Tag Archives: Fraud

IRS Investigates Tax Identity Theft and Refund Fraud

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR News BlogLess than a week away from the tax filing deadline on April 15, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced the IRS Criminal Investigation started 295 new identity theft investigations since this filing season began in January 2014, pushing the number of active identity theft cases to more than 1,800. An announcement about the investigations – part of a larger effort by the IRS to combat identity theft and refund fraud – is available at http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Intensifies-Work-on-Identity-Theft-and-Refund-Fraud;–Criminal-Investigation-Enforcement-Actions-Underway-Across-the-Nation. Continue reading

Identity Theft Tops Federal Trade Commission List of Consumer Complaints

Written By Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that identity theft has topped the list of national consumer complaints once again for 2013 and that U.S. consumers reported losing more than $1.6 billion to fraud overall. The FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network (CSN) Data Book 2013 found that 290,056 of the more than two million complaints received – 14 percent – were identity theft related. The CSN report is available at http://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/reports/consumer-sentinel-network-data-book-january-december-2013/sentinel-cy2013.pdf. Continue reading

Webinar Shows HR Professionals How to Optimize Screening Tools to Prevent Identity Theft and Fraud

Since Human Resources professionals must ensure job applicants are really who they say they are before hiring them, Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check company Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a 90 minute webinar titled ‘Optimizing HR Screening Tools to Prevent Identity Theft and Fraud’ on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 1:00 PM ET/10:00 AM PT. For more information about this interactive webinar with Thompson Media worth 1.5 HRCI Credits on completion, visit http://www.thompsoninteractive.com/site/offer.jsp?promo=001700EM&priority=00295709611. Continue reading

Identity Theft Tops Annual FTC List of National Consumer Complaints for 13th Consecutive Year

Identity theft in general – and tax- or wage-related fraud in particular – has once again topped the list of complaints received by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for the 13th consecutive year in the annual FTC Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book for January – December 2012. The report, which marks the first year the FTC received more than 2 million complaints overall, found that 369,132 complaints – or 18 percent –  were related to identity theft, with more than 43 percent of those complaints related to tax- or wage-related fraud. The FTC Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book for 2012 is available at http://www.ftc.gov/sentinel/reports/sentinel-annual-reports/sentinel-cy2012.pdf. Continue reading

2013 Identity Fraud Report Shows Dollar Amount Stolen Increased to Three Year High of 21 Billion

The number of identity fraud incidents increased by one million more consumers over the past year and the dollar amount stolen increased to a three-year high of $21 billion, according to the ‘2013 IDENTITY FRAUD REPORT: Data Breaches Becoming a Treasure Trove for Fraudsters’ from Javelin Strategy & Research. The report also explored the relationship between the compromise of personal information in a data breach and fraud incidence and found that nearly 1 in 4 data breach notification recipients became a victim of identity fraud. For more information, visit https://www.javelinstrategy.com/brochure/276. Continue reading

Holiday Season Identity Theft Rising So Shoppers Need to Protect Their Identities from ID Thieves

With the arrival of ‘Black Friday’ and Cyber Monday,’ the first Friday and Monday after Thanksgiving, shoppers are ready for the official kickoff to the 2012 holiday shopping season. With research showing identity theft on the rise with help from social media and smart phones, shoppers need to protect their identities more than ever. For suggestions from The Hanover Insurance Group on how holiday shoppers can avoid identity theft, visit http://www.snl.com/irweblinkx/file.aspx?IID=103541&FID=15353223. Continue reading

Protect Your Identity Week Held from October 20 to 27 to Increase Public Awareness of Identity Theft

To increase public awareness of identity theft, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC), along with the National Sheriffs Association (NSA) and the National Association of Triads, Inc. (NATI), is hosting the fifth annual Protect Your Identity Week (PYIW) from October 20 to 27, 2012 with the theme of “ID Theft Protection on the Go.” To find PYIW events as well as identity theft protection resources, steps for identity theft victims, and a quiz to assess identity theft risks, visit http://www.protectyouridnow.org/. Continue reading

Fake Background Check Fraud Conviction Shows Why Firms should Look for Screening Accreditation Seal

An Omaha, Nebraska man convicted on three federal wire fraud charges in a fake background check fraud scheme was sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to pay $126,715 in restitution, according to The Scottsbluff Star-Herald. The story, which shows why firms should look for a background screening accreditation seal, is available at: ‘Omaha man gets four years for background check fraud’. Continue reading

FTC Offers Child Identity Theft Prevention Tips for Parents to Protect Personal Information of Kids at School

Just in time for the beginning of a new school year, which usually requires parents to fill out paperwork such as registration forms and emergency contact information, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is offering child identity theft prevention tips for ‘Protecting Your Child’s Personal Information at School’ to let parents know that many school forms containing the personal and sensitive information of their children could be used to commit fraud in their child’s name if the information falls into the wrong hands. For more information, visit: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2012/08/idtheftschool.shtm. Continue reading