It takes years to build up a name-hard work and commitment are required to ensure one's name remains in good standing. When that name is stolen and all that hard work wasted, it can severely impact the rest of the Atlanta citizen's life. One instance when someone's personal data is stolen in order to use it for fraud or deception leading to economic gain is known as identity theft. Personal data includes social security numbers, credit card numbers and bank account information.
The federal offense of identity theft was created in 1998 and is treated very seriously. Even though there is rarely any direct physical harm in this form of crime, it can cause emotional and financial problems for the victims and therefore carries severe penalties.