fraud

Investment Protection from Social Security

The Social Security Administration’s Erin Thompson in an article posted today on the News-Herald, outlines the SSA’s stance on fraud and the steps the agency takes to protect beneficiaries from the attacks of scammers, imposters, and the like. The post includes…

The Scammers Are Hard At Work, Scheming to Get Your Money

As the saying goes, never let a crisis go to waste (or something like that). And that’s a motto that is driving a whole new set of swindlers and con men to your door (and likely to your keyboard). The Federal Communications…

Scammers are Likely Ahead of the Curve

The Federal Trade Commission is expressing concern that, even while Congress is hammering out the details on financial relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic, crooks and scammers are busily plotting how they’re going to bilk unsuspecting folks out of…

Scammer Alert: The Crooks Are Taking Advantage of Coronavirus Hysteria

Even as the U.S. Senate scrambles to construct an appropriate package to combat the coronavirus pandemic’s economic impact, the scammers are busy looking for ways to fleece the unsuspecting. This post by the Federal Trade Commission’s Jennifer Leach leads with this…

The Capital One Breach…Understanding the Implications

By now, the massive security breach at Capital One is old news for many, leaving the 100 million or so affected U.S. customers to wonder what will happen next. Well, the investigations are starting, and the media pundits are aggressively…

H.R. 4005 – Tax Identity Protection Act Proposed to Address Computer System Shortfalls

Citing known deficiencies in the computer systems supporting the Taxpayer Identification Number Perfection Program, Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA), and nine Republican co-sponsors late last week submitted H.R.4005, the Tax Identity Protection Act. The Act calls for the Internal Revenue Service to provide evidence…

Social Security Scams Hit the Top of the List in AZ

The scam going around that says your Social Security account has been suspended continues to plague Americans, so much so that www.abc15.com in Arizona has it in their top three most reported rip-offs. And it’s not only hitting seniors, as the…

Caller ID Says Social Security…But is it Real?

The criminals these days are expanding their criteria these days, using clever tricks to con unsuspecting folks and draw them into their web. As explained in this Washington Times post by reporter Stephen Dinan, the crooks have honed their technique…

Pitfalls and Trapdoors, and How They Can Derail Retirement plans

Although there’s been a slight dip in reported cases, the Federal Trade Commission still reports that 2017 produced 2.68 million fraud, identity theft, and similar reports. With over 40% of these being outright fraud situations, it’s not surprising that the…

Synthetic Identity Fraud and Social Security Numbers–Yet Another Battle to be Fought

It sounds like a strange title for a vulnerability–“synthetic identity fraud”–but it’s not really that far-fetched. In simple terms the concept is used to describe situations where a “genuine social security number is used alongside a false name and date of…

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