Disaster is no time to sell help. If the victims of Sandy can benefit from our work preventing identity theft, they should have open access to it.
Denver, CO (PRWEB) October 30, 2012
When disaster strikes, like it did Monday with hurricane Sandy and the resulting superstorm, people impacted by the destruction can become victims all over again thanks to identity thieves and scammers taking advantage of a victim’s confusion and vulnerability.
To help those affected by the storm, John Sileo--an award winning author and noted speaker on identity theft--is donating free digital copies of his workbook, Think Like A Spy: Identity Theft Prevention and Recovery on his educational website, Sileo.com. Presently, there is no cost to download the workbook.
Reached at the privacy think tank he runs from Denver, Sileo commented: “Disaster is no time to sell help. If the victims of Sandy can benefit from our work preventing identity theft, they should have open access to it.”
As seen after Hurricane Katrina, one of the most despicable side effects of a natural disaster is the massive increase in reported cases of identity theft and fraudulent scams in affected areas. Sileo notes, “Data thieves prey on the vulnerable. Those who have suffered flooding, wind damage, power outages, property destruction and the side effects of a storm like Sandy are more vulnerable than ever, more distracted than normal. Once they are physically safe, victims should act immediately to protect their good name and financial identity.”
Sileo notes several high-risk areas for fraud and theft:
- Impostors posing as emergency and relief workers to gain your trust and tap into your life savings
- Fraudulent disaster cleanup crews that pretend to lend a hand while siphoning off sensitive identity
- Fake charitable websites that attract donors but never give to the cause
The solution, he notes in a recent blog post written for victims of Sandy, it to “know what scams are likely and inoculate yourself and your family before they hit.” His free prevention workbook is an excellent place to begin that process.