Thursday, February 27, 2020

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...

A Cautionary Tale

How carefully do you safeguard your identity? You might think you do a pretty good job of keeping an eye on your credit report. That may not be enough. Consider this scenario? imagine for a moment that you fall on some tough times. You...

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...

More is Less

Deep down, criminals believe that they deserve more. Whether they want more money, another luxury vehicle, expensive jewelry or a fancy lifestyle, their selfish desire to claim more out of life than they deserve usually leaves them with less in the end. ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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