Fraud Watch

Fraud Watch: Gift card scams

HELENA - Holiday shopping can be stressful and many people buy gift cards for friends and family on their shopping lists to help alleviate some of that stress. Gift cards can be a great option...

FraudWatch: Social Media Scams

HELENA - Social media can be a great way for people to stay in touch with friends and family. But it can also be an easy way for scammers to target you and get away...

Fraud Watch: End-of-the-year giving

HELENA- The end of 2017 is almost here, and for a lot of people, that means it’s time to donate to nonprofits. Montana’s Office of Consumer Protection says 11 percent of all online donations to...

Phone scam using slain deputy’s name targets Montana residents

BOZEMAN - The Deer Lodge Police Department have reported complaints of a male calling area residents and claiming he is raising money for Broadwater County Sheriff's Office deputy Mason Moore, who was killed on duty early...

Fraud Watch: The “Do Not Call” Registry

HELENA - The National Do Not Call Registry gives you the opportunity to stop most unwanted calls from telemarketers, but just because your number is on the list doesn’t mean you won’t still get calls. The Do Not Call...

Fraud Watch: Montana Lottery scams

HELENA - Thousands of people buy Mega Millions or Powerball tickets in hopes of winning big. Everyone knows those lotteries are the real deal, we’ve hear the success stories of people buying just one ticket...

Fraud Watch: Online dating scams

HELENA - Valentine’s Day is two weeks away and some are turning to the internet for help finding love. We're taking a look at some of the risks of online dating -- as well...

Fraud Watch: Mortgage recovery scams

HELENA - Real estate professionals and lenders will tell you the purchase of a home is a person or a family’s biggest financial commitment. Scammers know this too, and they can use your fear of getting...

Fraud Watch: Over-payment scams

HELENA - Technology makes selling unwanted items a lot easier thanks to the various online platforms. It’s a great way to make some extra money, but it can also present scammers with an opportunity to...

Fraud Watch: Avoid getting scammed by spoofed calls

HELENA - Getting a phone call from a number that you don’t recognize is not an unusual occurrence. But scammers are using technology to make it appear as if you do recognize that number...

Fraud Watch: Avoid getting scammed

HELENA - No one sets out to get scammed, but sometimes it happens before you know it. MTN News reviews some of the most important tips to avoid losing money in this Fraud Watch...

Fraud Watch: Online shopping scams

HELENA - Online markets like Craigslist or eBay make shopping easier than ever, but the popular forums are also targets for scammers. The Craigslist and eBay scams are two sides of the same coin. The Craigslist scam targets sellers. You could be advertising...

Fraud Watch: Be aware of scam “IRS” calls

HELENA - Each year, hundreds of Montanans report receiving a phone message that sounds like an urgent tax issue. But state investigators say the calls are really scams, and the callers are posing as...

Fraud Watch: What Montanans can do about the Equifax data breach

HELENA - More than 140 million Americans have been affected by the Equifax data breach earlier this month. On Sept. 7, consumer credit reporting agency Equifax announced 143 million people had their driver’s license numbers,...

Fraud Watch: Watch out for false “jury duty” calls

HELENA - Like many common telephone scams, the so-called “jury duty scam” can appear at first to be a serious phone call. A caller will claim that you have been cited for failing to...

Fraud Watch: Grandparent Scams

HELENA - When scammers aren't thinking of new ways to get your money, they recycle or update an old scam. The “Grandparents” scam, otherwise known as the “Emergency” scam, has been expanded from just a...

Fraudwatch: Don’t forget to shred sensitive personal information

HELENA - Scammers are always looking for ways to get a hold of your personal information which is why it's essential to get rid of any old personal documents lying around the house. However,...

Fraud Watch: Scammers use utility bill to try and take your money

HELENA - Scammers never seem to take a season off and with winter around the corner, there is another way these imposters are trying to get your money. Now, you could get a phone call,...

Fraud Watch: Beware of the driveway paving scam

HELENA - Folks need to be wary of scammers offering to pave your driveway as the weather gets warmer. Scammers may entice you with discounts but fail to deliver. A contractor comes to your home,...

Fraud Watch: Montanans warned of IRS scams

HELENA - When the phone rings and the caller ID says the "Internal Revenue Service," some people may answer, but that caller ID could be spoofed, mimicking a legitimate agency - and the voice on the...

FraudWatch: Online Holiday shopping scams

HELENA - For the first time this holiday season, the majority of consumers plan to do some of their shopping online, according to research by the National Retail Federation. While that's good news for online...

Fraud Watch: Avoid jury service scams in Montana

HELENA - Getting a jury summons in the mail is just part of being a registered voter, but now scammers are using that to try and take your money. Not everyone will get to...