Tuesday, May 24, 2022

[Fraud Trends Series] Trend #6: Identity Theft, DMV Fraud, and Document Fraud

The Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book reveals that 29.4 percent of complaints filed with the online database in 2020 were related to identity theft. (That’s more than any other type of fraud reported.) Amongst the many types of identity theft fraud...

[Fraud Trends Series] Trend #5: Vehicle Title Fraud

Many people work hard to save up to pay cash for their vehicles only to be duped by fake title scams. In an era where online car buying is common, it’s easy for criminals to hide behind websites that make everything look legitimate. (It’s...

[Fraud Trends Series] Trend #4: Healthcare Fraud

While healthcare fraud has been around for a long time, the COVID-19 pandemic certainly opened up a Pandora’s Box of new scams. Using tried and true techniques, fraudsters managed to steal billions of dollars from U.S. healthcare insurance programs such as Medicare and Medicaid....

[Fraud Trends Series] Trend #2: Unclaimed Property Fraud

Have you ever been contacted by phone, email, text, or letter notifying you that you are entitled to unclaimed property? (It’s kind of like winning the lottery. Who wouldn’t like that?) There’s apparently so much unclaimed property out there that the National Association of...

[Fraud Trends Series] Trend #1: Student Loan Debt

To say that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our lives is an understatement. Consider the toll on physical and mental health, the changes in work life, supply chain issues, and problems with the global economy, just to name a few. Prior to the pandemic,...

[Fraud Trends Series] The Shifting Fraud Landscape

For the next two weeks, we will be running a special blog series focusing on the Top 10 Fraud Trends of 2022. Convicted bank robber Willie Sutton is best known for his response to the question, “Why do you rob banks?” “Because that’s where the money...

[VULNERABILITY ALERT] War in Ukraine: Cybersecurity Vulnerability

U.S. cybersecurity officials are urging all American agencies and companies to be on the lookout for increases in Russian cyberattacks amid the growing hostilities in the war on Ukraine. From SolarWinds Orion to the Colonial Pipeline attacks, state-sanctioned cybercriminals continue to increase the sophistication of their Tactics,...

COVID Feature: Another Day, Another Dollar

More than a year has passed since the coronavirus was discovered in a Chinese seafood and poultry market. Approximately three months later, the U.S. declared the viral outbreak a national emergency. Fraudsters, who recognize a nefarious opportunity when they see one, wasted no time...

A Vote Against Fraud

Voting has commenced for the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election and with that comes legitimate concerns of voter fraud. One of the most recent cases of voting interference involves a ballot drop box in Los Angeles County that was set ablaze. Approximately one hundred ballots...

COVID Feature: Opportunistic and Lacking Empathy

The coronavirus pandemic has left millions without jobs and caused severe financial loss for many families and businesses across the country. Unfortunately, what most people see as a crisis, other unscrupulous individuals see as an opportunity to defraud consumers and the government. (Let’s just...
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