About the Author
Virginia dad, Joe Mason, had had enough. After spending more than a decade helping adults protect themselves from identity theft and credit fraud, Joe thought he had heard and seen it all, until two years ago when he began to uncover the hidden nightmare over 140,000 American parents have faced—child identity theft.
A parent of two children himself, and the executive behind the acclaimed identity protection service, Identity Guard®, Joe was shocked to discover child identity theft had grown to epidemic proportions. He found that a prolonged weak economy, stricter immigration laws, and security vulnerabilities that come with increased online and mobile use were just some of the reasons for the alarming rise. What frustrated Joe even more was that neither the victims nor their parents discovered the crime until years later, when it was often too late for justice to be served.
Desperate to help these parents, Joe worked along-side Intersections’ President of Partner Services, Steve Schwartz, and a team of experts at Intersections, to create Kid SureSM, the most comprehensive service of its kind for monitoring the Social Security numbers and personally identifiable information of children. But he isn’t stopping there. Joe and his team at Identity Guard®, have set off on a mission to educate and empower parents around the country to stand up and fight back against organized crime, illegal immigrants, and even wayward family members who are kidnapping the identities of 16 innocent children each hour.
Joe Mason is a husband and father of two living in Haymarket, Virginia. He is the Senior Vice President, Consumer Services of Intersections Inc. and the general manager of IdentityGuard.com. Throughout his career, Joe has played a role in protecting the identities of well over one million Americans. Prior to joining Intersections, Joe spent nearly a decade at Capital One, where he managed their identity protection offerings and helped consumers understand the importance of protecting their personal information. Joe has a B.S. from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from The College of William and Mary and has been featured on CNN, Fox News, ABC News, and many other regional and national media outlets.
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