This Thanksgiving, Be Thankful Your Identity Is Safe… or Is It? IDENTITY THEFT CAN HAPPEN IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS For most of us, Thanksgiving means turkey, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, cornbread, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. Oh and don’t forget the pumpkin pie! But for Axton Betz-Hamilton, a professor at Eastern Illinois University, this holiday brings back dreary memories. What was once a time for family and of gratitude is now a time of mystery and a remembrance of how her identity was stolen.