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Identification fraud an issue across multiple sectors

May 17, 2011 Brian Bradley

Republicans in Kansas City, Missouri, are backing a measure that requires state voters to bring a photo ID with them to the polls on Election Day to prevent voter fraud. "We have very close elections here in Missouri," Republican Senator Bill Stouffer told The Kansas City Star. "I think it’s important that the public is secure in knowing that those who voted are the ones they said they were." The law would amend the Missouri Constitution, and Democrats believe that voter identification is a non-issue. "The fears that voter fraud is rampant in this state are completely misguided," contends Senator Jolie Justus. Lack of photo identification has caused issues for businesses as well. NewsOK notes that one recent fraud case at the Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company involved an identity verification mix-up, where impostors posed as OG&E employees. One swindler threatened to disconnect a customer's electric service if the victim didn't provide cash for a past-due bill. For companies that commonly use computers, it's very common for friendly fraud to be present in small and medium-size businesses, according to OnMilwaukee. Since everyone knows each other and are working on the same computer system, owners tend do things like give their passwords out to employees who are believed to be trusted friends, but may have corrupt intentions.