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State Auto offers enhanced identity protection services for couples


COLUMBUS, Ohio – September 22, 2009 – The State Auto Insurance Companies now offer customized Marriage Identity Services, enhancing the lineup of identity protection services available to State Auto policyholders. Through a partnership with Identity Theft 911®, a leading provider of identity theft management, education and resolution services, State Auto home and farm policyholders can avoid and resolve identity fraud with pre-marriage, newlywed, re-marriage, legal separation and divorce assistance.

“Marriage affects so many aspects of a married couple’s life, while divorce can lead to damaged credit and a need to repair finances,” said State Auto Vice President and Director of Personal Insurance Joel Brown. “These coverages offer peace of mind and confidence that if you become a victim of identity theft, the resources will be available to help you recover.”

For engaged, newlywed and re-married policyholders, State Auto and Identity Theft 911 can help avoid and resolve identity fraud by:

  • checking for existing identity theft for either partner,
  • supplying name change assistance for new couples,
  • mitigating identity theft risks during relocation,
  • helping to notify creditors and other providers about changing single accounts to joint accounts, beneficiary designations, etc.,
  • and more.

During legal separation or divorce, policyholders are assisted with:

  • removing an ex-partner’s name from joint accounts,
  • notifying credit bureaus,
  • placing a credit freeze on a credit file that blocks it from use by an ex-partner,
  • changing beneficiaries and names on titles and mortgages,
  • notifying creditors that the policyholder is not responsible for the ex’s debts,
  • and more.

State Auto policyholders already have access to an extensive array of identity management services, from Military Identity Assistance for active duty military personnel to proactive fraud alerts and Disaster Recovery Assistance, which helps quickly recapture documentation destroyed in a fire, flood, hurricane or earthquake. They also have free access to a wealth of online resources regarding identity theft. Articles, newsletters, interviews and other helpful preventative resources can be found at http://idtheft.stateauto.com.

State Automobile Mutual Insurance Company, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, is a super regional property and casualty insurance holding company. The company is primarily engaged in writing personal and business insurance products exclusively through independent insurance agencies in 33 states and is proud to be a Trusted Choice® company partner.  State Auto Mutual is part of the State Auto Group.  The State Auto Group is rated A+ (Superior) by the A.M. Best Company and consists of State Automobile Mutual, State Auto Property & Casualty, State Auto National, State Auto Ohio, State Auto Wisconsin, State Auto Florida, Milbank, Farmers Casualty, Meridian Security, Meridian Citizens Mutual, Beacon National, Beacon Lloyds, Patrons Mutual and Litchfield Mutual Fire.

State Auto Mutual also writes specialty insurance and workers’ compensation products through its Rockhill insurance subsidiaries. The Rockhill insurance subsidiaries, rated A- (Excellent) by the A.M. Best Company, write business on a non-admitted basis in 49 states and the District of Columbia, and are licensed on an admitted basis in 42 states and the District of Columbia. Additional information on State Auto Mutual can be found online at www.StateAuto.com.

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