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Title:
Identity theft : how to protect your name, your credit and your vital information-- and what to do when someone hijacks any of these.
Author:
Loberg, Kristin.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Los Angeles, Calif. : Silver Lake Pub., [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
264 pages ; 20 cm
General Note:
"The Silver Lake Editors who have contributed to this book are Kristin Loberg ... [et al.]."--Acknowledgments.

Includes Index.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781563437779
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

In an information-based economy, your personal information means as much to you as money in the bank meant to your grandparents. This book explains, in plain English, how to make sure your credit history, financial data, account information and other essentials remain safe. It combines interviews with law enforcement and security experts with case studies and examples to give readers the knowledge they need to avoid identity theft. The Silver Lake Editors have been publishing on risk and insurance topics for more than a decade. They produce training material and technical reference content for insurance professionals, as well as practical guides for consumers.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

This comprehensive look at one of the fastest growing crimes in the U.S. does exactly what its long title promises. It exhaustively lays out all the specifics related to the different ways that someone can steal personal information and use it to commit crimes, primarily to fraudulently obtain purchases and loans. The most interesting chapter details "The Mechanics of ID Theft," including credit card and mailbox theft-and gives fascinating details about the various ways that criminals have stolen complete mailboxes to get information. Another excellent chapter details the use of Social Security numbers in illegal immigration, terrorism and other crimes. The authors take a dim view of credit bureaus such as Equifax and TransUnion, arguing convincingly that credit bureaus "hope to tap into anxieties of people who worry about ID theft" and that-most alarmingly-"all of the major cases of ID theft in the 1990s and 2000s" have involved "information taken from credit bureau files." Overall, however, the book is long on background and short on advice; it is almost a primer for how a potential identity thief could successfully operate. The authors favor comprehensiveness over concision, leading to bland advice such as "Keep checks in a secure place" and "Clean your wallet." (Feb.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.


Library Journal Review

This new work examines the increasingly common and destructive crime of identity theft. Silver Lake's editors (Family Money; Protect Yourself; It's All Your Fault) compile information on what it is, whom it targets, how it is accomplished, how to prevent it, and, if it's too late for prevention, what to do once it happens to you. They cover the laws and the government agencies that deal with identity theft and then outline the challenges to enforcing the present laws and to stemming this problem. To make their points, they use real-life examples garnered from interviews with enforcement agencies and offer tips and checklists that allow readers to review their own habits and vulnerabilities. An appendix lists links to state agencies and the offices of attorneys general for help if identity theft occurs. A good, current overview, this work is recommended for most public libraries.-Joan Pedzich, Harris Beach LLP, Rochester, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.