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Suze Orman and TrustedID launch ID theft kit

Emily Crone

Most people either love or hate her. Suze Orman, a television host, author, columnist and speaker is an expert in everything personal finance. Now she has stepped into new territory: identity theft. Launching today, her Identity Theft Kit is a joint effort with TrustedID, an identity theft protection business I’ve used as a source for a story about online safety. The goal of the kit is to stop identity theft before it happens.

Some of the kit’s features include fraud flag placement on credit reports, anti-spyware protection for your computer, lost wallet protection, annual credit reports, medical record protection, “enhanced junk mail reduction” and an on-call identity theft protection team, backed by a million-dollar service warranty. The protection of the kit covers the purchaser, a second adult, children and elderly parents.

The kit comes on a CD-Rom. It is currently exclusively available from QVC (online or by phone), though it will soon be available on Suze Orman and TrustedID’s Web sites, as well.

While Suze’s kit is focused on proactive protection, I have also blogged about Mari Frank’s identity theft survival kit, which provides a reactive solution (it contains attorney forms, letters to issuers and a book for victims, among other things).

In 2007, a Gartner study revealed that identity theft affects more than 15 million people a year. Don’t be a statistic — whether it’s with an identity theft kit or not, learn how to protect yourself.

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  • sue

    We purchased the identity theft kit in january from qvc and we have been trying to get it work. We have windows vista and it doesn’t download your disk. Does this product work on vista?

  • Sue,
    I just looked at Suze’s Web site, and it says the PC system requirements for the ID theft kid are “Windows 98 (second edition or higher) /2000/Me/XP/Vista.”
    I’m not sure why yours isn’t working since it should be compatible with Vista. You may want to give customer support a call.

  • anil

    We are looking for identity theft kit for outsourcing purpose. we are in to bpo outsourcing buisness so please let us know whats a formality if we need that kit.

  • mike

    Bought kit in Jan , Love it…………
    I am a novice in electronics and it installed easily for me..