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Accurate knowledge that is properly applied IS power!  Following is our recommended reading list for people who are interested in learning more about the growing Identity Theft epidemic, including how to protect yourself and how to recover from having your identity stolen.  Please review the book descriptions to determine which of these books is right for you...

They also make excellent gifts for your family and friends who you want to help protect from Identity Theft.


"From Victim to Victor" (and the included CD for PC or Mac) contains instructions for victims including laws, forms, affidavits and other resources. The sample letters allow you to complete essential correspondence to various agencies by filling in the blanks, completing the forms and affidavit. You can also surf directly to dozens of helpful website resources. You'll have peace of mind knowing you have written a professional legal letter to effectively resolve your problems. It's like having your own "lawyer-coach" showing you the way at a fraction of the cost of even one hour of attorney time. It is a lifesaver for you to regain your identity.



Step by step instructions to regain your credit, identity, and sanity:
  • Attorney-composed form letters that will save you hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars in attorney's fees.
  • Legal and consumer information to empower you to overcome and prevent further Identity Fraud.
  • Do's and Don'ts, insightful tips, and successful techniques for transforming yourself from "Victim to Victor".
  • A computer diskette with critical forms and attorney-written form letters to quickly complete your letter writing saga.
  • Interviews with identity fraud experts to explain to you how to prevent further losses, and regain you financial security.



Dealing with privacy and identity issues has become an essential part of life in our modern society. Each chapter in "The Identity Theft Protection Guide" contains a self-quiz to identify personal areas of concern, information to help you "take action," and more. This book shows you how to:

  • Minimize the risk of identity theft
  • React if your identity is stolen
  • Obtain and repair credit and insurance reports, and more
  • Deal with direct marketers, junk mailers, and telephone solicitors
  • Stop surveillance from GPS devices and cell-phone cameras
  • Keep your kids safe online
  • And much more!

These valuable survival skills can no longer be considered optional--they are essential for life in today's society.



Learn how Identity Theft is now America's latest rage and one of the most pervasive and costly crimes in U.S. history. Over the past five years alone, 27.3 million Americans have had their identities stolen. That's one out of every 10 people! Chances are, you know someone who's been touched by this crime. Get the inside story on how identity thieves work, what makes you a target, and how you can protect yourself from the crime of the 21st century! Includes an Identity Theft Potential Quiz...lots of current statistics...dozens of real-life victim and thief stories...an extensive bibliography and index...and an expansive section on the 17 ways your identity can be stolen.



This year, nearly one million people will become victims of the fastest growing crime in America: identity theft. Now, there's a complete guide to preventing it, detecting it, and recovering from it. Written for technology professionals, security specialists, law enforcement professionals, and technology-aware laypeople, Identity Theft covers every facet of the problem—and every countermeasure. It's an indispensable resource—whether you want to protect yourself, your customers, or your citizens.

  • Practical solutions for individuals, corporations, non-profit institutions, and Internet Service Providers
  • Multifaceted responses that involve businesses, consumers, and public policy
  • How to analyze risks to your system on an end-to-end basis
  • How to plan, design, test, and deploy effective anti-ID theft policies, systems, and technologies
  • Emerging anti-ID theft planning and development technologies and solutions
  • Extensive case studies and hands-on examples, as well as the latest field and trial experiments
  • Identifying, investigating, and recovering from identity theft

From simple personal steps you can take right now, to state-of-the-art biometrics and encryption solutions, "Identity Theft" covers everything you need to know to fight identity theft—and win.



A reliable guide for protecting companies, their customers, and their employees from the growing problem of identity theft fraud.

Preventing Identity Theft in Your Business shows businesses how to best protect themselves from the threat of identity theft. Real-life examples show managers and executives how to identify business, customer, and employee identity theft, how these crimes are committed, how best to prevent them, and overall, develop an honest company culture. It also covers how to manage this threat in business reorganizations such as mergers, acquisitions, globalization, and outsourcing.



Find out how to protect yourself from the number one crime in the U.S.  Former con-man-turned-FBI-consultant Frank Abagnale, whose life was the basis for the Steven Spielberg movie Catch Me If You Can, is the premiere authority on identity theft. In this guide, he reveals everything you need to know to avoid becoming a victim yourself.

No one knows better than Abagnale just how prevalent identity theft has become. Among the facts he has uncovered, perhaps the most alarming is this: 49% of all victims have no idea how their identity was stolen, and they never find out. The guide does answer many key questions, however, including:

  • How to protect your personal information at the office, at home, and online
  • How to decipher your credit report
  • How to find out if this crime has already happened to you
  • How and why identity thieves get away with it

Although the facts are chilling, the "Real U Guide to Identity Theft" is anything but cold. In typical Real U style, Abagnale takes a wry look at the truth and spells out the facts in colorful, magazine-style spreads, so that learning how to protect yourself from this crime is almost as much fun as catching one of the criminals would be.



When it comes to protecting your computer and its data, what you don't know can hurt you- which is precisely why TechTV personality Becky Worley has written this info-packed volume that carefully outlines the steps you can take to secure your data, your identity, and your privacy in an age of cyber-crime and near-constant virus scares.

In the warm, friendly, reassuring style viewers have come to associate with Becky's "Security Alert" segments on TechTV's TechLive news show, this volume delves into all of the areas where you and your computer may be vulnerable to attack: hacking, identity theft, online purchasing, virus attacks, email and Internet scams, online dating and communities, kids and the Internet, and more.

Each chapter begins with a real-life disaster story before providing useful tips on how to avoid a similar fate. Practical advice, email and Internet rules to live by, tips to protect your privacy, and more round out the package.



"Phishing" is the hot new identity theft scam. An unsuspecting victim receives an e-mail that seems to come from a bank or other financial institution, and it contains a link to a Web site where s/he is asked to provide account details. The site looks legitimate, and 3 to 5 percent of people who receive the e-mail go on to surrender their information -- to crooks. If that weren't enough, the crooks have expanded their operations to include malicious code that steals identity information without the computer user's knowledge. Thousands of computers are compromised each day, and phishing code is increasingly becoming part of the standard exploits.

Written by a phishing security expert at a top financial institution, this unique book helps IT professionals respond to phishing incidents. After describing in detail what goes into phishing expeditions, the author provides step-by-step directions for discouraging attacks and responding to those that have already happened.

  • Offers case studies that reveal the technical ins and outs of impressive phishing attacks
  • Presents a step-by-step model for phishing prevention
  • Explains how intrusion detection systems can help prevent phishers from attaining their goal  -  identity theft
  • Delivers in-depth incident response techniques that can quickly shutdown phishing sites



  • Don't be a victim! Save your identity, save your credit  - and save a fortune!
  • 10,000,000 Americans had their identities stolen last year  - don't be the next!
  • Discover easy steps you can take now to reduce your vulnerability.
  • Recognize "phishing" and other identity scams  - online and off.
  • Learn what you must do immediately if you've been attacked.
  • Defend yourself against credit rip-offs, and stop paying more than you have to!
  • It's all here: simple rules, handy checklists, even easy-to-use form letters!



How is a dumpster diver like a wallet snatcher? Both are out to hijack your identity, so dive into this book and find out how to fight back! Discover why every home needs a shredder, what your bank statement can tell you, and how to reclaim your good name if it's already too late. The "Dummies Way" provides explanations in plain English with a dash of humor and fun.  Discover how to:

  • Recognize and avoid common scams
  • Guard your privacy effectively
  • Act promptly if theft occurs
  • Read your credit report
  • Choose secure passwords
  • Report identity theft to the right people



Comprehensively detailing what identity theft is and how it is carried out, this practical guide examines identity theft as a sweeping international dilemma and threat. Exploring how easy it is to steal information by obtaining ATM pin numbers, searching through the trash, copying credit cards, and cracking online accounts, this book addresses the devastating financial, personal, and emotional effects that victims are sure to encounter. This groundbreaking and important work also offers helpful steps for identity-theft victims to recover their identities as well as effective preventative measures.



An excellent "how-to" book for identity theft victims providing real help, real answers and a real, step-by-step PLAN to help prove their victim status! 800,000 annual victims can gain the knowledge to turn agony into answers and trauma into triumph.




 
 

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Today's Story
"My purse was stolen in December 1990. In February 1991, I started getting notices of bounced checks. About a year later, I received information that someone using my identity had defaulted on a number of lease agreements and bought a car. In 1997, I learned that someone had been working under my Social Security number for a number of years. A man had been arrested and used my SSN on his arrest sheet. There's a hit in the FBI computers for my SSN with a different name and gender. I can't get credit because of this situation. I was denied a mortgage loan, employment, credit cards, and medical care for my children. I've even had auto insurance denied, medical insurance and tuition assistance denied." - From a consumer complaint to the FTC, January 2, 2001
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