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Identity theft toolkit : how to recover from and avoid identity theft

Author: John Lenardon
Publisher: North Vancouver, BC : Self-Counsel Press, ©2006.
Series: Self-Counsel reference series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : CD for computer : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book explains how thieves steal your identity, and how you can prevent it from happening to you.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Lenardon
ISBN: 1551806894 9781551806891
OCLC Number: 63194746
Notes: Accompanied by CD-ROM in pocket, p. [3] of cover.
Description: xi, 147 pages : illustrations, forms, samples ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. What is identity theft? What does personal information include? --
Identity theft and technology --
How do identity thieves steal information? --
What happens to your personal information? --
Detecting identity theft --
How safe is your identity? --
How this book can help you --
2. Preventing identity theft. When you give your information away : How good is a company's privacy policy? ; Opting out --
Threats at work : What your employer can do to protect your information ; What you can do to protect your information --
Shopping securely --
Check washing --
Computer protection : Guard your laptop ; Secure your wireless connections ; Keep safe on the Internet ; Watch for phishing scams ; Protect yourself during online transactions ; Hackers ; PDAs (personal digital assistants) ; Discard your computer with care --
What your children need to know : Children's friends ; Children and the Internet --
Protecting your home : Mail ; Trash ; Telephone --
Credit and debit cards ; Car risks ; The threat you carry ; On vacation and still at risk ; The danger card (SSN/SIN) ; Canadian firearms license ; Identity theft insurance ; "Say no" to identity theft --
3. What to do if you become a victim. Document everything --
Track your investigation --
Get the help you need --
Whom you should contact : Financial institutions ; Police ; Personal service providers ; Government departments --
Be sure to follow up --
Summary --
4. Reporting an identity theft. Law enforcement --
Financial reporting : Financial institutions ; Credit card companies ; Debit cards ; Check cashing ; Student loan fraud ; Bankruptcy fraud ; Department store accounts ; Investment fraud --
Government agencies : Tax fraud ; Driver's license ; SSN or SIN fraud ; Passport fraud ; Old age pension fraud --
Criminal records : United States ; Canada --
Canadian firearms license --
Personal reporting : Phone fraud ; Calling cards ; Utility fraud ; Mail theft ; Internet fraud --
Help track identity theft : United States Federal Trade Commission ; PhoneBusters Canada. 5. Your credit report. Credit report suspicions --
United States Credit Bureau : Fraud alert ; Your rights ; Free credit reports ; Free active duty alerts for military personnel ; Credit report fees ; TransUnion ; Equifax ; Experian --
Canadian credit bureaus : Fraud alerts ; TransUnion Canada ; Equifax Canada --
6. Forms for dealing with identity theft. ID theft victim information form --
Contact checklist --
Law enforcement contact form --
Main financial institutions contact form --
Additional financial contacts form --
Credit card companies contact form --
Department stores contact form --
Driver's license contact form --
SSN or SIN information contact form --
Passport contact form --
Telephone companies contact form --
Utility companies contact form --
Other services contact form --
Post office contact form --
Medical information contact form --
Equifax United States contact form --
TransUnion United States contact form --
Experian United States contact form --
Equifax Canada contact form --
TransUnion Canada contact form --
Sample letter to a credit reporting agency --
Sample letter to existing creditors --
Sample confirmation letter --
Quick list of US contacts --
Quick list of Canadian contacts --
Checklists. Your identity risk test --
Identification document checklist --
Samples. Sample phishing e-mail --
Sample credit report from TransUnion (US) --
Sample credit file request form from TransUnion --
Sample credit report from TransUnion (Canada) --
Tables. Identity risk test results --
Examples of breach of privacy --
Current rates for a personal credit report.
Series Title: Self-Counsel reference series.
Responsibility: John Lenardon.

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