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Author Archives: Stephanie Wood

Fraud Facts: Extreme couponing or coupon fraud?

Whether you regularly cut coupons from the Sunday paper or search for promotional codes while doing online shopping, coupons can be a great way to provide consumers with a discount on various grocery, clothing and personal care items. With several ...

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Fraud Facts: Work-at-home scams

We frequently see advertisements on the internet for jobs that allow you to work from home. If you do a Google search for “work from home jobs”, the right-hand side of the screen reads “Legit work from home jobs,” “Work ...

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Fraud Facts: Fraudsters targeting professional athletes

Affinity fraud refers to investment scams that prey upon members of identifiable groups such as religious or ethnic communities, the elderly or professional groups. The fraudsters who promote affinity scams frequently are, or pretend to be, members of the group. ...

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Fraud Facts: Fighting Medicare fraud

 The Medicare program provides health care benefits to Americans aged 65 and older and to younger people with some disability status. On average, Medicare covers about half of the healthcare charges for those enrolled. According to the American Association of ...

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Fraud Facts: Vacation rental scams

The vacation rental business is a multibillion dollar industry. Finding a house or condo to rent has become increasingly more convenient through the use of online marketplaces used by owners to list their rental properties. There are several of these ...

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Fraud Facts: Beware of ‘storm chaser’ fraud

Following any natural disaster, we can expect there to be a significant increase in the risk of fraud-related activities. Known as “storm chaser fraud” or “disaster fraud”, these crimes involve individuals claiming to be part of disaster relief efforts, looking ...

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Fraud Facts: The profile of a fraudster

We are all aware of the seven key questions that help us understand a situation and the context of a situation: the who, what, why, when, where, how, and how much? When applying these key questions to fraud-related stories, it ...

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Fraud Facts: The importance of internal controls

According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners 2016 Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse, a typical organization loses 5 percent of its revenue to fraud each year. The median loss caused by occupational fraud cases surveyed ...

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Fraud Facts: How to protect yourself from ATM scams

Since their inception in 1969, Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) have made banking very convenient, saving time by eliminating the need to go inside the bank, and allowing consumers to do their banking off-hours. Today’s ATMs are sophisticated computer systems that ...

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