Twenty-seven million Americans have been victims of identity theft in
the last five years and the total cost of identity theft approaches $48
billion per year (total costs to businesses are $43 billion and the
direct cost to consumers is $5 billion). These staggering statistics
have prompted security consultant Michael Arata to provide readers with
the resources they need to guard themselves against identity theft. In
this valuable book, Arata offers easy-to-follow, straightforward advice
on understanding identity theft, minimizing risk, maintaining
vigilance, choosing who to share personal information with, selecting
hard-to-guess PINs, determining victimization, reviewing a credit
report, charting a course of action, resolving credit problems,
reclaiming good credit, and much more. It explains how to recover
successfully if identity theft does occur. Author Michael Arata, CISSP,
CPP, CFE, ACLM, is a veteran of the security industry with more than
fifteen years of experience.
Author Biography: Michael J. Arata, Jr., has more
than fifteen years of security experience. He’s investigated numerous
credit fraud cases and currently serves as Director of Corporate
Security for Rudolph and Sletten.
Part I: Getting the Scoop on Identity Theft.
Chapter 1: Who?s Stealing What . . . and What You Can Do About It.
Chapter 2: Keeping Tabs on Your Personal Information.
Chapter 3: Mike?s Anti-Identity-Theft Crash Course.
Part II: Determining Whether You?re a Victim.
Chapter 4: Smelling a Rat: Recognizing When You Are a Victim.
Chapter 5: Homing In on Bank Statements.
Chapter 6: Interpreting Your Credit Report.
Part III: Staying Ahead of Identity Theft.
Chapter 7: Watching What You Set on the Curb.
Chapter 8: Practicing Discretion in Public Places.
Chapter 9: Staying Safe Online and on the Phone.
Part IV: Taking Back Your Good Name.
Chapter 10: Joining Forces in the Identity Theft Battle.
Chapter 11: Closing Compromised Accounts.
Chapter 12: Opening New Accounts.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 13: Ten Tips to Make Reclaiming Your Identity Go More Smoothly.
Chapter 14: Ten Handy Resources.
Chapter 15: Ten Common Scams and How to Avoid Them.