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Identity Theft in Missouri

Missouri MapIdentity 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.

 

Chicago man denies identity theft charge

An accused accomplice traveling with Reasonover, La'Dina M. Coleman, 30, of Kansas City, Mo., earlier pleaded not guilty to a charge of identity theft. Her case is due for a pretrial hearing Aug. 6, a...

Published:  Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:27:00 GMT



Kermit Washington sentenced to six years in federal prison

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A former professional basketball player was sentenced ... Washington pleaded guilty to two counts of filing a false tax return and one count of aggravated identity theft. Washington ...

Published:  Sun, 15 Jul 2018 04:15:00 GMT



Former NBA player sentenced in Missouri to 6 years in federal prison for charity fraud scheme, filing false tax returns

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A former professional basketball player was sentenced ... Washington pleaded guilty to two counts of filing a false tax return and one count of aggravated identity theft. Washington ...

Published:  Tue, 10 Jul 2018 13:08:00 GMT



Former NBA Player Gets 6 Years For Charity Fraud, ID Theft

Law360 (July 10, 2018, 7:18 PM EDT) -- Former NBA player Kermit Washington has been sentenced to six years in federal prison without parole and ordered to pay $967,158 in restitution by a Missouri fed...

Published:  Tue, 10 Jul 2018 16:26:00 GMT



Ex-NBA player sentenced for charity fraud

KANSAS CITY, Mo.- Former NBA player Kermit Washington has been sentenced ... guilty in November to making a false statement in a tax return and aggravated identity theft. Washington played for several ...

Published:  Tue, 10 Jul 2018 21:14:00 GMT



Charity fraud scheme nets former NBA player six years in prison

Washington pleaded guilty to two counts of filing false tax returns and one count of aggravated identity theft in relation to a fraudulent ... U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, said ...

Published:  Tue, 10 Jul 2018 11:42:00 GMT



Reward offered for man's identity in Paducah theft

Anyone with any information on this man's identity is asked to contact the Paducah Police Department ... House fire on Hwy 61 in Perry County, MO House fire on Hwy 61 in Perry County, MO Multiple crew...

Published:  Sun, 08 Jul 2018 09:49:00 GMT



Former NBA All-Star sentenced to six years in jail for defrauding his charity fund

Two years after he was indicted for allegedly embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from his foundation and almost eight months after he pled guilty to falsifying tax returns and aggravated iden...

Published:  Tue, 10 Jul 2018 10:39:00 GMT



Lawsuits filed against Children's Mercy Hospital for disclosing records of nearly 70,000 patients

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- In the course of just over a year ... She's not only worried about identity theft but also about issues her daughter could face in school or life now that her medical information i...

Published:  Thu, 12 Jul 2018 20:32:00 GMT



Former Blazer Washington sentenced for charity fraud

(AP Photo/Jack Smith, File) KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Former NBA player Kermit Washington ... in November to making a false statement in a tax return and aggravated identity theft. Washington played for ...

Published:  Tue, 10 Jul 2018 16:14:00 GMT



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