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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.


Douglas County Sheriff's Office Warns Scams Are Increasing

DOUGLAS COUNTY, GA - The Douglas County Sheriff office ... according to True Link Financial. This includes identity theft and all those crazy scams you hear about that you think will never ...

Published:  Mon, 17 Dec 2018 09:51:00 GMT

Georgia teen arrested for attempted $20M fraud with business in parents' home

Charles Turner, 18, set up and elaborate scheme that involved identity theft, wire fraud, and Amazon (Image source: South Fulton Police) The state of Georgia has stopped a teen in an incredible ...

Published:  Fri, 07 Dec 2018 08:32:00 GMT

Tax refund fraud falls as IRS, states and tax preparation companies crack down

The number of reported tax identity-theft victims this year through October is down 19 ... state revenue commissioner for Georgia. "So, we can all put our defenses up." As a result, the number of conf...

Published:  Wed, 12 Dec 2018 10:00:00 GMT

LexisNexis Risk Solutions Risk Defense Platform Achieves NIST 800-63A Certification from SAFE-BioPharma

"Federal agencies need more robust identity proofing capabilities to combat the constantly-evolving identity theft and fraud schemes that cost ... Headquartered in metro Atlanta, Georgia, we have offi...

Published:  Tue, 18 Dec 2018 05:00:00 GMT

Georgia editorial roundup | Island Packet

What did they find The majority of Georgia consumers - 88 percent - are worried about being an identity theft victim. Where do consumers worry the most about using their credit cards or sharing perso...

Published:  Wed, 12 Dec 2018 14:40:00 GMT

Danbury grandmother gets call, manages to escape being scammed

He'd flown to Georgia over the weekend for a friend's wedding and ... Unwilling to have the tables turned, Healy asked Rollins whether she thought it could be a case of identity theft. "I told him I w...

Published:  Mon, 17 Dec 2018 15:14:00 GMT

3 Men Sentenced To Life For Killing Alpharetta Man

ALPHARETTA, GA - Three defendants have been sentenced ... Gines has racked up three arrests, and was convicted of identity theft in 2014 and a federal armed bank robbery. Photo: from left ...

Published:  Tue, 18 Dec 2018 07:09:00 GMT

Two people wanted for questioning in card theft and fraud

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) - - The Richmond County Sheriff's Office needs ... Anyone with information concerning the identity of the people should contact Inv. William Hornsby or any Financial Crimes Investi...

Published:  Sun, 16 Dec 2018 13:26:00 GMT

Thomson Business Owner Convicted of Medicare Fraud

Ga., medical equipment company guilty of multiple counts of Medicare fraud and identity theft in a scheme that charged the government insurance program for items that were never provided to ...

Published:  Wed, 12 Dec 2018 06:15:00 GMT

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