Missouri AG Launches New Website on Identity Theft

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) –   Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is offering tips on how to avoid falling victim to identity theft.

A new section on Koster’s website includes such advice as shredding financial documents and storing Social Security cards in a safe place not in a wallet or purse.

Koster also suggests that people change their passwords for various accounts every 60 days and choose hard-to-crack combinations that use a mixture of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers and symbols.

Koster says identity thieves can gather people’s information by digging through trash, stealing mail, filling out change-of-address forms and a number of other sneaky ways.

The new website can be found at http://ago.mo.gov/publications/idtheft.htm .

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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