Avoid Identity Theft

Last year alone, more than 9.9 million Americans were victims of identity t heft, a crime that cost them roughly $5 billion.
  • Half of all ID theft victims are targeted by a friend, family member, neighbor or in-home employee.
  • Identity Theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States and is the number-one consumer fraud in the nation.
  • According to a study by AARP (26%) of respondents in Montana say that they or someone they know have been the victim of identity theft within the last five years.

MGSLP believes education is the best protection against identity theft. We have partnered with the Federal Trade Commission to provide information on identity theft and ways to avoid becoming a victim.

 College students are especially vulnerable to identity theft because:
  • Almost half of all college students receive credit card applications on a daily or weekly basis. Many of these students throw out card applications without destroying them.
  • Nearly a third of students rarely, if ever, reconcile their credit card and checking account balances.
  • Almost 50 percent of students have had grades posted by Social Security number.
The links below include everything you need to educate your community about how to deter, detect, and defend against identity theft.

The Montana Department of Justice
The Federal Trade Commission
Free Annual Credit Report