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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.


DUI, theft cases among those recently handled by Judge Herbst in Monroeville

Tamara Pavlock, 49, of Mt. Lebanon on charges of recklessly ... access device used to obtain property/service, identity theft and criminal conspiracy to engage in theft by unlawful taking.

Published:  Wed, 17 Oct 2018 15:53:00 GMT

Court to hear identity theft case

The Supreme Court, in the only new grant on Monday, agreed to spell out the proof that federal prosecutors must offer in order to obtain a more severe punishment for criminal identity theft under a .. ...

Published:  Fri, 19 Oct 2018 17:00:00 GMT

Average Age Of Child Identity Theft Victim: 12

According to Javelin Strategy and Research, over one million children were identity theft victims in 2017, racking up over $540 million in direct cost burdens to affected families. Your child's identi...

Published:  Sat, 29 Sep 2018 04:28:00 GMT

Montana Medicare patients get new cards, without Social Security numbers

In an effort to reduce identity theft, about 223,000 Montanans around the state are ... called the new cards an important step to help Montana Medicaid recipients protect themselves. Tim Summers, stat...

Published:  Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:05:00 GMT

Yorktown Cops Accuse Mt Vernon Woman Of Bank ID Theft Attempt

She had a forged Connecticut drivers license, police alleged. Shaunta Dias was charged with identity theft, grand larceny and possession of a forged instrument. She was sent to Westchester County Jail ...

Published:  Thu, 27 Sep 2018 07:38:00 GMT

Former Health and Human Services worker accused of stealing clients' ID's

During an investigation into multiple identity theft related complaints, the Titus County Sheriff's Office was led to Selena Patino, a former Texas Department of Health and Human Services worker in Mt ...

Published:  Wed, 29 Aug 2018 03:15:00 GMT

People Less Concerned About Identity Theft Than In The Past

According to Javelin Strategy and Research, identity theft has risen for four consecutive years. Approximately 16.7 million people were victims of identity theft in 2017, accounting for $16.8 billion ...

Published:  Tue, 25 Sep 2018 05:14:00 GMT

More Than One-Tenth of US Consumers Fell Victim to Identity Theft in the Past Year

For instance, a quarter of respondents said that a confirmed identity theft incident had minimal to no impact on ... followed by Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico and Illinois. By comparison, the report ra...

Published:  Fri, 08 Jun 2018 12:19:00 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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