowners, condo, renters or manufactured home insurance policy by calling up your agent — they’ll add it to your policy and it’ll go into effect right away. And, you can purchase a defense system with our partnership through CyberScout and start benefiting from their credit monitoring service today!
In the meantime, learn more about what to do after identity theft by following these identity recovery steps.
What Does Identity Theft Insurance Cover?
From helping minimize worry to overcoming obstacles during the process, identity theft insurance is designed to support you during a stressful time. Identity theft not only comes with financial loss, but you’ll probably have a lot of issues to resolve, like restoring your credit and financial reputation. Identity theft insurance offers restoration services to help make the process easier on you and your family.
While proactively protecting your identity is available through credit monitoring, restoring your identity following a theft is made easier and less painful when you have identity theft insurance. Take a look at the benefits of ID theft insurance:
Protects your pocket. This high-value, low-cost coverage helps protect against the high costs related to restoring your identity and good name. This endorsement covers expenses such as legal fees, loan reapplication fees, notary expenses and lost wages due to time taken from work to restore your credit.
Get support, save time, enjoy convenience. Following an ID theft episode, you’ll be making a lot of contact with businesses and credit reporting companies, which can take up a lot of time. With identity theft insurance, you’ll have a dedicated fraud specialist from CyberScout assigned to you to work with third parties like law enforcement, credit bureaus and collection agencies to help you get back on your feet again. They’ll work with you one-on-one to provide guidance through the resolution process, minimizing your stress, expenses and lost time. We’ll also cover costs up to $25,000 that help you repair any damage done to your good name — think attorney fees, lost wages, long distance phone calls and certified mail.
Document replacement assistance. We’ll help you obtain new documents, like Social Security cards, birth certificates, passports and driver’s licenses if yours have been lost, stolen or compromised.
Peace of mind. Having identity theft insurance along with a credit monitoring service helps give you more peace of mind — because you know you have a plan in place. If your information were ever to fall in the wrong hands, we’ll be by your side every step of the way.
How Much Does Identity Theft Protection Cost?
You can add identity theft insurance to your existing homeowners, condo, renters or manufactured home insurance policy for an affordable price — usually less than one dinner out with family or friends!
And, while identity theft insurance is important to have, having a credit monitoring service in place hopefully helps you avoid ever having to use it. We offer two options for your credit monitoring service:
Silver plan. 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. 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.
Want to boost your ID theft smarts? Check out our ID theft risk calculator.
Find the Right Identity Theft Coverage
Experiencing identity theft is stressful, there’s no denying that. But with our help and resources, you’ll get back on track — and you won’t be doing it alone. Talk with your American Family Insurance agent to find out how adding identity theft protection to your homeowners coverage can help proactively protect you and your family.