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December 16, 2013

Missouri DIFP cautions consumers this holiday season

Use extra precautions when making online purchases

Jefferson City, Mo. - While the holiday season brings joy to Missourians shopping online for family and friends or donating to a charitable organization, it also brings out the scam artists.

"Unfortunately, there are a large number of fraudulent websites and scammers who prey upon innocent consumers this time of year," said John M. Huff, director of the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration. "We all need to pay special attention to safeguarding our personal and financial information."

The Missouri Division of Finance offers these tips for Missourians who shop online:

Following these tips will help ensure your financial identity is protected and your holidays will be joyous and happy. For more information, consumers may contact the Division of Finance.

About the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration

The Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration (DIFP) is responsible for consumer protection through the regulation of financial industries and professionals. The department's seven divisions work to enforce state regulations both efficiently and effectively while encouraging a competitive environment for industries and professions to ensure consumers have access to quality products.

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