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Do You Need a Credit Monitoring Service?

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A credit monitoring service is not for everyone, but if you want to keep a close eye on your credit there are some great services out there. I use a credit monitoring service because I've been a victim of fraud in the past and I disagree with groups that say you should look at your credit report only once or twice a year.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission says it takes 12 months, on average, for a victim of identity theft to notice the crime. A credit monitoring service will alert you, usually daily or weekly, to changes in your credit — helping you to stop the theft before it gets out of control.

CONSIDER THESE FACTS:
According to the Federal Trade Commission, nearly 10 million Americans fell victim to identity theft last year, at an average cost of $5,000 per victim. But two-thirds of victims who discovered the misuse of their personal information within five months incurred no out-of-pocket expenses. That's what a credit monitoring service can do for you - it can't prevent identity theft but it can greatly reduce its impact.

Before starting any service, you should look through our Credit Monitoring FAQ.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 May 2008 16:30 )