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Identity Theft in Montana

Montana residents are taking steps to protect themselves from identity theft. Identity Theft Protection services are available to Montanans and offer constant monitoring of personal information (e.g. social security numbers, credit card and bank account numbers and other details) so that any unauthorized activity is detected and addressed in a matter of minutes. This prevents criminals from abusing stolen information for long periods of time, which would do significant damage to Montanans credit histories and good reputations.

Many residents of the state are also making wise choices to secure their personal information, thus preventing identity theft in their homes and workplaces. As many identity thieves prefer to steal social security numbers, it is important to keep that information well-protected by not disclosing it unless absolutely necessary, and in those cases verifying why the person or business requesting it needs it, how it will be used, and how it will be kept private; and by leaving social security cards and other documents bearing the SSN in a safe place at home rather than carrying them in wallets and purses.

Online behaviors are equally important, such as keeping passwords private and making them difficult to guess (e.g. combinations of letters and numbers rather than words found in the dictionary or family birth dates), looking for the "lock" icon in browser status bars to ensure that any data transmitted is encrypted, and not disclosing personal information via email or on websites.

Unfortunately, for the more than 400 Montana residents who reported being victims of identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission in a recent year, the effects of such crime can be devastating; it can take months - or even years - to repair credit histories, recover funds stolen from bank accounts, and even fight false charges and imprisonment for actions taken by identity thieves. It is well worth the time, effort, and cost - if one chooses to use Identity Theft Protection services - to avoid becoming a victim.

 

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Identity Theft In The News

Adams County serial squatter gets five years in prison for conspiracy to commit identity theft

A serial squatter - a person who fraudulently leases properties and fails to pay the rent, eventually being evicted before moving on to the next property and victim - was sentenced Tuesday in Adams Co...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 14:43:00 GMT



ID Experts® Releases New Features to Better Protect its Members from Financial Identity Theft and Fraud

Features include on the go credit file lock and unlock with the click of a button and real time alerts for credit inquiries PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- ID Experts, the leading ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 07:08:00 GMT



Identity Theft Is Growing Among Young Children

Identity theft among children under 17 is growing. In 2017, more than one million children were victims of identity theft or fraud, a recent 2018 report from Javelin Strategy & Research found. Most vi...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 07:24:00 GMT



Westfield Police need help to ID men involved in heavy equipment theft

WESTFIELD - Police are asking for help to identify two men who are believed to have been involved in the theft of a piece of heavy equipment. The men, who were recorded on a video camera at a business ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 13:13:00 GMT



Waratek Executive Joins Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) Board of Directors

DUBLIN and ATLANTA, Nov. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Waratek, the compiler-based application security company, announced today that its Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, James E. Lee, ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 05:00:00 GMT



From a Day to a Year, Handling the Results of Identity Theft Can Cause Emotional and Financial Trouble, Says FEBC

SAN RAMON, Calif., November 12, 2018 (Newswire.com) - Identity theft is a serious problem, one that has affected seven percent of Americans 16 and older. Some damage is more severe, some less, but it' ...

Published:  Mon, 12 Nov 2018 05:23:00 GMT



United Hacks of America: States with the Highest Rates of Identity Theft

In all seriousness, identity theft isn't some fantastic conspiracy out of a high-stakes caper film. It's a common, everyday phenomenon, and hundreds of millions of dollars are lost each year as a resu...

Published:  Thu, 08 Nov 2018 12:07:00 GMT




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