FTC: Georgia No. 2 in fraud, ID theft complaints

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Have you been the victim of identity theft? If you live in Georgia, you’re certainly not alone.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, Georgia ranked No. 2 among the 50 states in identity theft complaints  per capita last year, exceeded only by Florida. In fact, Florida and Georgia were also No. 1 and 2, respectively, in overall fraud complaints last year, the FTC reported this week. (See PDF).

Fraud accounted for more than half of the 2 million complaints the FTC received last year. Georgia had 590 complaints per 100,000 people (58,542 complaints). The state had 194 complaints per 100,000  for identity theft (19,232 complaints).

The stolen IDs were most often used to obtain government documents and benefits, the FTC said. That might help explain why rates were highest in Florida.

After identity theft, the complaints filed the most to the FTC dealt with debt collection; banks and lenders; shop-at-home and catalog sales; prizes, sweepstakes and lotteries; impostor scams; Internet services; auto-related complaints; telephone and mobile phone services; and credit cards.

Bottom line, fraud is alive and well, especially in Georgia, so take heed. Most of the fraud is initiated by email or phone, the FTC said.

5 comments Add your comment

RexDogma

February 28th, 2013
10:00 am

Why does this not suprise me. Our state lawmakers are too busy worrying about other frivolous issue like guns in church and biotech research etc. Fraudsters are welcome!

Funkisha

February 28th, 2013
10:36 am

I’ll bet only a tiny fraction of credit card fraud incidents are ever reported to the FTC. Most people wouldn’t even think to report it. You just have the card issuer shut down the old (compromised) card and issue a new one, and you move on.

Jimbo24

February 28th, 2013
11:18 am

It’s not that simple. ID thieves can also have your private information such as social security number, date of birth, etc. and go around opening new accounts in your name using your address. You don’t even know it happened until you receive a statement from the company.

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