September 15, 2020
In 2019, as Montana’s Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) considered moving all sales of its hunting and fishing licenses to the Internet, some resource managers in the agency worried about fake sites trying to dupe hunters and anglers.
Would setting up a virtual storefront for licenses, which account for just over 70 percent of the agency’s annual budget, give online pirates and thieves another pool of customers to defraud? The question was especially sharp for FWP, since a substantial share of its customers are not particularly tech-savvy or familiar with doing business electronically, as the agency discovered when it moved a portion of its license sales to...
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