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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.


New Account Credit Card Fraud Up 24% In 2018

Okay, there really isn't a consumer fraud awards show - but it has been a banner year for fraud and identity theft reports. After a three-year decline from a peak of 1.526 million fraud reports in ...

Published:  Tue, 23 Apr 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Reward offered to anyone with information on missing clown from Mt Eden cafe

The owners of the iconic Mt Eden cafe "Circus Circus", in Auckland ... "It's part of our identity and want him back home," he said. Police are investigating the theft. If you have any information you ...

Published:  Fri, 12 Apr 2019 21:35:00 GMT

Scam Alert: Montana veterans being charged to obtain military records

The Montana National Guard would also like all current service members and veterans to take steps to protect themselves from possible identity theft when requesting documents. The U.S. National ...

Published:  Wed, 03 Apr 2019 09:53:00 GMT

Mt. Vernon High School hosts 21st Annual Safety Day Camp

Third and fourth grade students from across Jefferson County visited Adams Farm, near Bonnie, Illinois, to hear presentations on safety from community members and Mt. Vernon FFA students ... one in ...

Published:  Fri, 05 Apr 2019 15:09:00 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 ...

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

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