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When Frank Abagnale trains law-enforcement officers for the FBI's National Academy about identity theft, he asks agents for their addresses and nothing more. The next day, he returns with everything he would need to steal their lives: Social Security numbers, dates of birth, current salary, checking account numbers, the names of everyone in their family, and more. This illustrates how easy it is for anyone from anywhere in the world to assume your identity and, in a matter of hours, devastate your life in ways that can take years to recover from.

Considering that someone in the U.S. is victimized in this way every four seconds, Stealing Your Life is the reference everyone needs, by an unsurpassed authority on the latest identity-theft schemes.

©2007 Frank W. Abagnale (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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"Offer[s] spine-tingling terror for anyone who has a Social Security number and birth date." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Don't Buy If Not American

Was excited to read this, thinking it would be an education in con men. Instead, I found an America-centric book with almost no information of use for anyone outside the US.

The writing is judgemental of people and full of stereotyping and sweeping statements.

Narrator is decent if somewhat monotonous.

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Out of date and very US centric

This is out of date now and could really do with being updated to include GDPR and PCI credit card compliance rules. It’s also very US orientated and although some parts (approx 40%) is useful wherever you live or work, you have to listen to multiple anecdotes from the US before you reach them. Credit should be given to Frank Abagnale for highlighting Identity Theft and the need for Banks, Regulators and Law Makers to address the loop holes and stupidly easy ways government process allow identity theft. Overall it’s full of examples (if you like that sort of thing - it’ll irritate if you don’t) and useful, but less so if you’re not in the US and it’s really due an update.

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  • Sheila
  • 05-06-07

Want to Be Paranoid?

I found this book to be quite enlightening. At times I found myself getting paranoid about things that I may have done wrong with regards to protecting my identity. Mostly I was pleased with how much I learned about protecting myself in the future and reducing my exposure to identity thieves.

I highly recommend this book to everyone.

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  • David
  • 30-01-08

Absolutely Eye Popping

This is not just eye-opening, but eye-popping as it will scare the heck out of you just how easy it is for someone to steal your personal identity.

Obtaining your social security number, birth date, mother's maiden name, address, demographic data... to take out a loan against your mortgage, use your credit card or even acquire one in your name, use your SSN to make themselves money while leaving the taxes to you, gain access to the money in your bank accounts, and soooo many more... has become absolutely trivial... and done all in your name and at your expense.

This will scare you far more than any Steven King novel, and tell you how to reduce your risk.

"READ" IT!






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  • Randy
  • 27-03-09

Essential Reading for Every Consumer

If you have a bank account, credit card, computer or children, then this book is for you. The author both outlines and goes into a fair bit of detail about how identity theft has destroyed lives; and will destroy yours if a thief gets your information. He identifies that all is not doom and gloom, and offers his top 20 methods to protect yourself from this crime occuring and emphasizes that if you don't do it now, before it happens, you CAN'T stop it after it has happened. He clearly explains that financial loss including costs to regain your identity, may not be the greatest cause of pain and suffering from this crime. Financial pain may not even come close to the pain from some of the things that could easily happen to a Identity fraud victim. Some items he mentions are job turn downs, being fired from your present job, being thrown into jail (possibly in a foreign country), loan applications denied and more.

He explains things in simple terms so that an average reader with no financial background can easily understand him. One particular thing I liked is that he gives Web addresses, telephone numbers of agencies that can be contacted for a number of issues like contacting a credit bureau. He keeps the book from being 'a dry read' by using plenty of real life examples of unfortunate people that have been victims of Identity theft.
Raymond Todd does a very good job narrating the book.

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  • Vikki
  • 28-06-07

This book is FANTASTIC!

I can't possibly say enough good things about this book. Being a victim of identity theft, as well as my granddaughter is devastating. (A close family member is the perp!)

Had I had this information available to me 2 years ago we would have never been victims to this horrific crime.

I learned a great deal from this audio book. And it is well worth the money spent to purchase it. If you think for 1 second you can't be a victim, think again.

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  • Ricardo Sousa
  • 16-08-08

A must have wake up call to modern day security

In todays fast moving world where every thing is easy and fast, we never stop to think on the aspect of how things really work and on the dangers that comes with all the modern days conveniences.
The book covers very well all necessary basic precautions we should have.

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  • DP
  • 16-05-07

A Must Read

I highly recommend this cutting edge book on identity theft written by a well known fraud prevention expert. Easy to listen to. Great information and advice.

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  • J Bogs
  • 02-08-21

A Must Read for Everybody's Identity Protection!

This book is a must read for everyone regarding the problem of Identity Theft. Extremely well written, factual with plenty of real life examples and tips. Narration was excellent.

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  • Lisa
  • 10-07-20

Loved it.

Preventive facts everyone should know re. ID theft BEFORE it ruins your life! Great read.

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  • Kat
  • 25-12-12

Must read to be more aware of identity theft

Would you listen to Stealing Your Life again? Why?

It is definitely not a literature masterpiece but great guide to make us aware if the identity theft. It can happen to any of us and only our combine efforts can mitigate the risks and impacts on our lives. I will recommend it to all my friends and family that live in US.