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Frank W. Abagnale – Stealing Your Life: The Ultimate Identity Theft Prevention Plan

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Frank W. Abagnale – Stealing Your Life
The Ultimate Identity Theft Prevention Plan

The charismatic forger immortalized in the film Catch Me If You Can  exposes the astonishing tactics of today’s identity theft criminals and  offers powerful strategies to thwart them based on his second career as  an acclaimed fraud-fighting consultant.
Consider these sobering facts:

*Six out of ten American companies and government agencies have already been hacked.

*An estimated 80 percent of birth certificate requests are  fulfilled through the mail for people using only a name and a return  address. So I could take your name and use my address, and get your  birth certificate. From there Im off to the races.

*Americans write 39 billion checks a year, and half of these folks never reconcile their bank statements.

*A Social Security number costs $49 on the black market. A  drivers license goes for $90. A birth certificate will set you back $79.  

When Frank Abagnale trains law enforcement officers around the country  about identity theft, he asks officers for their names and addresses and  nothing more. In a matter of hours he can obtain everything he would  need to steal their lives: Social Security numbers, dates of birth,  current salaries, checking account numbers, the names of everyone in  their families, and more. This illustrates how easy it is for anyone  from anywhere in the world to assume our identities and in a matter of  hours devastate our lives in ways that can take years to recover from.  Considering that a fresh victim is hit everyfour seconds, Stealing Your  Life is the reference everyone needs by an unsurpassed authority on the  latest identity theft schemes.

Abagnale offers dozens of concrete steps to transform anyone from an  easy mark into a hard case that criminals are likely to bypass:

Dont allow your kids to use the computer on which you do online banking  and store financial records (children are apt to download games and  attachments that host damaging viruses or attract spyware).

Beware of offers that appeal to greed or fear in exchange for personal data.

Monitor your credit report regularly and know if anyone’s been knocking on your door.

Read privacy statements carefully and choose to opt out of sharing information whenever possible.

Brimming with anecdotes of creative criminality that are as entertaining  as they are enlightening, Stealing Your Life is the practical way to  shield yourself from one of todays most nefarious and common crimes.

FRANK W. ABAGNALE is the author of the best-selling memoir Catch Me If You Can and The Art of the Steal. He works closely with the FBI and corporations around the world as an expert on counterfeiting and secure documents. He lives in the Midwest with his wife and is the father of three sons.…



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