Protect yourself from identity theft! Nearly 17 million Americans were victimized by identity theft in 2012 alone: for 13 straight years, it has been America's #1 consumer crime. No one is immune: children, the elderly and even the dead have been victimized. Identity theft can be high-tech, low-tech, or even no tech, via "dumpster diving." You're vulnerable, and you need to act.
Fortunately, you can take practical steps to safeguard your identity right now. In Identity Theft Alert, award-winning author and attorney Steve Weisman shows you exactly what to do, and how to do it. Equally important, he also tells you what to stop doing: the common, inadvertent behaviors that could be setting you up as a victim.
Weisman starts with a clear-eyed assessment of the problem, helping you understand just how much risk you face. Next, he helps you understand, anticipate, and prevent all these frightening forms of identity theft:
Identity theft via Facebook and other social media
Identity theft via your iPhone or Android smartphone
Theft of your credit or debit cards, and other access to your finances
Crime sprees performed in your name
Medical identity theft that could lead to you getting the wrong treatment – and could even kill you
The fast-growing scourge of income tax identity theft, including stolen refunds
Don't be the next victim: read this book, follow its step-by-step advice, and protect yourself!