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Surviving the World of Identity Theft and Scammers

Swiped by Adam LevinI saw this book on the shelf (can't miss it with the bright red cover) and thought maybe I would learn something about scammers.  Boy, did I ever.  Swiped: how to protect yourself in a world full of scammers, phishers, and identity thieves by Adam Levin should be required reading for everyone - young and old.  The book consists of 4 parts:  an Overview of the problem, the Basics of what you can do, the Many Types of Identity Theft and Resources and Terms.  The last part, Resources and Terms, includes a 30 page section on existing scams.  Levin talks about the Three Ms which are minimize your exposure, monitor your accounts and manage the damage.  If you follow these, your life will be less painful when "you get got."  He recommends looking at your credit cards and bank account daily, in addition to running a credit report every 4 months.  What's really scary is even if you or a family member passes away, you're still apt to "get got"

Holiday Traditions

Next week is Thanksgiving and the beginning for many holiday traditions.  I grew up in New Jersey where Thanksgiving morning was spent watching the Macy's Parade from New York City.  I was fortunate one year to actually go to the parade and experience it first hand.  What a great time I had watching all the balloons go past, going to the F.A.O. Swarz toy store, looking at the Christmas windows of Macy's and other department stores, then heading to Rockefeller Center to look at the tree and ice skaters.  Many families spend Thanksgiving weekend buying their tree and decorating the house and tree.  Here are some books to get you ready for your holiday traditions.


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