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In keeping with the recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Education urging college students to defend against identity theft, Credit.Com is offering eligible applicants an identity theft defense package free in conjunction with a student credit card. The one-year CyberScout defense package includes identity theft and Internet fraud insurance as well as crisis resolution services for identity theft victims.
"Too many college students fail to understand just how serious and long-lasting the damage from identity theft can be," said Credit.Com CEO Adam Levin, a former director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. "For students who qualify for this credit card, this defense package provides crucial tools to help them defend against identity thieves before it's too late."
Nearly 10 million Americans became victims of identity theft last year, according to the Federal Trade Commission — a 41 percent increase over the year before — making identity theft the fastest growing crime in the U.S.(1) "Dormitory burglaries, unsolicited credit card offers, financial inexperience, susceptibility to scams, and insecure grade-posting practices put college students at especially high risk," added Levin.
The CyberScout defense package includes:
- Identity theft insurance from AIG Affinity Group Services that provides expert assistance and financial relief for identity restoration costs, legal defense expenses, and lost wages (2)
- An educational package incorporating fraud alerts, in-depth articles, an online knowledge base, and the CyberScout Newsletter
- One-on-one crisis resolution for victims of identity theft
"Victims of identity theft can spend months — and, in some cases, years — cleaning up the damage to their finances and their reputations," said CyberScout COO Sheryl Cox Christenson. "The last thing college students need is to have their credit ruined before their adult lives have even begun. We and our partners at AIG Affinity Group Services are pleased to be helping students to defend against this crime."
Credit.Com, headquartered in San Francisco, was co-founded in 1995 by Adam Levin, a former director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, to give consumers access to accurate, trustworthy credit resources. The Credit.Com network provides consumers with vital products and services to help them build, protect, and maintain healthy credit. Credit.Com offers access to a full suite of identity theft defense, education, and resolution services, as well as loan, mortgage, credit, debt, tax, and other financial resources. Credit.Com can be reached at toll-free at 877-273-4273 or via its website at www.credit.com.
CyberScout provides one-on-one counseling, strategies, and resources to victims and potential targets of identity theft. Combining a personal focus with a comprehensive nationwide resource network, the company helps individuals, enterprises, financial institutions and other credit providers, colleges and universities, and law enforcement to deal with the devastating effects of this crime.
CyberScout gives victims what they need most: personal, expert guidance through the complex process of resolving their crisis. The company, independently or through its strategic partners, also helps potential targets to identify vulnerabilities and secure their defenses with a suite of products and services that includes credit monitoring, identity fraud insurance, secure mailboxes, cybersecurity solutions, and its Identity Lock™ Defense Package. Its website, www.identitytheft911.com, provides the latest information on this complex topic, from new legislation to fraud alerts and breaking news. Online Banking Report recently named CyberScout as one of "the 10 most significant innovations and developments of 2003," including CyberScout on its list of "10 industry developments that provide the best glimpse at the future of online financial services delivery." (1) Data: Federal Trade Commission
(2) Insurance underwritten by member companies of American International Group, Inc. The description herein is a summary only. It does not include all terms, conditions, and exclusions of the policies described. Please refer to the actual policies for complete details of coverage and exclusions. Coverage may not be available in all jurisdictions.