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Stealing Your Life: The Ultimate Identity Theft Prevention Plan Paperback – May 13, 2008
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Surprisingly, personal information such as social security numbers is still used on some driver's licenses or as employee ids. One should avoid this when possible due to the windows an SSN can open for a thief. Abagnale also recommends limiting your usage of checks due to the large number of hands and eyes that will handle it throughout the processing. A dishonest person along the way can grab this information and either sell it or use it himself.
Abagnale indicates that the most important thing one can do in guarding against identity theft is to pull your credit report from the three major credit reporting institutions.Read more ›
For thirty-two years, Abagnale has been a law-abiding citizen; his criminal past, famously recounted in the book and film "Catch Me If You Can," is a distant memory. However, he knows how crooks think, and this knowledge has led to a lucrative career as a consultant for the FBI and corporations all over the world in preventing frauds and scams. Abagnale is horrified at how easy and tempting identity theft is for the budding criminal. He calls it "a crook's dream come true."
By accessing someone's personal data, a criminal can become that person for all intents and purposes. He can purchase items on credit, buy a home, cash checks, and even commit felonies in someone else's name. Unless the perpetrator is caught, the victim bears the burden of proof that he never made those purchases or broke that law. Untangling the mess can be a terribly daunting, time-consuming, and frustrating task. What makes this crime so attractive is that you need never meet your victim to take over his identity. The risk is small and the rewards are potentially enormous. Scam artists have stolen the identity of babies and even of dead people. Millions are affected by identity theft every year and the cost runs into the billions.Read more ›
The National Do Not Call Registry was slated to take effect on October 1, 2003, but various marketing associations challenged its legitimacy and even if the FTC had the jurisdiction to enforce it. Notwithstanding, President Bush speedily signed the bill authorizing the no-call list to go into effect in September 2003 and the United State Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of the registry in February 2004.
On June 25, 2002, WorldCom revealed it had overstated its earnings by more than $7 billion by improperly accounting for its operating costs. Senator Paul Sarbanes then introduced Senate Bill 2673 that same day where it passed 97-0 less than three weeks later. The House and Senate formed a Conference Committee to reconcile the differences between Sarbanes's bill and Representative Michael Oxley's bill (HR 3763) and on July 24, 2002, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 was passed.
The bottom line is that when politicians really want votes and PR, they can act swiftly. The frustration is exacerbated when politicians choose to do nothing when it comes to identity theft. In Stealing Your Life: The Ultimate Identity Theft Prevention Plan, Frank Abagnale details the frustration that consumers face (and will face in the years to come) when their identities are stolen, the ease at which the criminals carry out such crimes, and the months and often years of effort required to regain ones identity.
Abagnale's tenure on the criminal side long ago gives him the advantage that he knows firsthand how criminals think and such an outlook is pervasive throughout the book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very useful book, even though written some time ago. The advice the authors gives is still valid today, and maybe even more important today than it was back in 2007.Published 1 month ago by Ford Prefect
Great read and a lot of valuable information from the man that truly knows how to steal your life.Published 8 months ago by Hawk3366
Enjoyed reading this book more than watching the movie. A sad, talented person who now helps the banking industry defend itself against people like him.Published 17 months ago by Facilitator with Fortitude, TKO
I was priviledged enough to meet Mr. Abagnale one day and sat in one of his classes for a day. He is an amazing person and if it comes to identity theft he is king. Read morePublished on January 9, 2014 by C. Flemish
I listened to this book via my Audible.com subscription. I bought the print edition because there were so many reference I wanted to be able to look back on. Read morePublished on July 27, 2013 by Jeannie Marcus
While I do believe this is worth getting, even if you skip to the end - there is a big warning about the company he boast about. Read morePublished on April 28, 2013 by I Like Turles