We had a record-breaking year for natural disasters in 2017, with 16 events totaling $306 billion, upending peoples’ lives across the United States1.Disaster preparedness is essential as we head into peak hurricane season, especially if you live in an area prone to flooding, wildfires or tornadoes. Why? Because when people have to abandon their homes after an area-wide disaster, they frequently overlook key documents and identification, including:
These items are key to protecting your financial life and good name. And they could be destroyed by fire, carried away by water or wind, or even stolen by looters. The last thing you need during a post-disaster cleanup is to deal with the red tape to replace documents and IDs while fighting identity theft or fraud.
Fraudsters know that after a disaster, they have plenty of options for stealing documents that contain personally identifiable information (PII), such as your Social Security number, birth date, etc., or tricking you into revealing it, including:
Once criminals or opportunists get a hold of your PII, they can use it in all kinds of ways. Read more…
Together with CyberScout, VyStar offers members disaster recovery assistance in the event they become victims of natural disasters. Visit our Protection Center for more information. And for even more helpful disaster preparedness tips, please visit our Hurricane Resources page.
1 Megadisasters devastated America in 2017. And they’re only going to get worse. Vox, 2018.
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