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Missouri Business Identity Theft Protection & Resources


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Missouri business identity theft information and state resources to protect businesses and business owners, & guidance to help you report and recover from business ID theft


PROTECT YOURSELF

Protect your personal credit and identity, and find additional Missouri state-specific information for personal identity theft protection


Business owner personal risks

Review and protect your personal credit

Personal identity theft protection

PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS

Learn about business identity theft, how it happens, and ways to protect your Missouri business & reduce your risks

Learn about business identity theft

Protect your business

Protect your state business filings

Business credit reports

REPORT & RESOLVE YOUR CASE

Report business identity theft to law enforcement and appropriate Missouri government agencies, & get assistance in resolving your case

Victim action list

Report to law enforcement

Fraudulent business filings

Federal government agencies


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Missouri State Resources for Personal Identity Theft
Missouri State Resources for Personal Identity Theft

Missouri state resources for personal identity theft protection


Note: These resources are specifically designed to address personal identity theft prevention and incidents of consumer identity theft. Because most state and federal identity theft and consumer protection laws are designed to protect individual consumers, businesses generally do not enjoy the same rights, protections, and potential recourse as consumers. Therefore, while helpful in addressing many issues that you may face as an individual, be aware that consumer identity theft information may not be applicable to an incident of business identity theft or fraud.


Missouri Attorney General consumer identity theft website  (for personal protection)

Missouri law enforcement identity theft incident report  (file with your local police department)

Missouri Attorney General consumer identity theft complaint form  (for personal cases)



Personal Credit Protection
Personal Credit Protection

Learn how to protect your personal credit


Business identity thieves often use the identity information (and credit) of the business owner or company officers to open new accounts, or as guarantors of fraudulent loans and lines of credit. In addition to taking actions to protect your business, it is also important to protect yourself as well. This section provides detailed explanations of important consumer credit protection tools that are available to help protect your personal credit from identity thieves.

Use the links below to learn what these tools are, how they work, and how to use them to help protect your personal credit.


Tools & Resources to Protect Your Personal Credit:

Get Your Free Annual Credit Reports                            Initial Fraud Alerts 
     
Review Your Credit Report for Fraud    Extended Fraud Alerts 
     
Credit Security Freeze    Fraud Victim Statement 
     
Active Duty Alerts    Credit Monitoring 


Protect your state business filings
Protect your state business filings

Review, Manage, and Protect Your Missouri Business Filings


If your business does not regularly review your state business filings, file your annual reports in a timely manner, or enroll in email alerts or other preventative systems that may be offered by your state, you may unknowingly attract the unwanted attention of business identity thieves.



  • Review your Missouri UCC filings online
    Verify the accuracy of your state UCC filings*
    *Note: If you do not have an active Missouri Business Access Center account, you will need to register (free) before you will be able to use the online UCC service.


Business Credit Reports
Business Credit Reports

Review and Protect Your Business Credit Reports


Business identity thieves can manipulate or falsify business credit records and then use these to impersonate your business, or as a part of a fraud scheme to target your business. To combat this, you should periodically review your business credit reports and the information that is being reported.

Contact the business credit reporting agencies:


Dun & Bradstreet       
Business credit website       Toll free:  1-800-234-3867 
Equifax Business credit website 

Toll free:  1-800-525-6285 
Experian  Business credit website 
Toll free:  1-888-397-3742 
TransUnion  Business credit website     Toll free:  1-800-680-7289  
 


Fraudulent Business Filings
Fraudulent Business Filings

Report and Correct Fraudulent Missouri Business Filings


In Missouri, if your state business records have been fraudulently changed or updated, contact the Missouri Secretary of State Corporations Division to report and correct fraudulent business filings. Contact information is provided below.

Please note that you should only contact the Missouri Secretary of State Corporations Division for business identity theft incidents involving fraudulent business records. For such incidents, the Division may also report or escalate to law enforcement as appropriate.

All other types of business identity theft incidents and related fraud should be reported directly to law enforcement. Also review the Business Identity Theft Victim Action List for other important steps to take.


Missouri Secretary of State
Main website:  www.sos.mo.gov

Missouri Secretary of State - Corporations Division

Website:   www.sos.mo.gov/business/corporations

Corporations Division telephone:  1-866-223-6535    or    (573) 751-4153

Mailing address:

Missouri Secretary of State
Corporations Division
James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center
P.O. Box 778
Jefferson City, Missouri   65102
            Physical address:

Missouri Secretary of State
Corporations Division
600 W. Main Street
Missouri State Information Center, Room 322
Jefferson City, Missouri   65101-0778


Additional branch office locations:   See website


Missouri Credit Security Freeze
Missouri Credit Security Freeze

Missouri Credit Security Freeze


Missouri enacted its own state law establishing the availability of credit security freezes for its citizens. The three major credit bureaus  (Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion) have also voluntarily made security freezes available to all Missouri state citizens. Innovis voluntarily allows consumers in all states to freeze their Innovis credit files.

Eligibility: All consumers 

Credit Security Freeze Fees:  Per credit bureau. To be effective, you should place a freeze at each credit bureau
• No cost for confirmed identity theft victims to place a freeze (with a copy of a police report or a DMV report)
• All others must pay $5.00 to place a freeze, to temporarily lift the freeze, or to remove it entirely
• There is a $10.00 fee for replacement PINs, if needed
• The freeze will remain in place until you remove it
• Under Missouri law, the freeze can be lifted within 15 minutes of your request

To Place a Credit Security Freeze in Missouri:

Experian security freeze website  

Equifax security freeze website  

TransUnion security freeze website  

Innovis security freeze website  
 

Missouri Law Enforcement
Missouri Law Enforcement

Report Business Identity Theft to Missouri Law Enforcement


In Missouri, if your business is a victim of business identity theft, you should report the crime to your local law enforcement agency. In some cases, you may also file a complaint with the Consumer Protection Division of the Missouri Attorney General's Office. In the case of fraudulent business filings, the Missouri Secretary of State Corporations Division may also report or escalate to law enforcement as appropriate.

Be certain to also review the Business Identity Theft Victim Action List for other important steps to take.


Missouri law enforcement identity theft incident report  (file with your local police department)


Missouri Office of the Attorney General

Website:  www.ago.mo.gov

Missouri Attorney General Consumer Protection Division website

Missouri Attorney General identity theft complaint form

Mississippi Attorney General Consumer ID Theft Hotline:  1-800-392-8222    or    (573) 751-3321


Complaints mailing address:

Missouri Attorney General's Office
Consumer Protection
P.O. Box 899
Jefferson City, Missouri   65102


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