Thursday, February 27, 2020

The Emotional Toll of Identity Theft and Fraud on Victims

Both the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and FraudoftheDay.com want to remind everyone about the victims and the ongoing emotional changes that they are experiencing due to identity theft and fraud related issues. The ITRC conducts an annual Aftermath survey where we follow-up with...

Adding Insult to Injury

Things can always go from bad to worse. An article published in the Telegram & Gazette confirms this idiom by telling the story of a Worcester woman accused of stealing the identity of her boyfriend's ex-wife and fraudulently using it to obtain disability benefits....

Making a Good Choice

Tax season is around the corner once again, and I can't stress enough how important it is to choose an honest and reliable tax preparer if you are not completing your own forms. The Monterey County Herald details a story about a woman...

Calling on Fraud

Insider fraud at call centers is becoming a common problem. Can you imagine the wealth of personal information available to lurking fraudsters? (All it takes is one deceptive person with the right access credentials, and voila! You have a scam and a bunch of...

A+ for Creativity in Stealing Identities

Criminals are getting more creative when it comes to stealing identities. Increasingly, we see in the news that fraudsters are targeting more vulnerable populations, including children, persons with disabilities, the elderly, veterans and the homeless. Today's fraud comes from a LIHerald.com story about a...

Unsuspecting Victims

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reports that in 2017, the number of taxpayers who reported tax-related identity theft declined by 50 percent. While this sounds like great news, identity thieves are becoming increasingly savvy at finding new ways to steal money from unsuspecting victims...

Fleeing from Fraud

When someone is in danger, a fight-or-flight response usually occurs. Either the person stays put and confronts the situation or they decide to flee from the mentally or physically threatening situation. The Department of Justice released a statement about an Alabama Man, who was...

Wishy-washy

People who are lacking in decisiveness or character are often considered to be ''wishy-washy.'' An article posted on 13NewsNow.com tells about a Virginia man who originally pleaded guilty to his involvement in a $2.6 million tax refund fraud scheme, but then withdrew his plea....

Not If, But When

If you think your identity could never be stolen, think again. According to Symantec’s 2017 Internet Security Report, 1,209 security breaches occurred in 2016 exposing 1.1 billion identities. If that doesn’t scare you, then consider that over the past eight years, more than 7.1...

Caught in the Act

When caught in a wrongful act, criminals usually try to get rid of evidence that would be crucial to their conviction. If there is no evidence, they can't be associated with a crime. The Sun-Sentinel reports on three not-so-smart fraudsters, who got caught...

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