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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.


Frosh signs letter to strengthen identity theft rules

The letter cites the proliferation of identity theft in many states and the growth in technology ... Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, North Carol...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 21:19:00 GMT

AG urges feds to continue identity theft rules

The attorneys general suggest that Identity Theft Rules are essential in reducing the harm that ... Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Caroli...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Man wanted in connection with theft investigation

(Source: Poplar Bluff Police Department/Facebook) POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS ... gray shoelaces is a person of interest in a theft investigation a the Ulta Beauty Salon. Anyone with information about the ...

Published:  Wed, 13 Feb 2019 11:53:00 GMT

Metro East police warn of Verizon phone delivery scam

COLUMBIA, Mo. ( -- Columbia police are warning the public about an identity theft scam involving a fake Fed Ex driver. Two residents reportedly had Verizon phones delivered and billed to thei...

Published:  Mon, 04 Feb 2019 13:30:00 GMT

Man arrested for snatching gold chain from elderly woman

Officers from the Ang Mo Kio police division managed to establish his identity through ground inquiries and with ... The man will be charged in court with snatch theft. If convicted, he faces a jail t...

Published:  Wed, 13 Feb 2019 09:19:00 GMT

From corn to Apple: The cases behind the U.S. China standoff

Yet the odds of a resolution to the trade dispute this week - or anytime soon - appear dim, in part because China's drive for technology supremacy is increasingly part of its self-identity ... Rooting ...

Published:  Mon, 04 Feb 2019 07:31:00 GMT

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