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Fraud Alert: Scammers Claiming to be OVC and Georgia Crime Victims Compensation Program

The Georgia Crime Victims Compensation Program has received multiple reports that the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is being used as part of an imposter scam targeting individuals throughout the country.

These scammers falsely represent themselves as members of OVC or the Crime Victims Compensation Program and attempt to obtain personal information from the call recipient, such as a social security number, or will ask for money by suggesting the person’s social security number has been compromised. The scammers call from a local number and provide a “case number,” but it is all a fraud.

We encourage the public to remain vigilant and not to provide detailed personal information during calls in which someone claims to be from the Office of Victims of Crime, OVC Fraud Prevention Unit, or the Crime Victims Compensation Program. The true number for the Georgia Crime Victims Compensation Program is 800-547-0060 and our local numbers are 404-657-2222 or 404-657-1956.

For those who have received one of these calls, you can report this information to the OVC Resource Center at the National Criminal Justice Reference Service by email or by phone at 800–851–3420. Individuals may also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission online or by calling 877–FTC–HELP (877–382–4357).

How to Apply for Victims Compensation Video

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Applying for Victims Compensation

 

New Victims Comp Portal Goes Live

CJCC is pleased to announce the launch of our New Victims Comp Portal.

Providing support to crime victims is what you do; Providing support to you is what our Portal will do. CJCC’s New Victims Comp Portal will enable you to:

  1.   Submit On-Line Applications for Forensic Interviews, Forensic Medical Examinations, and Victims Compensation
  2.   Obtain status of bills and review payment details
  3.   Review claims including documents and letters
  4.   Manage your organization’s users and administrative access
  5.   Obtain real time status updates on bills and applications
  6.   Review missing claim documents and appeal notifications
  7.   Receive faster payments
  8.   Reduce the amount of paperwork
  9.   Reduce postage and printing costs

Click Here to Register for the Victims Comp Portal.

State Encourages Victims to Check Online Database for Unclaimed Restitution

The Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) is seeking individuals and businesses that have been victim(s) of a crime who may be owed restitution from an offender.  CJCC encourages all victims to check a new, online database created for the Victims Unclaimed Restitution Program to see if they are owed restitution.

[read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]The database, located at crimevictimscomp.ga.gov/our-programs/victims-unclaimed-restitution/was created as part of a new, comprehensive website providing information and resources about the six programs provided by CJCC’s Victims Compensation Division.

Currently, the database includes 5,000 outstanding cases owed to victims in more than 96 Georgia counties. Georgia cities with the most unclaimed restitution cases are Atlanta, Marietta, Savannah, Albany, Macon, Smyrna, Lawrenceville, Decatur, Rome and Dalton. These cities account for nearly half of all cases.

“Our programs focus on alleviating some of the financial burden that comes with being the victim of a crime,” said CJCC Executive Director, Jay Neal.  “We know we cannot fix the pain or suffering, but we can help ease the monetary impact of victimization.”

If the database indicates that money is owed, the victim can complete and submit an Unclaimed Restitution Request Form for verification.  To date, the Victims Unclaimed Restitution Program has awarded nearly $250,000 to victims.

Restitution is one of the most significant factors affecting the satisfaction of victims with the criminal justice process. In cases where someone is found guilty of a criminal act, the person may be ordered to pay restitution.

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About Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC)

Created by the Georgia General Assembly in 1981 as an Executive Branch agency, the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) represents the culmination of many efforts to establish a statewide body that would build consensus and unity among the State’s diverse and interdependent, criminal justice system components. The Crime Victims Compensation Division (VCD) of CJCC operates the Crime Victims Compensation Program, as established by the Georgia General Assembly. [/read]