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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.


Document-shredding event to be conducted

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. - The Carl Junction Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a document shredding and recycling event on Saturday free to all Four-State Area residents and businesses. The event is to hel...

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

Why A Missouri Scrap Metal Law Is To Blame For Soaring Car Thefts In Kansas City

"Missouri is a leader, unfortunately in the nation in terms of auto theft," says Cpl. Nate Bradley with the Missouri ... People who scrapping a car must show ID and fill out a state form. The cars mus...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 02:26:00 GMT

Criminal Law: Identity Theft-Substantively Unreasonable Sentence-Mootness

Pursuant to a plea agreement, defendant pleaded guilty to identity theft and was sentenced to 30 months' imprisonment; the district court did not impose a term of supervised release. On appeal, defend...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 13:44:00 GMT

Boone County Jail roster from Nov. 5 - 12

Benz, 39, of Sedalia, Missouri, was booked in April ... but held without bond on non-financial identity fraud, breaking or entering, theft of property and for another agency.

Published:  Sun, 18 Nov 2018 06:00:00 GMT

Texas man pleads guilty in theft of 650 guns in Missouri

SPRINGFIELD (AP) - A 27-year-old Texas man pleaded guilty to participating in the theft of 650 guns from a UPS trailer in Springfield. Quinton Haywood, of Glenn Heights, Texas, admitted to aiding and ...

Published:  Tue, 06 Nov 2018 15:36:00 GMT

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