Willy Sutton never really said that he robbed banks because that's where the money is. But if he would have apocryphally said it in 2013, he would have been involved with identity theft since that is where the big money is.
In 50 Ways to Protect Your Identity in a Digital Age: New Financial Threats You Need to Know and How to Avoid Them, Steve Weisman lays out practical and pragmatics tips on how you can avoid being one of the millions of victims of identity theft.
The 50 ways in the book end up being over 250 tips. Weisman teaches the reader how to recognize the risks of identity theft and how to avoid them. That is crucial as the scammers are always thinking of crafty ways in which to exploit their victims.
One of the best pieces of advice in the book is to limit sharing your birthday, age or place of birth online; particularly on social media. Weisman quotes a study done from Carnegie Mellon University; which found that a person’s social security number could be gleaned based on that information.
The books 22 chapter covers a wide range of topics covering the entire gamut of identity theft threats and vulnerabilities.
For those looking for an easy to read guide to quickly scare them into the realities of identity theft, 50 Ways to Protect Your Identity in a Digital Age: New Financial Threats You Need to Know and How to avoid them is a great wake-up call.