Experian extends fraud prevention support across new online services available through U.S. Social Security Administration

Wed Jan 23, 2013 6:00am EST

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Experian authenticates the identities of Social Security beneficiaries and
supplemental income recipients, enabling them to securely access their
verification letter, payment history and earnings record online
COSTA MESA, Calif.,  Jan. 23, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Experian®  today announced
that it is extending its  Precise IDSM  identity proofing and fraud prevention
services that securely authenticate and safeguard the identities of consumers
who create an online  my Social Security account  to access their Social
Security earnings and benefit information. An online  my Social Security account
 allows individuals beginning in their working years and continuing throughout
the time they receive benefits to have access to and control over their personal
Social Security information.

In support of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) expansion of its
services available through the online  my Social Security account,  Experian's
identity proofing and fraud prevention capabilities  will be utilized to
authenticate and safeguard the identities ofthe more than 60 million Social
Security beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients. These
consumers now can access their benefit verification letter, which serves as
proof of income to secure loans, mortgages and other housing, and state or local

Additionally, people use the letter to prove current Medicare health insurance
coverage, retirement or disability status, and age. Experian's identity proofing
and fraud prevention services also will be used by Social Security beneficiaries
to securely and instantly access payment history and earnings record using their
online account, as well as change their address and start or change direct
deposit information online.  

"We are proud to continue to work with SSA to provide secure identity proofing
capabilities in support of their expanded services available through the online 
my Social Security account," said  Barbara Rivera, president and general
manager, Experian's  public sector business. "I also encourage people of all
ages to take advantage of the important online services and new features
available through an online my Social Security account. The planning that you
can do with this innovative online tool is truly remarkable."  

Individuals age 18 and older can sign up for an account at
www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. Once there, they must be able to provide
information about themselves and answers to questions that only they are likely
to know. After completing the Experian secureauthentication process, people can
create a my Social Security  account  with a unique user name and password to
access their information. Those people not yet receivingSocial Security benefits
can use their online account to access their Social SecurityStatement, which
provides estimates of future benefits, their earnings history, and the estimated
Social Security and Medicare taxes they paid.

According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), users are giving
the online Statement a score of 89 - making it competitive with Social
Security's other top-rated, best-in-government online services, such as the
Retirement Estimator and online retirement application. The ACSI tracks trends
in customers' satisfaction and provides valuable benchmarking insights for
companies and government agencies. 

For more information, please go to www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

About Experian
Experian is the leading global information services company, providing data and
analytical tools to clients around the world. The Group helps businesses to 
manage credit risk,  prevent fraud, target marketing offers and automate
decision making. Experian also helps individuals to check their  credit report 
and  credit score, and protect against  identity theft.  

Experian plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and is a constituent
of the FTSE 100 index. Total revenue for the year ended  March 31, 2012, was 
$4.5 billion. Experian employs approximately 17,000 people in 44 countries and
has its corporate headquarters in  Dublin, Ireland, with operational
headquarters in  Nottingham, UK;  California, US; and São Paulo,  Brazil.

For more information, visit http://www.experianplc.com.

Experian and the Experian marks used herein are service marks or registered
trademarks of Experian Information Solutions, Inc. Other product and company
names mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

Michael Troncale
Experian Public Relations
1 714 830 5462

SOURCE  Experian

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