How I decide to become an identity theft risk management specialist.
Since 2000 I have been an Independent Sales Associate with Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. (www.topqualityaccess.com) In 2004 or 2005 Pre-Paid Legal introduced a product called the Identity Theft Shield. In trying to market that service, people would say to me "I'm not at risk." "I don't have a credit card. I don't have a checking account. I'm not at risk for identity theft." "I have bad credit anyway. Let them have it (my identity)."
Because of the trainings I had attended through Pre-Paid Legal, it became clear to me that people did not have an understanding of true identity theft. I became motivated to learn about identity theft and train others about identity theft.
I developed a sense of urgency about how crucial it is for people to learn about true identity theft and how to reduce their risk of identity theft. That sense of urgency drove me to become the first person in Minnesota to complete training as a Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist.