ALERT . . . Protect Yourself and Loved Ones from Identity Theft
The commercials are all over television – and they certainly are attention-grabbing! They’re the ones where the heavy, bald guy is sitting in his easy chair talking in a squeaky female voice about all the clothes he bought – including a bustier. Or the little old lady speaking with the gruff voice of a younger man about the sweet motorcycle she now owned. While we might find these commercials funny, the real victims of identity theft find them disturbing and even painful. The media uses these types of ads to alert us to the crime of identity theft and how everyday people can be affected. You don’t have to have a lot of money to be taken advantage of. All you need is a social security number – which, of course, we all have. The criminals who perpetrate the crime of identity theft are sly and cunning.
The statistics are mindboggling. • 1 in 4 US households have been victimized • 10 million people last year affected • Loss to businesses tops $47.6 billion • Loss to victims about $5 billion • Each victim spends about 30 hours trying to recover their name. The problem of identity theft has become the number one fear of consumers in the world today, and unfortunately, it’s becoming more and more common.
The victims believe, from experience, that it is the only crime where the suspect is presumed innocent before proven guilty, and the victim is “guilty” until proven “innocent.” In this book, we’ll take an in-depth look at identity theft. We’ll explore how your personal information can get stolen as well as ways to protect yourself. This book will tell you the steps you need to take to recover your credit and stop the thieves who stole what you yourself worked to build. We will also have a special section on preventing identity theft through the internet. It’s a very real risk you take, but there are ways to keep yourself safe. Don’t let fear of the criminals keep you in a state of suspension. Learn to keep your information safe with our guide to “Protect Yourself from Identity Theft”.