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The Identity Theft Survival Kit: A Complete Guide for Restoring Your Credit and Your Peace of Mind (book, cassettes, and diskette) Audio, Cassette – April, 1998
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"The Identity Theft Survival Guide provides victims of 'identity theft' with a step-by-step approach to deal with the myriad of problems that confront them. Ms. Frank, a victim of 'identity theft' must be commended for transforming her personal nightmare into a tangible benefit for the consumer!!!" -- Gerald Sauer, Esq. Lead Trial Attorney for Plaintiff, Wenger V. TransUnion Corporation
"Ms. Frank's Identity Theft Survival Kit is the next best thing to having your own expert coach guiding you through the steps to financial recovery." -- Beth Givens, Author, The Privacy Rights Handbook
"Ready or not, here it comes: Identity Take Over Fraud has come into its own, and promises not to go away until significant changes evolve in the manner and methods by which personal identifiers are collected and used. Consumers would de well to arm themselves with knowledge on how to mend the damages when victimized." -- James E. Bauer, Deputy Assistant Director - Office of Investigations, U.S. Secret Service
"Thank you for your testimony of May 20 as an advocate on behalf of victims of identity theft. Your detailed account of the impact of identity theft on consumers was compelling, especially in light of the extensive number of individuals to whom you have provided pro bono help. I also want to thank you for your support of my identity theft legislation, and your specific comments explaining the benefits of S. 512 to victims. Such testimony has been exceedingly helpful in providing the foundation for seeking broad-based Congressional support." -- Jon Kyl, U.S. Senator, Chairman, Subcommittee on Technology, Terrorism and Government information
"This Identity Theft Survival Guide will be a tremendous help to consumers because they must be educated and given the critical tools to help themselves to overcome the 'identity crises'. I believe that when identity theft victims use these form letters, creditors and the various agencies will be more willing to take steps to resolve the problems quickly." -- Pam Presley, Attorney, Center for Law in the Public Interest, Former Director of the Consumer Protection Hotline, California Public Interest Research Group
"When she found herself, victimized by an imposter who stole her identity and ran up thousands of dollars of credit bills in her name, California lawyer Mari J. Frank did more than complete the Herculean task of reclaiming her identity. She kept notes of her experience and compiled an invaluable Identity-Theft Survival Kit. It provides everything you could possible need to put your life in order after this occurs, along with new insights into this little-recognized crime of identity-theft. The kit includes six audio tapes with trustworthy advice, a computer disc with form letters, and a 117-page step-by-step guide built on the experience of Mari Frank and others who have attempted to combat this fraud. No victim of identity fraud should venture near the quagmire of redemption without this kit." -- Privacy Journal, Robert Ellis Smith, May 1998
"Your book is fantastic for aiding the victim in the credit nightmare to come when they attempt to clear up credit problems which results in a daily dreading of opening mail and receiving phone calls from the various collection agencies. Your book also greatly assists the victim in coping with the mind numbing realization of how easy a company believes the impersonator and how difficult this same business becomes when dealing with the identity fraud victim." -- Judd A. Levenson, Detective - Major Crimes/Frauds Unit, Springfield Police Department
From the Publisher
Mari Frank is truly a pioneer. The Identity-Theft Survival Kit brings hope and enlightenment to the many victims of identity theft who have had nowhere to turn for help until now. Mari Frank has created the first self-help recovery tool for victims of identity theft. This kit contains: a book, From Victim to Victor which is fact filled with crucial information on the precautions one needs to take to prevent from becoming a victim; a computer diskette which has all of the form letters necessary; six audio cassette tapes with interviews from experts who provide valuable insight into this crime. Mari is one of the leading experts on Identity Theft. She has appeared on 48 Hours, the NBC Nightly News, the ABC Nightly News and has been featured in US News & World Report, Your Money Magazine and dozens of major newspapers around the country.
Top customer reviews
Ms. Frank takes the perfect tone: it happened, now let's fix it. The step by step directions are clear. She takes you through the process in sequence, telling you how to deal with situations as they come up. The CD is probably worth at least as much as the book. It contains letter templates written by an attorney (Frank) that cover just about every situation. It is just a matter of cut and paste for your personal information and situation.
We are lucky, this invasion has not cost us any more than the purchase price of this guide. The steps taken have (so far) successfully proven our innocence with every creditor we have dealt with. Although I have taken a great deal of time trying to fix this mess, I could not imagine how much more time I would have taken if the letters were not already written for me.
This book tells it like it is but it also makes clear that there is a solution if you have the patience. Knowing what I know now, I could not have gotten this far without this guide.
a victim of id thief and it has all the forms and other legal stuff
on a CD rom that a victim needs to get their id back.
I bought the book in case that happens to me or someone I know and I will have the book readily at hand to battle any id thieves.
As a 15 month victim of identity theft ranging from fraudulent bank accounts, fradulent credit card accounts to receiving government documents in my name and finally, gaining access to my own personal accounts and distroying my financial health, the Identity Theft Survival Kit has pulled me from the myre of phone calls, letter writing, government and corporate mazes. Four months ago I had lost all hope of ever regaining my credit, life, and sanity, the Identity Theft Survival Kit has taken me step-by- step through the process of clean-up and given me the hope and spirit to make it through this.
This may just save your life too!