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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 child services worker fired after ID theft investigation

BRUNSWICK, Ga. - A Brunswick woman told the I-TEAM that she and her husband became victims of identity theft, and believed an employee with Georgia's child services system was to blame. News4Jax has learned the employee in question has been fired ...

Published:  Mon, 07 May 2018 14:28:00 GMT

Outrage, frustration, exhaustion | What happens when your identity is stolen

But when I became a victim of identity theft, my boss asked me to document the experience ... my credit cards and even my Georgia driver's license number. Yet I knew nothing about them. I tried to get a new driver's license. The DDS website says ...

Published:  Sat, 19 May 2018 15:34:00 GMT

Cancer patients trusted her for life-saving care. She was really a "˜pitiless scammer,' cops say

aggravated identity theft and making false statements. But over the past 15 years, she had changed her name plenty of times as she offered bogus medical treatments to sick and dying patients across the U.S., from Alabama and Georgia to Arkansas and Kansas ...

Published:  Thu, 17 May 2018 17:06:00 GMT

Synthetic-identity fraud -, GA News Weather & Sports

If you would like to monitor your credit to prevent identity theft and see your credit reports and scores, check out Credit Manager by MoneyTips. As defensive tactics against identity theft increase, criminals are shifting toward a new tactic synthetic ...

Published:  Tue, 08 May 2018 05:00:00 GMT

Second person charged in 2017 phishing scheme that targeted Groton Public Schools

The U.S. attorney's office said Lawal was arrested May 9 in Georgia on a federal criminal complaint ... were filed with the IRS but the returns were flagged as part of an identity theft scheme and the IRS didn't process them, meaning no money was released ...

Published:  Thu, 17 May 2018 16:15:00 GMT

Fraudulent "naturopathic" Hoover doctor to serve 6 years

Isabell Kasari Gervais, who operated a clinic called Euro Med Klinic in Hoover, last year pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud affecting a financial institution, one count of aggravated identity theft ... clinics in Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas ...

Published:  Tue, 15 May 2018 19:20:00 GMT

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