December 06, 2006

Not a bad idea.

On my way home from work I heard an interview with a representative for LifeLock. Itís a company that for $10.00 a month protects you from identity theft. They even guarantee it.

Our guarantee is simple: If your Identity is ever stolen while you are our client and your claim is legitimate, we will fix the problem. Period. No matter what it takes. And we'll reimburse you for any losses you incur. No matter what it costs (up to $1,000,000).

The guy was so sure of his company that he gave his social security number out over the air. It sounded pretty impressive, I donít have any first had knowledge about this company, but I thought I would share the information with all of you, it is the season you know; the season for greed, theft and materialism.

Speaking of theft, I also heard on the radio that three red kettles where stolen from the local Salvation Army today from different locations. They estimated the thief(s) got off with over $500.00 in donations. I guess some low-lifeís kid is going to get a Play Station 3 for Christmas.

Posted by Contagion in Things I find interesting at December 6, 2006 06:23 PM | TrackBack

Every time someone claims incredible things I take it with a grain of salt.

First of all, what do they stipulate as a legitimate claim? Or rather what makes the claim illegitimate? Not to mention, what do they consider as a stolen identity - what are the criteria that must be met to kick their guarantee into action?

He gives out a number and says it's his SSN... how do we know this?

Mind you - they may be legit and on the level. It's just very difficult to believe they can lock down an identity in an air tight manner in today's wired world. There are different levels of having your identity "stolen" so I'd really need to see the fine print on a claim like this.

Then there's the issue of how much info on yourself do they hold in their files? While $120 wouldn't be a boatload of money to lose, it would pretty much suck pond water to lose the money to them and an identity thief.

Yes, I'm paranoid... why do you ask? *grin*

Posted by: Teresa at December 7, 2006 10:44 PM

I've heard from two individuals in the past couple days that subscribe to this service. They've been impressed, but it's sort of the like deer guard on your car (or Homer's Bear Patrol) -- if nothing happens, then it's working.

Posted by: Ogre at December 8, 2006 09:47 AM

Why am I not surprised that Teresa and I think alike on this? *grin*
My first thought when I heard the commercial was that he could give out the SSN of some deceased person, and no one (but the cops and the fools that tried to scam with it) would ever know.

Posted by: Barb at December 8, 2006 05:08 PM

Maybe I should sign up and then start handing my SSN out everywhere I go, just to see how good these guys are :-)

Posted by: Harvey at December 12, 2006 06:13 AM