To victims, identity theft can be as devastating and emotionally
traumatic as violent crime.
A rapid increase in Identity Theft and Bank Fraud nationwide is reflected in the experience of victims in Georgia.
The 2010 survey by the Federal Trade Commission showed that Georgia ranked 4th among the states and Atlanta 19th among cities for identity theft crimes. In 2009 Georgia ranked 7th in the nation.
From 2008 – 2009 Atlanta Victim Assistance Advocates responded to a 100% increase in identity theft cases.
We Stand by Our Record
Each year Atlanta Victim Assistance connects more than 300 individuals to our Identity Theft Triage and Tracking Center where victims file police reports, credit freezes, or identity theft affidavits.
In 2010 in 60% of cases, Atlanta Victim Assistance was able to clear the victim’s identity of fraudulent criminal charges/citations.
Project Safe, our identity theft program, is the first of its kind coalition of public and private organizations committed to arming Atlantans with the information, tools and resources needed to combat identity theft and protect them from becoming victims.
Our efforts have been chosen as a national model by the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Program’s Office for Victims of Crime. The Department of Justice created an electronic toolkit about identity theft highlighting our successes.
Our certified victim advocate helps victims in court who are responding to a fraudulent citation or criminal charge. The advocate gathers evidence in support of the victim’s innocence for review by the judge.
The advocate also works with victims to ensure their financial identity is secure. The advocate assists victims to request a credit freeze, dispute items on their credit report, or file necessary paperwork.
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