Identity theft is a crime. According to the Insurance Information Institute, more than 15.4 million U.S. adults were affected by this in 2016. Identity theft and identity fraud are terms used to refer to all types of crime in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person’s personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain.
The Equifax hack of 2017 is one of the largest risks to personally sensitive information in recent U.S. history. This event, like all incidents of this nature, can place identities at risk for years to come.
Check out the following links and resources for updated information and helpful tips. Also, view and download our updated infographic below, “Identity Theft | A Costly Crime:
- How to protect yourself in wake of data hack, Cleveland Plain Dealer.
- After the Equifax breach, here’s how to freeze your credit to protect your identity, Chicago Tribune
- The Equifax breach, what to do, FTC.gov
- The Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) (registration and download required)
This post was originally published in May 2015; updated September 2017.
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Kimberly Lucarelli, CIC, CAPI Director of Personal Client Management
For more than 30 years, Kim has provided paramount strategic and personalized insurance services to distinctive clientele.
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Matthew Byrnes, GBDS, VBS Employee Engagement Consultant
With more than 10 years of experience and an extensive background in voluntary worksite benefits, Matt focuses on implementing benefits that help take the burden off employees who are subject to high deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses.
Moreover, he provides an engaging environment where clients’ employees have access to trained benefit counselors who are able to educate on a multitude of levels. Connect with Matt on LinkedIn.