9780133902525

Identity Theft Alert 10 Rules You Must Follow to Protect Yourself from America's #1 Crime

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  • ISBN13:

    9780133902525

  • ISBN10:

    0133902528

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/11/2014
  • Publisher: FT Press
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Summary

Protect yourself from identity theft!  Nearly 17 million Americans were victimized by identity theft in 2012 alone: for 13 straight years, it has been America's #1 consumer crime. No one is immune: children, the elderly and even the dead have been victimized. Identity theft can be high-tech, low-tech, or even no tech, via "dumpster diving." You're vulnerable, and you need to act.

 

Fortunately, you can take practical steps to safeguard your identity right now. In Identity Theft Alert , award-winning author and attorney Steve Weisman shows you exactly what  to do, and how to do it. Equally important, he also tells you what to stop doing: the common, inadvertent behaviors that could be setting you up as a victim.

 

Weisman starts with a clear-eyed assessment of the problem, helping you understand just how much risk you face. Next, he helps you understand, anticipate, and prevent all these frightening forms of identity theft:

  • Identity theft via Facebook and other social media
  • Identity theft via your iPhone or Android smartphone
  • Theft of your credit or debit cards, and other access to your finances
  • Crime sprees performed in your name
  • Medical identity theft that could lead to you getting the wrong treatment – and could even kill you
  • The fast-growing scourge of income tax identity theft, including stolen refunds

Don't be the next victim: read this book, follow its step-by-step advice, and protect yourself!

Author Biography

STEVE WEISMAN (Boston, MA area) hosts the radio show A Touch of Grey, syndicated to 50+ stations nationwide, including WABC (New York City) and KRLA (Los Angeles). A senior lecturer at Bentley College, he is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. The legal editor for Talkers Magazine, he earned an ABA Certificate of Merit for excellence in legal journalism for his weekly column, You and the Law. Weisman's books include The Truth about Avoiding Scams, featured on Dr. Phil and CNN; and 50 Ways to Protect Your Identity in a Digital Age. He holds a J.D. degree from Boston College Law School.

Table of Contents

Introduction     xvi
Chapter 1: Identity Theft     1
Chapter 2: Making Yourself Less Vulnerable to Identity Theft     23
Chapter 3: Danger on Your Computer and What to Do If You Are a Victim of Identity Theft     39
Chapter 4: Your Social Security Number--An Identity Thief’s Lucky Number     55
Chapter 5: Criminal Identity Theft, Taxes--And More Arresting Problems     65
Chapter 6: Protecting Your Privacy--A Key to Preventing Identity Theft     81
Chapter 7: Security Software     87
Chapter 8: The Dangers of Data Breaches     91
Chapter 9: Identity Theft After Death     105
Chapter 10: Identity Theft from Children     109
Chapter 11: Identity Theft Risks of Smartphones and Other Mobile Devices     115
Chapter 12: Identity Theft Threats with Credit Cards and Debit Cards     129
Chapter 13: Medical Identity Theft     139
Chapter 14: Identity Theft and Social Media     145
Chapter 15: Steve’s Rules     155
Chapter 16: Steve’s Top Ten Lists     161
Index     165

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