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What is Identity Fraud?

Identity fraud is defined as the process of using someone else's personal information for personal gain - whether financial or non-financial. Identity fraud can happen to anyone, and it can come in all shapes and sizes. According to the Federal Trade Commission, there are more than 30 types of identity fraud affecting millions of Americans each year.

How Does Identity Fraud Occur?

Identity fraud can often be linked to a data breach incident, a home burglary in which personal information is stolen, or a lost wallet or purse that contains bank account information and credit cards. Sometimes victims are completely unaware that their information was targeted by thieves until they see suspicious activity on their credit report, receive calls from a collection agency, or are denied when they apply for a loan or for credit. Some examples of identity fraud that can happen to you include:

  • Your personal or business checks or credit card numbers are stolen and used to make online purchases.
  • A thief impersonates you to open a loan in your name.
  • A felon commits a crime and pretends to be you when caught.
  • Someone uses your personal information to apply for a job and begins working using your identity.

What Should You Do If You Suspect Identity Fraud?

Don't panic! If you suspect fraud - even if it hasn't yet been confirmed - contact a FraudArmor Resolution Specialist immediately at 1-866-923-0452.

A certified Resolution Specialist will assist you with any questions or concerns about potential or suspected fraud. In the event of an identity theft or fraud, the Resolution Specialist will perform assisted or fully managed restoration services for as long as it takes to resolve the issue.

How Does Internet Monitoring Work?

Internet monitoring is a proactive monitoring service that identifies when your personal information shows up on the Internet's black market. You can register up to 13 unique pieces of personal or business information for monitoring, and our powerful web crawler will search black market chat rooms, hacker forums, and bulletin boards where criminals buy and sell sensitive consumer information that can be used to commit identity fraud.

You will receive an email alert when any suspicious activity is detected. Sign in to your online Account at www.Fraud-Armor.com to view details of each alert, and if fraud is suspected, call a Resolution Specialist for assistance. This proactive service can help to mitigate the impact of identity theft and to identify the information at risk.

What are the Lost Document and Lost Wallet Replacement Services?

Protect yourself from the unexpected loss of your critical information and documents commonly carried in your purse or wallet. Your dedicated Resolution Specialist will work with you to cancel and replace credit cards and help you deal with the loss of other documents such as licenses, passports, personal bank accounts, and government-issued documents.

Check Fraud Tips

  • Make sure your checks incorporate the standard security features that help combat counterfeiting and fraud. These features include:
    • Chemically sensitive paper that will prevent the written information on your check from being altered by chemicals.
    • The padlock icon which is your assurance that security enhancements are being used in accordance with Check Payment Systems Association (CPSA) guidelines.
    • The MP Signature Line which indicates the presence of microprint to identify improper photocopying of the check.
    • The check backer design that helps deter improper photocopying and reproduction of the reverse side of the check.
  • Store your checks, deposit slips, and bank statements in a secure and locked area. Never leave your checkbook in vehicle or out in the open.
  • Reconcile your bank statements within 30 days of receipt of the statement.
  • Never give your account number to anyone you do not know over the phone or web.
  • Shred any old canceled checks, deposits slips, or account statements if you no longer need them for tax purposes.
  • Inspect your new check order when it is received to ensure that all the checks are present. If not, contact your check provider immediately.
  • Never put your Social Security number or driver's license number on your printed checks.
  • Do not leave blank spaces on your check in the payee or amount lines.
  • Never endorse a check until you are ready to cash or deposit it.
  • Never make a check payable to cash.

Some Interesting Facts about Identity Theft

In 2011, over 11 million Americans were victims of identity theft. That translates to 30,000 victims per day or 20 victims every single minute! (Source: Javelin, Inc. Strategy & Research 2012 Identity Fraud Survey Report.)

Less than one third of all identity theft is financial fraud. That means that about two thirds of all identity theft has nothing to do with financial accounts. Non-financial fraud includes employment fraud, medical records fraud, government documents fraud, internet fraud, and more.