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Missouri Secretary of State reminds Missourians to beware of payment scams

The Missouri Secretary of State is reminding Missourians that the Business Services Division in his office will never ask for payment by a gift card. Business Services, which oversees filings for all businesses in Missouri, has recently received complaints from some Missourians who have misdialed the toll-free number and been asked to pay for services […]

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Missouri contractor charged with fraud in Jackson and Clay counties

The Missouri Attorney General’s office has filed charges in Jackson and Clay Counties against Kristofer Bain, 40, for allegedly defrauding consumers in connection with his business, Telos Contracting LLC. According to the allegations, Bain promised to renovate a consumer’s home in Jackson County in exchange for large advance payments. After taking several payments from the […]

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Attorney General files fraud charges against Missouri contractor

Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that Donald L. White, 41, of Festus, has been charged with additional felony counts in Jefferson County relating to allegations of contractor fraud and theft. The Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting the case in conjunction with the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. The Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office previously filed […]

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Missouri Attorney General obtains $20,000 in restitution in residential fencing company case

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office has obtained and executed a consent judgment against Missouri Fence Company Springfield, LLC, and its owner Justin P. Schmidt. The lawsuit, previously filed by the Attorney General’s Office, alleged that Schmidt, through Missouri Fence Company, solicited upfront deposits from customers on the pretense that Schmidt would […]

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Chillicothe Police Department alerting residents to attempted scams in the area

The Chillicothe Police Department has been receiving numerous calls of fraud/scam calls to the elderly, and unfortunately, some have fallen victim to the scams.  The Police Department is attempting to provide information to the public in an effort for residents to protect themselves.  The following are some common schemes: Romance scam: Criminals pose as interested romantic […]

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Justice Department is warning about fake unemployment benefit websites

The Department of Justice has received reports that fraudsters are creating websites mimicking unemployment benefit websites, including state workforce agency (SWA) websites, for the purpose of unlawfully capturing consumers’ personal information. To lure consumers to these fake websites, fraudsters send spam text messages and emails purporting to be from an SWA and containing a link. […]

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Scammers informing Missouri residents they are from Western District of Missouri Attorney’s office

The Office of the United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri Teresa Moore is warning the public of scam calls claiming to be from the U. S. Attorney’s Office in Jefferson City. The office reports several Missouri residents have received the calls. In some cases, the caller claimed to be with Cyber Crimes […]

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Missouri Attorney General files suit against Jefferson County contractor

Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office has filed a civil lawsuit against Jason Soetebier and Soetebier Contracting LLC of Jefferson County, Missouri. The suit alleges that Soetebier agreed to complete interior and exterior construction projects for various customers in exchange for full or partial upfront payments. In each instance, Soetebier failed to start […]

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Trenton Police Department advising residents about Publishers Clearing House scams

The Trenton Police Department has shared ways to recognize and avoid Publishers Clearing House scams. Publishers Clearing House does not email or call its big winners. Someone will never have to pay to receive a legitimate win. A check does not mean someone has won. The Trenton Police advise residents not to provide confidential information […]

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Audio: Scammers are targeting some Missourians trying to get COVID-19 vaccinations

Scammers are targeting some Missourians trying to get COVID-19 vaccinations. Larry Jones, executive director of the Missouri Center for Public Health Excellence, says criminals are pretending to be from a local health department or another organization to get ahold of personal information.     Jones says some of the websites the scammers are using look […]

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Chillicothe Police Department reminds residents to be vigilant of phone scammers

The Chillicothe Police Department reminds the public about scammers calling claiming they are from the IRS, Social Security Administration, or a banking institution or saying someone has won a sweepstake. Residents are advised to not provide these callers with any personal or banking information and hang up. Assistant Police Chief Rick Sampsel says these institutions […]