Thursday, December 14, 2017

Double Trouble

Defraud us once, shame on you; defraud us twice, shame on us. Sometimes, the fraudsters aren't the only ones to blame. Keeping track of who is eligible for what benefits and who actually receives them is an incredibly daunting challenge–and sometimes things...

Food Stamps for Everyone!

Most people hear the words ''Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program'' (SNAP) and still think food stamps. You'd think the phrase ''food stamps'' would be clear to most people, but it's amazing how many individuals read ''food'' as ''whatever you want.'' More and more,...

The Walking Dead

There are some people in this world who are a bit disingenuous. You know the type? they say one thing and do another. And, of course, there are fraudsters – people who lie to steal (usually) money that belongs to someone else. But the...

Tax Refund Fraud – Potentially a $26 Billion Problem over the Next Five Years

Tax season is over, but the problem of tax refund fraud remains. In fact, the troubles may just be beginning for those who have recently had their tax refunds stolen. And, according to a story from CNN.com, the government has a lot of work...

New Jersey Woman Gets Prison Time for Student Loan Fraud

Going on to higher education can be quite pricey, so the need for student loans is pretty common. But what about when you start applying for upwards of 90 student loans in the time span of four years? Better yet – what about when...

A Car Loan before Kindergarten?

Parents expect to worry about certain things? are their kids hitting all the key developmental milestones? Should the kids be spending so much time on the computer? Are they doing well in school? Now, according to today's fraud from The Salt Lake Tribune, they...

They call it the ”’Crack Cocaine of Crime”’

As regular ''Fraud of the Day'' readers know, my commentaries usually are based on articles about fraud; but this one is a little different. Today, I'm highlighting a video (and corresponding blog) from a recent CNN Presents segment about tax refund fraud. The segment...

Tax Refund Scam Costs Taxpayers Billions

If you are a regular reader of ''Fraud of the Day,'' you know that identity theft and tax refund fraud often go hand-in-hand. It's pretty straightforward? identity thieves steal law-abiding taxpayers' Social Security numbers and use them to file phony tax returns. And it's...

Identity Theft Discovered via Social Media

Fraudsters use social media sites to pilfer personal information and steal identities, and sometimes use the stolen identity to commit other types of fraud. In today's fraud from an Office of the Inspector General (OIG), U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) web summary, identity fraud...

Identity Theft & Tax Refund Fraud – a National Epidemic

Identity theft used to be something that happened to other people. But today, you could be one of the ''other people''...all because it's tax time. Today's fraud comes from a CBS Miami story, but it really could have come from anywhere. And that's the...
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