Description : Practical solutions to help you deter, detect, and defend against identity theft In 2008, 9.9 million Americans became victims of identity theft. The cost exceeded $48 billion in 2008; consumers spend some $5 billion out-of-pocket each year to clear up resulting fraud issues. This guide will help keep you from becoming the next victim. Written by a veteran security professional, Identity Theft For Dummies gives you the tools to recognize what information is vulnerable, minimize your risk, stay safe online, and practice damage control if your identity is compromised. If you have a name, a date of birth, and a Social Security number, you're a potential victim; this book helps you recognize your risk and defend against identity thieves Explains what identity theft is, how it happens, and how to recognize if you have become a victim Shows how to protect your personal information, how to be discreet in public places, how to interpret your credit report, and why you should monitor your financial statements Helps you recognize risks you may not have considered, such as what you set at the curb on trash day Provides advice on how to clear your name if you are victimized Identity Theft For Dummies arms you to fight back against this growing threat.
Description : Twenty-seven million Americans have been victims of identitytheft in the last five years and the total cost of identity theftapproaches $48 billion per year (total costs to businesses are $43billion and the direct cost to consumers is $5 billion) These staggering statistics have prompted security consultantMichael Arata to provide readers with the resources they need toguard themselves against identity theft In this valuable book, Arata offers easy-to-follow,straightforward advice on understanding identity theft, minimizingrisk, maintaining vigilance, choosing who to share personalinformation with, selecting hard-to-guess PINs, determiningvictimization, reviewing a credit report, charting a course ofaction, resolving credit problems, reclaiming good credit, and muchmore Explains how to recover successfully if identity theft doesoccur Author Michael Arata, CISSP, CPP, CFE, ACLM, is a veteran ofthe security industry with more than fifteen years ofexperience
Description : Crime has moved yet another step forward in its unyielding progression through society. Now it is identity theft. Trying to combat both legal and illegal theft continues to occupy a large portion of the average citizen's life. Identity theft or identity fraud generally involves 'stealing' another person's personal identifying information -- such as Social Security number (SSN), date of birth, and mother's maiden name -- and then using the information to fraudulently establish credit, run up debt, or take over existing financial accounts. This new book examines the extent of the problem, its costs and remedies under the law. CONTENTS: Preface; Identity Theft: Prevalence and Cost Appear to be Growing; Awareness and Use of Existing Data on Identity Theft; Remedies Available to Victims of Identity Theft; Identity Theft and the Fair Credit Reporting Act; Subject Index.
Description : This book accurately identifies the various forms of identity theft in simple, easy-to-understand terms, exposes exaggerated and erroneous information, and explains how everyone can take action to protect themselves.
Description : Social Security For Dummies, 2nd Edition (9781118967560) is now being published as Social Security For Dummies, 2nd Edition (9781119293330). While this version features an older Dummies cover and design, the content is the same as the new release and should not be considered a different product. Praise for Social Security For Dummies: "Social Security for Dummies is a must read for people of any age who want a comfortable retirement. Jonathan Peterson does a great job of explaining this complicated system and helps you understand how to get the most from the benefits you've earned. The difference between a smart claiming strategy and a dumb one can cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars, so you'll want to invest in this book." —Liz Weston, personal finance columnist and author of The 10 Commandments of Money “This is your go-to book on Social Security. Chock-full of useful tips, easy to use, and well organized, it answers all your questions about Social Security." —Steve Vernon, author of Money for Life: Turn Your IRA and 401(k) Into a Lifetime Retirement Paycheck and CBS MoneyWatch commentator "Social Security for Dummies is indispensable for anyone who wants to get the best possible deal from Social Security—and that means all of us, young and old, because everyone will need Social Security benefits in this era of disappearing pensions and dwindling savings. Strategies for single people, for married couples, for survivors, for divorced people: You can find expert advice on all these subjects and more in this easy-to-understand guide to a very complex subject." — Bob Rosenblatt, editor of HelpwithAging.com and Senior Fellow at the National Academy of Social Insurance About the book: Take the mystery out of Social Security and maximize your benefits when you retire Social Security For Dummies is the definitive resource to navigating the often-complex world of Social Security retirement benefits and the U.S. Social Security Administration. If you're nearing retirement age, or assisting someone who is, this guide will show you how to avoid common pitfalls, determine when you should claim your benefits, and figure out how much you can expect to receive each month. This newest edition provides updates to relevant dates and resources as well as an in-depth look at policy changes that will affect those about to retire. Packed with information that will help you make decisions that will maximize your financial well-being, this great resource makes it easy to understand everything you need to know quickly and easily. Understand new Social Security Administration policies and what they mean for you Determine how to incorporate Social Security into your overall retirement plan Get answers to common questions Find resources to use when you're stumped With Social Security For Dummies, you can take charge of your retirement and successfully navigate the U.S. Social Security Administration.
Description : Understand the essentials of detecting and preventing debit card fraud Ensure that you stay a step ahead of financial criminals with this friendly guide Financial service industry staff know all too well how tricky combating debit card fraud can be. Packed with insider knowledge, this handy booklet reveals the increasingly sophisticated methods criminals use to commit debit card fraud, shares expert tips on how financial institutions can protect themselves and their customers through early detection methods, and introduces staff to the leading edge technologies that greatly reduce the risk of being targeted by debit card scammers. Discover how to: Spot debit card fraud schemes Quickly uncover common points of compromise Improve your fraud detection efforts Protect customers from debit card losses
Description : Too many personal finance consultants offer financial advice that ignores the big picture and instead focuses on investing. You need much more than that to plan your future. You need a broader understanding of personal finance that includes all areas of your financial life in order to become financially sound. Personal Finance for Dummies, 5th Edition is full of detailed, action-oriented financial advice that will show you how to lower expenses and tame debts as well as invest wisely to achieve your financial goals! Now in its 5th edition, this up-to-date guide covers all the latest trends to ensure your financial stability. Just some of the updates and revisions include: Reviews of the new and revised tax laws and how to take advantage of them The latest scoop on Medicare and Social Security and what it means for you Updated investment advice on mutual funds and other managed investments Enhanced smart spending tips Coverage of new bankruptcy laws and how to eliminate consumer debt Smart ways to use credit and improve credit scores Expanded coverage on educational savings options This hands-on, straightforward guide features ways to survive life changes such as starting your first job, getting married, having children, and retiring, as well as helpful tactics for preventing identity theft and fraud. With Personal Finance for Dummies, 5th Edition, you’ll be able to achieve financial strength and start concentrating on the more important things in life!
Description : Identity theft is sometimes considered a victimless crime, but readers will discover the truth about this damaging kind of crime as they learn about its history and the ways identity thieves work today. Essential facts about the methods identity thieves use—including stealing mail and hacking computers—are presented through comprehensive main text, comprehensive sidebars, and informative fact boxes. Readers also discover the ways the latest technology is used to find and stop identity thieves and how people can pursue a career in investigating identity theft. Detailed photographs are included to enhance this engaging reading experience.
Description : A comprehensive examination of different forms of identity theft and its economic impact, including profiles of perpetrators and victims and coverage of current trends, security implications, prevention efforts, and legislative actions. * Includes a chronology of key decisions, cases, and government action in the development of identity theft policy * Offers a list of key terms that will help the reader to better understand the sometimes unique language of crimes
Description : Examines the techniques used to steal personal information, discussing such methods as using Internet files, email, ATM scams, credit card offers, telephone solicitation, burglary, and trash scanning, and outlining what the average person can do to minimize the risk of identity theft.