Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Deconstructing Fraud

Fraudsters are lazy. They'll scheme and con their way to riches by taking the easiest path available no matter how many people they run over in the process. A Department of Justice press release tells about a fairly young man who travelled along a...

Improvements in Identify Theft and Tax Fraud Detection Capabilities for 2017

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has made great strides in detecting tax refund fraud. As of March 4, 2017, the IRS reported that it had identified and confirmed 14,068 fraudulent tax returns involving identity theft and prevented the issuance of $91.9 million in fraudulent...

Tax Refund Fraudsters Use SSA’s Death Index to Steal Kids’ Identities

Have you ever heard of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Death Master File? It is the latest tool used by fraudsters to steal identities. According to a report by Scripps Howard News Service, ''Crooks are pocketing fraudulent tax refunds after filing returns with personal...

Memories Live On

When faced with death, it's hard to say goodbye to a loved one. But, survivors can be comforted by good memories of their dearly departed through pictures and personal items. A former New Jersey man continued to be reminded of his deceased wife each...

Guest Writer: Richard Ainsworth

Sales suppression, also known as skimming, is an old retail fraud. A businessman simply keeps two tills. He rings up some sales for the record, and other sales are either not rung up at all or handled through an open cash drawer. Technology has changed...

Double your Crime, Double the Time

So how much of a prison sentence should you get when you not only help people obtain unlawfully produced driver's licenses, but also provide this service exclusively to criminals? We've got double the trouble here, as a New Hampshire dynamic duo teamed up to...

Wisdom Doesn’t Always Come with Age

If you are responsible for someone's financial affairs and they die, it's very important that you report their death to the Social Security Administration. If you don't, and their benefits continue to be deposited into a jointly held bank account, you could get into...

Guest Writer: Suzanne Barber

Identity Management: Gain control over your personal data with IDWise Identity theft and fraud is growing – day by day, minute by minute. The news is filled with new data breaches and lost personal information to cyber criminals both here at home and abroad. As...

Green Pastures

Green pastures are usually associated with prosperity, new opportunities and a fresh start. (If someone is moving on to greener pastures, they are taking advantage of a new opportunity and leaving an old situation behind.)The owner and operator of a New Orleans medical equipment...

The Nerve of Them

Fraudsters have some nerve to think that they can steal from government health care programs and get away with it. A Detroit-area doctor and owner of a medical billing company were quite confident in their abilities to steal $28 million from Medicare, but fortunately...
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