The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has partnered with LifeLock, a leader in identity theft protection. The partnership will offer AOPA members a way to help safeguard their personal information. LifeLock service will be available to AOPA members at a discounted rate.
“It is a critical time for consumers to be proactive and take a stance against this growing crime of identity theft,” said Steve McGrady, LifeLock Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships. “Consumers looking for a proactive solution for identity theft look to LifeLock. This alignment with AOPA gives us the opportunity to educate more consumers about how they can better protect their personal information and help to avoid becoming the next victim.”
According to a 2010 report from Javelin Strategy & Research, approximately 11 million Americans fell victim to identity theft in 2009. The same report states that identity theft victims spent an average of 21 hours recovering from an identity theft in 2009. Those 21 hours can be spent filing a police report, contacting creditors and the three major credit bureaus, working with a credit repair agency and much more.
“With LifeLock being the only identity theft protection program tailored specifically to assist pilots, we are very excited to introduce this new opportunity to our members and their families,” said Michelle Peterson, Vice President of Marketing. “AOPA has worked closely with LifeLock to ensure their services meet the specific and unique needs of a pilot, by creating special protocols to assist pilots in the event of lost or stolen airman documentation.”
LifeLock aims to further educate consumers on identity theft and empower them to start protecting themselves from one of the nation’s fastest growing crimes by hosting free educational presentations around the country. The LifeLock Speakers Series program provides attendees with a better understanding of the various risks associated with identity theft, current trends of the crime, and the diverse ways identity theft can happen.