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“How VAA was Founded” stems from a 10 year long malicious identity theft problem of a single mother with 3 small children.

The story includes break-ins, problems with mail, phone, fax lines, and also computer technology tampering and abuses. There was a business involved and every account was being tampered with. Every personal account was being tampered with.The problem came to an abrupt end in 1996. So, in 1986 (when it started) was long before the term “identity theft” was ever even heard of, or any agency or courtroom knew what to do about it.

We are now looking for a professional movie producer / book writer packager to put out the story to help fund our program. There is a 10 year diary. Please pass this on to professional producers if they’d like the rights to the story; especially if they do packaging. John Grisham’s agent made a contact – children were still small – problem still persisted – fear caused a rejection. Now, as a result the nation has a national 501-c-3 to help all of the other victims of this crime. Grisham’s contact person has since died.  We hope to see it produced as a true suspense story.

Hopefully sometime soon, from this very page, we will be able to direct you to a movie or book with the background story of our organization. Here’s a little history:

Our History:

One of you asked if we were a new organization. That depends on how you choose to look at us! Martha Steimel was a 10 year victim of Identity Theft starting in1986. (Think of that as the collecting info on the crime time!) Her problem was winding up in 1996 when she traveled (about penniless) as a single parent to San Francisco with her three children to take every class offered at a NOVA (National Organization of Victims Assistance) conference in "How to set up a 501-c-3", "How to plan for a national presence" "How to work with victims without further victimizing them" "How to effectively run a national organization" etc.

At this time is when several Attorney General's and organization heads were kind enough to see what she was about, told her that she had to be in the top three in the nation with knowledge of this crime - maybe the top because of all she'd had the opportunity to observe on a first hand basis and taken in over the past 10 years.

They sat down with her and brain-stormed as to how to proceed and her business plan was put into place. They stressed that she should financially get back on her own two feet after losing her own thriving business to the crime and get her children all in place so that she could readily be available for the nonprofit. They guesstimated that an organization of this magnitude would take 6 or 7 years to put together. She went back home and studied and became a stock-broker with that intent in mind. What was amazing to her at the time – the name of the crime was not even known yet – but – here was a group of people knowledgably advising her how to set the whole thing up. One of them said that it would be the crime of the millennium. He saw it in the court rooms already and recognized a victim of this crime when he saw one – but had no idea how to help.

That’s where our president’s ten years in “training” would come in handy once all was set up and put into place.

1986 – 1996: Our President studied the crime on a first-hand basis before the name Identity Theft was even coined a phrase. It was noted that at the pace of it’s growth: It would become the Crime of the Millennium.

1997: The organization was named and the set-up begun.

1998: VAA became incorporated

1999: VAA filed with the IRS for 501-c-3 status

2000: VAA officially set pen to paper and drew up a new updated 5 year business plan (This is posted at the VAA website). VAA is now right on target in Stage 2:  2nd and 3rd year.

2001: Received our 501-c-3 designation as a national nonprofit working on a state by state basis for the nation to aggressively address the problem and help the victims in the field of Identity Theft. We began quietly helping victims. We did not want media attention yet. Our  president, Martha Steimel at this time left from the brokerage business (after 6/7 years), her children were now all away at college and she could now dedicate full time hours to the needed progression of our organization. We had a lot of set up work to do to prepare for the numbers of victims we'd been told to anticipate. She has totally donated up to this point all of her time and toil and physically helped most of the victims personally.

2002: We have now been helping victims for 16 months and average 1500 per day between the website, phone and e-mail. We are to the point where financially we need to start asking for the support of the US to be able to now stand up and put ourselves out to the nation. We   need to put salaries in place for Martha and for directors in every state.

A phenomenal company (Virtual-Isle Solutions) was the first to step up to the bar. They began working with us on a 400 page website that would become a focal-point of our organization and greatly help victims with their problems.  They painstakingly put in another part to the site called VAARetail. There are over 400 merchants who have all offered to give a donation to VAA for every purchase made by anyone going to their website from VAARetail! This is the first item that VAA has had with the potential of helping to fund   our national nonprofit help to victims mission. This was totally donated to our organization and the first time that someone recognized VAA as a viable organization worthy of a donation. VeriSign closely followed suit and is at this time donating the secure site certificate.

2003: We are ready for the public. We have 53 volunteers all across the country now helping us. There are 5 companies working with a professional 501-c-3 development organization who would all like to have their name affiliated with VAA. Hopefully more will follow suit. With the numbers of victims involved we need as many sponsors as possible at VAA. Two of these companies are willing to donate office space for VAA in 50 locations across the US. We expect to have this national presence within the next few months. You may look at us and say "VAA is new". We look at us and say "Look how our Baby has Grown!!:-)" Because we are just now looking for funding and we have tried to keep a low key profile until we are prepared for the 23,000+ victims we have been told to expect per week people have not really heard much about us - but - as you can see - we have been there just steadily working our hearts out to get to where we are today. As always - we try to supply you with plenty of info so that you can easily find enough to answer your questions. We do hope that you don't simply state that we are "new"! That would really discount all of the work that's been done for years now getting ready for our national presence. If you would like more info as to what projects we are working on at this time and what we have completed thus-far please let us know.


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