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Help Available if Tribal Members Are Victims of Identity Theft

December 19, 2013 –

MAYETTA:  It’s that time of year when people are pulling out that credit card for purchases or placing their information online and the Tribal Council wants to remind tribal members that the Nation carries an Identity fraud expense reimbursement program that can help them if they become a victim of identity theft.

In general, banks and credit card companies will usually reimburse identity-theft victims for direct financial losses but they do not normally help with expenses in gathering the necessary information that is needed to re-establish good credit or to clear your name. In the long run, thousands of dollars of out-of-pocket expenses might be incurred to get those tasks accomplished, and this is where the PBPN’s financial identity-theft insurance program can help.

The program, called an Identity Fraud Expense Reimbursement policy, is carried with Travelers Casualty and Surety Company and is designed to help tribal members with expenses should they become a victim of identity fraud. For example, reimbursements may be allowed for expenses in lost wages due to time needed to deal with the fraud and some attorney fees depending on the situation. The insurance can also pay for notarizing fraud affidavits or similar documents needed for credit agencies or financial institutions, certifying mail costs or telephone costs, to name a few.

For more detailed information about the Prairie Band Potawatomi’s identity theft program go to:

http://www.pbpindiantribe.com/upload/pdf/ID_Fraud_info.pdf

or call PBPN Insurance Coordinator Dave Greeson at (785)966-3970 or 1-800-842-8496 which is the direct line to the Traveler’s Casualty and Surety Company.