Thursday, December 14, 2017

Like Mother, Like Brother

It's hard enough to steal unemployment benefits using your own identity. Attempting to use other people's identities to do so is a real effort – one that definitely isn't worth the risk – but some people are still willing to take it. Hartford Courant...

Taking a Gamble

To participate in Medicare fraud is to take a huge gamble. The odds of winning are not great as a former owner and manager of three Florida home health agencies can testify. The Medicare Strike Force successfully prosecuted him for his role in a...

What Does Fraud Actually Do to its Victims?

In honor of International Fraud Awareness Week (November 12-18), a worldwide event which serves to get the word out about fraud and its related crimes, organizations are working to help consumers and businesses understand not just the things they can do to minimize their risk of identity theft, but also the very serious ways that being a victim can hurt you. For more than a decade, the Identity Theft Resource Center has compiled the Identity Theft: The Aftermath report, which surveys victims who have previously contacted the nonprofit organization about their identity theft problems.

Business Email Compromise Fraud Matters

Business Email Compromise (BEC), a sophisticated online scam that targets businesses and tricks employees into transferring money to cyber criminals, is responsible for $1.6 billion in losses in the U.S. and $5.3 billion globally since 2013. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reports that...

The Land of Free Benefits

When Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner, he described the United States as the land of the free and the home of the brave. (Nothing about it being a great place for foreign fraudsters to receive free benefits).According to Las Vegas television...

Not Playing Fair

Children are often subject to more danger than that of adults – especially when it comes to identity fraud. Fraudsters find it easy to steal Social Security Numbers from children, and it is difficult for the government to catch these schemes because children do...

On Behalf Of

Because children lack the capacity to make complex decisions, they have to rely upon their parents to do things on their behalf. (For example, parents have to make decisions regarding their medical care, finances, nutrition, living arrangements and education to name a few.)</em? A...

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,...

At Home with Fraud

To say that someone is "at home" with doing something means that they are comfortable with their actions. Today 's "Fraud of the Day" covers four New Orleans doctors and two others who worked for a home health care company. They were "at home"...

Stop the Abuse

If you haven't already submitted your 2016 federal tax returns, you may be pressed to seek help from a tax preparer to make the April 18 deadline. (Keep in mind that state income tax return due dates vary.) But, it's important not to rush...
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