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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.


Tax Identity Theft Lower But Still A Problem

It's a lucrative but simple scheme - and, with more stolen identities available via large data breaches over the past few years, tax identity theft attempts have increased dramatically. In 2015, appro...

Published:  Wed, 16 Jan 2019 05:45:00 GMT

Yucca man's third trial moved up a week

Robert Lawson Carnochan, 71, is charged with three counts of fraud, four counts of forgery, three counts of theft of a credit card and three ... including Social Security cards and Arizona and Montana ...

Published:  Mon, 14 Jan 2019 22:15:00 GMT

Identity thief hacks woman's phone, steals $4,500

Sergio Machura-Zuniga, 31, 2012 Mt. Zion Road, Sale City ... Jamena Leigh Jowers, 44, 5945 Village Green Drive, Macon, was charged Friday with theft by receiving stolen property, deposit account fraud ...

Published:  Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:23:00 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

Mt. Pleasant speech therapist sentenced for health care fraud, aggravated identity theft

Gena Randolph, 44, of Mount Pleasant, was sentenced to over nine years in federal prison for executing a health care fraud scheme totaling almost $2 million over the course of almost five years, accor...

Published:  Wed, 28 Nov 2018 16:55:00 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

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

AARP Montana Takes Aim at ID Theft: One of More than 150 Events Nationwide in AARP's Annual "Operation: Stop Scams"

In Montana, a community shredding event is scheduled in Helena on Saturday, May 5, 10 am - 1 pm at the Home Depot Parking Lot. In AARP's recent poll on tax fraud and identity theft issues, 80 percent ...

Published:  Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:00:00 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

Duo Was Part of Identity Theft Ring Targeting People in Mt. Sinai Area: Police

Two Brooklyn men were part of an identity theft ring that targeted victims in the Mt. Sinai area, Suffolk Police said. Kirby Cineas, 31, and Kareem Shepherd, 28, were arrested Monday afternoon after a...

Published:  Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:28:00 GMT

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