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Stop Hackers in their Tracks with Identity Theft 911®

identity-theftIdentity theft, the unauthorized use of your financial or personal information to commit fraud, is the fastest growing white collar crime in the US, according to the U.S. Dept. of Justice.

Every year, approximately 8.6 million Americans, or 7 percent of US households, are hit by ID fraud, with an average loss of $4,930.

Our growing digital trails—thanks to online banking, shopping, social media posts and countless other web-based transactions and interactions—mean we’re even more vulnerable now to attack than ever.

Sunny States for Shady Swindlers: Top 5 States for ID Theft

Victims per 100,000 people

  1. Arizona – 149
  2. California – 139
  3. Florida – 133
  4. Texas – 130
  5. Nevada – 126

Source: USA Today

It doesn’t take much…Thieves don’t need much information to ruin your credit and cost you hundreds of hours of aggravation. All it takes in most cases is your name, birth date, and Social Security number, which can be simple enough to get if you don’t change your passwords frequently or shred your documents…and even then you’re not completely safe.

The past year has seen a sharp jump in tax return fraud, when thieves file bogus tax returns using stolen Social Security numbers and as medical records get digitized and go online, the potential exists for new, more vicious types of identity theft, ones that could cause incorrect diagnoses and treatments.

Did you know? As a Bunker Hill customer, your policy includes protection for you and your household family members with Identity Theft 911®’s identity management and fraud education services. Check out Bunker Hill’s Identity Protection Resource Center to find out how you can prevent identity theft before it happens.

Act fast. If you think you might be a victim of identity theft, call us right away at 888-472-5246. We’ll transfer your call to a fraud specialist who can help guide you through the resolution process. You don’t have to file a claim.

The Back Story

Want to find out more about this topic? Here are some additional links to longer reads on identity theft and what you can do to prevent it:

Identity Theft 911 services are not an insurance product. These services can assist you in preventing identity theft from occurring and to recover from identity theft, but they do not provide reimbursement for losses or out-of-pocket expenses incurred in connection with identity theft.

Headquartered in Boston, Bunker Hill Insurance provides home insurance to customers in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Bunker Hill is a member of The Plymouth Rock Group of Companies, which together write and manage over $1 billion in homeowner’s and auto insurance throughout the northeast.