Effective May 2002 it is a felony in Georgia to use someone else's identity O.C.G.A.
16-9-120 through 16-9-127.
1. The first thing you should do is contact your local police department or sheriff's
department to report the theft of your identity. (Under state law the local agency
having law enforcement jurisdiction in the community of the victim's home must complete
- Explain to them how your identity was stolen.
- Provide them with copies of statements or other documents that you have that support
2. File a complaint on-line.
- If you can not file your complaint on line in addition to reporting your crime to
your local law enforcement agency contact FTC at 877 438-4338.
Here is the more detailed information:
Phone: Call our toll-free Identity Theft helpline: 1-877-ID-THEFT (1-877-438-4338); TTY:
Mail: Write to:
Federal Trade Commission
Consumer Response Center
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20580
Georgia Office of Consumer Affairs at 404-651-8600 or 800-869-1123
3. Contact the major credit reporting agencies.
Equifax Credit Information Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 740241
Atlanta, GA 30374
P.O. Box 1017
Allen, Texas 75013
- Trans Union
P.O. Box 6790
Fullerton, California 92634
4. After making telephone contact with the credit reporting agencies follow up with
- In letterform explain to each credit-reporting agency that someone has stolen your
identity to obtain credit or for whatever reason, i.e. driver's license etc.
- Give factual information including copies of statements, other documents and police
reports that support your contention.
- Include in the letter that credit should not granted unless you or your spouse is
contacted for verification.
5. Request a copy of your credit history.
6. Contact the company(ies) that has provided credit or other intangible or tangible
property to the person who stole your identity.
- In letter form explain you either did not make the charges that are on your statement
or that you never requested credit, or you never applied for the item(s) that were
issued using your identity.
- Give factual information including copies of statements or other documents that support
- Include a copy of your police report.
If your social security number has been compromised contact the Social Security administration
Fraud Hotline at (800) 269-0271 or online at www.ssa.gov.
If a motor vehicle or a drivers license is involved, call (404) 362-6002 or access
the Web site: http://www.dds.ga.gov
Driver's License Information
Contact Center Hours: M-F 7:00am - 5:15pm
- Driver's License/ID General Information, Hours, Locations, and Services (Option 1)
- Revoked/Suspended Licenses, License Reinstatement (Option 2 - 2)
- Lost/Stolen License, Automated Renewal Application, Internet Services (Option 3)
- Reservations for Automobile, CDL, Motorcycle, and Out of State Road Test (Option 4)
- Social Security Verification (Option 2 - 1)
- Commercial Driver's Licenses (Option 5)
- (678) 413-8400
- (678) 413-8500
- (678) 413-8600
If you've had checks stolen or bank accounts set up fraudulently in your name, call
these check guarantee companies. They can flag your files so that counterfeit checks
will be refused.
National Check Fraud Center
Post Office Box 80171
Charleston, S. C. 29416
Action Steps for Victims
- Make a police report. Be persistent and be able to cite laws. This may be difficult
when the victim, incidents, and probable culprit all exist in different states. Ask
to talk to a detective that will handle the case. Provide all possible documentation.
- Report to HR and Security if you are a Raytheon employee.
- Contact all creditors, by phone and in writing, and inform them of the problem.
- Contact the Federal trade commission to report the problem.
- Obtain your credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus. Attempt to
get one from a local bureau in the area the fraud occurred. Report the identity theft
to their fraud units. Have a "Fraud Alert/Victim Impact" statement placed in your
credit file asking that creditors call you before opening any new accounts.
- Alert your bank and check verification companies to flag your accounts and to contact
you to confirm unusual activity.
- Request a change of PIN's and passwords where appropriate.
- Obtain your Social Security Administration (SSA) report and check for benefits paid
out in your name. Report the situation to the SSA Fraud Hotline if your SSN was misused.
- Check post office for addresses in your name.
- Check tenant screening services for apartments rented in your name.
- Contact driver license authority in your state and the state where the loss/theft
occurred to see if a license was issued in your name.
- If so, request a new license number and fill out the DMV's complaint form to begin
the fraud investigation process.
- Keep a log of all contacts and make copies of all documents. Ask for single point
of contact at all organizations/agencies so you don't have to keep repeating yourself.
- Contact a privacy or consumer advocacy group for assistance and resources.
IDENTITY THEFT RESOURCES
Applicable Laws: Fraud and Related Activity in Connection with Identification Documents
and Information: Title 18, US Codes (USC), Section 1028; Fraud and Related activity
in Connection with Access devices (Credit Cards): Title 18 USC Sec 1029; Fraudulent
Use of Social Security Number: Title 42 USC Sec 408(a)(7).
Federal Trade Commission:
Social Security Administration Fraud Hotline:
Major Credit Bureaus:
Order: (888) 397-3742 or 1-800-520-1221
Fraud # (800) 311-4769 (press option 4)
Contact the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) to have yourself removed from mail
and telemarketing list. You can also visit the DMA website.
DMA Mail Preference Center
PO Box 9008
Farmingdale, NY 11735
Mail Preference Service Direct Marketing Association
PO Box 643
Carmel, NY 10512
DMA Telephone Preference Center
PO Box 9014
Farmingdale, NY 11735
Also call 1-888-567-8688 to opt of mailings for credit
Consumer Advocacy Groups
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
1717 Kettner Ave., Ste. 105
San Diego , CA 2101
U.S. Public Interest Research Group
218 D St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20001