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How to Be Invisible: A Step-By-Step Guide To Protecting Your Assets, Your Identity, And Your Life Hardcover – July 7, 2000


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; First Edition edition (July 7, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312252501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312252502
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #694,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

It's hard to say how private investigators would react to books like J. J. Luna's How to Be Invisible--while it makes their jobs a lot harder, most of them are paid by the hour. If you want to withdraw from the snooping eyes of the government, corporations, stalking ex-boyfriends, or practically anyone else, this practical, down-to-earth guide will help you and your family vanish. It's not a glamorous James Bond life Mr. Luna is inviting you to take part in; it's probably much like the life you're living right now. Spending much of the early part of the book frightening the reader with tales of stalkers and mistaken identities, the author successfully makes his case that a few adjustments to an individual's personal information flow can make a life-or-death difference. While getting his plan off the ground will take a bit of planning and effort (you have to move at least once to clear your trail), it is sustainable and worthwhile even for those who think they have nothing to hide. Learn about anonymous travel and purchase, using trusts and corporations to keep your assets private, and how recent laws (the book's date of publication is 2000) significantly affect older methods of guaranteeing privacy. Luna makes no claim to know the law where you live and suggests that you consult a trusted local attorney before implementing most of his advice. Just knowing how easily a criminal can learn about and exploit your personal information will make you want to do just that. --Rob Lightner

From Kirkus Reviews

A subversive, disturbing, and altogether remarkable exposure of our frightening transparency to government agencies, investigators, the media, and more malign forces.Luna, a security consultant who spent 11 years running a secret operation in Franco's Spain (presumably outwitting the state police), begins by presenting formidable evidence of the demolition of personal privacy in the information age, as well as a chilling hypothetical selection of ways in which this state of affairs can ruin the existence of Joe & Jane Citizen (from false criminal accusations to stalking to lawsuits). His wryly presented conclusion--that advanced privacy measures are flood insurance--are borne out through the clear-headed instructional chapters that follow. First he shows how to protect one's physical space: how to construct an alternative mail-drop and ghost address, how to keep your real domicile unknown, and how to avoid using one's social-security number and birthdate for identification purposes. Although his suggestions seem surprisingly simple, he offers stern disclaimers to consult legal professionals. Further chapters delve deeply into the complicated netherworld of trusts, limited-liability companies, personal nominees, secret home businesses, anonymous travel, hidden ownership of vehicles and real estate, and so forth. One cannot but note that such information, although certainly invaluable to people in particular demographics (such as undercover cops or abused women, who might well need to disappear), is most often utilized by a new breed of transnational organized crime (with examples evident from Nick Leeson to the Russian Mafia). Yet Luna--whose slightly ornate prose suggests Nero Wolfe after several Belgian ales--makes a bracing, serious argument for the aggressive defense of one's informational and asset privacy, acidly noting throughout how governmental entities constantly attempt to seal the doors of invisibility, as in their harrassment of mail-receiving services.This is a memorable work which should be considered by many and undoubtedly will be acted upon by some. -- Copyright © 2000 Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

More About the Author

JJ (Jack) Luna moved with his wife and small children to Spain's Canary Islands (off the coast of West Africa). Outwardly, he worked as a writer and free-lance photographer. Secretly, however, he dodged the Spanish Secret Police while working underground in an activity that was at that time illegal under the dictatorship of Generalissimo Francisco Franco.

In 1970, Franco, yielding to intense pressure from the Western World, moderated Spain's laws. Luna was now free to come in from the cold. By that time, however, privacy had become an ingrained habit.

In the years that followed he started up various low-profile home-based businesses (photo murals, land development, advertising specialties, burglar alarms, travel booklets, Wyoming corporations) built them up, and then sold them. He is currently an international consultant specializing in personal privacy and security.

His e-books--available on his website CanaryIslandsPress dot com--include "Invisible Money," "Skip College: Go into business for yourself, "Off the Grid," "How to survive the loss of your job, your savings, your home," and "Dirty Tricks for Savvy Chicks."

Luna has been profiled in PLAYBOY, quoted in the WALL STREET JOURNAL, and featured on the G. GORDON LIDDY SHOW. He and his wife may be currently be spotted in Montana, Baja California, or any of the seven Canary Islands. Although now in their eighties, both are in excellent health.

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This one book will tell you all you need to know.
R Enriquez
This is a definitive book; it provides theory and practical advice on getting yourself gone.
CollectedReader
After you do, you may want to follow the steps Mr. Luna shows to protect your privacy.
Bob Bruno

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I used to keep an overseas bank account but I learned it is far more private to keep one's cash INSIDE the U.S. Also, the idea that my name should never be connected with where I live, not on one single document, was an eye-opener. At first it seemed impossible but the author shows simple ways to follow this advice on everything from bank accounts and credit cards to drivers' licenses and income tax returns. I have thirty-two books on privacy and asset protection but Luna's book has more practical information that all the others put together. He deals in facts not theory. My only complaint is that the book could have been longer. I would have liked to read more anecdotes about the author's various clients and how they solved their problems.
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Wagner on September 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
To answer another reader's question... about using a US Postal Service PO Box. That is out of the question! Especially after Sept 11th. The USPS is asking for tons of ID and documentation. They are also being very strict (a pain, in fact) about receiving any mail addressed in any way other than to the exact individual's name who has presented two forms of ID.
Mailboxes Etc. stores (now called The UPS Store), however, offer a much better option. They'll still ask for ID, but you can show your drivers license (just before you move) and your US Passport (which shows no address). No, it's not totally anonymous, but it should be plenty good enough for the first level of security J.J.Luna describes in his book.
Mailboxes Etc is far better than a post office PO Box because:
1. No one will realize that you are using a rental mailbox since the address appears to be a simple street address and "suite number" (box number). i.e. 40 E. Detroit Ave., Ste. 300, Detroit MI 48099. How would anyone know that that's a rented mailbox?
2. They are not nearly as strict as the post office about receiving mail addressed to other names of individuals and/or business names -- as long as the "suite number" is correct.
3. They offer many extra benefits like: being able to call them on the telephone and ask them if there is any mail waiting for you, like forwarding mail to you on an item-by-item basis, forwarding mail to you by re-mailing it without giving anyone your actual end address. (I still don't recommend that you ever have mail forwarded to your real home address, however!)
4. You can even register your Drivers License at that address. I did this without any problem. By doing so, I can use my actual drivers license for ID any time I want...
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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful By John Noodles on January 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Thumb through a Loompanics or Paladin Press catalogue, and you'll come across a number of books dealing with privacy and "new-identity" strategies. Don't buy them. If you want serious, practical, and LEGAL ways to hide yourself, or simply to secure a higher level of privacy, *this* is the book for you.
I've read a few other books dealing with privacy, and, sadly, they too often recommend tactics that depend primarily on illegal moves-- moves, moreover, that will simply no longer work--like securing the Social Security Number of a dead person, or the birth certificate. Most of the Mr. Luna's methods depend on perfectly legal strategies, and he outlines ways for people to secure varying levels of privacy, depending on their needs. Surprisingly, a high level of privacy can be obtained simply by using what he calls a "ghost" address (which is NOT a Mailboxes Etc. account!), and making sure that no mail--but none--ever comes directly to your home. All utility bills, drivers licenses, and so forth, go to the ghost address. Perfectly legal. Where Mr. Luna is unsure of the legality of something he is describing, he makes it perfectly clear.
A list of chapter titles will give a good idea of the topics this book covers:
1. How this Book Can Make You Invisible 2. U.S. Mail--Sending It, Receiving It 3. Your "Ghost" Address 4. Home Deliveries, House Calls, Bounty Hunters, FedEx, UPS 5. Untraceable Trash, Anonymous Utilities 6. Your Social Security Number and Date of Birth 7. Your Alternative Names and Signatures 8. Telephones, Answering Machines, Faxes, Radios, Beepers 9. How to Find and Use Nominees 10. How to Use a Trust for Privacy 11. Strange Uses for Corporations 12. Limited-Liability Companies 13. Hidden Ownership of Vehicles, and Real Estate 14.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I spent several hours reading Amazon reviews of books about privacy. I ended up choosing three books that were highly rated. The two others that I ordered were: Larry Sontag's 'It's None of Your Business' and Scott French's 'Who Are You'.
I would NOT recommend either one. On the other hand, Luna's book is *great* and highly recommended.
First the bad books ...
The Scott French book left a bitter taste in my mouth. It has a juvenile 'James Bond underground' feel to it and seems to be catering to mental midgets who are jumping at the bit to break the law in incredibly stupid ways - creating fake birth certificates, obtaining driver licenses illegally, engaging in credit card fraud etc. Of course, all of this is presented just for 'informational purposes' <nauseating wink wink>.
If you want to commit credit card fraud, and have half a brain, believe me, you don't need this book. To give you a feel for the kind of 'sophisticated' advice that he gives ... he suggests that you can *intimidate* a bank into letting you open an account without your social security number. If you think that Citibank is going to cave in to you when you flash some legal mumbo jumbo at them, then, by all means buy this book. As I said, this was his 'sophisticated' advice. Most of his other advice is both incredibly moronic and very likely to land you in jail.
Larry Sontag's book in contrast is more serious but fairly boring and also a disappointment.
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