Georgia law prohibits the theft of identity for financial purposes. This is termed
the financial identity fraud act, the law is composed of O.C.G.A.
16-9-121 through O.C.G.A.
Identity fraud is the fastest growing crime in America. An individual will collect vital pieces of information about you. Unfortunately, it is not a large amount of information. Most commonly, the criminal will obtain your name, social security number, and date of birth. From this point, the doors begin to open for the criminal element. There are numerous ways the criminal obtains this information and uses it to their advantage.
Federal law prohibits the theft of identification for the purpose of committing a crime. (18 USC 1028(a)(7) This law was passed in 1998. The circumstances of your case may dictate federal prosecution. Please consult with our investigators for specifics.
FraudFraud is simply obtaining something of value, most commonly money, from another under false pretenses. Most fraud cases involve telemarketing and internet scams. Many of the criminal elements target the elderly for their fraudulent schemes. However, no one is immune to the practices. It is best to be armed with facts and exercise care in questionable acts regarding your finances.
Cobb County Sheriff's Office
185 Roswell Street
Marietta, Georgia, 30090
Telephone: (770) 499-4652
Facsimile: (770) 499-4797
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State of Georgia -- Charity Search
Use this link to search the organizations registered to collect charitable funds in the state. Most organizations are required by Georgia law to register with the Secretary of State to raise funds in the state. It is prudent to exercise care and do some "personal investigating" of your own regarding an unknown charity.
A general information web site sponsored by the various federal government agencies. A wealth of information arranged in one site.
A brief review of identity theft and fraud from the perspective of the Department of Justice.
A web site devoted to providing information about various Internet and tele-marketing scams.
A site for internet specific scams operated by the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center.