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How to Protect Yourself From Scams

Learn how to protect yourself from scams, how to spot a scam, and what to do if you are scammed.

How to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Learn how to protect your identity from theft and what to do if someone steals your private information.

Can I still make decisions if someone else has my Power of Attorney?

Learn about your rights when you have a Power of Attorney.

Common Problems: Who To Contact

A list of common problems and the places for you to talk to for that specific problem.

Elder Law – Abuse, Neglect, and Financial Exploitation

Information and resources to help with elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.

How to Recover from Identity Theft

IdentityTheft.gov can help you report and recover from identity theft. You will explain what happened so you can get a personal recovery plan and then help for putting that plan to action.

Living Trust Scams

How to avoid living trust scams.

Charity Scams

Tips to help make sure that your charitable contributions actually go to the cause you support. This site includes information about how to donate to legitimate charities that support servicemembers and their families as well as questions to ask telemarketers claiming to call on behalf of local police and firefighters.

Choosing a Contractor

How to protect yourself and hire the best contractor for your needs.

Government Imposter Scams

Scammers sometimes pretend to be government officials to get you to send them money or to steal your personal information. This page includes information about scammers who pretend to be from the DOC, the FTC, Medicare, and SNAP as well as tips for recognizing and dealing with government imposter scams.

High-Cost Home Loans: Don't Be a Target

Information about common Home Loan scams and how to protect yourself.

How to File a Complaint Against a Towing Company

Learn what to do to file a complaint against a towing company if you have been wronged. Your complaint will go to the Tow Truck Complaint Resolution Committee which will try to resolve your complaint and can also award damages if the company is found to be at fault.

HUD-approved Housing Counselors

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) trains and certifies non-profit housing counselors across the country.

Investment Scams and Foreign Currency Trading Frauds

Information about common investment scams including foreign currency trading (FOREX) frauds and how to avoid them.

Just Say NO! to Senior Scams

Information on common scams that target seniors and how to avoid being scammed.

Office of Consumer Protection, MT Department of Justice

Find information on scams and identity theft, how to file a consumer complaint, and how to protect your home from foreclosure.

Phone Scams

Information about phone scams, how to handle an unexpected sales call, the Telemarketing Sales Rule and the National Do Not Call Registry.

Protecting Against Credit Card Fraud and Automatic Debit Scams

Information about credit card fraud and automatic debit scams, tips on how to avoid them and steps to take if you become a victim of one of these crimes.

Scam Alerts

Sign up for scam alerts from the Montana Attorney General's Office.

Solving Consumer Problems

What to do when you have a complaint about a product or service. How to file complaints about scams, violations of your consumer rights, and issues with insurance companies.

Tax Scams

Information on phone, email and mailer tax scams. Summarized from information provided by the State of Montana Office of Consumer Protection.

Work-at-Home Schemes

Information about common work-at-home frauds and scams including scams involving internet businesses, medical billing and multilevel marketing. Tips on how to spot and report these scams.

How to File a Complaint Against a Towing Company

Learn what to do to file a complaint against a towing company if you have been wronged. Your complaint will go to the Tow Truck Complaint Resolution Committee which will try to resolve your complaint and can also award damages if the company is found to be at fault.

Office of Consumer Protection, MT Department of Justice

Find information on scams and identity theft, how to file a consumer complaint, and how to protect your home from foreclosure.

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