Saturday, February 24, 2018

An ATM Handout

ATMs have made life more convenient. The ease of swiping your card and receiving money on the spot takes the pain out of traveling to the bank to make a withdrawal. While the machines are helpful from a convenience standpoint, they have a habit...

Fraud Fest

Coming soon to a theater near you: Identity Theft and the Skies of Darkness. Despite good ratings, taxpayers are giving it 100% on rotten tomatoes. Perhaps living in Hollywood (Florida that is) wasn't the best choice for a man who finds himself facing his...

Calling on Fraud

Insider fraud at call centers is becoming a common problem. Can you imagine the wealth of personal information available to lurking fraudsters? (All it takes is one deceptive person with the right access credentials, and voila! You have a scam and a bunch of...

Was there an Accountant in Gen Pop?

Some people just can't catch a break. You almost have to feel bad for most people. Almost. According to NewsHerald.com, an inmate being held by Florida's correctional system is scheduled for release on July 20. Not one second of fresh...

486 Sticky Hands

With tax season, comes the temptation for criminals to falsely submit tax refunds for financial gain. Today's Fraud of the Day from the Sun Sentinel highlights the case of one Miami native whose sticky hands left marks on 486 false refund submissions. Now, he's...

Hungry for Fraud

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which serves millions of low-income people in the United States, is the largest type of government aid available for domestic hunger. (Perhaps that's why it is frequently targeted by fraudsters looking to make a few extra million dollars.)...

More Than Just a Toothache

Many people have a fear of visiting the dentist. (That's why sedation dentistry is so popular.) It's not because they don't like their dentist, it's just that anything involving drills, needles and pain are not on top of anyone's bucket list. An article in...

The Stigma of Fraud

People who struggle with mental health issues not only have to deal with the symptoms and disabilities that come along with the diagnosis, but also with the stigma that is placed upon them by society. Even though there are a wide variety of...

Fake Proof

In the State of Florida, only U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents and other authorized foreign nationals are allowed to obtain Florida driver's licenses. For a foreign national, proof of residence can be confirmed with a permanent residence stamp on his or her passport...

An Overwhelming Sense of Entitlement

One of the most concerning aspects of tax return scams is how easily personal information is fabricated. This particular alleged fraudster was not only helping himself to the first-time home buyer tax credit but he was helping others scam the government too. He claimed...
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