Saturday, May 21, 2022

Hiding in Plain View

A popular book character in a children's series follows a man who travels around the world with a variety of items to assist in his adventures. It is the reader's job to search extremely detailed illustrated pages to find the lost traveler and the...

Shortcut to Jail

It's ok to take a shortcut if you're running behind on time and need to get to a destination quickly. It's not ok to take a shortcut to circumvent U.S. immigration law. (Chances are if you disobey the government's system for legal entry and...

The Sting of Fraud

No one likes to be stung – whether by a bee, a bad belly flop into a swimming pool or by undercover government agents. (It's just not comfortable.) Today's ''Fraud of the Day'' from the Gwinnett Daily Post follows the story of a Georgia...

Hitting the Jackpot

'Hitting the jackpot'' usually refers to winning a large sum of money; however, it can also mean that a discovery has led to a lot of useful information. A story posted on Fox59.com details how a routine investigation into a suspected case of public...

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...

Adjusting to Fraud

Children like pretend play. They can be whomever they like including warriors, princesses, veterinarians or even grocery store clerks. (I doubt many kids pretend to be a fraudster.) At some point, they grow out of that stage and move on to reality. ...

What’s Yours is Mine

Fraudsters tend to believe that ''What's yours is mine.'' (They want what their victims have.) Whether motivated by jealousy, greed, envy or selfishness, there are just some people that believe they have the right to take what doesn't belong to them. An article published...

Phony Baloney

The federally funded Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program provides healthy foods, health care referrals and nutrition education to at-risk low-income pregnant and postpartum women and infants and children up to age five. Eligible beneficiaries receive food vouchers that can be exchanged for nutritious...

Lagging Behind

Sometimes people with incomes below the federal poverty level need a little extra help to catch up to those who have more resources. In 1965, the federal government launched the Head Start program, which was intended to support children under the age of...

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...
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