One of my best girlfriends called with bad news the other day. Her identity was stolen to the tune of over $22,000! The same day she got a call that her dad collapsed. Her world collapsed that day. She recently had sent out a myriad of job applications before she landed her current job, but her information was out there, for the taking. She believes that is how her social security number and driver’s license was compromised.
I had just returned from a trip to the LifeLock headquarters in Tempe, AZ. It was like a sign, I was there to help her, at least help her prevent it from happening again and also to the rest of her family! Maybe you’ve seen the billboards with the CEO Todd Davis holding his exact Social Security card for all the world to see?!
From their website:
At LifeLock, we help protect you against more than just credit fraud, we alert you whenever we detect your personal information being used to apply for wireless services, retail credit, utilities, and mortgage loans within our extensive network. If you become a victim of identity theft while you are a LifeLock member because of some failure or defect in our service, we will spend up to $1 million to hire experts, lawyers, investigators, consultants and whoever else it takes to help your recovery. Restrictions Apply. See our Terms & Conditions for more details.
While at the conference we learned so many different ways your identity can be stolen, it doesn’t have to be just from a stolen purse or wallet! Did you know that your social security number can be bought online for about $15?! People dumpster dive for information from your garbage (shred your documents), eyes are looking over your shoulder at the store and the ATM, and you know those credit card applications, they can be taken from your mailbox. A flag up for outgoing mail (check washing, credit card information, etc) is a RED flag for thieves. One thing that floored me was that your children’s SSN can be stolen, and they won’t know until they become of age and apply for jobs, college, or a car loan! In an extreme case, a parent took advantage of a child’s identity and wrecked their credit! Shocking, but true, Lifelock can save you the pain and hassel of identity theft!
With the 5 Points of Protection, Lifelock can monitor your identity, scan for threats, respond to actual theft, guarantee their services, and track your credit score! The LifeLock team is phenomenal and when you make a phone call to their service center, they usually pick up the phone within 17 seconds or so, seriously, night and day!
You must visit LifeLock and read all about it, I’ve officially signed my whole family up, so that we can feel good, day in and out. LifeLock is like a insurance policy, you sign up and you renew each year. There shouldn’t be any cancellation, you wouldn’t cancel your health insurance after you break a leg thinking you will never break it again would you?! Only $10/month, or $110/year, the membership is like a safety net all people should invest in!
We were given a family membership and I was hosted on a press trip to Lifelock Headquarters in Tempe..