Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Paying Respects

There are many ways to pay respects to someone who has died. You can attend the funeral, give a eulogy, send flowers or make a donation to the deceased person's favorite charity. An article in The Washington Post reports that the U.S....

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...

Bar Fight + Stolen Wallet = Over 30 Years of Identity Fraud

Today's fraud begins in 1977. That year a gallon of gas cost 65 cents, ''Star Wars'' opened in theaters across the country, the first Apple II computers went on sale and a 25-hour black out occurred in New York City. And, according to a...

IRS, States and Tax Industry Ask for Public’s Help to Fight Identity Theft

Guest Writers: John Koskinen, Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service Gale Garriott, Executive Director, Federation of Tax Administrators With tax season underway and millions of families expecting refunds, the entire tax community is working together to fight back against tax-related identity theft. The time is now to protect your...

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...

Identity Theft & Tax Refund Fraud – a National Epidemic

Identity theft used to be something that happened to other people. But today, you could be one of the ''other people''...all because it's tax time. Today's fraud comes from a CBS Miami story, but it really could have come from anywhere. And that's the...

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...

Checks and Balances

Fraud can be tough to identify, unless there are checks and balances employed to catch perpetrators. An article published in The Virginian-Pilot details how a check cashing business uncovered a tax fraud scheme that netted more than $2 million in fraudulent income tax refunds. The...

Guest Writer: Kimberly Little

Taking a Closer Look at Identities Do you know anyone who has had their identity stolen? The chances are that you or someone you know has fallen victim to this rapidly growing crime. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reported that identity theft...

The Sound of Identity Theft

The Dominican Republic's sandy shores are surrounded by the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, making it a popular tourist destination. The county, which has the second largest economy in the Caribbean, is dependent upon agriculture and service industries...

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