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Description - Stealing Your Life by Frank W. Abagnale

The Ultimate Identity Theft Prevention Plan

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 hitevery four 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-* Don't 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780767925877
ISBN-10: 0767925874
Format: Paperback / softback
(203mm x 131mm x 14mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Broadway Books (A Division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc)
Publisher: Broadway Books (A Division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc)
Publish Date: 13-May-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Frank W. Abagnale

When I was passing phony checks in other people's names thirty years ago, it took me weeks and a million-dollar Heidelberg printing press to create and cash a realistic-looking check. Today criminals do it in an instant on a $500 computer, with no witnesses to pick them out of a lineup, because they're doing it from an armchair in China, Russia, or Nigeria, a continent away. In recent years identity theft has become the very monster I feared it would become and wrote about in the l980s. FRANK W. ABAGNALE is the author of the bestselling 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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