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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Recovering from Identity Theft Paperback – May 4, 2010

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When it comes to identity theft, Mari Frank has long been an informed, irrepressible champion of  victims and consumers. Her new  book  delivers wise guidance on what to do should the worse happen.


--Byron Acohido,Tech reporter USA Today

Mari Frank's new book updates her many tried-and-true solutions, her breezy tone makes following along a breeze, and her optimism is just the salve that ID theft victims need to get through their nightmare. 

--Bob Sullivan, MSNBC Reporter

Mari Frank's guide is an indispensable tool for victims of identity theft. It covers the topic from A to Z. --Beth Givens, Director, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse

 The beauty  of this book is that victims of this crime can get their lives back, even surpass where they were before, if they follow her expert advice, and exercise patience and discipline.
--Evan Hendricks, Publisher, Privacy Times

This book is easy enough for individuals to follow, yet so full of solid  expert information that it should be required reading for identity theft advisors.  --Linda Foley, Founder, the Identity Theft Resource Center

From the Author

My hope for you as you read this book is that you will use this guide as your coach to lead you effectively through your trials and tribulations to recover completely from this crime. I will empower  you with the tools and knowhow to deal with virtually any type of identity theft. You'll restore your finances, discovery and avoid the hidden fraud attacks, rehabilitate your cyber, business, and medical identity, prevent criminal prosecution and deal effectively with the commercial and governmental bureaucracies.
You'll learn how to create an effective, logical, step-by-step process to successfully clear your name. I'll show you how to get organized and help you save time. You'll understand the types of information that you need to overcome the arguments and objections of companies and agencies; you'll learn techniques to get the best help from law enforcement; you'll find out how to investigate facts to get entities to understand your needs; you'll be able to challenge the inaccurate information on your consumer and credit reports; you'll learn to assertively deal with intimidating government organizations; and you'll be able to access additional critical resources when you need them most.
My purpose in writing this book was to give you the know-how and confidence to regain your credit,your finances, your overall identity, and your good reputation.  I have given you legal and consumer information which will provide you what you need to take the critical steps to recover your identity. By the time you finish reading this book, I hope you'll feel relieved to know that you have moved past your current crises. You'll look back at your accomplishments and feel gratified that you've become wiser and stronger and have overcome many challenging situations. But best of all, you'll regain your good name, recover your identity, and return peace and order to your life.
In 1996 I was a victim of identity theft myself. At that time there were no laws even making it a crime against the individual victim.   For years I have collaborated with wonderful, caring consumer advocates to pass laws in California and in Congress to help protect consumers from this insidious and pervasive crime.  Although we have help and strategies to help you regain your good name, the crime has increased dramatically. Be prepared to fight back against the invisible theives.  As you read this book, I will take you by the hand  and show you  how to maneeuver through the maze of the obtacles of identity theft to become  victorious!.  Visit my website at identitytheft.org and also visit my radio show website at kuci.org/privacypiracy and click on our archived interviews. I would love to hear from you!

Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha; Original edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592579922
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592579921
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mari J. Frank is an attorney, Certified Information Privacy Professional and the creator of The Identity Theft Survival Kit, the audiocassette series Identity Theft Prevention and Survival, and author of From Victim to Victor: A Step by Step Guide for Ending the Nightmare of Identity Theft, Safeguard Your Identity: Protect yourself with a Personal Privacy Audit, and The Complete Idiot Guide To Recovering From Identity Theft (released May, 2010). Mari hosts Privacy Piracy, a weekly one-hour public affairs radio show dedicated to privacy issues airing at KUCI 88.9 FM and www.kuci.org/privacypiracy. Her show received an innovation award by the International Association of Privacy Professionals in 2005.

Ms. Frank has testified many times on privacy issues in the California legislature and before the U.S. Congress. In May 1999, she was summoned to the White House to a press conference with President Clinton to speak on Consumer Privacy. Her speech was broadcast on C-SPAN TV. Mari's 90 minute PBS Television special, "Identity Theft: Protecting Yourself in the Information Age" aired nationwide in 2005.

Mari consults for corporations and government agencies and serves as an expert witness in state and federal court on privacy and identity theft cases. She has served on the Identity Theft Task Force of the LA County District Attorney, California's DMV Task Force on Privacy. She is a consultant for the National Office of Victims of Crime, was appointed to the advisory board of the State of California Office of Privacy Protection. She's an Orange County Sheriff Reserve, an Advisory Board Member of the Identity Theft Resource Center and the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, and is a Privacy Fellow with the Ponemon Research Institute. Mari is a certified MCLE trainer for the State Bar of California, a law professor, and currently teaches at the University of California, Irvine.

Mari has appeared on dozens of national TV programs including Dateline, 48 Hours, the O'Reilly Factor, Investigative Reports, NBC and ABC Nightly News, CNN, Geraldo, CNBC, Montel and has been interviewed on more than 350 radio shows. She has been featured in major newspapers and magazines including the ABA Journal, The California Bar Journal, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, The LA Times, The New York Times, and her many articles have been published in legal journals and numerous magazines. Learn more at: www.identitytheft.org; www.kuci.org/privacypiracy; www.MariFrank.com

Customer Reviews

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Format: Kindle Edition
In only 250 pages, Mari Frank demystifies the processes for Identity Theft recovery. Covering newer topics such as Medical Identity Theft and the Child Identity Theft the book covers almost every possible scenario that can happen to an individual and how to recovery from it. Not all the steps that you must go through to recover your identity are easy, but with the Idiot's Guide to Recovering from Identity Theft at your side, you will get there!
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Format: Kindle Edition
This is an excellent book on recovering from identity theft - probably the best available. The text covers almost every possible situation. On each incident, the author lists the steps to take: who to call, what to report, and followup. The goal is to minimize the financial damage and chaos caused by these criminals, who are using your name to commit fraud and robbery.
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Format: Paperback
This book provides a very thorough step by step guide on how to reclaim your identity and ensure you will not be vicitimized again. Considering 1 of 4 people will be identity victims, this book is a must have for everyone as a reference guide! This book also includes great tips on how everyone should protect themselves. I highly recommend this book!
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