The Silver Lake; First Last Identity Theft

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Identity Theft

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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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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."
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This new work examines this increasingly common and destructive crime. Good, current overview, recommended for the public and for libraries. -- Library Journal, February 2004

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