IDENTITY THEFT PROTECTION: HOW TO AVOID AN INVASION OF PRIVACY
BY GRANT HALL
What is identity theft? Identity theft is the leading fraud crime in the United States of America and involves the
fraudulent use of a person’s name by a criminal for personal and monetary gain. Expect a successful attack on your
identity to cost about $2,500 and the cost for a business-related identity theft will exceed $10,000 (Hall, 2006).
The restoration of your good name following an identity theft will take months or years. It is far more desirable to take
the steps necessary to avoid identity theft rather than attempt to take care of the problem when it happens.
BASIC IDENTITY THEFT PROTECTION
Basic identity theft protection measures center around one’s travel, money, employment and home.
Based on the experience of this writer, successful identity theft prevention involves the implementation of a privacy
lifestyle rather than the buying of identity theft insurance-like protection products.
This article will focus on these four important aspects of our lives and provide solutions that have been used. Explanations and in depth details of the identity theft prevention solutions mentioned herein are beyond the scope
and purpose of this writing. Further research is recommended and interested readers are advised to rely on the
references at the conclusion of this paper for specific recommendations on identity theft prevention.
Associating one’s name with their home address and having the two linked in data bases and/or public records
provides identity thieves with a clear map to your doorsteps. It is not a good idea to have a residence in your own
name and mail should be received by a mail drop nominee when privacy matters are a priority.
Certain privacy seekers learn how to get a new identity for non-official use in order to keep their lives private.
Learning how to create a new identity is not complicated. Essentially, for non official purposes, privacy conscious
people can begin using a pseudonym simply by beginning to use another name. Use your true name when dealing
with law enforcement and research laws in your given jurisdiction before you get a new identity for privacy purposes
related to identity theft. Countries in the western hemisphere have permitted the use of another name for privacy
matters and privacy laws support your right to privacy in most cases.
Once neighbors know you by your pseudonym and an “owned” residence is titled in the name of a Trust, all privacy
matters pertaining to the home become iron clad.
EMPLOYEE RIGHTS TO PRIVACY
Work privacy is essential and the level of privacy employed by the individual who seeks identity theft protection will
depend on personal motivation and knowledge.
While privacy laws are on the side of the employee, workers are traceable through Social Security numbers and
names. Certain databases make this information available to many government agencies and private companies
and individuals may buy the information from third parties.
High-level work privacy methods have been employed to break the paper trail from an individual to their work place.
Are you serious about learning how to prevent identity theft that may originate from the work place? Perhaps you
should learn how to create a new identity. Not in the traditional sense, but as an “employer’s” name that is not
traceable to you. The method of using a Limited Liability Company or a trust as your “employer” establishes a
privacy layer between you and your actual employer-complete with a new name and tax payer identification number
THE ANONYMOUS TRAVELER
Automobiles registered to and owned by the usual driver along with Department of Motor Vehicle drivers license
information, provide identity theft criminals with names, home addresses and Social Security numbers of potential
targets or direct links to this information.
A trust-owned automobile that is registered properly for privacy purposes allows the driver to travel anonymously.
Indeed, a recent case study indicated that a police department of a city could not identify the driver of a trust-owned
car (Hall, 2008).
The key is “proper registration” of the automobile that is titled in the name of the trust.
MONEY AND PROPERTY
Perhaps the most challenging aspect of one’s privacy matters involves the concealment of property-both real and
liquid assets. Banks are usually not amenable to providing customers with services to meet their privacy needs and
few bankers understand their own business and most do not know the source of their money (Hall, 2008) and bankers
are not your friends (Hill, 1998).
Trust owned, non-interest bearing checking accounts have enabled privacy advocates to keep their names and
Social Security numbers off bank account titles. Trust accounts without reference to the trustee’s name can be
considered anonymous to the outside world as only the bank will have the signer’s information.
Businesses controlled by one or more people may be held by entities and registered anonymously to avoid an
invasion of privacy. Businesses registered with the Secretary of State are public information. Front entities and the
administrative trustee principle (Hall, 2006) provide management with secrecy in administrative business privacy
COMMUNICATION PRIVACY MATTERS
Online privacy, email privacy, data privacy and all internet communication and research become important
and documents should be handled with identity theft prevention as a primary consideration. Personal and business
information is often intercepted by those in the business of identity theft. Keeping tax identifiers, home addresses
and other financial information off of correspondences of all types go a long way toward identity theft prevention.
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Copyright: James Clark King, LLC, January 1, 2009