Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The Fast Lane

Illegal immigration is a hot topic. It is the backdrop of today's commentary, but it is not what the commentary is about. I focus on fraud. Here's the challenge? once in United States, the undocumented immigrant – like anyone else – needs identification. And,...

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...

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...

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...

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