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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.


Forgery, identity theft suspect wanted by Carbondale, IL police

Carbondale, Illinois Police are looking for a suspect in connection with a forgery and identity theft investigation ... in reference to a domestic disturbance. Mt. Vernon police warn of fake officer o...

Published:  Mon, 16 Jul 2018 09:26:00 GMT

Mt. Pleasant Police searching for woman accused of identity theft

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) - Detectives are asking for the public's help identyfing a woman believed to be responsible for an identity theft. Authorities are asking If you have information about this ...

Published:  Mon, 02 Jul 2018 12:35:00 GMT

Don't send cash! Great Falls candidate subject of international email scam

Montana's Consumer Protection Agency offers the following recommendations to ensure your do not become a victim of identity theft. Freeze your credit files with the three major credit bureaus so no on...

Published:  Tue, 03 Jul 2018 14:45:00 GMT

Carnochan still facing 13 felony charges

Carnochan was arrested April 13, 2016, after a traffic stop on Interstate 40 after an investigation into a series of identity theft. Officers later searched ... Social Security cards and Arizona and M...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 00:05:00 GMT

State Data Breach Notification Laws - Overview of Requirements for Responding to a Data Breach - Updated July 2018

SC Any elements that when not combined with a name would be sufficient to permit a person to commit identity theft OR (AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, D.C., DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, ...

Published:  Tue, 10 Jul 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Indictment: Man used doctor's identity to submit fake claims

attempted theft by deception and identity theft in an indictment Wednesday by a state grand jury. Marrero also faces a second identity theft count. The New Jersey Attorney General's office said Marrer...

Published:  Wed, 11 Jul 2018 12:48:00 GMT

Man sentenced to 7 years in prison in stolen identity case

The Oklahoman reports Allen Frank Martin was sentenced last week for aggravated identity theft and theft of government funds after ... old lived as John David Bailey in California, Arkansas, Montana a...

Published:  Mon, 30 Apr 2018 10:51:00 GMT

Study: 1 Million American Children Hit By Identity Theft In 2017

And two-thirds of child identity theft victims are under the age of eight. "Because children are less likely to have their own debit or credit cards, existing-card fraud (ECF) is comparatively rare," ...

Published:  Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:40:00 GMT

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