Each of us is vulnerable to attack, every day ... our finances, our morality, our safety, our lives. Here's help you can use to defend yourself and those you love:
Comprehensive Personal Safety:
No Nonsense Self-Defense
Here's the best online self-defense resource we've ever seen. Marc MacYoung has been a bodyguard and a prison warden. He has also trained Law Enforcement Officers worldwide, and has the real-world experience to teach an ordinary citizen how to confront a dangerous street situation and live to tell about it! Marc provides comprehensive reliable practical information that answers all of your personal safety, crime prevention, and self-defense questions in a simple and easy-to-use FREE format.
Identity theft is the fastest growing financial crime in America. Anyone is vulnerable to the damage caused by identity theft. Learn how to protect yourself.
Federal Trade Commission's Identity Theft Site
A one-stop national resource to learn about the crime of identity theft. It provides detailed information to help you deter, detect, and defend against identity theft. Consumers can learn how to avoid identity theft and learn what to do if their identity is stolen. Businesses can learn how to help their customers deal with identity theft, as well as how to prevent problems in the first place. Law enforcement can get resources and learn how to help victims of identity theft.
Identity Theft and Identity Fraud Additional information from the U.S Department of Justice, discusses identity theft from a law enforcement standpoint. Includes examples of recent cases.
Identity Theft Prevention and Survival Collection of easy to use educational and self-help materials from Mari Frank, Esq., a nationally recognized expert on identity theft and privacy. Developed from personal experience as an identity theft victim, Ms. Frank's survival kit provides step-by-step instructions on how to survive this financially devastating ordeal, which isn't even illegal in many states.
Advance Fee Fraud (the "Nigeria Scam"):
You may get an e-mail with a desperate request for help from a stranger in a foreign land. Typically, they offer large sums of money if you help them protect their life savings from evil government officials. But their real purpose is to separate you from as much of your own money as they can. They might even kill you!
Urban Legends Nigeria Scam page This page gives the best summary we've seen of this fraudulent advance-fee scheme which has been around in one form or another since the 1920's.
FTC "Nigeria Scam" Consumer Alert Claiming to be Nigerian officials, businesspeople or the surviving spouses of former government honchos, con artists offer to transfer millions of dollars into your bank account in exchange for a small fee. You may even be encouraged to travel to Nigeria or a border country to complete the transaction. According to State Department reports, people who have responded to these solicitations have been beaten, subjected to threats and extortion, and in some cases, murdered.
Fraudulent E-Mail Advisory from the U.S. Secret Service. If you have received an e-mail or fax from someone you do not know requesting your assistance in a financial transaction, such as the transfer of a large sum of money into an account, or claiming you are the next of kin to a wealthy person who has died, or the winner of some obscure lottery, DO NOT respond.
Your Community and Gang Violence:
Gang activity has become increasingly common in almost every community in the United States. Learn more about it.
Gang Reference Card for Parents Is your child involved with a gang? This quick and easy reference guide from the U.S. Department of Justice provides common warning signs of gang involvement. PDF document; also available in Spanish, Hmong, and Vietnamese.
Operation Community Shield In February 2005, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) began Operation Community Shield, a national law enforcement initiative that targets violent transnational street gangs through the use of ICE's broad law enforcement powers, including the unique and powerful authority to remove (deport) criminal aliens, including illegal aliens and legal permanent resident aliens.