Sunday, March 26, 2023

Business Email Compromise Fraud Matters

Business Email Compromise (BEC), a sophisticated online scam that targets businesses and tricks employees into transferring money to cyber criminals, is responsible for $1.6 billion in losses in the U.S. and $5.3 billion globally since 2013. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reports that...

Government: Silo your data at your own risk

According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, so far there have been 1,120 data breaches in 2017 alone, compromising more than 171 million records. These records include names, birth dates, Social Security numbers (SSN), addresses, phone numbers and more – all the components needed to use a stolen identity to commit fraud. These records – and the corresponding identities – are now on sale all over the dark web. According to the 2017 LexisNexis Fraud Mitigation Study, criminals who commit fraud in one industry are likely to commit fraud in other industries, as well.

Risky Business

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Alexandria Business Owner Pleads Guilty To Medicaid Fraud” published by Old Town Alexandria Patch.

Decoupling Fraud

The U.S. Justice Department’s Northern District of California announced that former Antioch police officer Gary Bostick and his wife, Ana Bostick, pleaded guilty to their respective roles in a scheme to illegally obtain money from the United States.

A Mission of Omission

The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers monthly Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments for children with disabilities. Children that are younger than 18 must have a physical or mental condition that seriously limits their activity to qualify under the agency’s definition of disability. Another requirement...

Faux “the Name. Fraud” the Game.

It 's ironic (or maybe it 's not) that today 's fraudster 's last name is "Faux." (As in fake.) True to her name, the woman faked her way through fraudulent Medicare claims, falsified patient records at her physical therapy practice and managed to...

Count the Crimes

If there were ever a game show dedicated to fraudsters, it could be called "Count the Crimes." (Can't you imagine criminals competing for the prestigious designation of Criminal of the Week based on the number of crimes committed?) Today 's fraudster would definitely qualify...

Boiling a Frog

When tempted by money, people often find themselves acting in ways that are contrary to their belief system. At first, they may convince themselves that they'll only indulge just a little because after all, they deserve it and no one will notice or be...

If Only

Today 's fraudster has a case of the "if only 's." If only she hadn't lied about her living situation, she wouldn't be in trouble with the law, again. If only she hadn't left a folder containing information about her fraudulent scheme in plain...

Family Loyalty

In some families, loyalty runs deep ,so deep that members are willing to risk committing crimes to remain a part of the family unit. One man 's family loyalty caused him to commit multiple types of fraud, including the creation of a fraudulent passport...
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