Help Us Help Montanans. The best protection is knowledge. Our office learns about rip-offs from people like you. Please spread the word about new scams by reporting them to us.
There you will also be able to file a consumer complaint against a business or search our online database of complaints filed by Montanans like you against other businesses. Our investigators are trained to go after schemers seeking to defraud Montanans.
Montana law specifically forbids certain deceptive business practices, like bait-and-switch advertising. State law also governs door-to-door sales, misconduct of debt collection companies and other areas.
Past Scam Alerts
We’ve been tracking scams for years:
- June 2, 2011: Bullock Warns of Asphalt Paving Scams
- March 16, 2011: Bullock Encourages Donations to Tsunami Relief Efforts, Warns of Scams
- March 9, 2011: Bullock makes Preventing Wire Fraud Focus of Consumer Protection Week in Montana
- November 12, 2010: Attorney General Warns of Scam Targeting Grandparents
- July 1, 2010: State Leaders Form Working Group to Protect Aging Veterans from Financial Schemes
- June 21, 2010: Bullock Warns of Asphalt Paving Scams
- May 17, 2010: Bullock and First Montana Bank Warn Consumers to Protect Personal Information
- January 15, 2010: Bullock Encourages Donations to Earthquake Relief Efforts, Warns of Scams
- May 19, 2009: Bullock Announces Investigation of Extended Car Warranty Companies, Illegal Telemarketing
- March 3, 2009: After Receiving Scam E-mail, Bullock Warns Consumers to Protect Personal Information
Top Ten Tips for the Savvy Consumer
- NEVER give out personal information to someone soliciting it from you over the phone or the internet. Banks will NEVER call and ask for your personal information.
- NEVER wire or give money to someone you don’t know. Even if you think it’s someone you know, follow-up to make sure before you wire any money.
- If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
- Get a security freeze on your credit.
- Use common sense and do your due diligence: ask around, talk to others, call us if you have any doubts or questions.
- Be skeptical, resist high pressure tactics, take your time.
- Ignore postcards and advertisements for free products, sweepstakes wins, magazine sales, etc. If you did not enter into the lottery or sweepstakes that is contacting you, you did not win.
- Register with the National Do Not Call Registry.
- Keep an eye on your bank and credit card statements. Be alert to small charges that may appear insignificant, but will add up over time.
- Shred any financial documents or other documents that contain personal information (Social Security numbers, birth dates, personal contact information, bank account or credit card information).