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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.


Georgia extradites Russian data theft suspect to US

Tyurin, originally from Moscow, was arrested in Georgia at the request of US authorities, US officials said. He faces 10 charges on multiple conspiracy counts, as well as wire fraud, aggravated identi...

Published:  Fri, 07 Sep 2018 13:13:00 GMT

5 'Felony Lane Gang' Members Busted On Main Line: Police

1. According to Tredyffrin Township Police, Chynna Prince, 22; Cain Tolbert, 24; and Rakeen Gray, 22, all of Brooklyn, New York; as well as Alba Suazo Ruiz, 23, of Lithonia, Georgia, and Emily ...

Published:  Thu, 13 Sep 2018 13:31:00 GMT

Feds: Maryland man stole hurricane victims' identities as part of $8M scam of FEMA program

under the identity of someone from California. Okirika then used that card "to register for $500 in FEMA immediate disaster assistance under three other different stolen identities" who were disaster ...

Published:  Thu, 20 Sep 2018 06:56:00 GMT

Traffic stop leads to arrest of five suspected Felony Lane Gang members in Tredyffrin

Police charged Alba Suazo Ruiz, 23, of Lithonia, Ga. with identity theft, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana and paraphernalia; Emily Torres, 19, of Mariet...

Published:  Fri, 14 Sep 2018 06:46:00 GMT

What Constitutes Negligence in Company Data Breaches

The appeal teed up an issue of first impression in Georgia: Does the alleged prophylactic cost anticipated or incurred to protect against the threat of identity theft after a data breach constitute da...

Published:  Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:42:00 GMT

Man Charged With Fraud and International Money Laundering Conspiracies, Aggravated Identity Theft, and Naturalization Fraud

Atlanta, Georgia - A Georgia man is charged with fraud and money ... 10 counts of wire fraud, five counts of aggravated identity theft, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, and one coun...

Published:  Sun, 09 Sep 2018 12:42:00 GMT

The Benefits of Medical Advances

while protecting beneficiaries from identity theft as well as new affordable health care insurance options available in twenty four states. Millions of people on Medicare living in Alabama, Florida, G...

Published:  Wed, 12 Sep 2018 08:56:00 GMT

Russian citizen behind JPMorgan Chase and Dow Jones attacks extradited to US

The man was arrested in Georgia at the request of US authorities, he faces 10 charges on multiple conspiracy counts, including wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and four counts of computer hacking ...

Published:  Tue, 11 Sep 2018 12:03:00 GMT

5 'Felony Lane Gang' Members Busted In Tredyffrin: Police

1. According to police, Chynna Prince, 22; Cain Tolbert, 24; and Rakeen Gray, 22, all of Brooklyn, New York; as well as Alba Suazo Ruiz, 23, of Lithonia, Georgia, and Emily Torres, 19, of Marietta ...

Published:  Thu, 13 Sep 2018 13:31:00 GMT

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