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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.