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Identity Theft For Dummies [Paperback]

Michael J. Arata

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Book Description

Feb. 22 2010 For Dummies

Practical solutions to help you deter, detect, and defend against identity theft

In 2008, 9.9 million Americans became victims of identity theft. The cost exceeded $48 billion in 2008; consumers spend some $5 billion out-of-pocket each year to clear up resulting fraud issues. This guide will help keep you from becoming the next victim.

Written by a veteran security professional, Identity Theft For Dummies gives you the tools to recognize what information is vulnerable, minimize your risk, stay safe online, and practice damage control if your identity is compromised.

  • If you have a name, a date of birth, and a Social Security number, you're a potential victim; this book helps you recognize your risk and defend against identity thieves
  • Explains what identity theft is, how it happens, and how to recognize if you have become a victim
  • Shows how to protect your personal information, how to be discreet in public places, how to interpret your credit report, and why you should monitor your financial statements
  • Helps you recognize risks you may not have considered, such as what you set at the curb on trash day
  • Provides advice on how to clear your name if you are victimized

Identity Theft For Dummies arms you to fight back against this growing threat.

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What should I shred? How do I read my credit report? Is it safe to shop online? Find out!

Identity theft costs billions of dollars each year to people just like you. This book shows you how to protect your personal information, reveals risks you may not have thought about, helps you learn whether you've already been victimized, and explains the steps you need to take to reclaim your good name and your good credit.

  • Shred before you shed — why you should avoid placing anything in your garbage that contains personal information

  • Be vigilant — learn how to regularly monitor your bank accounts and credit card statements

  • Am I hit? — what to watch for so you can tell as soon as possible whether your identity has been stolen

  • Stick with the coffee — why a cybercafé may be a bad place to shop online or check your bank balance

  • Compare services — assess different companies that offer identity theft protection

  • Oops, they got me — know what to do first if your identity is stolen and what information you need to have

  • Cyber-wary — identify the protection you already have, whether it's adequate, and how to secure information on your computer

  • The walls have ears — learn to stay safe in public places

Open the book and find:

  • How to understand your credit report

  • Tips on making a security plan

  • How and when to complete a fraud affidavit

  • Reasons for placing fraud alerts on your credit report

  • Information you need to open or close accounts

  • Checklists and phone numbers for reporting losses

  • Sensible steps to keep you safe

  • What NOT to carry

Learn to:

  • Recognize and avoid common scams

  • Protect your personal information offline and online

  • Interpret and monitor your credit report

  • Restore your good name if you are victimized

About the Author

Michael J. Arata Jr. has more than 20 years of experience in security, crisis management, business continuity, and international investigations. He has developed and managed successful security programs for large organizations and performed numerous credit card fraud and embezzlement investigations.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile guide to preventing and remedying identity theft Oct. 27 2013
By Geoff of CA - Published on
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My identity was stolen recently, which gave me a strong desire to limit the damage and to prevent recurrences. I bought four books: Identity Theft for Dummies by Michael J. Arata (2010); 50 Ways to Protect Your Identity in a Digital Age, 2nd edition, by Steve Weisman (2013); The Wall Street Journal Complete Identity Theft Guidebook by Terri Cullen (2007); and Identity Theft Secrets by Dale Penn (2011).

The most useful was the book by Weisman, followed by Arata's book. However, all four books were well worth the money. In general, they told the same story, but each had facts and insights that the others did not. Most of us are overloaded with urgent things to do, but since the average victim of identity theft spends 600 hours straightening out the mess, learning about and implementing identity theft protection is a good investment of time.

I had been aware of the danger of identity theft, and had thought that I was doing a good job of preventing my identity from being stolen. However, reading the four books listed above made me realize that I was vulnerable in many ways that I had never considered
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Aug. 28 2014
By Nicole - Published on
This was very helpful when I just entered the business. You'd think it would be a relatively easy field to start in- no college degree required, but it has a surprisingly steep learning curve. I ended up establishing a very successful call center operation- I'd share the specifics with you, but I'd hate to post spoilers. I am looking forward to further installments, I would very much appreciate a "Nigerian Prince Schemes for Dummies" as that seems to be a particularly lucrative field.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars identity theft for dummies Dec 28 2013
By Vernon Siders Jr. - Published on
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I enjoyed reading this book. it helps me with keeping my victims informed. there is lots of information added. i wonder if they update this book every so often
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Aug. 14 2014
By George A. Pope - Published on
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Great book. Very informative.

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