Don’t Let Them Call You Sweetheart

by J_Pratt


Among the most painful scams are those in which the victim believes the villain truly cares for them. This connection allows the miscreant to exploit their affection, abusing them financially as well as emotionally. These are known as Romance or Sweetheart scams. … Continue Reading

Checking Check Fraud

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Writing a Check

Did you hear the one about the check forger who got caught passing millions of dollars of counterfeit checks? The judge set bail at $1,000,000… the forger wrote the court a check. Ok. Baaaaad joke. A large number of fraud scams – and especially email scams – involve getting the victim to accept a check, deposit it into their own account and then send money back out … Continue Reading

Improve Your Personal Fraud Defenses in 2012

by J_Pratt


It’s a new year and a time when many people enjoy making resolutions to improve their lives in the year ahead. A New Year’s Resolution to improve your fraud defenses in 2012 might be the most valuable decision you ever make.

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Identity Theft: Not Even for a Minute

by J_Pratt

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Ever leave your purse or wallet in your unlocked car “just for a minute” while you run a quick errand like picking up your child at daycare? Or mailing a letter at the post office? Or returning a rented movie?

There are crooks hanging around the places where people are most tempted to leave belongings in the car. … Continue Reading

Small Business Fraud: Does Aunt Mavis Have Her Hand in the Till?

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Manon Phone Final Notice

In recognition of ACFE’s International Fraud Awareness Week (November 6-12, 2011), we offer the blog article below focusing on small business internal (occupational) fraud, which according to the ACFE’s 2010 examiners report ranks highest in frequency of all businesses at 31%.

Mavis Farquar is a bookkeeper for a small business. She’s been an employee for 25 years. She has attended every baby shower, wedding, graduation and bar (and bas) mitzvah and a few funerals of the owners’ and other employees’ families. … Continue Reading

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You are at work, and you receive a message from what you think is your office printer/scanner. It appears that someone sent you a copy of a scanned document. The name doesn’t ring a bell, but you open the attachment anyway.

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