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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.


Image-I-Nation supply chain breach exposes data of major credit agencies' customers

It has also notified the major credit bureaus and attached a copy of the Federal Trade Commission's "Information About Identity Theft Prevention" to its notices for guidance. "This breach disclosure h...

Published:  Wed, 13 Feb 2019 13:50:00 GMT

InventHelp Inventor Develops Card Protector to Safeguard Personal and Financial Data (CCT-4297)

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- "After my identity was ... said the inventor from Mt. Olivet, Ky. "I came up with this kit so that people could protect the information on their cards and lic...

Published:  Wed, 13 Feb 2019 08:04:00 GMT

Surry County Sheriff's Reports

While in custody, the sheriff's office later served Rodriguez additional charges on him for possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and identity theft, all dated Jan. 15. No trial d...

Published:  Sun, 17 Feb 2019 13:49:00 GMT

Mt. Pleasant woman sentenced in $2 million healthcare fraud scheme

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A Mount Pleasant speech therapist was sentenced to nine years in prison for fraud and identity theft, the U.S. District Attorney's Office says. Gena Randolph, 44, was convicted ...

Published:  Wed, 28 Nov 2018 11:00:00 GMT

Emergency services, Dec. 20

Medford police arrested Riddle Monday on a felony charge of identity theft and misdemeanor charges of second-degree ... Body Armor - Christopher Robert Agudo Socia, 27, of the 2000 block of Mt Pitt Ro...

Published:  Thu, 20 Dec 2018 23:28:00 GMT

CAPTURED: ID Theft suspect David Hablewitz aka "˜Gee Gravey' arrested in Billings, MT

Billings Police arrested David Hablewitz and booked him into jail in Yellowstone County, Montana. Officers say they received ... where he's charged with first and second degree identity theft along wi...

Published:  Fri, 12 Oct 2018 17:32:00 GMT

Former Mt. Pleasant woman accused of ID theft, $144K fraud

A former Westmoreland County woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal wire fraud and identity theft laws. Jennifer Lynne Clark, also known as Jenni...

Published:  Wed, 03 Oct 2018 15:00:00 GMT

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