The recent destructive tornado outbreaks in the US caused widespread damage in several states. In the aftermath, once thing most people don’t consider is threats to their financial well-being from identity thieves and fraudsters.
Fortunately, customers of California Casualty have identity theft protection from Identity Theft 911 included in their policies. This benefit can help protect your identity, while also providing guidance and help in recovering your financial peace of mind.
If your home is hit by a disaster such as a tornado or hurricane, we recommend taking the following steps as soon as possible to protect yourself from ID thieves:
- Protect important information and documents. Whether you’re in a shelter, staying with friends and family, never let these items leave your sight. They are the keys to your identity-and you will need this information to prove who you are.
- Ask the post office to hold your mail until you return home. This will keep thieves from finding sensitive materials that are left in your mailbox.
- During disasters criminals often prey on the emotions of citizens. Verify against scam charities by using Give.org or CharityNavigator.org.
- If you have any reason to believe that your personal information may have been exposed or is at risk, please contact our customer service line at 1-800-800-9410 if you’re a CalCas customer and we’ll put you in touch with IDT911.