Safeguarding Your Identity with Insurance
Identity theft is a serious crime that can quickly ruin lives – and it’s an issue that seems to be increasing at an alarming rate. Victims should have some way of recovering their financial losses, but standard homeowners insurance policies don’t typically cover identity theft. However, many insurance companies offer endorsements that protect policyholders who become victims of identity theft. Is this coverage worth securing?
What is identity theft?
Identity theft is the taking and using your name and other personal information, including your address, date of birth, credit card, and bank account details. If this information is stolen, a criminal can use your personal details to withdraw money from your account, take out a bank loan or use your credit card.
You may think that your information is secure because you shred all your bank statements and credit card receipts. However, it’s relatively easy for a fraudster in today’s society to obtain sensitive information about you. Almost 50 percent of personal information used by identity thieves is taken from stolen laptops, lost memory sticks or other portable devices used to store data. A stolen passport, a driving license or another personal document can be used for fraudulent purposes.
When your identity has been used fraudulently, it can take a lot of time and expense to prove that you are not personally responsible for any loans, debts, large financial transactions or serious crimes carried out by someone else using your identity. There may be legal costs to pay or a loan may be necessary to cover your legal defense.
Home insurance and identity theft
Generally, standard home insurance coverage does not offer any identity theft coverage. However, you do have an option to add this as an endorsement (also known as a rider) to your policy. This is relatively affordable, costing between $25 and $60 a year. Typically, these endorsements focus on recovery costs and restoration services. Having an identity theft endorsement on your home insurance policy ensures that you and your family have coverage in place that protects you against the expenses that result from identity fraud.
Are you looking to secure identity theft coverage and protect your finances? Contact your insurance professionals at Kneller Agency. Our dedicated experts are ready to assist you with all your home insurance needs.
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