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Truth About Identity Theft (09 Edition)

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Praise for The Truth About Identity Theft

“This book will open your eyes, scare you smart, and make you think twice. Identity theft can happen to you and this book is a must read. Jim Stickley tells you why and how you need to protect yourself.”

Matt Lauer, Anchor, TODAY Show

"Nowadays, identity theft is an all-too-common occurrence that puts more than just your finances in jeopardy. Fortunately, Jim Stickley's easy-to-understand advice can teach you how to spot and stay ahead of security threats. In short, this book is a must read."

Wes Millar, Senior Vice President of CUNA Strategic Services

 

"In an age when identity theft will affect everyone sooner or later, this book is simply a must-read. Jim Stickley teaches you to spot the danger signs and offers smart solutions for everything from banking security and online shopping scams to medical identity theft. Whether it's you, your parents', or your kids' identities, everyone has something to protect. This book tells you what you need to know."

Jim Bell, Executive Producer, TODAY Show

 

"Jim Stickley shares his amazing experiences as a professional hacker in the most entertaining manner. He’s a great storyteller and captures your attention with his experiences, which will make you want to upscale your efforts protect your firm’s data and your own ID. Jim’s stories are fascinating. Most of us can’t imagine how simple it is for him to succeed as a conman in situations we think are safe. The trade secrets of hackers he shares with us are mind boggling! You won’t let your guard down after learning what Jim has actually done to get companies and individuals' private information. He’s the updated version of 'To Catch a Thief'[el]but he’s a good guy!"

Nancy E. Sheppard, President & CEO of Western Independent Bankers (A Trade Association of 350 Banks)

 

"If you’re not worried about identity theft, you should be[el]and Stickley tells you exactly why. His engaging writing style, coupled with real-life stories about identity theft and concrete actions to help you prevent identity theft are exactly what’s needed to make people take notice of this growing crime. I’ll recommend this book again and again!"

Jerri L. Ledford, About.com Guide to Identity Theft

 

Everything you must know to protect yourself and your business from identity thieves!

 

• The truth about real-world identity theft attacks

• The truth about how easy it is for thieves to make off with your identity

• The truth about stopping identity thieves in their tracks

 

Jim Stickley has stolen credit cards, hacked Social Security numbers, robbed banks, and created fake ATMs. He has broken into armed government facilities and has stolen from teenagers. He is an identity thief, but he is no criminal. Fortunately for all victims involved, Jim was hired to perform these attacks by corporations testing their security, news agencies investigating security concerns, and other media outlets interested in knowing just how easy it is to commit identity theft. His job is to find security flaws before the real criminals find them. This book has been designed to give you the insight that most people only experience after becoming victims of identity theft. Each Truth walks you through a different type of attack, explaining the complete process in a very simple and straight-forward way. Like a magician actually revealing what happens behind the curtain, Jim takes you through the attacks to reveal how people at home, work, and on the road become victims. Prepare yourself. What you read here might be disturbing, but you will never be truly safe from identity thieves until you learn to think like one.

 

 

Book News Annotation:

Even death isn't protection against identity theft. An expert who has demonstrated to the public how it's done continues to expose strategies used to hijack other people's personal information, cash, and credit, and offer tips on how to avoid being a victim. The book includes a list of resources to contact to prevent/resolve identity theft. FT Press is an imprint of Pearson Education. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Taking a non-nonsense look at identity theft, one of the world's most renowned security experts explains what consumers can do to protect themselves and/or their business. Stickley discusses the harrowing truths behind scam artists and reveals how such actions as using an ATM, paying bills online, or opening an unfamiliar email could make consumers a target for thieves.

Synopsis:

Identity theft is the most popular form of consumer fraud in the world, with thieves stealing money, identity or even a business. Each year, millions of people fall victim to a variety of inventive scams all with one purpose in mind - to separate you from your hard earned cash. More chilling is that not only are today's thieves stealing your money, they are stealing your identity and then using that identity to perpetrate other crimes. Jim Stickley is a well-known identity theft expert and regularly appears on national TV programs, such as The Today Show! Stickley has posed as an identity thief who steals personal and credit card information, and then uses those examples to educate people on how to avoid being a victim.

 

In this book, Stickley discusses the harrowing truths behind scam artists who prey on us at home, at work and in public. He shows how many of the things we take for granted - such as using an ATM, receiving an eCard, paying bills or using the high speed internet connection at a hotel can lead to having your life turned upside down.

About the Author

Jim Stickley is CTO and Vice President of Strategic Operations at TraceSecurity Inc. He was one of the original founders of TraceSecurity and is a renowned security expert. He has been involved in thousands of security services for financial institutions, Fortune 100 corporations, health care facilities, legal firms, insurance companies, and government agencies. He has been a security consultant for numerous magazines and newspapers, and he has been featured in Time Magazine, Business Week, Fortune Magazine, New York Times, and many other industry-specific publications such as PC Magazine and Security Focus. He also has been showcased on NBC’s Nightly News, CNN’s NewsNight, several CNBC programs including The Big Idea and Business Nation and numerous times on NBC’s Today Show. He has physically breached the security of more than 1,000 facilities nationwide and had access to billions of dollars through stolen identities. When not on assignment, Jim continues to serve as a speaker and has delivered hundreds of speeches at security-related trade shows, conventions, seminars, and forums throughout the U.S. and other countries, covering topics ranging from identity theft to national cyberterrorism. Be sure to visit www.stickleyonsecurity.com for security tips and the latest alerts.

 

Table of Contents

Introduction  ix

Part I:   The Truth About Phishing and Vishing  1

Truth 1   Phishing scams  1

Truth 2  Vishing attacks  5

Truth 3  Phishing via snail mail  9

Truth 4  Spear phishing  13

 

Part II:  The Truth About Trash  17

Truth 5   One man’s trash is another man’s identity  17

Truth 6   Dumpster diving for profit  21

Truth 7   Your used computer is worth its weight in gold  25

 

Part III: The Truth About No-Tech Identity Theft  29

Truth 8   Pickpockets and purse snatchers still exist  29

Truth 9   Home burglaries and identity theft  33

Truth 10  Walk right in and steal whatever you like  37

Truth 11  Social engineering tactics  41

Truth 12  Wolves in sheep’s clothing  45

 

Part IV:  The Truth About Just How Low Identity Thieves Will Go  49

Truth 13  No respect for their elders  49

Truth 14  Are you paying the IRS or an identity thief?  53

Truth 15  What do you mean there’s a warrant for my arrest?  57

Truth 16  Medical identity theft  61

Truth 17  Sweet 16 and already a victim!  65

Truth 18  Being dead doesn’t protect you from identity theft  71

Truth 19  Fake credit card applications  75

Truth 20  An identity thief has a gift just for you  79

Truth 21  Gift card or gift horse?  83

Truth 22  That gift card might be worthless  87

Truth 23  Fake charities  91

Truth 24  Bogus background checks and job applications  95

 

Part V:   The Truth About Identity Theft in Plain Sight  99

Truth 25  Hotel business centers can be treacherous  99

Truth 26  Identity thieves can hear you now…  103

Truth 27  ATM scams  107

Truth 28  Wireless access scams  111

Truth 29  Credit card skimming  115

 

Part VI:  The Truth About Online Cons  119

Truth 30  PayPal scams  119

Truth 31  Email scams  123

Truth 32  Online shopping scams  127

Truth 33  Fake e-card greetings  131

 

Part VII:  The Truth About Security at Work  135

Truth 34  Rogue wireless access points  135

Truth 35  Corporate laptop security  139

Truth 36  Does your small business have a bull’s-eye on it?  143

 

Part VIII: The Truth About Identity Theft from Real Victims  147

Truth 37  My own identity theft experience  147

Truth 38  It all started with a phone call  151

 

Part IX:  The Truth About Putting a Stop to Identity Theft  155

Truth 39  Stopping thieves in their tracks  155

Truth 40  Installing proper identity theft protection  159

Truth 41  When a free credit report isn’t free  163

Truth 42  Getting your life back in order  167

Truth 43  Somebody’s watching me  173

Truth 44  Wireless security at home  177

Truth 45  Crack proofing your passwords  181

Truth 46  Who you gonna call?  185

 

Acknowledgments  189

About the Author  191

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780789737939
Author:
Stickley, Jim
Publisher:
Que Publishing
Subject:
Personal Finance - General
Subject:
Prevention
Subject:
Identity theft
Subject:
Identity theft - Prevention
Subject:
Business - Personal Finance
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Truth about
Publication Date:
August 2008
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.40x5.40x.50 in. .75 lbs.

Related Subjects

Business » Personal Finance
History and Social Science » Crime » Criminology
History and Social Science » Crime » General

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"Synopsis" by , Taking a non-nonsense look at identity theft, one of the world's most renowned security experts explains what consumers can do to protect themselves and/or their business. Stickley discusses the harrowing truths behind scam artists and reveals how such actions as using an ATM, paying bills online, or opening an unfamiliar email could make consumers a target for thieves.
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Identity theft is the most popular form of consumer fraud in the world, with thieves stealing money, identity or even a business. Each year, millions of people fall victim to a variety of inventive scams all with one purpose in mind - to separate you from your hard earned cash. More chilling is that not only are today's thieves stealing your money, they are stealing your identity and then using that identity to perpetrate other crimes. Jim Stickley is a well-known identity theft expert and regularly appears on national TV programs, such as The Today Show! Stickley has posed as an identity thief who steals personal and credit card information, and then uses those examples to educate people on how to avoid being a victim.

 

In this book, Stickley discusses the harrowing truths behind scam artists who prey on us at home, at work and in public. He shows how many of the things we take for granted - such as using an ATM, receiving an eCard, paying bills or using the high speed internet connection at a hotel can lead to having your life turned upside down.

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