Last Tuesday, Dateline started a piece about identity theft. They have done segments on identity theft in the past, but this is an ongoing series that is going deep into the life and behind the scenes of identity thieves and the elaborate crime rings going on around the world. I didn’t get to see it, but I am going to try to watch the show this coming tuesday.
Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America. Approximately 10 million individuals have been affected by identity theft, which is about 3 or 4 people out of every hundred in America. Identity theft is estimated to have cost about $53 billion dollars in money lost. It’s a huge problem, and insurance companies have seen the need that people need to be protected. There are many “flashy” insurance coverages out there like supplemental accident insurance, but this is a supplemental insurance that you NEED to have. The premiums are about the cost of two pizzas per month, so there is no reason not to carry it.
There is some confusion as to what identity theft insurance covers for an individual. It doesn’t replenish the money that is taken from you, because credit card companies and other financial institutions should have policies in place to reimburse you for funds lost due to identity theft as long as you are able to prove it. However, that is the catch. Going through the process of literally getting your identity back, processing inquiries to be reimbursed by credit card companies, and time lost to make a full financial and legal recovery from identity theft costs more time and money than you may think! Identity theft insurance will cover you for your costs incurred to take back your identity, file paperwork, and change important legal documents, identification cards, etc. From what I have heard, you may never make a claim on this insurance coverage, but if you need to, it makes the nightmare of having your identity stolen much less painful.
Here are a list of insurance companies that offer identity theft insurance.
- ALLSTATE INSURANCE
- AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL GROUP
- CHUBB GROUP OF INSURANCE COMPANIES
- ENCOMPASS INSURANCE
- FARMERS GROUP, INC.
- FIREMAN’S FUND
- LIBERTY MUTUAL
- METLIFE AUTO & HOME
- TRAVELERS INSURANCE