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Always Ask Questions

If something sounds too good to be true, be suspicious and ask questions. A story in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution tells about how a Georgia tax preparer convinced 5,000 unsuspecting victims to let him submit their tax returns as part of a $5 million tax...

All in Good Fun

It can be entertaining to see an impersonation of a nationally recognized figure or a high ranking government official. Many a late night talk show host has imitated presidents, movie stars and sports figures – all in good fun, eliciting laughs and guffaws from...

Deploying a Solution to Combat Fraud

Military members are vulnerable to identity theft, fraud and scams, particularly during a deployment. But, service members don’t have to be halfway around the world to become a victim. (It can happen stateside too.) A man from Harvey, Illinois committed identity theft and tax...

Not Playing Fair

Children are often subject to more danger than that of adults – especially when it comes to identity fraud. Fraudsters find it easy to steal Social Security Numbers from children, and it is difficult for the government to catch these schemes because children do...

Uncovering Tracks

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on a Department of Justice press release entitled, “Florida Resident Sentenced to Prison for Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Scheme”. A Miami-Dade County, Florida resident was sentenced to 70 months in prison for his role in a stolen identity refund fraud scheme.

The Young and the Felonious

If you already have 15 felony ''priors,'' you'd think you'd be a bit more careful not to break the law. Alas, some people never learn. The Herald Bulletin has the story of an Indiana woman who was already serving prison time for convictions related...

Gone Phishing

I recently had the privilege of speaking at the North Eastern States Tax Officials Association's annual conference about how fraud is perpetrated against government programs. One of the benefits of speaking at conferences like these is the opportunity to hear first-hand about new fraud...

Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave

Most people are honest. Apart from being the right thing to do, it's frankly simpler that way. Lying often becomes a tangled web you can't unweave. But, it seems some people are just out to keep weaving and tangling webs on purpose. Here's the...

Guest Writer: Frank Abagnale

By now you've heard about the recent spate of data breaches that took place over the holiday season with a number of retailers. The stories have ranged from the number of people potentially affected to a growing ''blame game'' between the financial services and...

Guest Writer: Suzanne Barber

Identity Management: Gain control over your personal data with IDWise Identity theft and fraud is growing – day by day, minute by minute. The news is filled with new data breaches and lost personal information to cyber criminals both here at home and abroad. As...

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