Sunday, September 19, 2021

COVID Feature: Beware of COVID-19 Scams

COVID-19 fraud scams are sweeping the nation via robocalls, texts, emails, and imposter schemes. As of April 28, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reported 27,820 consumer complaints related just to the virus outbreak, including 15,000 complaints about fraud. (Victims reported losing a median...

Watch Out for DNA Scams

It appears that a new wave of Medicare fraud scams involving DNA testing has been detected. Whether lured by free ice cream or scared of potential life-threatening illnesses, senior citizens are being deceptively convinced to provide their Medicare number in exchange for a cheek swab....

Lying in Wait

In 2017, 16.7 million people were impacted by identity theft, proving that it can happen to anyone regardless of age, race, profession or income level. Even though identity theft can be a very annoying experience that endangers credit reports, very rarely does identity theft fraud endanger lives....

The One That Got Away

A report compiled by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General states that student aid fraud cost the federal government nearly $200 million between 2009 and 2012. Today’s fraud article states that student loan fraud is growing because of the increase in the number...

Mayhem

Mayhem is a common law crime that is defined as an act of maliciously disabling or disfiguring a victim. As you might guess, it’s a very serious crime. (That’s why it is a felony.) A Los Angeles, California chiropractor recently pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud,...

Nailed

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service provides explicit instructions on what Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits can and cannot buy. The idea behind the government-funded program is to provide beneficiaries with money to purchase items including bread, cereal, fruit, vegetables, meats, fish, poultry,...

Paranoia

Just the mention of “Internal Revenue Service (IRS)” or “taxes” in general is enough to cause paranoia in some individuals. Then, consider the fake robocalls that often trick consumers into paying money to the agency via credit card or wire transfer. (Just so you know, the...

Thank You for Not Frauding

The history of “buttlegging,” or cigarette smuggling, is unfortunately rather established on the east coast of the US. The practice has commonly been used by organized crime and terrorist organizations to defraud the government of money and raise illicit funds. In fact,...

Frowned Upon

The global anti-aging market is growing rapidly and is expected to reach $331.41 billion by 2021. Today’s fraudster from Germantown, Ohio used his great-grandmother’s recipe for anti-wrinkle serum to take advantage of this expanding market. He funded college tuition for his children,...

These Premiums Are A Steal – No, Literally

Generally, when you provide an annual payroll estimate to the government you want to make sure it is as accurate as possible. You wouldn’t want your estimate, for instance, to massively underreport payroll by more than one million dollars. That’s generally one of the...
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