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Johnny May's Guide to Preventing Identity Theft book review by Scott Bilker
by Scott Bilker
Scott Bilker is the author of the best-selling books, Talk Your Way Out of Credit Card Debt, Credit Card and Debt Management, and How to be more Credit Card and Debt Smart. He's also the founder of DebtSmart.com. More about and DebtSmart can be found in the online media kit.
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Scott Bilker

Johnny May's new book, from start to finish, is the definitive guide to identity theft! Johnny has done a great job explaining, in easy-to-understand language, how to recognize and prevent this growing crime with 27.3 million victims in the last five years.

What motivates the identity thief? Money certainly however, revenge is another reason to worry. Needing a fresh start with their credit can also be the incentive for many identity thieves who create that start at our expense.

Johnny is an expert in all areas of security. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master's Degree in Security Administration from the University of Detroit-Mercy. He spends most of his time teaching people and companies how to protect themselves and what to do if they become  victims.

Johnny provides many tips for individuals and businesses to guard important information used in identity theft not only for using technology but also in the real world. For example, Johnny advises that "Tip 18. To avoid pickpockets, men should carry wallets in a front pocket. Another idea is to place a rubber band around the wallet so it will rub against the cloth, providing an alert that a crime is in progress. You can also place your wallet in your pocket sideways, making it more difficult to get the wallet out of your pocket."

I also found the cases included in chapter 9 to be quite interesting. Reading the one-paragraph descriptions of these incidents will help you become more focused on preventing ID theft. For example, "A 34-year-old surgeon had her purse stolen from a locked desk at the hospital where she was employed. She quickly canceled her credit cards and checks. About two years later she received a phone call from a collection agency about an overdue account of $3,500 from an out-of-state jewelry store. A copy of credit report revealed that almost $30,000 worth of jewelry, roaming cell phone charges, and department store charges had been made in her name."

Today's criminals are after much more than the cash in your wallet! I would urge everyone to read this book and put Johnny's advice to work right away!

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