TopConsumerReviews.com is a world-leading consumer product review site. We provide detailed reviews and ratings for thousands of products and services.

 

Go To Reviews >

Identity Theft in Missouri

Identity theft is a big moneymaker in the criminal world in America, with nearly $50 billion in losses reported by the Federal Trade Commission each year. In Missouri, more than 3,800 residents became victims in a recent year, at a rate of 64.3 people out of every 100,000 people in the state.

What can Missouri residents do to better protect themselves against identity theft? First, they should secure their electronic devices. Security software - anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewalls - should be a priority. Smartphones, tablets, and computers need to be password-protect to prevent unauthorized access, and all passwords used on those devices or anywhere online should not be easy to guess (e.g. no names of pets or family members, not the word "password", no birth dates or home phone numbers).

Second, they should make sure not to give their social security numbers out unless absolutely necessary; even when deciding to provide that information, the requester should be able to explain why it's needed, and how they protect such data in their business. Another important safeguard is to keep financial documents and records in a safe or other secure location (e.g. safe deposit box), and to shred those documents before disposing of them.

Finally, Missouri residents should watch out for scammers impersonating banks, credit card companies, and even the IRS; there are many well-documented, fraudulent activities whereby criminals try to get customers to disclose account numbers and passwords. It is recommended that credit cardholders and bank account holders call those businesses directly, using trusted contact numbers, rather than respond to any contact not initiated by the customers themselves.

Additionally, there are a number of Identity Theft Protection services available to customers in Missouri, whereby they can have 24-hour monitoring of their credit accounts and other information. These companies also help those who have been victims of identity theft to quickly restore their credit ratings and reputations.

 

Go To Reviews >


Identity Theft In The News

Financial Education Benefits Center: The Best and Worst States for Identity Theft and Fraud

SAN RAMON, Calif., Nov. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer data breaches are nothing new. In 2018, alone, cybercriminals compromised the information of customers at Sears, Macy's, Kmart, Delta and Best ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 04:00:00 GMT



IRS Identity Theft Criminal ProsecutionsPlummet By More Than Half In A Year

Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Personal Finance I cover financial regulatory issue, cybersecurity, fintech & bitcoin. IRS criminal prosecutions for identity theft have plumme...

Published:  Wed, 14 Nov 2018 08:27:00 GMT



Accused burglar now facing identity theft charges

BARRE - A Granite City man facing multiple burglary charges is now accused of identity theft. Sean Allan Stearns, 40, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Washington County criminal court in Barre to eight ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 16:38:00 GMT



Central Texas traffic stop leads to identity theft arrests

LAMPASAS, Texas (KWTX) Two men were arrested after a search of a car after an early-morning traffic stop Wednesday in Lampasas turned up a credit card skimmer and stolen credit and debit cards, police ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:27:00 GMT



Wanted Wednesday: Bench warrant issued for woman accused of identity theft, forgery

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In this week's Wanted Wednesday segment, Honolulu police are asking the public for help in locating Sheri Shimizu, who is wanted for a $20,000 bench warrant. According to Ho...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 16:42:00 GMT



4 tips for preventing identity theft during the holidays

Some people love taking what doesn't belong to them. During the holidays this year, be extra careful to make sure that you're keeping your finances safe from shady individuals. Here are four tips for ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 01:45:00 GMT



Parents charged with using kids' identity to rack up debt

BATH, N.Y. (AP) - A couple has been charged with identity theft after the man's son applied for a college loan and discovered his credit rating had been ruined by unpaid utility bills and credit card ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 09:08:00 GMT




- View Full Site -