According to identity theft expert Rob Douglas, approximately 15 million U.S. residents have their identities stolen each year, with losses totaling upwards of $50 billion. One billion records containing personally identifiable information were leaked in 2014. The identity theft problem continues to grow.
Thieves use many different methods to steal our identities— skimming credit and debit cards, phishing hacking into online accounts, stealing wallets or purses, and looking through trash. In our increasingly digital world, we are exposing ourselves to these types of attacks on our personal identity more and more.
Here are five things you can do to better protect yourself:
Even if you take every precaution, identity theft can still happen. When you fall victim to identity theft, time and expertise are of the essence. Without professional assistance, identify theft victims often face weeks of frustration, uncertainty, and anger trying to resolve the crisis on their own. Acuity offers Identity Fraud Expense Coverage to reimburse you for the costs to restore your identity and also connects you with expert assistance from the nation’s leader in theft resolution and education.
Find out if you are effectively protecting your personally identifiable information with Acuity’s ID Rick Compass tool. If you want to better safeguard your identity contact your independent insurance agent today and ask about Identity Fraud Expense Coverage!