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The Truth About Identity Theft

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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, TODAYShow

"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, 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Contents
  4. Introduction
  5. Part I The Truth About Phishing and Vishing
    1. Truth 1 Phishing scams
    2. Truth 2 Vishing attacks
    3. Truth 3 Phishing via snail mail
    4. Truth 4 Spear phishing
  6. Part II The Truth About Trash
    1. Truth 5 One man’s trash is another man’s identity
    2. Truth 6 Dumpster diving for profit
    3. Truth 7 Your used computer is worth its weight in gold
  7. Part III The Truth About No-Tech Identity Theft
    1. Truth 8 Pickpockets and purse snatchers still exist
    2. Truth 9 Home burglaries and identity theft
    3. Truth 10 Walk right in and steal whatever you like
    4. Truth 11 Social engineering tactics
    5. Truth 12 Wolves in sheep’s clothing
  8. Part IV The Truth About Just How Low Identity Thieves Will Go
    1. Truth 13 No respect for their elders
    2. Truth 14 Are you paying the IRS or an identity thief?
    3. Truth 15 What do you mean there’s a warrant for my arrest?
    4. Truth 16 Medical identity theft
    5. Truth 17 Sweet 16 and already a victim!
    6. Truth 18 Being dead doesn’t protect you from identity theft
    7. Truth 19 Fake credit card applications
    8. Truth 20 An identity thief has a gift just for you
    9. Truth 21 Gift card or gift horse?
    10. Truth 22 That gift card might be worthless
    11. Truth 23 Fake charities
    12. Truth 24 Bogus background checks and job applications
  9. Part V The Truth About Identity Theft in Plain Sight
    1. Truth 25 Hotel business centers can be treacherous
    2. Truth 26 Identity thieves can hear you now…
    3. Truth 27 ATM scams
    4. Truth 28 Wireless access scams
    5. Truth 29 Credit card skimming
  10. Part VI The Truth About Online Cons
    1. Truth 30 PayPal scams
    2. Truth 31 Email scams
    3. Truth 32 Online shopping scams
    4. Truth 33 Fake e-card greetings
  11. Part VII The Truth About Security at Work
    1. Truth 34 Rogue wireless access points
    2. Truth 35 Corporate laptop security
    3. Truth 36 Does your small business have a bull’s-eye on it?
  12. Part VIII The Truth About Identity Theft from Real Victims
    1. Truth 37 My own identity theft experience
    2. Truth 38 It all started with a phone call
  13. Part IX The Truth About Putting a Stop to Identity Theft
    1. Truth 39 Stopping thieves in their tracks
    2. Truth 40 Installing proper identity theft protection
    3. Truth 41 When a free credit report isn’t free
    4. Truth 42 Getting your life back in order
    5. Truth 43 Somebody’s watching me
    6. Truth 44 Wireless security at home
    7. Truth 45 Crack proofing your passwords
    8. Truth 46 Who you gonna call?
  14. Acknowledgments
  15. About the Author