Summary of Identity Theft
How to Protect Your Most Valuable Asset
Don’t ask the existential question: Who am I? Ask a practical one: who is claiming to be me, and using my credit cards?
Identity theft is an inevitable but horrifying form of abuse in a society that depends largely on trust, credibility and the free flow of information. Victims often don’t even know they’re being taken advantage of until their accounts are drained and their credit is ruined. Sometimes, they don’t know until the police break down their door, arrest them at gunpoint and throw them into jail for crimes identity thieves have committed in their names. This book will tell most readers more than they probably want to know about the crime of identity theft, with anecdote after anecdote about repugnantly clever thieves. It’s not particularly well written and lifts too much from public documents and testimony, but this isn’t the kind of book one reads for pleasure. This concise, very useful guide to self-protection points out many sources for additional information and action. getAbstract.com highly recommends it for the purpose of minimizing your risk. After all, you want to protect the answer to that eternal question of identity, "Who am I?," from the thief who claims, "I am you."
In this summary, you will learn
- about the threat of identity theft and how to prevent it
About the Author
Robert Hammond has degrees in psychology and sociology and studied law at Western State University in California. His previous books include Repair Your Own Credit and Life After Debt.
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