Friday, July 20, 2018

No More Crimes without Fines

When a criminal steals something from a store – let's say an expensive piece of jewelry – he or she usually is required to provide restitution (i.e., give the item back) and receive a punishment, such as a heavy fine and/or jail time. That's...

Child Identity Theft

Did you realize that children can be victims of identity theft? This type of fraud is hard to detect because the crime can go unnoticed for many years until the child applies for something that requires a credit check. Watch this video to find...

Glorified Taxi Service

According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, fraudulent ambulance services cost the agency $350 million each year. While these benefits programs will pay for non-emergency ambulance transportation for qualified beneficiaries that have a written order from their doctor vouching that it is...

Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures

Life is usually not fair and it rarely goes the way we expect. But, that doesn't mean it's o.k. to commit a crime to ease a financial burden. (That should never be an option, but desperate times often call for desperate measures.) A Kentucky...

Family Loyalty

In some families, loyalty runs deep ,so deep that members are willing to risk committing crimes to remain a part of the family unit. One man 's family loyalty caused him to commit multiple types of fraud, including the creation of a fraudulent passport...

Paying Respects

There are many ways to pay respects to someone who has died. You can attend the funeral, give a eulogy, send flowers or make a donation to the deceased person's favorite charity. An article in The Washington Post reports that the U.S....

SIRF’s Up

Even when weather conditions look perfect, surfing can be dangerous. A gentle breeze may be blowing and the sun shining, but underneath the ocean, rip tides and strong undertows can be life threatening. Just as die-hard surfers sometimes ignore the dangers of the ocean...

Recycling Patients

There's no doubt that recycling is good for the environment. It helps to reduce trash that fills landfills, uses old stuff to make new stuff, and saves money, natural resources and energy. A nurse mentioned in a Home Health Care News article took recycling...

Government: Silo your data at your own risk

According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, so far there have been 1,120 data breaches in 2017 alone, compromising more than 171 million records. These records include names, birth dates, Social Security numbers (SSN), addresses, phone numbers and more – all the components needed to use a stolen identity to commit fraud. These records – and the corresponding identities – are now on sale all over the dark web. According to the 2017 LexisNexis Fraud Mitigation Study, criminals who commit fraud in one industry are likely to commit fraud in other industries, as well.

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...
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