Published by Security Resources Unlimited, LLC, 248/745-0286 (phone), www.identitytheftinfo.com (Web); 192 pages; $10.17.
Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes worldwide, each year causing billions of dollars of losses in the United States alone. Since the damage resulting from identity theft can take years to repair, and since most losses go unrecovered, the best way to fight it is to prevent it from occurring in the first place.
Johnny May has put together a handbook for doing just that. As May emphasizes, the means of protecting oneself from identity theft have always been simple and based on common sense. Thus, readers shouldn’t expect any startling revelations here. Yet the book is filled with as much information as May could gather, including statistics, case studies, prevention strategies, and the methods used by the most ingenious criminals. Having all this data in one source is highly useful; especially instructive is the material telling victims what to do once they have been victimized.
The book is a quick read. You could go from cover to cover in less time than it takes to do a Dumpster dive. For people and businesses that have inadequately protected personal information, this guide is well worth the time.
Reviewers: Eugene F. Ferraro, CPP, PCI, CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner), is the president of Business Controls, Inc., Golden, Colorado, and the former chairman of the ASIS International Substance Abuse Council. Collin Baer is an undercover drug investigation supervisor with Business Controls. He holds a criminal justice degree from the University of Nebraska.