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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.


Mt. Gox Debacle Showcases Cryptocurrency Litigation Concerns

The WSJ article chronicles the journey of Kim Nilsson-one of the victims of the $400 million bitcoin theft from Mt. Gox in 2014-as he investigates and eventually uncovers the identity of the hacker wh...

Published:  Thu, 06 Sep 2018 13:11:00 GMT

Serial squatter gets 6 years in prison for identity theft

The Denver Post reports 43-year-old Heather Schwab was sentenced in Adams County on Monday after previously pleading guilty to felony identity theft. Prosecutors say that on Feb. 15, she signed an 18- ...

Published:  Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:12:00 GMT

US Court Seizes Lambo, Crypto Millions from Dead Dark Web Kingpin

On top of narcotics, money laundering, trafficking, computer hacking, identity theft and fraud conspiracy charges ... the CEO of the washed-up cryptocurrency exchange Mt. Gox, and Ashley Barr, a colle...

Published:  Mon, 17 Sep 2018 05:00:00 GMT

Why the Internet bad guys like viruses

not to mention identity theft and fraud. Even though computer viruses have been around since 1986, many computer users still don't understand what they are or where they come from. Due mainly to media ...

Published:  Sun, 09 Sep 2018 05:51:00 GMT

Engagement ring worth $18K stolen from Pittsford residence

Identity theft/scam: Between Aug. 23 and Sept ... 2, a man stole $78.95 worth of Monster Energy drinks from Wegmans on Mt. Read Boulevard. Burglary: On Sept. 3, a suspect remained hidden at Marshalls ...

Published:  Sat, 15 Sep 2018 11:42:00 GMT

A year after Equifax breach, no enforcement actions

Criminals can use those bits of personal information to commit identity theft. Equifax stores a trove of data that ... (AP) - A high school student's appearance behind President Donald Trump at a Mont...

Published:  Sat, 08 Sep 2018 15:41:00 GMT

You Paid For It: Wando Bridge Closure Costs

The Town Administrator in Mt. Pleasant says they had an estimated $30,000 impact ... Medicare is taking steps to prevent fraud and fight identity theft for its members by sending out new cards. Those ...

Published:  Tue, 28 Aug 2018 15:35:00 GMT

Mt. Pleasant woman convicted of health care fraud, aggravated identity theft

A federal jury convicted a Mount Pleasant speech therapist on charges of a total of six charges in a $2 million health care fraud scheme, prosecutors say. Gena Randolph, 44, was convicted on one count ...

Published:  Mon, 30 Jul 2018 17:51:00 GMT

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