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Tips for potential adoptive parents to avoid scams

Adoption is like a maze. To navigate the maze, you have to make a series of decisions which may or may not lead anywhere. You have to backtrack, and you may have to start over without gaining anything but some ...

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Fraud Facts: Faking cancer for financial gain? It happens

Last weekend some members of my household attended a fundraising event for a man we know who’s been diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. The event was held at his favorite local hangout. The proprietor donated the use of the ...

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Fraud Facts: Racing breeds fraud: Scammers get too greedy

One of my favorite authors is Dick Francis. He died on Valentine’s Day in 2010, but he was a prolific writer. He wrote more than 40 international best sellers, all set in the world of horse racing. Last summer I ...

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Fraud Facts: How to keep your church from getting fleeced

Over the years, I’ve heard many, many sermons on tithing. It’s a difficult topic for pastors, priests and rabbis. I’ve heard great sermons on the topic, and I’ve heard some that were not great. Churches are businesses, in a way. ...

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Fraud Facts: Holidays are prime time for gift card scams

My husband used to coach youth soccer. At the end of each season, the parents would plan a party for the team and collect money for coaches’ gifts. One year my husband received a gift card from the soccer players ...

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Fraud Facts: Student test scores subject to fraud, cheating

About a year ago I watched a documentary titled Waiting for Superman, which was about the need for education reform here in the United States. The movie depicted desperation among parents in low-performing districts who wanted to send their children ...

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Fraud Facts: How to spot and avoid fake Facebook profiles

Last year I watched a movie called “The Social Network.” It was a great movie about the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerman. He created the first version of Facebook from a dorm room in 2003. At the time of the movie, Mark Zuckerman was the youngest billionaire in history.

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Fraud Facts: Medicare fraud comes in many different forms

My father is 72 years old. When he was 16, he was in a car accident and damaged his knee. He’s had pain in that knee every day since then. For the last 10 years his doctor has suggested he have knee replacement surgery.

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Fraud Facts: The Casey Anthony case and fraudulent practices

America has been transfixed by the Casey Anthony trial. We’ve been so interested because of her extensive lies, her apparent coldness and her allegedly dysfunctional family. When the verdict came in, she was acquitted of the murder charge ...

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