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Joyride

Fraudsters are using increasingly sophisticated tactics to manipulate personal details about others for personal gain. (Their modus operandi is all about enjoying life at the expense of their victims.) An identity thief from Jacksonville, Florida took a three-year long joyride with the personal identification...

Ditch the Disguise

The Internet is full of links to crimes carried out in ridiculous disguises. Some of my favorites include two men who used a permanent marker to draw mustaches and beards on their faces; the ‘Duct Tape Bandit,’ who wrapped his head in, you guessed...

Exploiting the Dead

Fraudsters don't discriminate. They target victims of all shapes and sizes and from all walks of life – or death. An article posted on ConnectMidMissouri.com states that a Georgia man used the identities of deceased individuals to steal more than $2.3 million...

Sisters Sentenced to 115 Months in Prison in Connection with Identity Fraud and Tax...

The concept of stealing someone's identity has been around a long time. But in today's Fraud of the Day from WFSA.com, the fraudsters added a new twist: stealing identities for other people? The article reports that two sisters from Montgomery, Alabama...

X-rated Rx

The Rx symbol is found on doctor’s prescription pads, as well as on signs in pharmacies. (Here’s your medical lesson for the day: Rx is derived from the Latin word “recipe,” which means “take”.) A Mount Holly, North Carolina physician was definitely “on the...

The Sound of Identity Theft

The Dominican Republic's sandy shores are surrounded by the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, making it a popular tourist destination. The county, which has the second largest economy in the Caribbean, is dependent upon agriculture and service industries...

Quick Study

While the Department of Education distributes around $150 billion in student financial aid on an annual basis, tens of millions of dollars go to fraudsters who apply for student aid using stolen identities. (To say that is a lot of money is an understatement.) A Danville,...

Psyching Out Fraud

In modern terms, the phrase ''psyched out'' can refer to ''being excited'' about something. (Someone could be ''psyched out'' about an upcoming vacation to the Bahamas.) The term ''psyched out'' can also mean ''to be intimidated.'' (A sports team could be ''psyched out'' because...

Robin Hood Would Be Ashamed

Hiring a home healthcare aide to take care of a loved one can be an overwhelming process. Many people go through an agency because potential candidates are usually thoroughly vetted (emphasis on “usually”) and replacements can be made if they are not satisfactory. Unfortunately,...

Living Large

When you think of ''living large,'' images of fancy homes, luxurious vacations and expensive cars might pop into your head. Members of a fraud ring in Ohio may have had similar thoughts when participating in a scheme that netted millions of dollars from filing...

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