Friday, July 30, 2021

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.

Puppets on a String

Marionettes are controlled from above by using wire or string to make the puppet's body move. Without the puppeteer's controlled guidance, the puppet would not come to life. An article published by The Morning Call tells about two men (the puppets) who were controlled...

Child Identity Theft

Did you realize that children can be victims of identity theft? This type of fraud is hard to detect because the crime can go unnoticed for many years until the child applies for something that requires a credit check. Watch this video to find...

Phishing for Elderly Victims

Senior citizens are susceptible to fraud because they are more likely to fall for phishing schemes. (We’re not talking about fishing here. Phishing is the fraudulent practice of sending emails that look legitimate to induce individuals to reveal personal info like passwords or account...

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...

Ingenuity Gone Awry

Most of us believe in the American dream. All that's required is a lot of hard work, ingenuity and a little luck, and it's ours for the taking. Unfortunately, fraudsters usually try to avoid the work, misapply their ingenuity, and focus on the taking....

Frugal Fraud

Usually, people who commit fraud do so to fund a lavish lifestyle. They purchase designer name items, luxury cars and expensive real estate so they can live in a posh manner. The Washington Times reports on a California man who appears to have committed...

Afraid of the Dark

Having a fear of the dark is pretty common for children, but not usually for adults unless you’re talking about the “dark web.” (The “dark web” is kind of like the Boogey Man or monsters under the bed for grown-ups. It’s also the part...

Exploiting the Dead

Fraudsters don't discriminate. They target victims of all shapes and sizes and from all walks of life – or death. An article posted on ConnectMidMissouri.com states that a Georgia man used the identities of deceased individuals to steal more than $2.3 million...

Keeping a Detailed Record

Keeping detailed records are important for a variety of reasons. For example, a daily food journal could help you to identify a food allergy. Keeping track of your financial records could help in making sound decisions regarding investments. Or, recording your child care expenses...

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