Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Sting of Fraud

No one likes to be stung – whether by a bee, a bad belly flop into a swimming pool or by undercover government agents. (It's just not comfortable.) Today's ''Fraud of the Day'' from the Gwinnett Daily Post follows the story of a Georgia...

Family Connection

There are times when a family connection is helpful. (It doesn't hurt to have a personal reference when applying for a job or entrance into an institution of higher learning.) An article published in the Merced Sun-Star tells about a family connection to a...

Choose Your Friends Wisely

It is important to choose friends and business partners wisely because bad company corrupts good character. An article published by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution details the story of nine unscrupulous business associates who ran a scam that bilked the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of more...

Nickname for Fraudster

There are many reasons why people have nicknames. Sometimes they are bestowed on someone as a term of endearment or chosen because the person doesn't like their real name. An article published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution details a $1 million tax fraud scam perpetrated...

Hitting the Jackpot

'Hitting the jackpot'' usually refers to winning a large sum of money; however, it can also mean that a discovery has led to a lot of useful information. A story posted on Fox59.com details how a routine investigation into a suspected case of public...

At Risk

According to a recent report from the General Accounting Office (GAO), identity theft cost the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) more than $5 billion during the 2013 tax year. Today's ''Fraud of the Day'' story, reported in the Atlanta Business Chronicle, details how a brother...

Prescription for Disaster

It must be fun to be an undercover agent. They get to pose as a variety of characters to get sufficient evidence to convict criminals. Sometimes the job is dangerous and involves disguises, but at other times they can pose as a...

Adjusting to Fraud

Children like pretend play. They can be whomever they like including warriors, princesses, veterinarians or even grocery store clerks. (I doubt many kids pretend to be a fraudster.) At some point, they grow out of that stage and move on to reality. ...

What’s Yours is Mine

Fraudsters tend to believe that ''What's yours is mine.'' (They want what their victims have.) Whether motivated by jealousy, greed, envy or selfishness, there are just some people that believe they have the right to take what doesn't belong to them. An article published...

Always Ask Questions

If something sounds too good to be true, be suspicious and ask questions. A story in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution tells about how a Georgia tax preparer convinced 5,000 unsuspecting victims to let him submit their tax returns as part of a $5 million tax...
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