ID Theft: What We Need to Start Addressing
Yes, the IRS breach is much worse than we thought, affecting nearly three times as many taxpayers’ identities as originally reported. And the hackers outing the identities of 32 million users of the infamous AshleyMadison.com, a Web site that helps married people have affairs, has revealed the Internet’s underbelly – the “dark web” – is far uglier than imagined.
But what about the actual identities of those individuals affected by these and countless other hacks, breaches and situations where their identity is stolen? What can be done to restore an individual’s name and identity?
“Instead of asking why this is happening and why is it worse than initially thought, let’s talk about what we can do about it,” said Jeff Bell, CEO of LegalShield.
“Nothing is 100 percent preventable, however people need to know whatever happens, there are ways they can restore their identity. We have Licensed Private Investigators on the job to do whatever it takes - including working the dark web – to restore your good name,” Bell continued.
LegalShield launched IDShield as the premier identity theft protection and restoration service in the country. IDShield is the only service that provides consumers with direct access to a team of licensed private investigators.
IDShield licensed private investigators bring valuable insight and experience from a wide range of backgrounds. The investigators are full-time employees, coming from backgrounds such as law enforcement, counseling, banking, insurance, debt collection and more.
“Identity theft has been the number one consumer complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission for 15 years straight,” says Bell. “These recent breaches prove it’s not only here to stay, but it could get worse. And victims are spending an exorbitant amount of time and money to deal with it.”
The danger is no longer limited to credit card theft, but to the destruction of your entire identity. Even your children’s personal information is at risk; long before they have a credit card, their Social Security number can be stolen by thieves.
“People need to focus on protecting themselves for when – not if – their identity will be compromised,” Bell said.
IDShield members can rest assured they will be protected by pre-emptive monitoring, a $5 million service guarantee, and 24/7/365 emergency access to private investigators. In addition, consumers can download an IDShield mobile app for their smartphone or tablet, providing one-click access to a U.S.-based advisor for assistance in handling both emergency and non-emergency issues.
To learn more about how to protect yourself and your family from identity theft, visit here.