The Federal Trade Commission reports that identity theft tops its list of complaints by consumers nationwide. Policies to protect from this rapidly growing crime include internet technology, security analysis, and customer profile monitoring to identify and prevent identity theft and privacy breeches.
Statistics show that Americans are the most highly targeted for identity fraud, and in 2016, over 791 million identities were stolen. It is important to note that in 2018, identity fraud rates fell for the first time ever, thanks in large part to chip based debit/credit cards, and other insurance measures put in place by financial institutions.*
It's important for agents to begin considering offering this vital protection to clients as more and more of our personal data moves to online formats.
A solid identity theft policy should provide the following services to ensure clients are safe from this time-consuming and costly experience:
- Constant monitoring of personal information such as:
- Bank accounts
- Social Security Numbers
- Credit Card Accounts
- Driver's Licenses
- Email Addresses
- Telephone Numbers
- Vigilant monitoring of Internet and websites trolling for information
- Assistance in documenting and reporting crime
- Aid in recovery of funds/identity
How can clients obtain it?
You can offer clients several options if they wish to purchase identity theft protection. Some companies offer it as part of a homeowners policy, others offer it as a rider that can be purchased and added to the homeowners policy, or you can offer it through a standalone policy.
However it's offered, this coverage can be an invaluable part of protecting your clients most valuable asset - their very identity.