Monday, February 6, 2023

Fraud Minion

When you think about minions, usually a cute yellow blob that loves bananas and wears blue jean overalls comes to mind. Even though the popular animated figures assist a former professional criminal portrayed in a popular children's movie, the fictional characters are generally seen...

[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...

COVID-19 Employment Benefits Thieves Add Insult to Injury

While using stolen identities to claim unemployment benefits is not new, the federal government’s temporary benefits boost and the huge volume of unemployment benefit applicants makes this an attractive and popular form of COVID-19 fraud. (While all fraud is low, stealing from unemployed workers...

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...

Turning Property Fraud Cases into Newly Found Revenue for Your Jurisdiction

State and local governments depend on revenue from property tax collection to provide many vital community services such as education, public works, public safety and social services. While most citizens are responsible and pay their taxes, there are others who don’t pay their fair share. When fraudsters evade tax and revenue departments by inaccurately reporting property values or usage, not filing taxes or engaging in other fraudulent activities, the result causes lost revenue and back taxes totaling millions of dollars.

Knowledge is Power. Protect Your Personal and Financial Information.

In this day and age, tax fraud and identity theft is a business. Unfortunately, there are people that make a career out of defrauding hard-working citizens that truly want to be tax compliant. These predators take advantage of unsuspecting taxpayers by preying on their...

Improvements in Identify Theft and Tax Fraud Detection Capabilities for 2017

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has made great strides in detecting tax refund fraud. As of March 4, 2017, the IRS reported that it had identified and confirmed 14,068 fraudulent tax returns involving identity theft and prevented the issuance of $91.9 million in fraudulent...

COVID Feature: COVID-19 Antibody Test Fraud

As many states across the country begin to relax “Stay-at-Home” restrictions, citizens are venturing out in public and businesses are starting to reopen. While things may appear to be slowly moving toward getting back to normal, federal regulators are advising elected officials, business leaders...

SPECIAL ALERT: New Study Released on Pandemic-Related Identity Fraud

According to the Pandemic-Related Identity Fraud Crime Victim Impacts Report, the past two years have brought about an unprecedented surge of government benefits-related identity fraud. The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), a nationally recognized nonprofit organization established to support victims of identity crime, and...

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...
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