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Axton Betz-Hamilton Signing “The Less People Know About Us,” Saturday, Oct. 24, 2-4 p.m.
October 24, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Brookings author Axton Betz-Hamilton will be speaking and signing her autobiographical work, “The Less People Know About Us,” at DDR Books Saturday, Oct. 24, from 2-4 p.m.
In this powerful true-crime memoir, an award-winning identity theft expert tells the shocking story of the duplicity and betrayal that inspired her career and nearly destroyed her family. When she was 11 years old, her parents both had their identities stolen. Their credit ratings were ruined, and they were constantly fighting over money. This was before the age of the Internet, when identity theft became more commonplace, so authorities and banks were clueless and reluctant to help Axton’s parents.
Axton’s family changed all of their personal information and moved to different addresses, but the identity thief followed them wherever they went. Convinced that the thief had to be someone they knew, Axton and her parents completely cut off the outside world, isolating themselves from friends and family.
As a result, Axton spent her formative years crippled by anxiety, quarantined behind the closed curtains in her childhood home. She began starving herself at a young age in an effort to blend in–her appearance could be nothing short of perfect or she would be scolded by her mother, who had become paranoid and consumed by how others perceived the family. Years later, her parents’ marriage still shaken from the theft, Axton discovered that she, too, had fallen prey to the identity thief,
“The Less People Know About Us” is Betz-Hamilton’s attempt to untangle an intricate web of lies and to understand why and how a loved one could have inflicted such pain. She will present a candid, shocking, and redemptive story and reveal her courageous effort to grapple with someone close that broke the unwritten rules of love, protection, and family.
Betz-Hamilton, Assistant Professor of Consumer Affairs at South Dakota State University, also co-authored “The Young Adult’s Guide to Identity Theft: A Step-by-Step Guide to Stopping Scammers.” She speaks and writes regularly on identity theft.
Copies of “The Less People Know About Us” will be available at the signing for $22.95.