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Identity Theft in Georgia

Georgia ranks seventh highest in America with respect to reported identity theft. More than 9,500 Georgians became victims of this costly, intrusive crime in a recent year, representing a rate of 97.2 victims for every 100,000 people in the state's population.

Criminals steal personal information - names, birth dates, address, and especially social security numbers - to use for a wide range of fraudulent purposes. They can get a job and file fake tax returns - and steal the refunds - and often go undetected for long periods of time. They use stolen data and driver's licenses to get medical treatment, from liposuction to knee replacement surgery. Getting car insurance, renting an apartment, opening up new service for utilities, and even getting magazine subscriptions are just a few of the ways that identity theft is a lucrative market for thieves.

What can be done to better protect against identity theft? Naturally, Identity Theft Protection services are one way for Georgia residents to get peace of mind with respect to the security of their personal identification. Customers especially appreciate the round-the-clock monitoring of their identity and rapid notification of any suspicious activity, as many identity theft crimes can go undetected for days, months, or even years, and are costly to fix when discovered.

Georgians can also do several things on their own to safeguard their identity. Getting a free credit report each year is one of the most important ways to keep an eye on credit and identity issues and can be obtained from the three major credit bureaus: Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax. Also, taxpayers should look carefully at their Social Security Administration earnings statement each year, to verify that all earnings reported to the government are accurate and do not represent fraudulent employment of someone using their stolen SSN. Finally, any suspected identity theft should be reported immediately to both the local police department and Federal Trade Commission.

In these ways, the average Georgia citizen can rest a little easier, knowing that they have taken steps to better protect their identity from theft.

 

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Identity Theft In The News

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Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 02:08:00 GMT



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Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 14:03:00 GMT



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Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 15:57:00 GMT



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Felon with attempted-murder conviction arrested in Yorktown identity theft scam Kevin Brown of the Bronx, who has an attempted-murder conviction, was charged with three felonies on Wednesday. Check ou...

Published:  Thu, 12 Jul 2018 12:24:00 GMT



Suspects sought for identity theft, theft of vehicles

BULLHEAD CITY - Local law enforcement agencies are searching for suspects wanted for identity theft and the theft of two vehicles from a local car dealership. Bullhead City police are asking for the p...

Published:  Thu, 12 Jul 2018 00:12:00 GMT



Former Reality Star Faces Charges of Fraud and Identity Theft: Prosecutors

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Published:  Wed, 11 Jul 2018 21:04:00 GMT




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