Thank You Luke Air Force Base!

It is the highest honor for me to be able to serve the United States military, who so valiantly and humbly serve every American. Just hours ago, I finished delivering an identity theft prevention speech to the Airmen of Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, AZ. Thank you, Luke, and the Department of Defense for inviting me to speak with you.

During my speech, I promised to give you easy-to-complete action steps to protect your identity against theft, as well as that of your loved ones. I’d like to deliver on that promise by directing you to a full page article I’ve written specifically for you: The Military Identity Theft Protection Kit. If you have additional suggestions for protecting military IDs that I haven’t covered in this article, please include your comments at the bottom of the post. With your input, this conversation should contribute to the financial stability of our armed forces — Which is vital, because, as you are aware, financial readiness is mission readiness.

There were several questions that were asked after my speech was over that I wanted to address here:

  1. Does freezing your credit affect your ability to make charges on your credit card? Absolutely not! It only affects new accounts being set up (car loans, home loans, etc.) using your credit profile. It will not affect any existing accounts that you have. You will still be able to make purchases on your credit or debit card without any additional hassle.
  2. How do I protect my kids? I recommend that you simply monitor your kid’s credit reports, much like you would your own. I will do some research this weekend and will post the information sites to help you out with this by Monday.
2 replies
  1. Susan McGraw
    Susan McGraw says:

    John, I REALLY enjoyed your speech and the incredible amount of information I was able to learn at the Luke AFB lesson. Thank you very much. I am the woman who had ID theft hit me in Spring this year for $10,000. Unbelievably, only 24 hrs later, we just had 4 different teenagers approach us by knocking our door trying to sell subcriptions to magazines. I had bought one 2 weeks ago from a young guy and in my judgement he seemed genuine, but I haven’t had a magazine yet. The last caller yesterday got ugly when I demanded ID and sent her packing (we found a dead pigeon and cigarette packet outside our door when we went to walk our dog). I called the local sherrif who came by and talked to me, he was very nice, but now it would seem I should never have bought a magazine in the first place as it’s a scam for identity theft. If only I’d been to your lesson already! The sherrif suggested I stop the check. Do you think I need to be concerned. I will watch my account on-line carefully. I certainly won’t ever do that again and today we are off to buy a security door even though we can’t really afford one at the moment but we now feel it’s a priority. Anyway, I think Luke personnel will be checking in on your site in the upcoming days so I thought if I mention it perhaps it will help warn others. Kindest regards and thanks again.


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