Fastest-growing crime in the nation is... - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Fastest-growing crime in the nation is...

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Today's the day for News on the Road!

    Today's the day for News on the Road!

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:30 PM EDT2014-04-17 16:30:38 GMT
    WALB News 10 is hitting the road for our 60th anniversary. You might remember this photo from 2004. Yolanda, Dawn, and Ben having fun with the Ladies of the Red Hat Society in Tifton for WALB's 50thMore >>
    WALB News 10 is hitting the road for our 60th anniversary. You might remember this photo from 2004. Yolanda, Dawn, and Ben having fun with the Ladies of the Red Hat Society in Tifton.More >>
  • Kutcher's peanut ponder picture makes London news

    Kutcher's peanut ponder picture makes London news

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:17 PM EDT2014-04-17 16:17:49 GMT
    Ashton Kutcher, one of the world's top TV stars, stopped to ponder Georgia's official Peanut Statue in Ashburn. His selfie, showing himself and his fiancé, Mila Kunis, appreciating the structure, hasMore >>
    Ashton Kutcher, one of the world's top TV stars, stopped to ponder Georgia's official Peanut Statue in Ashburn. His selfie, showing himself and his fiancé, Mila Kunis, appreciating the structure, has circled the globe.More >>
  • Supreme Court to hear Cuthbert insurance case

    Supreme Court to hear Cuthbert insurance case

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:15 AM EDT2014-04-17 14:15:49 GMT
    The Georgia Supreme Court announced that it will hear the case of BARZEY V. CITY OF CUTHBERT (S14A0620)  next week. A woman whose adult son was killed while working for the City of Cuthbert is appealingMore >>
    A woman whose adult son was killed while working for the City of Cuthbert is appealing a Randolph County court ruling that she is not entitled to her son's death benefit, even though she is his only legal heir.More >>

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – It's the fastest-growing crime in the nation, identity theft. Last year, more than 11 million Americans reported they were victims.

A South Georgia woman talked to WALB-TV about her ordeal after she found out someone at her doctor's office used her identity to get a loan.

"You feel violated, that's something that's important to you," said Sylvia Cunningham, Identity Theft Victim.

One in every 10 American consumers has already been victimized by identity theft. It happened to Sylvia Cunningham twice.

"Recently one of my creditors called me and said another creditor called and wanted to do a credit check," said Cunningham.

Her current creditor thought something was fishy when World Finance called for verification, and everything didn't check out.

World Finance approved a loan for 44-year-old Sylvia Green, the woman who tried to use Sylvia Cunningham's identity.

"The loan went through," said Cunningham.

Green was arrested Thursday when she showed up at World Finance to fill out paperwork and collect the money.

"As soon as she wrote my information down, they came and got her," said Cunningham.

Green worked as a phone nurse at Albany OB-GYN where Cunningham is a patient, that's where she got the information used to fill out the loan application.

Six months ago thieves got their hands on Cunningham's bank information, and swiped $2,000.

"My husband and I, our checking account routing number and account number were stolen," said Cunningham.

The victim said World Finance, the company that approved the loan, was very cooperative and help set up the sting.

Cunningham has since put alerts on her social security number. Green is charged with financial identity fraud and no longer works at that doctor's office.

©2010 WALB News. All rights reserved.   Feedback

Powered by WorldNow