Mosquito Mountain Montana HomesteadWe've lost several thousand dollars in the last year from thieves that will never face justice.

We live near the end of a private road way out on a forested mountain in northwestern Montana. Our neighbors down the road know which vehicles belong here and which don't. I have several cameras recording animal movements and anyone using our road or entering our property. To top it off our area has a "reputation" that tends to keep thieves away.

It's about as secure an area a normal person could hope for.

So the question is: "How did someone manage to steal from us?"

That answer is easy: it was done over the Internet.

Now the first thing that pops into a person's mind on Internet crime is the fraudulent access and use of credit and/or debit cards. We've had that happen although the bank's safeguards have done a stellar job of stopping the last two attempts.

11/23/2014 1:57:05 PM

Well said. I agree wholeheartedly and I'm sorry to hear about this has happened to you. It's such a shame that the miracle of the internet (we couldn't Blog without it!) can also be misappropriated and used against so many people in so many ways. And these cowards have the advantage of almost complete anonymity. If all of us speak out as you have, perhaps there will be some progress made to help reduce this sort of crime. We can but hope... Best wishes to you and your wife, and that lucky grandson of yours! Virginia

11/7/2014 11:52:09 AM

Steven, indeed, we should meet at the next Mother Earth News Fair in Topeka. I'm sure we would have plenty to talk about. I hope you are haven't a good day.

11/7/2014 11:50:04 AM

Steven, I agree totally with your opinion. The digital age has brought many new challenges into the business mix. I'm not sure how one can prevent totally prevent it. With the advent of all the electronic reading devices, the demand for material has sky rocketed so the opportunity for writers like you and your wife are in high demand. Some say I should be a writer but I consider myself to be just a blogger that likes to write. It would be disappointing if I discovered that unscrupulous folks had stolen something I had written to gain a profit to live on. I can definitely see why it would be a real sticking point of emotion. I can only hope that some one will come up with a way to prevent unwanted pirating to happen. Have the best writing day that you can.

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