September 29, 2011
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today his office has developed an Identity Theft Prevention and Repair web page where Missourians can learn more about how to protect themselves from being a victim and how to repair the damage caused by identity theft.
Koster said identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. He said the FTC estimates that as many as nine million Americans are victims of identity theft each year.
“Identity theft can be a frightening and devastating experience that can be expensive and can damage your good name,” Koster said. “This website provides you with detailed information to help you prevent the theft of your identity and outlines the action you should take to repair damage caused by identity theft.”
The new web page can be accessed at http://ago.mo.gov/publications/idtheft.htm. Koster said identity thieves can get your personal information a number of ways, including going through your trash, stealing your mail or your wallet or purse, obtaining your credit report by posing as an employer or landlord, or filling out a “change of address” form diverting your mail to another location. He said the site includes detailed information about how you can prevent identity theft, what to do if you suspect you may be a victim of identity theft, what to do once you know your identity has been stolen, and how to get free annual credit reports.