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VIEW DATA BREACHES REPORTED TO MONTANA OFFICE OF CONSUMER PROTECTION

If you have been notified of a data breach or if you suspect that you have been a victim of a data breach, we recommend you consider the following:

  • Check the website of the retailer with the latest breach. Type the store’s name directly into your browser. Do not click on an e-mail or social media message that mentions the security breach. It could be a scam.
  • Beware of scammers who attempt to trick you into thinking they are really the retailer. The scammers can also pretend to be your bank or your credit card issuer. They tell you that your card was compromised and suggest actions to “fix” the problem. Do not provide your financial information to anyone who e-mails or calls you. Scammers can “spoof” your telephone’s caller ID so that it appears that the call is being made from a specified retailer with a specific telephone number, even though the call is being made from a different location. Again, type the store’s name directly into your browser in order to obtain a telephone number, e-mail address or other contact information. Then contact the company directly and ask about the data breach.
  • Accept or enroll in identity protection services that the breached company offers you free of charge, such as protection services with any of the three credit reporting companies (TransUnion, Equifax, or Experian).
  • Change your passwords. Set new passwords for your financial (bank and credit card) accounts. A strong password should be more than eight characters in length and contain both capital letters and at least one numeric or other non-alphabetical character. Consider using non-dictionary words.
  • Monitor your credit reports. To order a free credit report, visit annualcreditreport.com.  Or complete an Annual Credit Report Request Form and mail it to:

Annual Credit Report Request Service
P.O. Box 105281
Atlanta, GA 30348-5281
You can also call 877-322-8228.

  • Check every credit card charge, no matter how small, on your statements. Scammers often test cards with minimal charges before making much larger charges. If you see a suspicious charge, contact your bank immediately.
  • Inform your bank that you were a customer at the breached institution. If your card was affected, the bank might contact you first to issue a new card.
  • Request a fraud alert. If your Social Security Number was stolen in a breach, ask the credit reporting agencies to put an Initial Fraud Alert on your file so creditors know to further verify the identity of any individual who attempts to open new accounts or take other actions under your name. You may contact:

TransUnion
800-680-7289
P.O. Box 2000
Chester, PA 19022-2000
http://www.transunion.com/
 
Equifax
888-766-0008
P.O. Box 105069
Atlanta, GA 30348-5069
http://www.equifax.com/
  
Experian
888-397-3742
P.O. Box 2020
Allen, TX 75013
http://www.experian.com/

You only need to contact one of the three credit reporting agencies to place an alert on all three.  The credit reporting agency you call must tell the other two agencies about your alert — confirm that the credit reporting agency plans to do that.  The Initial Alert stays on your report for 90 days.

  • Get a security freeze. A security freeze allows you to proactively “lock up” your credit information so no one can access it without permission. This prevents a thief from falsely using your identity to take out a new mortgage, apply for a credit card, or get financing, among other things. Here are some important things to consider before getting a security freeze:
    • 1. Cost. You must freeze your credit file with all three credit reporting agencies. The charge is $3 per agency, for a total cost of $9. For married couples, both spouses have to freeze their separate files for a total cost of $18. If you have been a victim of identity theft and have a copy of a police report, a freeze is free.
    • 2. How do you request a security freeze? You must write each of the three credit reporting agencies. A sample request letter is available here. Each of the agencies will send you written notice that the freeze is in place within five days of it going into effect. That notice will also provide a personal identification number (PIN), and instructions on how to lift or remove the freeze.
    • 3. How do you temporarily lift a freeze? To open a new credit account, take out a new loan, or allow a background check, you will need to lift the security freeze. The freeze can be lifted for a specific period of time or for a specific creditor. Call each of the agencies and use your PIN. Specify whether you want to temporarily lift the freeze for a specific date range or for a specific creditor. Each credit reporting agency will charge you $3 to temporarily lift a freeze.
    • 4. How do you permanently remove a security freeze? Call the agencies and use your PIN. There is no fee for permanently removing a security freeze.
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Attorney General's Office & Legal Services Division

The Attorney General’s Office, headed by Attorney General Tim Fox, and the Legal Services Division function as the lawyers for the State of Montana. The attorneys in the Office have expertise in a wide range of legal topics and handle a broad range of legal cases involving the State of Montana and its people.

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Children’s Justice Bureau

The Children’s Justice Bureau is an agency-wide initiative at the Montana Department of Justice dedicated to IMPROVING how we respond to child victims, DEVELOPING state-of-the-art approaches by keeping up with the newest research and, most importantly, HELPING child victims recover and move on with their lives.

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Forensic Science Division & State Crime Lab

The mission of the Montana Forensic Science Division is to use operationally efficient and financially responsible practices as the laboratory provides accurate, objective, and timely forensic analyses to the criminal justice community in order to maximize value to the citizens of Montana.

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Missing Persons Clearinghouse

The Missing Children Act of 1985 established a Montana Missing Persons Clearinghouse within the Department of Justice. In March 2008, the department implemented a searchable online database that, for the first time, is updated in real time and includes any photos provided by law enforcement.

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Office of Victim Services

The goal of the Office of Victim Services is to provide tools and information to help crime victims recover from their experience and provide them with a range of services available. The criminal justice system can be confusing and intimidating for victims. To assist them as they go through the justice system, the Office of Victim Service is available to answer any questions they may have.

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Central Services Division

The Montana Department of Justice’s Central Services Division provides financial and human resources support for the department. We make sure that everything works for the people Working for Justice. If you’re interested in a rewarding career helping protect the rights and safety of all Montanans, we invite you to join our team of over 800 dedicated employees working across the state.

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Justice Information Technology Services Division

Our Justice Information Technology Services Division (JITSD) provides vital Information Technology (IT) infrastructure upon which Montanans and local and state law enforcement agencies rely for timely, accurate information. JITSD manages the IT systems, services, and interfaces to support nearly 800 DOJ employees, 325 statewide county motor vehicle system users, and over 3,000 Criminal Justice Information Network (CJIN) users across the state.

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Division of Criminal Investigation

The Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) at the Montana Department of Justice is involved in many aspects of Montana law enforcement and is integral to the Department of Justice’s mission of promoting public safety.

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Montana Highway Patrol

Montana is rich in natural beauty and history. From Glacier Park in the west to Makoshika Park in the east, the men and women of the Montana Highway Patrol are working hard to make your travels safe and enjoyable. The Highway Patrol’s core values are “Service, Integrity and Respect.” These values are reflected in our commitment to public safety through diligent and fair enforcement of our traffic codes.

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Montana Law Enforcement Academy

The Montana Law Enforcement Academy is the premier law enforcement and public safety educational and training institution for state, county, city and tribal officers throughout the state. The Academy offers entry-level programs referred to as Basic Programs and advanced training through an array of Professional Development Programs.

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Public Safety Officer Standards & Training

The Council was formed in 2007 under 2-15-2029, MCA as an independent Quasi-judicial board. And as allowed by statute the Council adopted Administrative Rules in order to implement the provisions of Title 44, chapter 4, part 4, MCA. Per 44-4-403, MCA the Council is required to set employment and training standards for all Public Safety Officers as defined in 44-4-401, MCA and in addition the Council shall provide for the certification or recertification of public safety officers and for the suspension or revocation of certification of public safety officers.

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Motor Vehicle Division

The mission of the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) is to identify and promote efficient, cost-effective programs that benefit the interests, safety, and well-being of Montana citizens through licensing, registering, and regulating the motoring activities of the public. The MVD continuously strives for excellence in customer service. Streamlining the way we do business has allowed us to improve our efficiency and make our services more convenient for our customers.

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Natural Resource Damage Program

The Natural Resource Damage Program (NRDP) was created in 1990 to prepare the state’s lawsuit against the Atlantic Richfield Co. (ARCO) for injuries to the natural resources in the Upper Clark Fork River Basin (UCFRB). Decades of mining and mineral processing operations in and around Butte and Anaconda released substantial quantities of hazardous substances into the Upper Clark Fork River Basin between Butte and Milltown. These hazardous substances extensively degraded the area’s natural resources.

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Office of Consumer Protection

Enforce consumer laws designed to protect the consumer from unfair or deceptive business practices. Enforce statutes relating to telephone solicitation and telemarketing. Provide information to consumers about the Consumer Protection Act. Assist consumers by distributing consumer education materials including scam and consumer alerts. Investigate false, misleading, or deceptive trade practices.

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Gambling Control Division

Through the Gambling Control Division, the Department of Justice regulates all forms of gambling in Montana, except for the Montana Lottery and horse racing. The legislature has charged the division with maintaining a uniform regulatory climate that is fair and free of corrupt influences. The division is also responsible for collecting gambling revenue for state and local governments.

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Human Trafficking

The Montana Department of Justice has a continued commitment to victims of human trafficking. In partnership with federal authorities, our agency plays a key role in the investigation, enforcement, and prosecution of crimes related to human trafficking in Montana. This form of modern day slavery does happen here in Big Sky Country.

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Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Program

Montana’s deadliest drugs aren’t made in secret labs and they don’t always come from dealers on the corner. They’re in our own medicine cabinets. Each year, prescription drug abuse contributes to the deaths of more than 300 Montanans — making prescription drug abuse 15 times more deadly than meth, heroin and cocaine combined. Our kids report the third-highest rate of prescription drug abuse in the country and more than half of them say prescription drugs are easier to get than street drugs.

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Safe in Your Space

When it comes to embracing new technology, kids have rapidly outpaced their parents and teachers. By their early school years, many children are already more comfortable on the Internet than their parents. But just because children are smart enough to know how to navigate the Internet, doesn’t mean they have the experience to make good decisions about some of the possibilities they may face online.

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Montana Sexual or Violent Offender Registry

Created by the Montana Department of Justice in 1989, the Sexual or Violent Offender Registry is a valuable resource for Montanans to protect their families against sexual or violent offenders.

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Montana 24/7 Sobriety Program

Drinking and driving has been a chronic – and deadly — problem on Montana’s roadways for decades. In 2008, Montana was ranked as the deadliest state in the nation when it came to per capita DUI-related traffic fatalities.

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Work for Justice

Everyday at The Montana Department of Justice, our employees are dedicated to ensuring the well-being and rights of the people of our great state. We’re passionate about what we do because it’s more than a job or a career. It’s about who we are as people. If this sounds like you, your unique experiences, knowledge, and values may be just what the Montana Department of Justice is looking for and needs. In return we can offer a culture that promotes fairness and growth opportunities.

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