Sunday, November 17, 2019

Ignorance is Not Bliss

You've probably heard the saying, ''Ignorance is bliss.'' This suggests that it's more convenient or comfortable to ignore the fact that something unscrupulous is going on. A press release published by the Department of Justice describes one woman's feigned attempt at ignorance while testifying...

An Inside Fraud Job

Millions of taxpayers trust that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will process their annual tax returns and pay refunds where due. They don't expect to have their identities or their refund checks stolen by government employees working on the inside. An article published in...

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...

When the Fraud Hits the fan

Listen to this Story For many, the thought of tax season does not bring up warm feelings; but for three years, today's fraudsters turned tax season into a year-round holiday. On October 15, 2015,two defendants from Phenix City,...

Buyer’s Regret

Have you ever had buyer's regret? Perhaps you bought into a scam on the infomercial – the one that sold you a gadget that promised to do what no other gadget could. When you opened the box, after making three payments of some unnecessary...

At Risk

According to a recent report from the General Accounting Office (GAO), identity theft cost the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) more than $5 billion during the 2013 tax year. Today's ''Fraud of the Day'' story, reported in the Atlanta Business Chronicle, details how a brother...

Marching off to Prison

Listen to this Story Band directors require special skills to help their students prepare for a variety of performances including, but not limited to parades, half-time shows at football games and concerts. (They generally have a music degree, are...

Guest Writer: Kimberly Little

Taking a Closer Look at Identities Do you know anyone who has had their identity stolen? The chances are that you or someone you know has fallen victim to this rapidly growing crime. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reported that identity theft...

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...

Checks and Balances

Fraud can be tough to identify, unless there are checks and balances employed to catch perpetrators. An article published in The Virginian-Pilot details how a check cashing business uncovered a tax fraud scheme that netted more than $2 million in fraudulent income tax refunds. The...

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