Saturday, February 24, 2018

Anticipation

It's hard to wait for something that we have long anticipated. Whether it is a child's dream to receive a new bike for his birthday or the long-awaited arrival of a soldier returning from a foreign conflict, we have great expectations attached to...

Fleeing from Fraud

When someone is in danger, a fight-or-flight response usually occurs. Either the person stays put and confronts the situation or they decide to flee from the mentally or physically threatening situation. The Department of Justice released a statement about an Alabama Man, who was...

Breaking the Cycle

The goal of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is to alleviate hunger and malnutrition by providing monthly benefits to eligible low-income families through electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards. An article posted on AL.com tells the story of how a few shoplifted steaks started...

Guilty Victims of Fraud

Criminals are always on the prowl for victims. Most are innocent, but once in awhile even fraudsters prey on other criminals while they are serving out a prison sentence. (That's an ironic twist – guilty victims.) An article in the Montgomery Adviser details a...

Top Priority

One of the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) top priorities is to prosecute criminals who use stolen identities to bilk the U.S. Treasury through the filing of fake tax returns. A recent Department of Justice press release tells about a successful prosecution and conviction of...

Committing Crime While Serving Time

Jokes are often made about criminals who do some pretty heinous things and get caught red-handed on the outside. Some criminals are quite clever and seize every opportunity to swindle victims – even from behind bars. The Alaska Dispatch covers a story about a...

Footing the Fraud Bill

Podiatrists have a complicated and sometimes unpleasant job when it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of more than 26 bones, over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments and 33 joints in the foot. A podiatrist in Pennsylvania used his patients to take a load...

How Well Do You Know Your Postal Carrier?

Tax refund fraud is one of our most popular topics here on Fraud of the Day – and with good reason. I write about tax refund fraud because it is becoming an epidemic. Every day fraudsters are thinking up new ways to game the...

Misprision Can Lead to Prison

Knowing about a crime and not reporting it is just about as bad as actually committing one. The official term for this act is misprision, or the failure to report a known felony to authorities even though the person reporting the offense is not...

Tricked Out

If you're trying to hide fraudulent activity, it would be smart not to do anything out of the ordinary to raise suspicions. An article in the Montgomery Advertiser details the story of two former corrections officers who tricked the Internal Revenue Service into issuing...
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