While a thief operated behind the safety of John’s identity, John Sileo was held legally and financially responsible for the felonies committed. John Sileo spent more than 500 hours in those 2 years and $9,000 with a criminal lawyer to prove his innocence. The pain and expense that his family went through was unbearable.
John Sileo‘s immediate goal was to help move Colorado from the 5th highest identity theft state in the nation to the 50th. That is when he started speaking around the country about identity theft prevention and privacy. It grew from there.
During this time, John Sileo discovered why so many people are ignoring the problem. “Oh, it won’t happen to me,” people think. They know that identity theft is a problem, but they can’t visualize what it would be like to go through.
Most people don’t understand that their identity is their most valuable asset. It is worth more than everything they own, combined. Your home, car, credit rating, checking account, mutual funds, and even future earnings are only a portion of what’s at stake.
And people give in to apathy. We hear the stories, but we don’t make any changes. We protect our homes with deadbolts and alarms, but we do little to protect our identities, which are worth more!
The result? We fail to take action and leave ourselves vulnerable to attack. That is why John Sileo broke the tasks down into manageable steps.
John Sileo‘s mission is to produce an ongoing resource for protection that goes beyond basic checklists. John Sileo is often asked to speak to associations, corporations and consumers about identity theft prevention and broader issues of privacy. His company provides consulting services to businesses that wish to proactively protect private information. By applying Think Like a Spy methodologies developed for this book, John Sileo trains corporations on how to quickly detect and deter data theft and financial fraud on all rungs of the corporate ladder (from the mailroom to the boardroom).
John Sileo graduated with honors from Harvard University and served as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to New Zealand. He is the founder of four successful businesses and the acting president of two others. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Colorado.