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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Recovering from Identity Theft Paperback – May 4, 2010
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When it comes to identity theft, Mari Frank has long been an informed, irrepressible champion of victims and consumers. Her new book delivers wise guidance on what to do should the worse happen.
--Byron Acohido,Tech reporter USA Today
Mari Frank's new book updates her many tried-and-true solutions, her breezy tone makes following along a breeze, and her optimism is just the salve that ID theft victims need to get through their nightmare.
--Bob Sullivan, MSNBC Reporter
Mari Frank's guide is an indispensable tool for victims of identity theft. It covers the topic from A to Z. --Beth Givens, Director, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
The beauty of this book is that victims of this crime can get their lives back, even surpass where they were before, if they follow her expert advice, and exercise patience and discipline.
--Evan Hendricks, Publisher, Privacy Times
This book is easy enough for individuals to follow, yet so full of solid expert information that it should be required reading for identity theft advisors. --Linda Foley, Founder, the Identity Theft Resource Center
From the Author
My hope for you as you read this book is that you will use this guide as your coach to lead you effectively through your trials and tribulations to recover completely from this crime. I will empower you with the tools and knowhow to deal with virtually any type of identity theft. You'll restore your finances, discovery and avoid the hidden fraud attacks, rehabilitate your cyber, business, and medical identity, prevent criminal prosecution and deal effectively with the commercial and governmental bureaucracies.
You'll learn how to create an effective, logical, step-by-step process to successfully clear your name. I'll show you how to get organized and help you save time. You'll understand the types of information that you need to overcome the arguments and objections of companies and agencies; you'll learn techniques to get the best help from law enforcement; you'll find out how to investigate facts to get entities to understand your needs; you'll be able to challenge the inaccurate information on your consumer and credit reports; you'll learn to assertively deal with intimidating government organizations; and you'll be able to access additional critical resources when you need them most.
My purpose in writing this book was to give you the know-how and confidence to regain your credit,your finances, your overall identity, and your good reputation. I have given you legal and consumer information which will provide you what you need to take the critical steps to recover your identity. By the time you finish reading this book, I hope you'll feel relieved to know that you have moved past your current crises. You'll look back at your accomplishments and feel gratified that you've become wiser and stronger and have overcome many challenging situations. But best of all, you'll regain your good name, recover your identity, and return peace and order to your life.
In 1996 I was a victim of identity theft myself. At that time there were no laws even making it a crime against the individual victim. For years I have collaborated with wonderful, caring consumer advocates to pass laws in California and in Congress to help protect consumers from this insidious and pervasive crime. Although we have help and strategies to help you regain your good name, the crime has increased dramatically. Be prepared to fight back against the invisible theives. As you read this book, I will take you by the hand and show you how to maneeuver through the maze of the obtacles of identity theft to become victorious!. Visit my website at identitytheft.org and also visit my radio show website at kuci.org/privacypiracy and click on our archived interviews. I would love to hear from you!