Mari Frank, Age?
"That's an invasion of my privacy!" On a crusade since:
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."