Identity information is stored in hundreds of places today, from college databases to credit card companies to online websites
Bellevue, WA (PRWEB) August 7, 2008
In response to the indictments that were unsealed Tuesday in nation's largest data breach, FreeIDENTITYprotect is offering 50% off their Premium Service for a year to individuals impacted by the identity theft ring that stole 40 million credit card numbers and sold the information on the internet. FreeIDENTITYprotect's basic service is always free, but the Premium Service provides additional protection including: recovery assistance from Identity Specialists and customized monitoring of known criminal websites for the illegal selling or trading of their credit card information or Social Security Numbers.
The federal indictments were unsealed on Tuesday in Boston and San Diego, uncovering information to the public on the largest identity theft ring in the United States' history. Eleven individuals have been named in the indictment, with only three of the criminals in custody. It alleges that the perpetrators hacked the networks of nine major U.S. retailers, stealing 40 million credit card numbers between 2005 and 2007. The identity thieves sold the credit card information on the internet black market to individuals worldwide who used it to make purchases and withdraw cash from ATMs. The elaborate scheme was hatched by three U.S. citizens, three Ukrainians, two Chinese citizens, an Estonian, one citizen of Belarus and one individual whose identity remains unknown.
"Identity information is stored in hundreds of places today, from college databases to credit card companies to online websites," said Craig Muller, President of FreeIDENTITYprotect. "The key to protecting that information is being proactive instead of reactive. FreeIDENTITYprotect scours the internet black market for your personal information, giving you the earliest possible notification of potential identity fraud and provides Identity Theft Specialists to help resolve any problems with your personal information."
FreeIDENTITYprotect's comprehensive free identity theft prevention service:
- Reports suspicious credit events;
- Significantly reduces pre-approved credit card offers;
- Provides free access to all three credit bureau reports;
- Reduces telemarketing calls
- Reduces junk email
FreeIDENTITYprotect's Premium Service:
- Includes all services available above PLUS:
- Scours known criminal websites for the illegal selling or trading of credit cards or Social Security Number
- Provides $25,000 identity theft insurance
- Includes Identity Theft specialists on call to help resolve any issues
FreeIDENTITYprotect not only provides the earliest possible notification, but its Premium Service provides an unmatched level of identity theft prevention for the same price as other companies charge for fraud alerts alone.
For individuals who believe their information was compromised by this incident or if you have received a letter from a company regarding a separate breach incident, please contact FreeIDENTITYprotect at (800) 506-9984 to receive their Premium Service for an entire year at a 50% discount.
FreeIDENTITYprotect is the leading provider of a new breed of service to help consumers safeguard their Privacy and Identity. Through innovative technology, individuals receive the earliest possible notification in advance of potential misuses of their identities so they can take better control. FreeIDENTITYprotect is a privately-held, venture-funded company headquartered in Bellevue, WA. Investors include Monster Venture Partners and North West Venture Assoc. For more information, go to http://www.freeIDENTITYprotect.com.
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