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Identity Theft in Georgia

Georgia MapGeorgia 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.


Waratek Executive Joins Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) Board of Directors

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Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 05:00:00 GMT

United Hacks of America: States with the Highest Rates of Identity Theft

As a result, tax return theft can often spike in the month of April. Things aren't so peachy for Georgia consumers, who reported thousands of instances of identity theft last year, with credit card fr...

Published:  Thu, 08 Nov 2018 12:07:00 GMT

IRS Employee Gets Two Years in Prison for Identity Theft Scheme

... to 24 months in federal prison for aggravated identity theft over her role in an identity theft refund scheme. Stephanie Parker, a resident of Georgia, worked for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS ...

Published:  Fri, 16 Nov 2018 02:09:00 GMT

Mail theft investigation leads to bust of identity theft ring in Nashville, Brentwood

Both Georgia men have now been arrested and both are accused ... After a brief discussion, Wilder was arrested and charged with criminal simulation and identity theft. A search of his car revealed mul...

Published:  Fri, 02 Nov 2018 15:04:00 GMT

Albany leaders to host town hall on holiday safety

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - With the holiday season here ... Persley will discuss how residents and business owners should look out for scam artists, identity and motor vehicle theft, burglaries and bank and ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 21:41:00 GMT

Two suspects wanted for identity theft

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Bibb County Sheriff's Office investigators are asking for the public's assistance to help identify two suspects wanted for identity theft. According to a news release fro...

Published:  Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:02:00 GMT

Operator of sobriety house linked to fraudulent activity

Lumpkin County, GA (CBS46) The leader of a faith-based sobriety house ... It was determined that Starla was wanted in Arkansas. She was arrested for identity theft charges based out of Arkansas. The s...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 14:24:00 GMT

$1.1 Million Casino Fraud Scheme Earns Georgia Woman Two-Year Prison Sentence

Vivian Wang of Alpharetta, Georgia - located about 20 miles north of Atlanta - pleaded guilty to credit card fraud, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft back in February. Her scamming and swindli...

Published:  Thu, 08 Nov 2018 11:41:00 GMT

UPDATE | More details released in Secretary of State's investigation into Georgia Democratic Party

forcing Georgia taxpayers to foot the bill for credit monitoring because Brian Kemp's office made Georgians vulnerable to identity theft. Georgians of all political stripes are very concerned about el...

Published:  Tue, 06 Nov 2018 19:33:00 GMT

Bibb Co. Deputies: 2 suspects wanted for stealing identity to buy diamond ring

MACON, Ga. -- Bibb County investigators said they need the public's help identifying two suspects wanted for questioning in connection to an identity theft case. A release from the sheriff's office sa...

Published:  Wed, 14 Nov 2018 11:50:00 GMT

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