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Florida Woman Sentenced to Prison For Theft of Bolivar Resident's Identity

A Florida woman has been sentenced to three years in prison this week for stealing the personal information of a Bolivar resident and using it to buy electronics online. KSMU's Jennifer Moore reports.

28-year-old Shante Berry of Miami stole the personal information of a complete stranger nearly 1500 miles away in Missouri and used it to buy over 3,000 dollars worth of digital cameras online.

Berry was prosecuted by Polk County and Attorney General Jay Nixon's office. Nixon's press secretary, John Fougere, joined me by phone earlier to talk about the case, beginning with warning signs that you've been a victim of identity theft. He said the biggest red flag is when you begin to see unauthorized charges on your financial statements or credit reports.

Fougere also said people should install virus-protection and anti-spy software on their computers. He said one of the most important things to do is to keep a very close watch over your credit card numbers, and to not give your social security number out to anyone with whom you do not initiate contact.

For KSMU News, I'm Jennifer Moore.