Boone County Sheriffs Department Offers Tips on Safe Holiday Shopping

5 years 4 months 3 weeks ago Saturday, December 01 2012 Dec 1, 2012 Saturday, December 01, 2012 7:39:00 PM CST December 01, 2012 in News
By: Danielle McCarthy

BOONE COUNTY - Saturday marks the start of National Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month and the Boone County Sheriff's Department is offering tips to keep consumers safe during the holiday shopping season. Detective Tom O'Sullivan said in all his years at the department, one of the biggest changes he has seen is an increase in identity theft and fraud - especially over the Internet.

"We get several calls about identity theft and fraud on a weekly basis," O'Sullivan said.

The National Retail Federation predicts about 52 percent of American shoppers will do some holiday shopping online this year and they are expected to spend 12 percent more online than last year. The growing trend to buy online also means an increase in identity theft and fraud this time of year and O'Sullivan says consumers need to be on their guard when it comes to protecting their personal information.

He offered this list of advice for consumers in the area doing online holiday shopping:
-Make sure the website you are purchasing from is secure. Look for trustmarks on the site and click on them to make sure they are valid.
-Check the website's privacy policy to ensure the company won't give out any of your information.
-Never give out your social security number unless it's to a bank or government agency.
-Monitor your accounts as much as possible - this can be done easily via online banking.

O'Sullivan also said the threat of identity theft and fraud doesn't stop online. He said to make sure you don't throw away any material containing personal information.

There are also reports of crooks in the area following delivery trucks to steal packages that might contain personal information inside.

"The goal of these criminals is to get your personal info so they can turn it into financial gain for themselves," O'Sullivan said. And unfortunately, the majority of the criminals will never be caught.

If you believe you are a victim of identity theft or fraud, O'Sullivan says to contact your local law enforcement agency to file a report. The Boone County Sheriff's Department has a cyber unit that handles Internet crimes like online identity theft and fraud. You can read more about identity theft on the department's website.

The Federal Trade Commission also offers information about identity theft on its website here

 

More News

Grid
List
OSAGE BEACH - Hundreds celebrated the life of Miller County sheriff's deputy Casey Shoemate Wednesday morning. Shoemate died Friday... More >>
22 minutes ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 2:49:00 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
ST. CHARLES (AP) — In a brief and subdued speech to hundreds of St. Louis area police officers, Missouri Gov.... More >>
30 minutes ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 2:41:00 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Union teachers are urging lawmakers to vote against a bill that would change how unions use dues... More >>
43 minutes ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 2:28:00 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The five-year battle between Jefferson City YMCA and the city of Holts Summit intensified this week when... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 1:37:00 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
MONROE CITY (AP) — A mother and daughter are recovering after narrowly escaping their burning home with the help of... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 1:27:18 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Kansas City Power & Light is warning customers it is seeing a dramatic increase in... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 11:38:54 AM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Mid-Missourians have mixed feelings about distracted driving, according to a Town Square survey by KOMU 8 News. ... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 11:31:00 AM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
UNION (AP) — An inmate has escaped from an eastern Missouri jail where he worked in the kitchen. The... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 10:08:00 AM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
MOBERLY - A Moberly man who was not arrested until two years after investigators first got reports he was sexually... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 10:05:00 AM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
NORMANDY (AP) — A suburban St. Louis school district has suspended a security official accused of using a stun gun... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 9:59:34 AM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Authorities say a woman has died on an Alaska Arilines plane that took off from... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 9:27:21 AM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
OSAGE BEACH - Miller County sheriff’s deputy Casey Shoemate is being remembered for his great personality and his love for... More >>
17 hours ago Tuesday, April 24 2018 Apr 24, 2018 Tuesday, April 24, 2018 9:33:00 PM CDT April 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Here are the facts on violent crime in Columbia. For the year of 2017, there were 610... More >>
17 hours ago Tuesday, April 24 2018 Apr 24, 2018 Tuesday, April 24, 2018 9:25:00 PM CDT April 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A TARGET 8 fact check finds mid-Missouri county jails do not hold inmates charged with marijuana-related offenses in... More >>
18 hours ago Tuesday, April 24 2018 Apr 24, 2018 Tuesday, April 24, 2018 8:19:00 PM CDT April 24, 2018 in Top Stories
SEDALIA - Sexual assault survivors said a march in Sedalia Tuesday sent an important message. Kimber Gish said, “I... More >>
19 hours ago Tuesday, April 24 2018 Apr 24, 2018 Tuesday, April 24, 2018 7:54:00 PM CDT April 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – Federal health officials announced Tuesday they will be cracking down on the nationwide sale of Juul e-cigarettes to... More >>
20 hours ago Tuesday, April 24 2018 Apr 24, 2018 Tuesday, April 24, 2018 6:42:00 PM CDT April 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - As prom and graduation seasons approach, underage drinking has become a hot topic in schools and amongst the... More >>
20 hours ago Tuesday, April 24 2018 Apr 24, 2018 Tuesday, April 24, 2018 6:18:00 PM CDT April 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Opponents of President Donald Trump's environmental policy call his changes to regulations "ludicrous." Professors and scientists gathered... More >>
21 hours ago Tuesday, April 24 2018 Apr 24, 2018 Tuesday, April 24, 2018 6:09:00 PM CDT April 24, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 55°
3pm 65°
4pm 66°
5pm 62°
6pm 60°