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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 ranks #1 for identity theft

Augusta, GA (WJFB) - The identity theft results for 2018 are in and many of you are not going to like them-- specifically those of you in the Peach State. The Federal Trade Commission's recently ...

Published:  Thu, 14 Mar 2019 16:14:00 GMT



FTC: Georgia top ranking in identity theft; how to protect yourself

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) - Georgia had the highest number of identity theft reports nationwide last year, according to the Federal Trade Commission. The study shows that per 100,000 Georgians -- there ...

Published:  Tue, 12 Mar 2019 14:13:00 GMT



Macon man charged with 41 counts of forgery in ID theft cases

MACON, Ga. - A Macon man is behind bars and wanted by other agencies in an ongoing identity theft investigation. According to the Bibb Sheriff's Office, deputies arrested 50-year-old Larry Bates ...

Published:  Thu, 21 Mar 2019 16:42:00 GMT



Macon man arrested for identity fraud, theft by deception

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT ... 1:30 a.m. in connection with multiple identity theft cases. Authorities took Bates into custody at his residence. Deputies say Bates reportedly used fake ...

Published:  Thu, 21 Mar 2019 14:18:00 GMT



Navicent Health Reports Data Breach from July 2018 Cyberattack

March 25, 2019 - Navicent Health, the second-largest hospital in Georgia, is notifying patients ... those patients will receive a year of free identity theft protection services.

Published:  Mon, 25 Mar 2019 07:48:00 GMT



Stolen identity used to open phone accounts

MILTON, Ga. - A Milton man reported to police March 5 that his identity had been stolen and was used to open multiple cell phone accounts. The man was alerted by an identity theft monitoring company ...

Published:  Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:41:00 GMT



Georgia Mejia: Domestic violence, prolific theft suspect wanted by several law enforcement agencies

Several law enforcement agencies are asking for the public's help in locating Georgia A. Mejia. She is a convicted felon who has outstanding warrants in Kitsap County for identity theft ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Mar 2019 15:11:00 GMT



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