Thursday, November 15, 2018

SIRF’s Up

Even when weather conditions look perfect, surfing can be dangerous. A gentle breeze may be blowing and the sun shining, but underneath the ocean, rip tides and strong undertows can be life threatening. Just as die-hard surfers sometimes ignore the dangers of the ocean...

Lies and Omissions

Omission can be a mistake resulting from neglect or lack of proper attention. Or it can be deliberate (which makes it another form of lying.) A press release from the Social Security Administration (SSA) Office of the Inspector General tells about a woman whose...

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...

Dream Job

Ever thought about what your dream job would be? Do you want to be the boss? How about running your own company? Want to work out of your house instead of wasting several hours a day stuck in commuter traffic? ...

Guest Writer: Mark C. Cooke

The Problem with Tax Systems The problem with tax systems is non-abrogative exploitation. In other words, it's the shades of grey that force systems to evolve. Or, rather, force them to devolve. The more ''creative interpretation'' that exists, the more statutory language is required. However,...

Stealing from Children

The job of ''representative payee'' for children who receive Social Security benefits comes with much responsibility. The Social Security Administration (SSA) is serious about making sure there is no abuse of the system. Representative payees are supposed to know what the beneficiary's needs are...

Guest Writer: Eva Velasquez

Identity theft is not one single type of crime. In fact, there are several different varieties of identity theft, such as medical, financial, criminal and government identity theft— all with different goals for the thief and different methods of recovery for the victim. But...

They Never Learn

Some fraudsters never learn. They frequently commit the same crime over and over again until one day, they make a mistake. A Georgia woman almost carried out a successful student loan fraud scheme worth $500,000, until she mistakenly signed her own name instead of...

Fastest Growing Fraud

It looks like identity theft fraudsters are at it again. As if ''true-name'' or traditional identity theft is not bad enough, it looks like ''synthetic'' identity theft is an even bigger challenge that is wreaking havoc with millions of credit reports across the...

What Does Fraud Actually Do to its Victims?

In honor of International Fraud Awareness Week (November 12-18), a worldwide event which serves to get the word out about fraud and its related crimes, organizations are working to help consumers and businesses understand not just the things they can do to minimize their risk of identity theft, but also the very serious ways that being a victim can hurt you. For more than a decade, the Identity Theft Resource Center has compiled the Identity Theft: The Aftermath report, which surveys victims who have previously contacted the nonprofit organization about their identity theft problems.
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