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on October 3, 2012
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As an older parent of two wonderful daughters, this book was a huge wake-up call. I did not realize child identity theft was an issue, but the reality is that I've never really stopped to think about it. In fact, I was naive in thinking my homeowners insurance policy would cover my family. I recently saw the author, Joe Mason, on TV and decided to buy the book. This read is full of practical advice and reasons for responsible parents to take immediate action. Furthernore, since all the profits from the book directly benefit The Children's Miracle Network...this book is a no-brainer.
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on September 17, 2012
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I am so grateful for the amazing information in this book. I had NO idea my kids were at risk for identity theft, let alone the extent of the damage it could cause! This changes how I think about my critical information and my kids. I feel like a better parent now that I'm able to protect my children better for their financial futures.
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on September 24, 2012
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Disclaimer: I happen to be a friend of Joe Mason, the author and the lead executive of a commercial service called IdentityGuard. However, I ordered this copy out of personal interest. My daughters are at the age where this book is highly relevant. I have the paperback version, which is a slim volume of 186 pages.

While this book has a bit of the feel of a corporate vanity publication (i.e., promoting its own services), it packs a lot of easily-accessible, and highly useful information into its small size:
- Background, statistics, and case studies that explain why ID theft is a risk you should be concerned with, and how it shows up; one of the more interesting case studies featured a lady dealing with an ID theft issue for the last 14 years, despite heroic efforts to clean up her record
- Tips both for managing your and your children's internet safety and for protecting their identities, including age-appropriate management strategies (e.g., working with your kids to monitor their Facebook presence); I wish I had read this book years ago, rather than bumbling through it on our own as we have done
- Tips for monitoring risks, and information about the pitfalls of trusting the credit agencies' reports
- Checklist for responding to the discovery that identity theft may be going on
- Reference material on what's going on on the web that your child is likely to be exposed to: popular websites and risks, definitions of "phishing" and related concepts, and a short dictionary of texting terms ("LOL"), etc.
- An extensive list of third-party resources and references, including the book's own website, where you can download a toolkit of checklists and learn more about the IdentityGuard service that Joe Manages.

The book is well written and has been through a professional editorial process. It's easy to read, and information is easy to find. Unfortunately, it does not have an index, which may be my only complaint.

If you have young (pre-internet-savvy) kids, this is a good time to read the book and familiarize yourself with the issues and to start thinking about strategies for managing and monitoring the risks. This is also a good book to keep on your reference book shelf (where you keep the first aid and drug reference books) to reach for the minute you suspect there's a problem.

I recommend this to families, book clubs, church groups, schools, and social organizations. The reason I extend my recommendation so broadly is not just because the information is important but also because the writing style is concise in its message and contains a lot of interesting case studies: you might actually get a group of people (like a book club) to read it!
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on October 26, 2012
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As a Regional Organizer for Identity Theft's movement to end Child ID Theft, I was given Bankrupt at Birth to help provide information to parents about the movement and about the information available to them. This book is a key to understanding how serious the problem of Child ID Theft is and being written by the general manager of Identity Guard, it is someone you can trust that knows the statistics behind this ever increasing issue.

I am unfortunately one of the unknown number of people affected by identity theft and I know how it hurt my life those many years ago. Trying to imagine what it would be like to have my whole life stolen before I ever got out there is unbelievable. Thankfully it not only goes into detail about the situation, tells stories and offers statistics - it also provides information on how you can work to keep your children safe. What information you shouldn't have to hand out to everyone and how you can lesson the chances of them becoming victims. I'm a mom of two boys, a teen and a tot, and it wasn't something I was expecting to have to protect them from. However, the more I read and the more I see on the news how banks and systems are being broken into... the more I am thankful I have this key to understanding.

A great book and one you should most certainly share with the other parents in your life. Keep yourself educated.
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on November 8, 2012
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Amazing....priceless information for all parents! Bankrupt at Birth illustrates the REAL dangers and the REAL solutions to avoid Child ID Theft 100%. Great way to educate yourself on this rising crime. Who wouldn't want to protect their children? We are responsible as parents to take immediate action. After spending $17.95, I now feel like I have all the tools to protect my three children. I had no idea that my children's identity could be worth so much. With more and more children on FACEBOOK at very young ages, I think it's paramount that parents invest the time to learn how to protect their young ones. If you a need a gift this holiday season that will definitely make a difference in someone's life, this would be a perfect choice. I've been talking about this book non-stop. The deep discussions that have developed because of this book and the simple tools outlined to protect our families is truly priceless!!! Thank you! Outstanding job, Joe Mason ~ great stories and statistics!
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on November 12, 2012
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I'm a very cautious mother. I try to protect my kids from dangers seen and unseen. I've been aware of child identity theft but somehow it escaped me that this was such a very really possibility.

I honestly went into reading this book thinking that I was going to be a little bored. I was wrong. I was immediately intrigued by the amount of information provided, supported by stories and research as well as tactical information on what you could do and who you could contact if you found yourself in any of these different situations.

This is a well written book that is easy to read and is a wealth of information. The scariest thing about child identity theft is that it can go on for SO LONG before we realize it because it isn't something we keep a close eye on until that financial history is needed and the damage has been done. This is a great starting point for education yourself and thinking about what you need to do to protect your child(ren)'s future.
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on October 15, 2012
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There is tons of talk online about on keeping your children safe on line from sexual predators, but I never thought about taking it a step past that and also be concerned about identity predators. In fact, since the explosion of social media, identity theft has not only become more widespread - but easier for the thieves. Since our kids are not actively applying for car loans or credit cards on a regular basis, sometimes we just don't realize their identity has been stolen until years later. Can you imagine your child applying for financial aid for college or their first personal phone plan to learn that they are over $100,000 in debt to bad loans for multiple credit cards and defaulted car loans? This happens. And it's scary.

This book contains tons of useful information about keeping your kids safe and what questions to ask. Very eye-opening!
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on October 8, 2012
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"Bankrkupt at Birth" is truly a masterpiece of information found nowwhere else in the literary world. As a father and grandfather I became acutely aware of the grave identity theft dangers for children when I noticed attempts to acquire personal information about my son and two of my grandchildren. I have since sent a copy of this book to both of my children, to make sure they can prevent future attempts and solve current situations, should they exist. I recommend this book to every person who has or knows a child that could become a victim. Prevention is better than response and when necessary, knowing how to respond is an important element of resolution to this ever growing problem. I commend Joe Mason for his alert, caring and fascinating book.
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You don't think this is going to happen to you, most of us don't. But it can and you need to learn how to protect yourself and your kids.

While we are now going to great lengths to take care of our credit and our identity, we don't often think about how vulnerable our kids are and how their SSN and DOB gets used at various points in their lives. This book provides excellent examples on how this happens in mundane, every day situations and how pervasive and far-reaching this problem can be for our young people and their future.

This crime is on the rise and only awareness can help us contain it. Read this to be informed and learn the steps you can take right now.

Monica Vila
@TheOnlineMom
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on October 24, 2012
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As a new mom, I was completely unaware of the problem of Child ID Theft until recently. Really, I was more concerned about BPA in bottles and finding the right diapering system for my kiddo until I realized the terrible financial ramifications - difficulty in getting jobs, loans for college, etc- of Child ID Theft.

Bankrupt at Birth is a complete guide on the hows, whens and whats of this crime and it is a must read for every parent. It's also an easy read and Joe really provides some great tips on what a parent can do to help protect their children.

I've already purchased a copy for my sister and brother so they can also learn how to protect their children from this crime.
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