Can Someone Steal Your Annuity?

Shawn Plummer, CRPC

Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor

Security of Annuities

Annuities are financial products designed to provide a steady income stream, typically for retirement. They are contracts between an individual and an insurance company. The security features of annuities make them relatively safe from theft.

How Annuities are Protected

  1. Regulated by State Insurance Commissions: Annuities are regulated, ensuring that insurance companies maintain certain standards and financial reserves.
  2. Contractual Obligations: The terms are legally binding. Unauthorized changes or access to funds are difficult.
  3. Insurance Company Safeguards: These companies have robust security measures to protect against unauthorized transactions.

Potential Risks

While direct theft of annuity funds is unlikely, there are scenarios to be aware of:

  • Fraudulent Schemes: Scammers might trick annuity holders into signing over rights or making bad investments.
  • Identity Theft: If personal information is stolen, it could potentially be used to access annuity accounts.

Protecting Your Annuity

  • Regularly Review Statements: Check for any unauthorized transactions.
  • Protect Personal Information: Be cautious about sharing sensitive information.


Annuities are secure and protected, making them difficult to steal. Awareness and vigilance can further enhance their security. If you need further guidance or have concerns about your annuity, contact us today for a free quote.

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Shawn Plummer, CRPC

Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor

Shawn Plummer is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, insurance agent, and annuity broker with over 14 years of first-hand experience with annuities and insurance. Since beginning his journey in 2009, he has been pivotal in selling and educating about annuities and insurance products. Still, he has also played an instrumental role in training financial advisors for a prestigious Fortune Global 500 insurance company, Allianz. His insights and expertise have made him a sought-after voice in the industry, leading to features in renowned publications such as Time Magazine, Bloomberg, Entrepreneur, Yahoo! Finance, MSN, SmartAsset, The Simple Dollar, U.S. News and World Report, Women’s Health Magazine, and many more. Shawn’s driving ambition? To simplify retirement planning, he ensures his clients understand their choices and secure the best insurance coverage at unbeatable rates.

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