SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – The Springfield Police Department is seeing an increase in scams. Officers don’t want you to be a victim.
If you are selling or buying something online officers said need to consider meeting people at the Safe Exchange Zone.
It’s a safe spot, with cameras, next to the police station, 321 E Chestnut Expy, Springfield, MO 65802.
Bunnie Warden, who had her identity stolen said you don’t want the trouble.
”It’s too much of a nightmare and too much of a hassle to try to get your own life back,” said Warden.
Warden is an Ozark’s teacher, she said she got caught up in an identity theft scam last year.
“When I first heard about it I was like, oh no, my life is ruined,” said Warden. “They’ve taken my identity, I’m never going to prove who I am.”
Someone got her information and filed for unemployment in her name.
“It can go from great to absolutely horrible in a blink of an eye,” said Warden.