Customer Reviews


5 Reviews
5 star:
 (3)
4 star:
 (1)
3 star:
 (1)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favorable review
The most helpful critical review


40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Best Identity Theft Book Available
*****
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...
Published on August 13, 2007 by O. Brown

versus
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Basic
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.
Published on March 27, 2010 by Sky King


Most Helpful First | Newest First

40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Best Identity Theft Book Available, August 13, 2007
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: The Wall Street Journal. Complete Identity Theft Guidebook: How to Protect Yourself from the Most Pervasive Crime in America (Wall Street Journal Identity Theft Guidebook: How to Protect) (Paperback)
*****
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. Law enforcement is overburdened and cannot be relied upon to protection; each person has to take personal responsibility to protect themselves, and this book is all you need to do so. You'll have work to do after reading the book, of course, but it will be worth it. Save you money, and if you want to just buy one book, make it this one.

Highly recommended.
*****
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable resource, September 6, 2007
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: The Wall Street Journal. Complete Identity Theft Guidebook: How to Protect Yourself from the Most Pervasive Crime in America (Wall Street Journal Identity Theft Guidebook: How to Protect) (Paperback)
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 (?).
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, June 4, 2008
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: The Wall Street Journal. Complete Identity Theft Guidebook: How to Protect Yourself from the Most Pervasive Crime in America (Wall Street Journal Identity Theft Guidebook: How to Protect) (Paperback)
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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Basic, March 27, 2010
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: The Wall Street Journal. Complete Identity Theft Guidebook: How to Protect Yourself from the Most Pervasive Crime in America (Wall Street Journal Identity Theft Guidebook: How to Protect) (Paperback)
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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to identity theft, July 5, 2013
By 
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: The Wall Street Journal. Complete Identity Theft Guidebook: How to Protect Yourself from the Most Pervasive Crime in America (Wall Street Journal Identity Theft Guidebook: How to Protect) (Paperback)
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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

Details

Search these reviews only
Send us feedback How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you? Let us know here.