|How safe is your good name? The hottest commodity on today's black market isn't fine jewelry. It's not fancy cars. It's not televisions or cell phones. It's "you." Are you certain that someone has not already stolen your good name? Consider these alarming facts: Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America. 80% of Americans are concerned about identity theft. 10 million Americans are affected by identity theft each year. 50 million people are at risk right now due to data being lost, stolen, or misplaced by corporations. Victims of identity theft express traumatic feelings of anger, confusion, frustration, and fear to name a few. The crime is especially stressful because it strikes at the core of one's reputation and financial life. But, here is the good news. "You can avoid becoming a statistic!" In this Financial Alert resource, Ethan Pope exposes and explains the potential threats posed by computers, the internet, credit report scams, "phishing," spyware, dumpster diving, and dishonest acquaintances. Then he draws on his expertise in the practical aspects of money management to teach you how to build a wall of protection around your personal and financial data. With a little effort you can protect your good name in an unprotected world. And if you become a victim of identity theft, you will find a step-by-step plan to restore your good name. ETHAN POPE is the author of "Cashing It In: Getting Ready for a World Without Money" and "Social Security?: What's in It For You." He is a Certified Financial Planner(TM), president of Foundations For Living, and frequent guest on national radio programs.|
From the Publisher:
The third book in Pope's Financial Alert series, this very real and highly relevant topic is already making headlines and affecting even the most unsuspecting people. The theft of identity through credit card scams, unscrupulous charitable agencies, and dishonest employees is epidemic and growing worse. Pope shares the alarming statistics and outlines some real and practical steps an individual or family can take to avoid becoming another faceless victim.