Your Evil Twin: Behind the Identity Theft Epidemic

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"Your Evil Twin is an unsettling look into a dark corner of the Information Age. It will make you want to put a lock and key on your wallet. Then you'll realize that's not enough."

–Robert O'Harrow Jr., staff writer, Washington Post

"This book will make you want to cancel your credit cards–immediately! Sullivan weaves together compelling stories of fraudsters and their victims with thoughtful insights into how public and private systems routinely fail to protect our privacy."

–Rachel Ross, technology reporter, Toronto Star

"Identity theft is one

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Overview

"Your Evil Twin is an unsettling look into a dark corner of the Information Age. It will make you want to put a lock and key on your wallet. Then you'll realize that's not enough."

–Robert O'Harrow Jr., staff writer, Washington Post

"This book will make you want to cancel your credit cards–immediately! Sullivan weaves together compelling stories of fraudsters and their victims with thoughtful insights into how public and private systems routinely fail to protect our privacy."

–Rachel Ross, technology reporter, Toronto Star

"Identity theft is one of those crimes people don't think about until they get hit, and then it's too late. Bob Sullivan uses potent storytelling, goes easy on the technobaloney, and points readers toward vital precautions and prevention."

–Beau Brendler, consumer investigative editor and former editorial director, ABC News.com

"The Internet is the best thing that's ever happened to con artists. They can rob you blind or steal your identity before you suspect anything is wrong. Bob Sullivan is always looking to expose new scams–to warn readers about them and how they can protect themselves. For years, his investigative reporting has led the way in this area. Bob doesn't try to sound like a tech writer. His writing is easy to read and simple to understand."

–Herb Weisbaum, a Today show consumer specialist

"Perhaps no one in America is more intimately acquainted with the frightening face of the global identity-theft epidemic than Bob Sullivan. Years of conversations with the victims, the thieves, and their pursuers in law enforcement have given him an unrivalled view of a spiraling problem–and an ability to tell a tale that is just as readable and fascinating as it is maddening and horrifying."

–Emory Thomas, former Wall Street Journal reporter and editor, MSN Money

"Only an investigative reporter like Bob Sullivan could reveal the full depth of this creepy phenomenon. His book reads like an exciting detective story, but this surreal and frightening problem is bigger than most people realize. This book is going to open people's eyes to a problem that has become even more dangerous given the rise in international terrorism. In short, this book is a wake-up call–and a call to action–for the leaders of government and business, especially the credit-card industry."

–Jon Sorensen, New York State Consumer Protection Board

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471648109
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/25/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 314
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

BOB SULLIVAN is a senior writer at MSNBC.com who has concentrated on high-tech crime and consumer fraud. He is the nation's leading journalist covering identity theft, having written more than 100 articles on the subject since 1996. His work has been read by millions of Internet users, and reproduced in various outlets, including MSN.com, the Wall Street Journal Online, and ZDNet.com. Sullivan also makes regular television appearances on MSNBC, CNBC, NBC Nightly News, NBC's Today show, and various local NBC affiliates. He is the winner of the prestigious 2002 Society of Professional Journalists Public Service Award for his series of articles on online fraud. He has spoken before trade and government groups including the National Association of Attorneys General. He lives in Maltby, Washington, with his golden retriever, Lucky.

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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

1.CEOs in My Closet.

2.The Pain.

3.The “Miracle” of Instant Credit.

4.The Trial.

5.The Document Problem.

6.Where Are the Cops?

7.There Ought to Be a Law.

8.The Internet’s Role.

9.The Heroes.

10.What Now?

Appendix.

Notes.

Index.

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