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O'Fallon, Mo teaching residents to protect themselves against ID theft

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O'FALLON, Mo. (KMOV.com) - The City of O'Fallon said it wants to help residents protect themselves against identity theft, and has partnered with Edward Jones to sponsor an expert to teach citizens about on-line security.

Vinny Troia is the security professional who will lead the seminar on June 9 at the O'Fallon Municipal Center. He said everyone is at a possible risk when it comes to identity theft.

“There's really no distinguishing different types of people as being more vulnerable than others,” Troia said.

O'Fallon police said they have handled more than 500 identity theft and computer hacking reports since the beginning of 2015.

James Carlson of St. Charles said he got two calls from scammers who attempted to gain his personal information.

“Just listening to the news recently, it sounds like it's getting to be a bigger concern for everybody,” Carlson said. “It's something we need to be aware of.”

Troia said even a simple thing like changing passwords for various accounts can pay off.

The event will start at 7:00 p.m., and officials said seating is limited to 100 people. 
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