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  • Series: Wall Street Journal Identity Theft Guidebook: How to Protect
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business (July 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307338533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307338532
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,072,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crime segments worldwide, yet the laws in place to prosecute these offenses are scant and rarely enforced. Cullen, assistant managing editor and personal finance columnist for the Wall Street Journal Online, explains that there are really two broad variations of identity-related crime: identity theft, which is impersonation of someone else to get a job or hide one's own criminal record; and identity fraud, the use of another person's credentials for monetary theft. Getting someone else's personal information is surprisingly easy, but Cullen shows in part 1 how, through simple diligence such as shredding documents and protecting yourself online, you can avoid having to follow the directions in part 2, where she explains how to clear your name should you become a victim. The average identity-theft victim will have to spend 600 hours clearing his or her good name. This is a straightforward guide broken up with interesting sidebars and plenty of charts, in the Wall Street Journal tradition. Siegfried, David

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TERRI CULLEN is an assistant managing editor and award-winning personal-finance columnist for The Wall Street Journal Online. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and son.

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By O. Brown HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 13, 2007
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I have read several identity theft books, and this book from the Wall Street Journal is by far the best. For starters, it is short, containing JUST the information you need to know. The first half of the book is about how to prevent identity theft. The second half of the book is about how to recover from identity theft. It is so helpful for me to have everything I need to know collected succinctly all in one place.

The book covers things you can do to prevent identity theft and exactly how the latest scams are perpetrated so that you can be aware (including utility theft, employment identity theft, medical identity theft, and home equity theft). It covers understanding your credit report, including credit monitoring tools and other credit tools (including the differences between a credit alert and a credit freeze, something I had been confused about); the book identifies your credit report as the single most important document for protecting your identity. There are many examples of credit reports and how to interpret them. There is also information about identity theft and technology, made understandable for pretty much anyone.

The second half of the book includes resources for identity theft recovery---numbers to call, sample letters, sample logs, laws, and more. Hopefully, by reading and implementing the first half of the book you will never need the second half of the book. Nothing is ever totally foolproof against identity theft, of course, but there are so many basic things you can do to minimize your risk of becoming a victim.

Despite including all of this information, the book can be read by anyone in 4-5 hours. In my opinion, this is information everyone should be aware of.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By JG Bronson on September 6, 2007
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A thorough, easy-to-read depiction of how identities are stolen, how you can protect yourself, and what to do if your efforts fail. Significantly, the book points out that identity theft often is an inside job; i.e., it isn't a hacker in Russia, it is one of your nearest and dearest (?).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MAH on June 4, 2008
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Excellent identity theft book. Although not a technical book, it gives the basic facts on threats and makes recommendations that should significantly reduce the incidence of identity thefts and the impact of an identify theft, if one occurs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sky King on March 27, 2010
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Pretty basic. If you don't know anything about ID theft, this is a good start. "Best Credit" is much better for practical information on how to fix stolen credit ID.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zachary Goldman on July 5, 2013
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The first paragraph reveals a startling statistic: In 2005, 8.9 million American adults found out their personal information was stolen and used to commit fraud. The average theft resulted in losses of $6,383. There's a fairly good chance a vast majority of those 8.9 million people never thought identity theft could happen to them, but it did. If you're reading this review, you're probably wondering if it can happen to you.

"The Wall Street Journal Complete Identity Theft Guidebook" by Terri Cullen is a big wake-up call to people who never give identity theft a second thought. Are you shredding your personal information before you throw them in the trash? Are you checking websites for an encrypted URL and VeriSign Seal before entering sensitive information? Do you know how to obtain your free annual credit report, how to read it, and what actions to take if you see discrepancies? If not, you're not taking all the steps you could be taking to avoid being a victim.

Read this book. Buy a cross-cut shredder. Take advantage of your free annual credit report. Outsmart the identity thieves before they can outsmart you.
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