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Seymour Missouri
 


124 W. Washington / PO Box 247

Seymour, MO 65746

Phone:  417.935.4012

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What is Identity theft?

  • Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the United States.

  • Identity theft is the theft or misuse of someone else’s personnel or financial identifiers in order to gain something of value and/or facilitate criminal activity.

What can Identity theft cost you:

  • Identity theft victims spend an average of 175 hours and $800.00 in out-of-pocket expenses to clear their names.

Who can be a victim of Identity Theft?

  • Anyone can be a victim.

  • 1 in 5 Americans each year are a victim to Identity Theft.

How to prevent becoming a victim:

  • Invest in a shredder and shred all pre-approved credit applications, and any other documents that have your personnel information on them.

  • Do not carry your social security card with you, memorize the number & keep it in a secure location.

  • Photo copy or keep a list of your credit cards & other information you carry in case this information is stolen.

  • Do not use your social security number for your driver’s licensee number, if you have then have it changed.

  • Have a post office box or secured mailbox, avoid using business’s that offer secure box’s unless you know that they are reputable.

  • If you give out your personnel information make sure that it will be kept safe and watch for people around you watching or listening.

  • Review all three of your credit reports on a monthly basis.

  • When you go to a restaurant make sure and watch the waiter to make sure that they are not electronically stealing your information.

What to do if you are a victim:

  • Report the fraud to the three major credit bureaus.

  • Make a police report.

  • Request information on the fraudulent accounts.

  • Call all creditors.

  • Review your credit reports carefully.

  • Obtain & use an ID Theft affidavit.

  • Write to the credit bureaus.

  • Write to your creditors.

Other Resources for help:

Take the Identity Theft Vulnerability Test

 

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City of Seymour, Missouri USA
123 West Market Street - PO Box 247
Seymour, Missouri  65746
Phone:  417.935.4401 ~ Email  city@seymourmissouri.org