Washington, DC- November 22, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — Identity theft is becoming one of the fastest growing crimes in America, and the National Association of Realtors® is committed to helping members keep their identities safe. Toward that end, the IdentitySecure Program for Realtors® is now available through NAR’s REALTOR Benefits® Program in partnership with Affinion Benefits Group, LLC.
Identify theft results in more than $48 billion in fraud ($4,849 per person) annually.1 IdentitySecure is an advanced identity protection program with a comprehensive suite of protection benefits that help prevent, detect and resolve identity theft. The program is offered to all NAR members, employees, as well as state and local board staff, immediate family members and members of the Realtors® Federal Credit Union.
“NAR strives to provide Realtors® with the tools and resources they need to build their businesses,” said NAR President Ron Phipps, broker-president of Phipps Realty in Warwick, R.I. “The IdentitySecure Program for Realtors® will not only help protect members’ identities, it will give them peace-of-mind as they help buyers, sellers and investors achieve their real estate goals.”
The program includes several protection benefits including $10,000 in identity theft insurance protection. Coverage includes reimbursement for lost wages, legal expenses and re-filing applications for credit and notarizing affidavits. Members may request up-to-date credit reports and scores from all three of the national credit reporting agencies. In addition, members can receive triple-bureau daily credit monitoring. This service monitors changes to credit records on a daily basis and notifies members of any changes. The program also offers the option to monitor credit/debit card information and social security numbers – which occurs in real time. Other benefits include lost or stolen payment card assistance, card and document registration, identity fraud support service and more.
“The IdentitySecure Program for Realtors® will empower Realtors® to retain more control over their personal data and prevent fraudulent activity,” said Bob Goldberg, senior vice president of Marketing and Business Development, Commercial Services and Business Specialties. “IdentitySecure meets the needs of our members, and this new partnership is truly a benefit for the Realtor® family.”
NAR members who enroll in the IdentitySecure Program for Realtors® will receive a 30-day trial for $1 and may continue their monthly membership for $9.95 per month – a discount of 45 percent. For more information on how to enroll visit www.REALTOR.org/IdentitySecure/PR.
NAR’s REALTOR Benefits® Program offers practical solutions for Realtors® on the products and services they use every day. The program includes offerings in a variety of categories from nearly 30 companies recognized as leaders in their respective industries.
The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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1Javelin Strategy & Research 2009 Identity Fraud Survey Report
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Leanne Jernigan 202/383-1290