Protecting Your Identity

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Comprehensive Fraud Recovery and Remediation for MCCCU Members

Monroe County Community Credit Union provides comprehensive, fully managed identity fraud research, remediation and recovery services to all of our members! These services are a benefit of being a member of Monroe County Community Credit Union. Should you experience a compromise of your personal information, click here to file a claim or call 1-866-SMART68 (1-866-762-7868) for assistance immediately. In addition, if an eligible family member experiences an identity fraud event, they are covered too. These benefits extend to cover up to three generations of your family.

Eligible family members include:

  • Spouse or domestic partner
  • Dependents under age 25 with the same permanent address — even if they are in college or the military
  • Any other IRS qualified dependents
  • Parents with the same permanent address—living at home or in elder care (nursing home, assisted living, hospice, etc.)
  • Plus, all covered family members are covered up to 12 months after death

We have arranged for the professional identity fraud research, remediation and recovery benefits to extend beyond just accounts with us to cover all types of identity fraud—this includes both financial and non-financial fraud, such as:

  • Medical fraud
  • Financial and credit card fraud
  • Government documents and benefits fraud
  • Employment fraud
  • Phone and utilities fraud
  • And many more!

Want even more protection? We want to ensure that all of our members have access to the very best in identity fraud protection benefits and so Monroe County Community Credit Union also offers another way to obtain additional coverage. Our new identity fraud protection website provides a direct purchase opportunity of a package full of comprehensive, essential services!

Packages may contain:

  • 1 or 3 Bureau Credit Monitoring
  • Expense Reimbursement Insurance
  • Public Records Monitoring
  • Internet Black Market Monitoring
  • And many more

Visit our identity fraud protection site for more information on these packages today!


How do Identity Fraud Remediation and Recovery Services help you?

If you suspect identity fraud, or if your personal information becomes compromised as a result of a lost purse or wallet, a break-in, lost laptop, data breach, or other event, we can help! Simply click here to submit a claim or call 1-866-SMART68 (1-866-762-7868) to speak with a Recovery Advocate. This Advocate will be assigned to your case and will contact you directly by phone within 2 business days. Before submitting a claim, please read the terms for identity recovery services.

Your case-dedicated professional Recovery Advocate will complete the legwork on your behalf to research and remediate all identity fraud incidents and restore your identity to a pre-event status—to your satisfaction no matter how long it takes!

Depending on your identity fraud incident, these efforts may include:

  1. Working with you to identify fraudulent activity, including credit report review (if appropriate) and conduct additional research to determine the extent of the fraud.
  2. Place fraud alerts with the three major credit bureaus.
  3. Assist you in completing an Identity Theft Affidavit and Declaration of Fraud to establish your rights as a victim.
  4. Activate complimentary credit monitoring, if applicable, during your recovery to help you watch for additional signs of abuse.
  5. Contact the Social Security Administration, U.S. Postal Service, Department of Motor Vehicles, and more, as applicable, to address any misuse of official documentation of your identity.
  6. Research and document all fraudulent transactions and false accounts or contracts signed with creditors, banks, utility companies, leasing agents, medical facilities, etc.
  7. Follow up to make sure wrongful activity is expunged from your records.
  8. Work with local and federal law enforcement to try to stop the criminal or criminals who are using your identity.
  9. Enlist other members of the recovery team to assist when necessary, including professional investigators and legal advisors.
  10. Provide 12 months of personal follow-up and complimentary credit monitoring, if applicable, after your recovery is complete — to be sure you stay recovered!

Online Security

Taking steps to protect your personal information online is more critical than ever. Here are some tips to help you protect your identity online:

  • Invest in reliable antivirus software

    • Hundreds of thousands of malware samples are produced every single day–a trend that’s unlikely to stop any time soon. The most effective way to protect your system against worms, trojans, ransomware, potentially unwanted programs and other malicious software is to invest in a reliable antivirus solution.

  • Enable two-factor authentication wherever possible

    • Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security that is used to ensure that people trying to log in to a website or service are really who they say they are.

    • Enabling two-factor authentication means that, in addition to entering your username and password when accessing an account, you’ll also need to provide another piece of information that proves your identity. For example, some companies will issue tokens that generate a one-time use password or send you a verification code to your mobile phone.

  • Start using a password manager

    • The average Internet user is expected to have more than 200 online accounts by 2020. Manually keeping track of so many login credentials is next to impossible, which explains why passwords such as “123456”, “password” and “qwerty” remain so popular. Using brute force or social engineering tactics, hackers can easily break into accounts guarded by weak passwords and steal whatever information lies beyond.

    • Password managers enable you to create and store highly secure passwords on the fly, and easily enter them when prompted.

  • Be careful with what information you share on social media

    • Social media platforms have become a hotbed for cybercrime in recent years thanks to the sheer number of users they attract, how easy it is to create fraudulent accounts and how quickly malicious content can be distributed. Think before you click on any links that appear in your feed or personal messages (even if you know and trust the sender), be selective with friend requests and don’t share your phone number, address, place of work or any other personal information that could make it easier for someone to steal your identity.

 

Stay up to date with the latest threats by visiting:

FTC Scam Alerts     or     Report Scams and Frauds

 

 

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