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Preventing Identity Theft For Dummies

Preventing Identity Theft For Dummies

Michael J. Arata Jr.

ISBN: 978-0-764-57700-0

Jul 2004

240 pages



  • Twenty-seven million Americans have been victims of identity theft in the last five years and the total cost of identity theft approaches $48 billion per year (total costs to businesses are $43 billion and the direct cost to consumers is $5 billion)
  • These staggering statistics have prompted security consultant Michael Arata to provide readers with the resources they need to guard themselves against identity theft
  • In this valuable book, Arata offers easy-to-follow, straightforward advice on understanding identity theft, minimizing risk, maintaining vigilance, choosing who to share personal information with, selecting hard-to-guess PINs, determining victimization, reviewing a credit report, charting a course of action, resolving credit problems, reclaiming good credit, and much more
  • Explains how to recover successfully if identity theft does occur
  • Author Michael Arata, CISSP, CPP, CFE, ACLM, is a veteran of the security industry with more than fifteen years of experience

Part I: Getting the Scoop on Identity Theft.

Chapter 1: Who’s Stealing What . . . and What You Can Do About It.

Chapter 2: Keeping Tabs on Your Personal Information.

Chapter 3: Mike’s Anti-Identity-Theft Crash Course.

Part II: Determining Whether You’re a Victim.

Chapter 4: Smelling a Rat: Recognizing When You Are a Victim.

Chapter 5: Homing In on Bank Statements.

Chapter 6: Interpreting Your Credit Report.

Part III: Staying Ahead of Identity Theft.

Chapter 7: Watching What You Set on the Curb.

Chapter 8: Practicing Discretion in Public Places.

Chapter 9: Staying Safe Online and on the Phone.

Part IV: Taking Back Your Good Name.

Chapter 10: Joining Forces in the Identity Theft Battle.

Chapter 11: Closing Compromised Accounts.

Chapter 12: Opening New Accounts.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 13: Ten Tips to Make Reclaiming Your Identity Go More Smoothly.

Chapter 14: Ten Handy Resources.

Chapter 15: Ten Common Scams and How to Avoid Them.