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In this digital age, the creativity and resourcefulness of thieves is nothing shy of impressive. And it isn’t always about money. Personal information can open many doors for fraudsters including applying for loans, renting apartments or cars and more.
Could it happen to you? Canadian identity theft statistics:
42% of Canadians have noticed an increase in suspicious emails, texts, phone calls, or online advertisements.* But did you know 52% of Canadians are unable to identify all of the warning signs of identity theft, even when the signs are provided in a list?* Unfortunately, thieves are becoming more creative than ever:
Signs your identity has been stolen:
Most people notice ID theft when they see purchases they can’t explain or withdrawals from an account. However, identity theft isn’t always as obvious as a stolen or missing wallet. Here are some less obvious signs:
Identity theft prevention in Canada:
The harder we can make it for thieves to steal our identity, the better off we are. Here are some tips to make their lives more difficult:
How we can help in the event of identity theft:
Surprisingly, only 26 per cent of Canadians say they have identity theft protection or insurance.* For those who do, be sure to review your coverage with your insurance broker to understand what’s included in your policy. At Johnson Insurance, we’re here to help protect you by offering identity theft coverage in all home insurance policies. To learn more about home insurance through Johnson, give us a call or visit our home insurance page.
* According to a recent survey commissioned by Johnson Insurance, a leading property insurer offering identity theft coverage.