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Identity Theft in Montana

Montana MapMontana 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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Published:  Thu, 10 May 2018 05:59:00 GMT

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Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 04:10:00 GMT

Student steals professor's computer passwords, changes grade

Varun Sarja, 20, of Olathe, pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of identity theft and two counts of unlawful computer ... A Concord high school student was accused of hacking into a Mt. Diablo School District's computers to change his grades and has ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 09:22:00 GMT

Feds say NC doc bartered with female patients: Have sex with me, and I'll get you drugs.

Smith has agreed to plead guilty to illegal drug distribution, health care fraud and aggravated identity theft. The charges carry a maximum ... Smith owned and operated Mt. Holly Family Practice and was the only male physician on staff.

Published:  Thu, 10 May 2018 13:21:00 GMT

Former Arkansas IRS agent sentenced for identity theft

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A former Internal Revenue Service agent in Arkansas has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for identity theft. Federal court records in Fayetteville indicate that 36-year-old Ryan Payne of Barling pleaded ...

Published:  Sun, 13 May 2018 11:40:00 GMT

Sheriff's Reports for May 2-3

Justin Glenn Page, 31, of Mt. Juliet, was charged with unlawful carry and possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment. Matthew Edward Perrigo, 49, of Smyrna, was charged with identity theft, theft of property worth between $2,500 and $10,000 and ...

Published:  Wed, 16 May 2018 08:27:00 GMT

Don't be a statistic, one in four consumers are scammed by travel fraud

To protect yourself from travel fraud, there are three things you need to watch out for when booking your summer vacation, the fake hotel, misleading messages and identity theft. So how can ... groups sue to cancel Montana energy lease sales Landowners ...

Published:  Wed, 16 May 2018 04:00:00 GMT

Iowa woman guilty of stealing from dead fiancee, mother

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa woman has pleaded guilty to fraud and identity theft for stealing more than $191,000 from her now-dead fiancee and his elderly mother. Robin Ann Bertelli, of Cedar Rapids, was arrested last month on a 35-count indictment ...

Published:  Thu, 17 May 2018 15:20:00 GMT

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