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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.
Identity Theft In The News
FAYETTEVILLE - A woman who claimed she was a doctor to scam patients, including some in Northwest Arkansas, was sentenced in Alabama to more than six years in federal prison after she pleaded guilty to charges that included wire fraud and identity theft.
Published: Mon, 21 May 2018 02:12:00 GMT
We tested Alexa, Siri and Google Home to see which digital assistant knows most about the Royal Wedding. USA TODAY SAN FRANCISCO - A funny as Lord Carpenter Rover of Sunnyside might sound, please don't reply to a Facebook prompt asking you to create ...
Published: Thu, 17 May 2018 16:24:00 GMT
LOOK AT YOUR SCREEN. ABOUT 1 TO 3 MILLION CHILDREN ARE AFFECTED BY CHILDHOOD IDENTITY THEFT. 50% ARE YOUNGER THAN SIX YEARS OLD ACCORDING TO TO ROBERT CHAPELL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER AND AUTHOR OF CHILD IDENTITY THEFT WHAT EVERY PARENT NEEDS TO KNOW.
Published: Fri, 18 May 2018 04:22:00 GMT
MARICOPA - Maricopa Police officer Ricardo Alvarado has a case that's stumped him for 12 years. An identity theft case. It's his identity theft case. When he tries to apply for credit or a loan, it turns into a full blown interrogation by lenders who make ...
Published: Fri, 18 May 2018 03:29:00 GMT
CORTLANDT - State Police from the Cortlandt barracks arrested Noralisa Diaz, 30, of Brooklyn, for Identity Theft and Grand Larceny, both as felonies. In January, victims had a fraudulent withdrawal of $8,000 from personal bank accounts. Investigation ...
Published: Sun, 20 May 2018 02:38:00 GMT
Enid Police Department is asking the public for help in identifying a pair of shoplifters. On May 15, a theft occurred at Jumbo Food, 2311 W. Willow. The reporting party said on May 15 a man and woman entered the store and took two 5-pound packages of meat ...
Published: Mon, 21 May 2018 02:12:00 GMT
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