Thursday, November 15, 2018

Taking Advantage of Tornadoes

Imagine being the victim of a natural disaster: your home could've been wrecked, your property may have been damaged and you may not even know where your loved ones are and if they're alright. Now imagine someone pretending to suffer like you have...

Fraudsters are Trading Guns for Laptops

Unfortunately, we live in a world with crime – and fraud is increasingly becoming a bigger part of that crime calculus. In fact, in today's Fraud of the Day from The New York Times, the article notes that tax refund fraud perpetrated through...

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...

Committing ID Fraud Behind Bars?

Identity fraud has taken a turn for the worse – now potentially involving an act of murder. (It's bad enough that identity fraud costs taxpayers millions of dollars each year and individuals countless dollars and hours in cleaning up the mess. Now, someone's identity...

The Walking Dead

There are some people in this world who are a bit disingenuous. You know the type? they say one thing and do another. And, of course, there are fraudsters – people who lie to steal (usually) money that belongs to someone else. But the...

A Car Loan before Kindergarten?

Parents expect to worry about certain things? are their kids hitting all the key developmental milestones? Should the kids be spending so much time on the computer? Are they doing well in school? Now, according to today's fraud from The Salt Lake Tribune, they...

ID Theft Quickly Turns into ID Fraud

How hard is it to steal someone's identity? Ask anyone who has had their identity stolen, and they will likely say, ''Not hard enough.'? According to today's fraud in the Associated Press, it can happen to anyone – even allegedly to one of the...

Identity Theft Discovered via Social Media

Fraudsters use social media sites to pilfer personal information and steal identities, and sometimes use the stolen identity to commit other types of fraud. In today's fraud from an Office of the Inspector General (OIG), U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) web summary, identity fraud...

Identity Theft & Tax Refund Fraud – a National Epidemic

Identity theft used to be something that happened to other people. But today, you could be one of the ''other people''...all because it's tax time. Today's fraud comes from a CBS Miami story, but it really could have come from anywhere. And that's the...

Bar Fight + Stolen Wallet = Over 30 Years of Identity Fraud

Today's fraud begins in 1977. That year a gallon of gas cost 65 cents, ''Star Wars'' opened in theaters across the country, the first Apple II computers went on sale and a 25-hour black out occurred in New York City. And, according to a...

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