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IRS, States and Tax Industry Ask for Public’s Help to Fight Identity Theft

Guest Writers: John Koskinen, Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service Gale Garriott, Executive Director, Federation of Tax Administrators With tax season underway and millions of families expecting refunds, the entire tax community is working together to fight back against tax-related identity theft. The time is now to protect your...

Caught in the Act

When caught in a wrongful act, criminals usually try to get rid of evidence that would be crucial to their conviction. If there is no evidence, they can't be associated with a crime. The Sun-Sentinel reports on three not-so-smart fraudsters, who got caught...

Lying in Wait

In 2017, 16.7 million people were impacted by identity theft, proving that it can happen to anyone regardless of age, race, profession or income level. Even though identity theft can be a very annoying experience that endangers credit reports, very rarely does identity theft fraud endanger lives....

Beware of Rising Premiums

A Washington, D.C.-based insurance broker was in a good position to get rich off one of the U.S.’s biggest health insurance companies. That is, until the law caught up with him. Now, he’s facing prison time for healthcare fraud and identity theft. A federal jury...

Bad Apples

Knowing our ancestry can help us to learn more about ourselves. For instance, maybe there's a combination between your love for hiking and the fact that your great uncle grew up in the Swiss Alps. Perhaps your mother's great uncle's great grandmother has a...

Nothing Is As It Seems

Appearances are hard to keep up. We can pretend that all is well by smiling on the outside, but most people – except those closest to you – don't really know what you're like on the inside. All others know about you is what...

Beat the Clock: Fighting Back Against Tax Identity Theft

There are many ways a thief can steal your identity and use it to commit fraud. It's scary that someone ''out there'' can use your information to break the law. They might apply for and obtain a credit card, buy a car, or take...

More Volume, Less Fraud

Medical practices don’t stay in business very long if they don’t have any patients. A Thief River Falls, Minnesota chiropractor thought it would be a great idea to hold promotional events to attract prospective clients by handing out free food and drink, prizes and...

Afraid of the Dark

Having a fear of the dark is pretty common for children, but not usually for adults unless you’re talking about the “dark web.” (The “dark web” is kind of like the Boogey Man or monsters under the bed for grown-ups. It’s also the part...

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...

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