Phishing Scams affecting Senior Citizens rising

Commissioner Troy Downing released the following statement regarding a phishing scam affecting senior citizens in Montana: “In the past five days, CSI’s Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST) received multiple complaints regarding a phishing and cryptocurrency scam targeting senior citizens in the Bozeman area.

The victims receive a pop-up phishing window falsely claiming obscene and illegal materials have been uploaded to their device.  To avoid legal repercussions, the victim is instructed to withdraw large amounts of cash and deposit the money into Bitcoin ATM’s at gas stations.  This is a scam.

CSI urges Montanans to remain diligent and to contact our agency with questions or to report financial scams. 

CSI Investigators can be contacted at 406-444-2040 or by going to