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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.


3 Sentenced for Tax Fraud, Identity Theft

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - Prosecutors in Georgia say three people who ... 51-year-old Leo McGill and 38-year-old Detrone Middleton were sentenced Wednesday for aggravated identity theft and for their invol...

Published:  Mon, 16 Jul 2018 17:11:00 GMT

Three sentenced in tax fraud, identity theft scheme

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- Three people in South Georgia are facing years ... in federal prison and Middleton was sentenced to serve 64 months for aggravated identity theft and for involvement in a fraud...

Published:  Tue, 17 Jul 2018 03:33:00 GMT

Former Kanye Model Denied Passport Return After Identity Theft Arrest

According to the Bad Girls Club star's conditions of release on bail, she's allowed to travel to Georgia, California and throughout ... access device fraud, and aggravated identity theft, Clermont pre...

Published:  Mon, 16 Jul 2018 14:11:00 GMT

Lynn man is among seven indicted in Atlanta for operating a dating fraud scam

ATLANTA, Ga. - A Lynn resident was one of seven Nigerian nationals ... The federal charges range from wire fraud to identity theft. Five of the seven defendants have been arrested, while two remain at ...

Published:  Mon, 16 Jul 2018 15:46:00 GMT

Paducah, KY police seek man's identity in television theft

Bodycam footage shows former Georgia cop at estranged wife's home Bodycam footage shows former Georgia cop at estranged wife's home The funeral for a woman killed in McIntosh County late last month wa...

Published:  Mon, 09 Jul 2018 05:02:00 GMT

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