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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.
Identity Theft In The News
According to a 2018 survey, nearly 60 million Americans have dealt with identity theft at some point in their lives. While many people assume that strangers are the only threat, some people have their identities stolen by someone they know. Since friends ...
Published: Fri, 25 May 2018 03:12:00 GMT
CHAGRIN FALLS, OHIO - Search Warrant, West Washington Street: While executing a search warrant for stolen property in a Cleveland home 9 a.m. May 16 with Cleveland police and Valley Enforcement Group, Chagrin Falls officers found the suspect at the home.
Published: Thu, 24 May 2018 22:10:00 GMT
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SubscriberWise, the nation's largest issuing CRA for the communications industry and the leading protector of children victimized by identity fraud, announced today the continued legislative advocacy and activism from David E.
Published: Thu, 24 May 2018 18:55:00 GMT
A U.S. District judge sentenced former state Rep. W. Keith Hall, a Democrat from Pikeville, to two years in prison Thursday for one count of aggravated identity theft. The former lawmaker is already serving a 7-year sentence stemming from a separate ...
Published: Thu, 24 May 2018 14:05:00 GMT
SPRINGFIELD -- A Longmeadow man with a previous illegal betting conviction has been charged in U.S. District Court with credit card fraud and identity theft. Talal H. Soffan, 45, was indicted by a grand jury on 33 criminal counts primarily related to ...
Published: Thu, 24 May 2018 03:50:00 GMT
Your medical information is a goldmine for fraudsters. By stealing your electronic health records and other forms, thieves can discover everything from your Social Security number to previous diagnoses and current prescriptions. "Your medical file is about ...
Published: Tue, 22 May 2018 09:46:00 GMT
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