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Terminal Fraudster

Being diagnosed with a terminal illness is a very sobering event, and not one to be taken lightly. The woman at the center of today's ''Fraud of the Day'' faked a terminal illness and used it to delay reporting to prison for a federal...

Currently Unemployed

Credit card companies and financial institutions are typically the most common organizations targeted by identity theft, but government agencies are also seeing an increase in the crime as well. A Brownstown Township, Michigan man defrauded the State’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) out of more...

Low-hanging Fruit

There are several reasons why identity thieves are leaving credit card fraud behind and going for auto finance fraud. Basically, chips in credit cards have made it more difficult to conduct fraudulent transactions, auto finance fraud is low-hanging fruit and identity thieves are lazy....

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...

Cold, Hard Fraud

It's hard to say what causes criminals to defraud, but usually cold, hard cash is the central motivating force. (Unfortunately, in order for fraudsters to make a profit from their unscrupulous activities, a victim has to suffer a loss.) An article published in the...

Not So Petty

Petty crimes, which can include offenses such as shoplifting, trespassing, public intoxication or vandalism, are considered to be minor. A woman, whose last name happened to be Petty (what a great last name for a criminal), committed a ''not so petty'' crime by stealing...

Untrustworthy

With Tax Day right around the corner, it's a given that the government will see an increase in fraudulent tax returns using stolen identities. When tax returns are submitted closer to the annual deadline, the chance is greater for having a criminal steal your...

A Second New Jersey-based Fraud Ring?

Let's talk about fraud rings. They operate on many levels and include a ringleader and lots of second and third tier fraudsters. The fraud they perpetrate often crosses state and international boundaries. And, that's what's alleged in today's ''Fraud of the Day'' from The...

Too Much Time on Their Hands

It's reasonable to think that if teenagers get involved in after-school activities such as sports, clubs or a part-time job, they'll be more likely to stay out of trouble. An article published by the South Florida Business Journal explains how two teenagers stayed pretty...

Connecting the Data Dots for Better Fraud Defense

When I helped revitalize a fraud program for a state revenue department, I was surprised by what the data told us. Why, for instance, would identity theft fraud be concentrated in counties starting with an ''A'' but improper deductions be concentrated more haphazardly? Why...

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