Guardwell ID Review
Guardwell ID offers identity theft solutions to both consumers and businesses alike, and they provide a rather practical vision of the real truth behind the identity theft risk that we all face every day. The company believes in offering the best resolution process available, so that all members can get their finances and reputation back to normal as quickly as possible.
What We Like
We appreciate anything that sounds honest, because there’s far too much noise surrounding the messages of identity theft companies. While everyone else is boasting about the billions of data points they’re constantly checking, Guardwell is posting statistics about how monitoring is only about 20% effective. They call to attention that financial identity theft is not the only thing you need to be worried about, and that your children are more likely to be targets than you think. They have an A+ rating with the BBB too.
To their credit, Guardwell offers resolution for the entire family — even at the lowest level of the plans. They give you access to a designated fraud specialist and proactive means for everyone to start safeguarding their identity before anything happens. You’ll be able to reach a full team of fraud specialists at any time of day, so you can rest easy knowing you have someone to call no matter where you are.
What We Don’t Like
As much as we love the idea that they’ll be there for their customers after something happens, they really don’t seem to offer as much support as other companies when it comes to the preventative side of it. Yes, monitoring has its flaws, but it can often be those alerts that stop situations from getting out of control. They certainly offer these services of course, but consumer reviews seem to confirm that they’re much more interested in starting their services once your security has actually been breached.
Guardwell also doesn’t offer insurance or any type of power of attorney. While exact standards in identity theft protection are hard to find, these are often two components that seem to really bail people out when they need full restoration of their identity.
The Bottom Line
The company may well be an up-and-comer in the identity theft world, but you may want to wait until they get more experience before you sign up with them. Time will teach them what’s working and what isn’t, and if they can get their philosophies straight then they may be a truly solid choice. As of right now though, you may want to go with another carrier.
How Guardwell ID Protection Works
As mentioned, Guardwell puts the bulk of its emphasis on the resolution part of the process. All of their plans offer the initial three benefits in this list.
24/7 Access to Fraud Specialists: Receive full assistance should something happen to you, even when you’re out of town.
Personal Assigned Specialist: Work with one person for your case, so you won’t have to worry about explaining yourself again and again.
Complete Resolution: Guardwell promises to detect problems early, stop thieves in their tracks and start performing the necessary steps to reclaim your identity.
Credit Reports and Monitoring: Get your scores so you know more about your financial situation, and receive alerts so you’re aware of what’s happening in the world with your information. You also have access to a score tracker, so you can see which financial decisions are paying off and which aren’t.
Personal Monitoring: Guardwell goes beyond just the financial aspect of identity theft, and also provides monitoring on your social security number and any change of address notices filled out in your name. Also includes the monitoring of check-cashing companies and other loan businesses as well as court and virtual criminal records.
Sex Offender Registry: Guardwell continuously monitors your neighborhood and gives notice if there’s a registered sex offender near you.
Guardwell ID Plans & Pricing
The company offers four different plans at the following prices for consumers, increasing in the amount of services offered for each level. Guardwell also provides company benefits for employees, however this list will concentrate on purchasing directly with the company.
- Complete Identity Theft Resolution
- Proactive Safeguards
- 24/7 Access to Fraud Specialists
- Designated Fraud Specialist
- Regular Price: $8.95/mo
- Single Bureau Credit Monitoring, Report and Score
- Regular Price: $9.95/mo
- Public Records Monitoring (SSN, Change of Address)
- Court and Criminal Records Monitoring
- Regular Price: $14.95/mo
- Triple Bureau Credit Monitoring, Report and Score
- Check Cashing, Non-Credit Loan Monitoring
- Cyber Surveillance for your Information
- Score Tracker
- Regular Price: $19.95/mo
Guardwell ID Member Support
Guardwell gives you many ways to contact them, including the direct line of the CEO.
24/7 Support: 1-888-966-4827 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CEO: 513-399-6448 or email@example.com
6186 Bridgetown Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45248
Guardwell ID Additional Information
The company’s mission was to rely on their key players’ expertise by bringing together people with different skill sets. Whether that was financial, management, legal or IT-related, they rely heavily on each other to get everything right. The CEO had a terrible personal experience with identity theft, and has since created this company to provide a real solution. Guardwell has partnered with Identity Theft 911 for help and support, and relied on their vast network to continue offering real services to each member.