U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced two bipartisan bills that would help combat fraud and scams impacting Montanans.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on enough hardships, and now Montanans are being targeted by scammers,” Daines said. “It’s unacceptable that travelers and Tribal members are falling victim to these predatory acts. I’m glad to work on bipartisan bills to protect Montanans and bring awareness to this issue.”
The “Protecting Consumers from Travel Fraud Act” would direct the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to provide Montanans with information on how to identify and avoid travel scams and provide policy recommendations for preventing and deterring online travel booking scams.
This legislation was developed in response to recent reports of incidents involving scammers posing as travel or booking agents and creating fraudulent airline websites to sell fake hotel bookings and airline tickets.
The “Protecting Indian Tribes from Scams Act” would increase awareness and reporting of fraud and scams that target Tribal members.
According to recent data, American Indians and tribal members are at a higher risk of losing money in a scam compared to other demographics.
In April, the United States House of Representatives passed this legislation with strong bipartisan support.