Friday, April 18, 2008
Her Good Name
I just won a prize over on Josi's new blog, Her Good Name. I meant to tell you about the contest so you could enter too, but somehow it slipped my mind. (Sorry, Josi.) The contest was to share an Identity Theft story—I told about something that happened to my uncle—and the prize was my choice of gift certificate from either Deseret Book or Wingers restaurant. Guess which one I picked? (That was a no-brainer, huh?)
So why am I mentioning this after the fact? It's not to brag. It's to call attention to Josi's blog. Her new book, Her Good Name, is coming out this fall and it's about a woman who has to deal with identity theft. To help promote the book and to raise awareness of this problem, Josi has created the blog as "a gathering place for information about...the fastest growing crime in America." She will be posting on the topic and will include lots of links to other sites containing preventative information.
You know, when my mother-in-law lived with us, she insisted every letter be mailed from the post office, not our mailbox in front of the house. She shredded everything—every. single. thing.—with her name or any personal info on it. I thought she was a little extreme. (Truthfully, I thought she was a little nuts.) But lately I've been reconsidering.
The amount of personal damage identity theft can do is overwhelming and it's becoming more and more rampant. Just yesterday morning I was at Hollywood video and a man was telling the clerk about having his identity stolen. This is something I want to be more aware of and I hope you will too. You can start by bookmarking Josi's blog.