Sunday, February 25, 2018

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...

Correcting the Damage

Having your identity stolen can be devastating. The effects can last for years and it can be difficult to recover from ruined credit records and the resulting debt discovered long after the heist has occurred. An article posted on WSFA.com tells about an income...

Easy Money = Hard Time

If you could make six figures without working very hard, would you be interested in the job? (I'm sure you'd be intrigued at first, then suspicious, right?) According to an article posted on 13newsnow.com, a former Social Security Administration employee used her position to...

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...

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...

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 Fraudsters Use SSA’s Death Index to Steal Kids’ Identities

Have you ever heard of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Death Master File? It is the latest tool used by fraudsters to steal identities. According to a report by Scripps Howard News Service, ''Crooks are pocketing fraudulent tax refunds after filing returns with personal...

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...
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