Friday, April 23, 2021

They call it the ”’Crack Cocaine of Crime”’

As regular ''Fraud of the Day'' readers know, my commentaries usually are based on articles about fraud; but this one is a little different. Today, I'm highlighting a video (and corresponding blog) from a recent CNN Presents segment about tax refund fraud. The segment...

Tax Refund Scam Costs Taxpayers Billions

If you are a regular reader of ''Fraud of the Day,'' you know that identity theft and tax refund fraud often go hand-in-hand. It's pretty straightforward? identity thieves steal law-abiding taxpayers' Social Security numbers and use them to file phony tax returns. And it's...

Identity Theft Discovered via Social Media

Fraudsters use social media sites to pilfer personal information and steal identities, and sometimes use the stolen identity to commit other types of fraud. In today's fraud from an Office of the Inspector General (OIG), U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) web summary, identity fraud...

Identity Theft & Tax Refund Fraud – a National Epidemic

Identity theft used to be something that happened to other people. But today, you could be one of the ''other people''...all because it's tax time. Today's fraud comes from a CBS Miami story, but it really could have come from anywhere. And that's the...

Don’t Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out of the U.S.

Does the punishment for falsifying tax documents seem more severe for some than others? There seems to be a debate about what constitutes ''fraud and deceit.'? According to an article by UPI.com, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3, that tax fraud of $10,000 or more...

Can I Get a Lifeline?

Okay...you've heard of tax refund fraud, food stamp fraud and unemployment fraud, but what do you know about phone subsidy fraud? Put simply? it exists and if you're a wireless subscriber, you're paying for it; but now the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is taking...

Not Playing Fair

Children are often subject to more danger than that of adults – especially when it comes to identity fraud. Fraudsters find it easy to steal Social Security Numbers from children, and it is difficult for the government to catch these schemes because children do...

Inmates Register as Tax Preparers

Many inmates have jobs while serving time in prison. However, we typically imagine inmates in jobs supporting the prison, such as working in the laundry facilities or the kitchen or performing maintenance duties. We probably don't imagine prisoners registering with the Internal Revenue Service...

Obama Targets SNAP Fraud

Picture all of the people in the state capitals of Michigan, Illinois, Connecticut, and Kansas – can you do that? That's Lansing, Springfield, Hartford, and Topeka. Okay, do you have them all in your head? (1,2,3....) Now, picture them hungry. ...

Seattle Woman Living in Million Dollar Home Suspected of Receiving Welfare

When you hear about someone living on welfare, you don't expect to find out that she lives in a million dollar home – especially if the welfare she is receiving includes housing assistance. But that's allegedly what happened here according to a recent blog...
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