Thursday, September 20, 2018

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...

Guest Writer: Kimberly Little

Taking a Closer Look at Identities Do you know anyone who has had their identity stolen? The chances are that you or someone you know has fallen victim to this rapidly growing crime. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reported that identity theft...

Epic Offense

An epic usually details the extraordinary feats accomplished by a hero. Today's ''Fraud of the Day'' tells how an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran twisted the details of his ''not so heroic'' actions in order to bilk the federal government out of more than $750,000...

Decades of Lying

One way that criminals defraud the Social Security Administration (SSA) is by failing to notify the agency about the death of a beneficiary, then they continue to receive and cash the checks of their deceased loved one. Today's ''Fraud of the Day'' spotlights two...

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...

Playing the System

Fraudsters think that they are good at playing the system. No matter the type of system, they try to work the situation so that they end up with an advantage. Today's ''Fraud of the Day'' is about a Detroit woman, who kept trying to...

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...
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