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Money Transfer Scams

Wiring money is like sending cash: Once it's gone, you won't get it back. That's why you should never wire money to someone you don't know or someone who claims to be calling or emailing you on behalf of a loved one or friend.


For additional information or to check for scams follow this link to the Federal Trade Commission web site.

Missouri launches Web site to help Missourians be prepared
for tornadoes and severe storms

Missouri StormAware Web site includes videos on sheltering and storm warning systems; stormaware.mo.gov also includes links to severe weather texting services to alert Missourians to severe weather in their area


The Herculaneum Police Department has a limited number of vouchers for a free 10-Panel Drug Test Kit from TestMyTeen.com Contact us at 636.479.4791 for information

The FBI Child ID App: A Free Tool to Help Keep Kids Safe
May 25th, 2012 Posted by

Today the FBI released a version of its Child ID App built for Android mobile devices.

The Child ID App provides parents and caregivers with an easy way to electronically store pictures and vital information about their children in case they go missing—whether it’s a toddler wandering away at the mall or a teen who has been snatched by a stranger.

Using the app, you can show pictures of your kids and provide physical identifiers such as height and weight to security or police officers on the spot. You can also quickly and easily e-mail the information to authorities with a few clicks. The app also includes tips on keeping children safe as well as specific guidance on what to do in those first few crucial hours after a child goes missing.

An iPhone version of the app was first released in August 2011.

Download the free app for iPhones from the iTunes store or for Android on Google Play.

Tips to Prevent Identity Theft

Stay informed on how technology affects crime trends, and keep yourself safe from high-tech crimes.

According to the U.S. Postal Service, there were almost ten million incidents of identity theft in the United States in 2004 at a cost of $5 billion to consumers.

 

Victims report spending 30 hours, on average, cleaning up after an identity crime at an average cost of $500.

It’s in the newspapers every day and on the news every night. People worry that someone will run up charges on their credit card or fleece their bank account while their back is turned. There is reason to worry. All a thief needs is your Social Security number to commit identity theft. This crime is relatively easy to commit, but investigating and prosecuting it is complex and time-consuming. But once you know the facts and some preventive measures you can take, you can win the fight against identity theft!

Identity thieves commit their crime in several ways:

  • They steal credit card payments and other outgoing mail from private, curbside mailboxes.

  • They dig through garbage cans or communal dumpsters in search of cancelled checks, credit card and bank statements, and preapproved credit card offers.

  • They hack into computers that contain personal records and steal the data.

  • They file a change of address form in the victim’s name to divert mail and gather personal and financial data.

Tips

  • To guard against identity theft, never give out your Social Security number. Treat it as confidential information.

  • Commit all passwords to memory. Never write them down or carry them with you.

  • When using an ATM machine, make sure no one is hovering over you and can see you enter your password.

  • When participating in an online auction, try to pay the seller directly with a credit card so you can dispute the charges if the merchandise does not arrive or was misrepresented. If possible, avoid paying by check or money order.

  • Adopt an attitude of healthy skepticism toward websites that offer prizes or giveaways. Chances are, all that’s been “won” is the opportunity to buy something you didn’t want in the first place.

  • Choose a commercial online service that offers parental control features.

  • Tell your children never to give out their address telephone number password school name or any other personal information.

  • Make sure your children know to never agree to meet face-to-face with someone they’ve met online without discussing it with you. Only if you decide that it’s okay to meet their “cyber-friend” should they arrange to meet this person, and then the meeting should be in a familiar public place in the presence of a trusted adult.

  • Tell your children never to respond to messages that have bad words, are scary, or just seem weird.

  • Tell your children never to enter an area that charges for services without asking you first.

  • Tell children never send a picture of themselves to anyone without your permission.

  • Make sure that access to the Internet at your children’s school is monitored by adults.

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