Sunday, September 19, 2021

COVID Feature: It Wasn’t Me

Fraudulent unemployment insurance claims are at an all-time high due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. While many claims are legitimate, the FBI has detected a spike in fraudulent requests. (Most fraudulent requests involve a fraudster stealing personal information from an unsuspecting victim.) The fraudster...

COVID Feature: Poor Competition

Due process and proper procedure can often be overlooked or rushed through during a crisis. This seems to be the case with recent approvals of federal coronavirus contracts. A team of USA TODAY journalists investigated 15 states that have been hit hardest by the pandemic...

COVID Feature: New Age of Fraud

A variety of new scams have emerged in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Americans are being advised to be wary and are encouraged to know the signs of fraud. It is also paramount that citizens report any fraud they suspect so that those...

COVID Feature: Who’s A Target?

As COVID-19 case numbers spike, so does the amount of fraud being committed in the United States. The credit bureau, TransUnion, released their quarterly report examining the most prevalent industries that will be targets of future COVID-19 schemes. The report disclosed that telecommunications, retail, and...

Colorado Frauds Climb to New Heights

Unemployment claims have skyrocketed in recent months due to the pandemic. An increased likelihood of fraud corresponds with the rise in unemployment claims as fraudsters seek to take advantage of the national crisis. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has reported a substantial increase...

COVID Feature: Coronavirus Schemes Are Spreading Fast

The IRS Criminal Investigation (CI) division is warning taxpayers about increasing fraud from COVID-19-related schemes. These types of scams prey on fragile Americans during unprecedented circumstances. (Fraudsters won’t hesitate to abuse programs meant to help people through financially difficult times.) COVID-19-related scams vary in methodology...

COVID Feature: Rolling Into Fraud

The coronavirus pandemic has led to an increase in people registering with state Medicaid programs, which has corresponded with a spike in Medicaid related fraud. Medicaid fraud can take many forms as fraudsters pour their creativity into preying on the most vulnerable among us....

COVID Feature: Stolen Stimulus Checks

While there are legitimate reasons that some are still waiting to receive their COVID-19-related CARES Act stimulus check, there have been cases of theft.  A few examples of theft have occurred in the form of caretakers taking advantage of nursing home residents and people...

COVID Feature: A Few Bruised Peaches

A woman in Lawrenceville, Ga., stands accused of being a part of a coronavirus scheme involving the elderly. (Not all is peachy in Georgia at the moment.) Ashley Hoobler Parris and other alleged fraudsters are accused of participating in this Medicare scam with the...

COVID Feature: COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Perhaps you’ve heard about COVID-19 contact tracing. (If you’re out of a job, you might want to look into it. Many states are hiring for this position.) The CDC explains that contact tracing is one part of a multiprong approach to fighting the spread...
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