Empowering victims of identity theft
Empowering victims of identity theft
Mari Frank, Age? "That's an invasion of my privacy!"

On a crusade since: 1996

Day job: Attorney, radio show host

Achievement: Pushed for laws giving identity-theft victims more rights to protect themselves.

Why she's a hero: In 1996, when a bank came after Frank for not repaying a loan, the California lawyer spent nearly a year trying to prove that someone had stolen her identity to borrow $50,000. "Victims were treated horribly," she says.

Afterward she wrote a book of advice for other people hit by identity theft and fought for their right to gain access to documents needed to clear their names.

Quote: "Most of this occurs because companies fail to secure consumers' personal data."

By Kim Clark @Money - Last updated July 11 2012: 12:39 PM ET
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