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Pre-Paid Legal and You

Posted in Business, Economy, General, Identity Theft, Legal, Life Improvement, Paul Craig Roberts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2012 by truthwillrise

From textografico.com:

Finding a sense of security in today’s world can be a challenge. With the way that the economy and job market is these days it can be hard for you to feel safe in this world. Some people may want to take advantage of you in these hard times and when they do it can leave you feeling helpless if you’re not prepared.

Having a lawyer on standby is a luxury that many of us feel like we cannot afford. With the high prices that lawyers charge and with the standard income of an Average Joe like you and me it is difficult to take care of ourselves when a legal dispute arises. Fortunately for us there are pre-paid legal services like legalshield that we can use. By using these pre-paid legal services we can have a sense of security as we go throughout our normal days. It will be similar to having “legal insurance”. I urge you to look into it, it won’t cost you an arm and a leg and you deserve the security that comes with it. Remember, you don’t have to be taken advantage of!

Go to http://www.brandonjking.info to get started on your membership.

24 multinationals move HQ to Shanghai

Posted in Attack on the Republic, Economy, International Bankers, Multi-National Corporations, New World Order, News with tags , , , , , , , on July 15, 2010 by truthwillrise

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July 15, 2010

24 multinational companies, have decided to move their regional headquarters to Shanghai, including 6 Fortune 500 companies such as Vale, Walt Disney and Kraft Foods.

This will push the total number of companies with regional headquarters in Shanghai to nearly 300. Nearly 500 have regional research and development centers there.

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An Oppurtunity That Offers Freedom

Posted in Economy, General, Life Improvement with tags , , , on July 12, 2010 by truthwillrise

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What type of ID theft protection service should you get?

Posted in Economy, General, Identity Theft, Legal, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2010 by truthwillrise

As identity theft continues to escalate, many people are looking to protect themselves by investing in the myriad of identity theft protection services. In a previous article entitled, “Clearing up the id theft service picture”, I differentiated between the various types of identity theft services. However, with so many products out there it can be difficult to decide which one to purchase.

From personal experience, I know that dealing with identity theft can be an overwhelming ordeal. Many people do not know what to and even if you do, the amount of time spent in rectifying the situation can be tremendous. It is for these reasons that people obtain these services.

Read the rest of the article here.

Data Breaches Hit Close To Home

Posted in Business, Economy, Identity Theft, News with tags , , on February 19, 2010 by truthwillrise

As we go through the course of days and lives, we deal with many businesses and entities. We get utilities in our new home, we sign up for an insurance policy, obtain a gym membership, apply for a job, or maybe get a discount card from our favorite retail store. These things are done many times without a second thought of where that information goes or how it is stored and protected.

As we have shifted into the information age, information has now become a commodity, particularly of a personal nature, and like any commodity it is bought and sold. That is why there are databases and there are databases for nearly anything and everything. The problem is that this information is being stolen at a dizzying pace. According to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, there have been over 340 million records compromised since 2005.  

Tennessee has not been immune to data breaches. On Christmas Eve 2007, two laptops were stolen from the Davidson County Election Commission which contained personal information every registered voter in the county, 337,000 people. Tennessee Tech suffered two data losses; one in 2008 when a flash drive was lost that held the names and Social Security numbers of 990 students, and another took place in 2009 when an errant email revealed 3,100 Social Security numbers. A flash drive was lost at Tennessee State that contained the names and financial information of 9,000 people. Lifeblood in Memphis lost the information of 321,000 when laptops came up missing.  

The rest of this article can be read at http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-38796-Nashville-Identity-Theft-Examiner~y2010m2d13-Data-Breaches-Hit-Close-to-Home

Pre-Paid Legal Services: 36 Years and Counting

Posted in Business, Identity Theft, Legal, Life Improvement, News with tags , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2009 by truthwillrise
PPD Plans Marketing Re-Launch in Las Vegas in September

 

 

 

 

ADA, Okla., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. (NYSE: PPD) will utilize its 2009 Las Vegas Summit, September 9-12, as a stage for introducing a marketing platform that will revolutionize the way the company markets its legal service plans throughout the U.S. and four Provinces of Canada. Building upon a successful foundation of direct selling, the new marketing process represents the first re-launch in the 36 year history of the company.

 

“We’re not replacing our existing marketing methods,” said Pre-Paid Legal Services Founder and CEO Harland C. Stonecipher. “We are introducing a new web-based marketing process that is so comprehensive it impacts our entire marketing program and enhances our existing business model.”

 

Although PPD is keeping the specifics of this initiative under wraps until the Las Vegas event, the company introduced a package of special August promotions to encourage more U.S. and Canadian Associates to come to the 2009 Summit to be a part of the company’s historic marketing re-launch and to be on the front line during the roll-out of the new marketing platform.

 

Launching an Industry

When Pre-Paid Legal Services launched on February 9, 1973 in Ada, OK, the concept of prepaid legal service plans was still in its infancy in the U.S. PPD took bold steps to spread the word about this approach to providing quality legal services in a cost-effective legal service plan. With this core vision, the company grew, and in the process garnered accolades from national news media, such as Forbes, Fortune, Money, Financial World, Black Enterprise and others. On August 22, 2007, USA Today published an article, based on its own database study of company stock value at corporations where the founder remained at the helm. In this broad ranging study that included 63 companies, PPD ranked third on the list with a 15-year stock gain of 4,302 percent.

 

PPD has also been the recipient of a number of awards and corporate recognition. In 2006, the Foundation for Fair Civil Justice designated PPD for the “Line in the Sand” award for the company’s battle against abuse of the legal system. In addition, PPD was pleased to see the National Association of Attorneys General adopt the “Resolution in Support of the Concept of Prepaid Legal Services Plans” in 2008.

 

Marketing Re-Launch

“If ever there was a time when we needed to make affordable legal services available to people, the time is now,” Stonecipher said. “As a result of the prolonged recession, all too many citizens are facing significant challenges, such as foreclosure, bankruptcy and credit issues.” Armed with the right legal services, including direct access to designated, customer-focused attorneys, individuals have the best means for meeting these financial and personal issues.

 

Pre-Paid Legal Services now provides legal service plans to approximately 1.5 million families, yet even with the combined coverage of all legal service plan providers, there remains a large segment of the population without access to legal services. The re-launch of PPD will help us reach a much greater audience within the U.S. and Canadian markets. It will also provide a means for extending the reach and impact of our Independent Associate network.

 

During a recent teleconference in which he spoke to thousands of PPD Associates, Stonecipher said, “You may not have been here for the launch of Pre-Paid Legal Services in 1973, but you can be a part of our corporate history in September when we announce the re-launch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. We’re taking it to a new level from there.”

 

About PPD

Pre-Paid Legal Services was one of the first companies in the United States organized solely to design, underwrite and market legal service plans. PPD provides legal service plans to more than 1.5 million families across the U.S. and Canada. Plan benefits are delivered through a network of independent provider law firms. Members have direct, toll-free access to their provider law firm. Provider firms are carefully selected and quality of service is closely monitored to maintain the high standards of Pre-Paid Legal. The company website is: www.prepaidlegal.com.

 

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release, other than purely historical information, regarding our future plans and objectives and expected operating results, dividends and share repurchases and statements of the assumptions underlying such statements, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The forward-looking statements contained herein are based on certain assumptions that may not be correct. They are subject to risks and uncertainties incident to our business that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are described in the reports and statements filed by us with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including (among others) those listed in our Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K, and include the risks that our membership persistency or renewal rates may decline, that we may not be able to continue to grow our memberships and earnings, that we are dependent on the continued active participation of our principal executive officer, that pending or future litigation may have a material adverse effect on us if resolved unfavorably to us, that we may have compromises of our information security, that during an economic downturn in the economy consumer purchases of discretionary items may be affected which could materially harm our sales, retention rates, profitability and financial condition, that we could be adversely affected by regulatory developments, that competition could adversely affect us, that we are substantially dependent on our marketing force, that our stock price may be affected by short sellers, that we have been unable to increase our employee group membership sales and that our active premium in force is not indicative of future revenue as a result of changes in active memberships from cancellations and additional membership sales. Please refer to pages 15 – 17 of our 2008 Form 10-K for a more complete description of these risks. We undertake no duty to update any of the forward-looking statements in this release.

 

 

 For more information about Pre-Paid Legal Services, you can log on to http://www.prepaidlegal.com/hub/bking62 , http://www.BrandonKing.greatcareerplan.com , or you can also call 1-866-510-7907.

Identity Theft Victim Speaks Out About 16 Year Ordeal

Posted in Business, Economy, Identity Theft, Legal, Life Improvement, News with tags , , , , , , , on August 15, 2009 by truthwillrise

 

 

JACKSONVILLE, FL — Like many of us, Ieshia Brown has heard of identity theft, but now she’s living it and says it is a nightmare.

Brown says,”It is terrible! My credit is ruined and now it has messed up my driving record.”

Brown says it started in 1993 with her driver’s license. Someone had stolen her ID and used it to get a license. “I’ve been in jail because of an outstanding warrant for worthless checks in my name and it wasn’t me,” says Brown.

Brown says that case was dismissed, but the problems related to ID theft continue to haunt her.

In February, because of the number of moving violations in her name, the state revoked her driver’s license and called her an Habitual Traffic Offender.

“I’ve had about ten tickets since driving all of those are by someone else, those are five pages of tickets,” says Brown.

In 1997, the DMV provided Brown with a letter showing that an imposter had used her ID to obtain a license. The state then placed a fraud alert on her driving record.

“I don’t know what to do to get it straight,” says Brown.

Brown says the fraud alert apparently did not help, and all she wants his her life back to normal.

“I want my license back and my driving record straight,” says Brown.

Until it is, if she’s caught driving she faces up to 15 months in jail, something she says she wants to avoid.

‘On Your Side’ contacted the Florida DMV. Spokesperson Ann Nucatola says generally if someone finds themselve the victim of identity theft, all they have to do is take a copy of the police report to the district office and request an adminstrative review.

Nucatola says given the lengthy history of problems with Browns driving license, they are now reviewing the case.

The Federal Trade Commission has tips on protecting yourself from identity theft and what to do if you’re a victim, CLICK HERE to find out more

 

For more information on Identity Theft as well as what you can do before you become a victim of Identity Theft, please call 1-866-510-7907 or log on to http://www.prepaidlegal.com/idt/bking62 or http://www.greatworkplan.com/betterlife4u

Two in THree Austrailian Companies Leak Data

Posted in Business, Economy, Identity Theft, Life Improvement with tags , , , , on August 12, 2009 by truthwillrise
Renews calls for mandatory data disclosure laws.

Two in three Australian organisations experienced a serious data breach in the last twelve months, according to a survey by the Ponemon Institute.

The Institute, commissioned by data encryption company PGP, paid 482 IT security professionals in Australia to answer questions around the protection of their data.

Some 69 percent of respondents said they experienced at least one data breach in the last 12 months, up from 56 percent in 2008.

One in four of those companies that experienced a data breach suffered five or more breaches in the 12 months, up 22 percent on 2008.

Of those organisations that did admit to losing data, 65 percent chose not to inform the public – a figure the report’s authors said was “sure to add to the demand for Australia to adopt data breach notification laws similar to those in the United States.”

The Federal Government has spent the last few months reviewing privacy laws, the first draft of which was due to be released to the public within a week.

But no timeline has been set for the introduction of mandatory data disclosure laws, as recommended by the Australian Law Reform Commission and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.

In the interim, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner has produced a voluntary guide to managing data breaches.

The survey also revealed some interesting data on what motivates organisations to protect their data.

Of those organisations that use data encryption technology to protect against the leak of confidential data, only 15 percent said they did so for regulatory reasons (citing the Federal Privacy Act, National Privacy Principles and PCI DSS requirements) whereas 70 per cent used encryption to protect their brand and reputation.

 

 

The problem of data breaches is not just an United States problem, but an international one. For more information on what you can do if you have been affected by a data breach, or what you can do before that happens, log on to http://www.prepaidlegal.com/idt/bking62    , http://www.greatworkplan.com/betterlife4u or call 1-866-510-7907.

Soldiers warned about ID theft after laptop stolen

Posted in Business, Identity Theft, Legal, Life Improvement, News with tags , , , , , on August 7, 2009 by truthwillrise

By RYAN J. FOLEY (AP) – 1 day ago

MADISON, Wis. — The Army National Guard is investigating why a contractor had data including Social Security numbers for 131,000 current and former soldiers on an unsecured personal laptop that was stolen, a spokesman said Thursday.

The Guard was sending letters this week warning those affected to protect themselves from identity theft after the July 27 theft of the laptop belonging to a contract employee, said Randy Noller, spokesman for the National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Va. 

He would not release details, including the contractor involved and where it happened, but said police were investigating. The stolen laptop contains names, addresses, Social Security numbers and payment data for those enrolled in the Army National Guard Bonus and Incentives Program.

The Guard had no indication any data has been compromised but affected soldiers, generally those who received enlistment and retention bonuses in recent years, should take precautionary steps such as putting fraud alerts on their credit, Noller said.

He did not know how many of the 131,000 affected are on active duty. Those who are deployed and believe identity theft has occurred are being told to contact the nearest Judge Advocate Office for help.

The Guard is also working with its state affiliates to notify soldiers. In Wisconsin, about 1,700 soldiers were affected, including 800 who are on active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, said a Wisconsin National Guard spokeswoman, Maj. Jackie Guthrie.

Noller said the Guard’s internal investigation is looking into what security policies were breached in the contractor’s handling of the data, which should not have been on an unsecured private laptop.

“We know simply by virtue of being on a personal laptop there were some security protocols violated. Exactly which ones, how and why is yet to be determined,” he said.

He stressed that “no malice was involved.”

“The guy was doing his job, trying to do it well and didn’t do the right thing,” Noller said.

He said the contractor was cooperating with the Guard’s investigation. A Web site and toll free hotline, 1-877-481-4957, has been set up to handle inquiries.

Computer security expert Larry Ponemon of the Ponemon Institute, a think tank in Traverse City, Mich., said employees should never have that much data on their personal laptops. In a study for Dell Inc., his group estimated last year that up to 600,000 laptops were lost annually at airports alone.

“To physically carry 131,000 records and use your laptop as a way of manipulating that information, there is never an excuse,” he said. “There is no reason that would be an acceptable security posture for any company. That’s definitely an indication of bad security.”

 

You can also call 1-866-510-7907.

Who Knew? “Pre-Paid” Legal Services

Posted in Business, General, Identity Theft, Legal, Life Improvement, News with tags , , , , , on August 7, 2009 by truthwillrise

3:52 PM August 5th, 2009 by Beth Slovicphoto

For about a month now, Tom Benson has been pitching “pre-paid” legal services to Portlanders from a table across from the Multnomah County Courthouse downtown.

Never heard of that? Neither had I. So this afternoon I stopped by Benson’s table to learn about the company, which charges about $360 a year per couple.

Fair warning: If you stop to talk to Benson, too, you’ll learn a “pre-paid” legal service works “like an HMO” with referrals to lawyers, then time will stop and you’ll feel like you’re trapped in an infomercial for the Slap Chop.

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In the brief moment I was at the table, a man who looked like he might actually need a lawyer’s help came rushing over. “Are you going to be here for another 30 minutes?” he asked. Yes, Benson said. But instead of indicating he was interested in Benson’s services, he handed the salesman a folding knife. “Can you watch this for my girlfriend?” he asked. “She has to go in there,” he said, gesturing at the courthouse. Now, there’s a business niche.

 

For more information on what a Pre-Paid Legal membership consists of, please log on to http://www.prepaidlegal.com/hub/bking62 or http://www.greatworkplan.com/betterlife4u or call 1-866-510-7907.