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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.


BBB "˜Shred Day' to fight identity theft is this Saturday

LOUIS, MO - You probably know better than to throw away unnecessary ... This year's BBB Shred Day to fight identity theft is Saturday, May 19, at the Saint Louis Galleria. Consumers can shred up to three boxes of documents from 9 a.m. to noon.

Published:  Thu, 17 May 2018 10:31:00 GMT

Australian pleads guilty to federal identity theft in shipping fraud case

The aggravated identity theft conviction carries both a mandatory minimum and ... Reaston submitted $480,000 worth of claims to a St. Louis company called Brown & Brown of Missouri, which offers a shipping insurance plan called the Parcel Insurance Plan ...

Published:  Fri, 11 May 2018 13:14:00 GMT

A Telecom Loophole Lets This Shady Company Give Anyone's Location to the Cops

Corey Hutcheson was elected sheriff of Mississippi County, Missouri, in 2016, but the FBI was reportedly investigating him as far back as 2014 when he was just a deputy. He was indicted last year on 11 counts of identity theft and he has many other ...

Published:  Fri, 11 May 2018 09:50:00 GMT

Missouri Sheriff Tracked Rivals Via Cell Phones. A U.S. Senator Wants Answers

He currently faces charges for more than two dozen state and federal crimes, including robbery and identity theft. He is also being sued in ... the Times story lays out Hutcheson's case. The Missouri Attorney General and the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern ...

Published:  Mon, 14 May 2018 04:34:00 GMT

Two men arrested after chase that started in St. Louis

Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers arrested 30-year-old ... well as Johnson County, Kansas warrants for identity theft and possession and driving with a suspended license. Spies was booked at the Callaway County Jail without bond.

Published:  Mon, 07 May 2018 11:07:00 GMT

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