Adam K. Levin

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Adam K. Levin, the former director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, is the co-founder of Credit.com and the co-founder and chairman of CyberScout (formerly IDT911).[1] He is the author of Amazon Best Seller "Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves".[2]

Education[edit]

Levin received a A.B. from Stanford University and his J.D. from the University of Michigan in 1974.[3]

Career[edit]

As Director of Consumer Affairs in New Jersey, he worked with the New Jersey Legislature and various state regulatory agencies to enact over 40 major consumer protection laws and regulations.[4] He led the fight to force 15 million unsafe Firestone 500 tires off the road. Levin advised consumers on symptoms that indicated failing tires and the proper way to check tires for defects.[5] He developed new consumer educational materials and distribution channels and made over 1,200 consumer educational presentations in five years.[4] Other accomplishments as Director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs include the promotion of statewide financial literacy programs, two major tire recalls, and a national effort to secure the right for professionals to advertise- an occurrence which created favorable conditions for price competition and established greater consumer protections in the health spa industry.[4]

In 1982, he resigned his post as Director of Consumer Affairs to run for office. He won the Democratic nomination for the United States House of Representatives in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District. Levin ran against Republican Matthew Rinaldo but was unsuccessful in unseating Rinaldo who had been the five term incumbent in the 7th Congressional District.[6] Once the election was over, Levin entered the real estate business and co-founded Kingswood Management, the Regal Management ( formerly Bellmarc-Regal Management)- one of the largest residential property management companies in New York City.[7]

In 1994, he Co-founded Credit.com, Inc- an online financial services educator and resource for solutions that help enable consumers to actively manage their credit finances.[8] In 2003, he founded CyberScout (originally Identity Theft 911), an online provider of personal-touch identity management solutions, identity theft recovery services, breach services, and data risk management solutions for businesses.[9]

Levin also serves as the President of the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation (which is a major contributor to the renovation of 19th-century paintings galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art) and is on the board of the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies.[10]

Levin's speaking topics include a broad range of security and personal finance topics, the benefits and perils of credit; the continuing struggle between convenience and security online; how professionals and businesses can better protect consumer and employee data, as well as trade secrets and intellectual property; privacy issues and the “Internet of Things,” protecting data in a world of connected devices; the growing epidemic of tax fraud and medical ID theft; and how “breaches have become the third certainty in life,” along with the inevitability of identity theft and expert tips on how consumers can minimize their risk of exposure, monitor their credit and identity, and identify effective damage control programs. [11]

Levin’s book “Swiped” is an Amazon Best Seller and has been listed as a best-selling business book by 800-CEO Reads and received several favorable reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and The Sunday Times (UK).

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