Patrol Reports Possible Scams In Northeast Missouri

Patrol Reports Possible Scams In Northeast Missouri

The Missouri State Highway Patrol would like to inform
citizens in Northeast Missouri about possible scams that have occurred in the
area. 

Recently, the Patrol
received information from a citizen who received a telephone call from an
individual claiming to be an agent of the “license bureau”. The caller told the
citizen they needed to replace the number on their driver’s license. The caller
then said in order to do this, they needed to obtain the citizen’s social
security number. 
It is
important to understand this is not proper protocol for the Missouri Department
of Revenue, local license bureau, or any other reputable business. Identity
theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States, and criminals
often illegally obtain and use other individual’s personal information for
financial gain.
 
The Missouri
State Highway Patrol would like to remind citizens to NEVER provide any personal
information, including social security numbers, date of birth, or bank account
numbers, to anyone over the telephone or e-mail. It is also a good idea to
monitor your bank and credit card accounts for any suspicious activity.
Recently, several local individuals have discovered unauthorized transactions
on their accounts. Any unauthorized transaction should be reported immediately
to your financial institution and local law enforcement agency.
 
If you believe you have become a victim of
identity theft, please contact your local law enforcement agency or the Missouri
State Highway Patrol.