Increasingly, identity theft is a fact of life. We might once have hoped to protect ourselves from hackers with airtight passwords and aggressive spam filters, and those are good ideas as far as they go. But with the breaches of huge organizations like Target, AshleyMadison.com, JPMorgan Chase, Sony, Anthem, and even the US Office of Personnel Management, more than a billion personal records have already been stolen, and chances are good that you're already in harm's way.
This doesn't mean there's no hope. Your identity may get stolen, but it doesn't have to be a life-changing event. Adam Levin, a longtime consumer advocate and identity fraud expert, provides a method to help you keep hackers, phishers, and spammers from becoming your problem.
Levin has seen every scam under the sun: fake companies selling "credit card insurance"; criminal, medical, and child identity theft; emails that promise untold riches for some personal information; catphishers, tax fraud, fake debt collectors who threaten you with legal action to confirm your account numbers; and much more. As Levin shows, these folks get a lot less scary if you see them coming.
With a clearheaded, practical approach, Swiped is your guide to surviving the identity theft epidemic. Even if you've already become a victim, this strategic book will help you protect yourself, your identity, and your sanity.
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Table of Contents
Part 1 An Overview of the Problem
1 What's in a Name (and a Number)? 3
2 A Short History of Identity (and Fraud): (And You Thought It Was Just About Credit Cards) 19
3 Swiping Happens 32
Part 2 The Basics of What You Can Do
4 Understanding the Problem Is the Solution 47
5 The Three Ms 59
Part 3 The Many Types of Identity Theft
6 Spies in Your Home: How the Internet of Things May Violate Your Privacy, Threaten Your Security, and Ruin Your Credit 71
7 A Taxing Situation 85
8 It's a Hard-Knock Life: Child Identity Theft 96
9 May the Farce Be with You: Social Media Dos and Don'ts 108
10 From Dangerous to Deadly: On Healthcare Scams and Medical Identity Theft 122
11 Wanted Dead or Alive: (But It's Easier If You're Dead) 140
12 Culture Eats Strategy: Business Considerations 149
13 The Three Ms for Companies: You Must Build It Because They Will Come 164
14 The Highest Law 176
Part 4 Resources and Terms
Appendix 1 Fraud Stories 193
Appendix 2 A Glossary of Scams 211
Appendix 3 Identity Theft and the Deceased: Prevention and Victim Tips 241
Appendix 4 Request a Credit Report for the Deceased 249
Appendix 5 Deceased Affidavit of Fact 251