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From the Publisher

Identity Theft is an epidemic in this country, but we felt that rather than frightening the public, we believed it is important to give our readers practical and powerful ways to protect their identity and privacy. The Foreword to this book by the Director of the Identity Theft Resource Center, gives you insight as to why you must have this guide.Please read below.

"If you have this book in hand, you are probably concerned about Safeguarding Your Identity- and you should be! In 1997 I became a victim of identity theft when my employer stole my identity. Back then, there was little information about identity theft victimization, in fact few people even knew what I was talking about.

Thankfully Mari Frank did. As a former victim herself, and self-taught expert on this crime, she spent time advising me through the process. I don’t know what I would have done without her support over the years. As a result of my experience, and with Mari’s encouragement, my husband and I founded the nonprofit Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC). Along with Ms. Frank and other consumer groups we serve thousands of victims throughout our country nationally. We have been honored to sit beside Mari on committees, in legislative hearings and on taskforces that have changed laws. Jointly, we have promoted more sensitivity toward victims, more accountability in the financial industry, better understanding from law enforcements, and positive communication among the various groups that need to work collaboratively.

No one can promise you that you can absolutely prevent identity theft victimization, but this book will help you understand this crime, and help you greatly minimize your risk. Identity theft needs to be tackled on many levels. It requires that everyone becomes keenly aware of the manner in which information is stolen, how it used, and ways to reduce risk. This book will show you how to defend yourself as an individual, employee, consumer and a business manager or owner.

As you read through this book, you'll see that much of the advice will affect you at home as well as in commerce. The true battle will be fought in the business world since Corporate America is the main repository for much of our personal information. For example, you will read that it is vital to shred paper documents with identifying information and not just to put them in a dumpster or trash. It is clear that this practice should be embraced by consumers and businesses alike.

While at first glance, you'll look at this personal privacy audit and it might seem that you need to make many lifestyle changes. However, when you consider the consequences, and take just a few pages at a time, you will probably find they can be easily accomplished with minimal effort.

Identity theft is a fact in this information age. We cannot escape that it is an epidemic. We cannot become ostriches and bury our heads in the sand. However, we also don’t have to be trapped by our fear of this crime. Once you read this book, you will understand this crime, and how to incorporate protection measures into your daily life. You'll even learn the steps to take if you fall victim. You will also realize that even if you become a victim, it is not a death sentence. This book and Mari's other newly revised book From Victim to Victor: A Step By Step Guide to Ending the Nightmare of Identity Theft will help you guard yourself, and give you the tools you need to get your life back if you become a victim of this crime.

Safeguard Your Identity: Protect Yourself with a Personal Privacy Audit is a book that should not sit on a shelf. I recommend you place it where you will read it page by page and apply and incorporate the suggestions. We guarantee that with each reading you will find one more tip or piece of information you haven't thought about and need to implement for your privacy protection plan.

The Identity Theft Resource Center would not exist without the groundwork and support of people like Mari Frank. We consider her our friend, and we are proud to have her wise counsel as a member of our Advisory Board. Because of her expertise as attorney, professional trainer, and sheriff reserve, we cannot think of a better person to write this book. Mari will effectively guide you on your journey through the world of safeguarding your identity. "

Linda Foley
Executive Director, The Identity Theft Resource Center

From the Author

Thank you for your interest in my books- I've had the privilege of helping thousands of victims of identity theft. I became an expert by necessity after my impostor paraded as an attorney and stole over $50k using my good name. I have testified in congress and have helped to pass legislation protecting you. As a lawyer, and privacy professional, I have educated government, private corporations, law enforcment and the media as to what needs to be done to protect your privacy and keep your identity safe. I wrote my books in easy to understand language so you could implement your own perosnal privacy strategy.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Porpoise Pr; 1 edition (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892126060
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892126061
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,621,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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 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:;;

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Graduate Student on March 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
Mari Frank's book is a great step-by-step guide for preventing identity theft and protecting your personal information from misuse. And for those, like me, who have already had their identity stolen, "Safeguard" can be an excellent tool for rebuilding your life.

Frank is an expert in the field of identity protection, who combines the experience of a triumphant victim and the knowledge of a seasoned attorney. But she writes in a style that is easily understood and enjoyable to read.

Highly recommended for everyone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anne in California on March 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
Identity theft is a scary situation! This book is a complete guide to protecting your identity. The book is well-organized, the explanations and instructions are clear, and there is a great list of further resources. Highly recommended!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J.M.J on March 20, 2007
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So far this book is informative and exposes alot of things that one may not think of. I'm glad that I will have this book on hand should I need help in this situation.
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