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Missouri Attorney General offers online tips for avoiding identity theft

Friday, September 30, 2011 | 7:49 a.m. CDT; updated 10:40 a.m. CDT, Friday, September 30, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — 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 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 said 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.


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