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Holiday Season Hiring Brings Increased Fraud Risk

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Thanksgiving week signals the official start of the holiday season. Along with turkey, football, presents, and good cheer, the holiday season brings an increase in seasonal hiring. However, fraud experts interviewed for an article posted on InsuranceJournal.com warn that businesses skipping their usual due diligence background checks when hiring to quickly add workers for the holiday season face an increased risk of fraud. The article is available at http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/18/347427.htm. Continue reading

Report Helps Build Fraud Resistant Organizations

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Just in time for International Fraud Awareness Week, which runs from November 16 to 22, a report from The Anti-Fraud Collaboration – ‘The Fraud-Resistant Organization: Tools, Traits, and Techniques to Deter and Detect Financial Reporting Fraud’ – provides information on how financial organizations can become less susceptible to fraud. The 56-page report is available at http://www.thecaq.org/docs/anti-fraud-collaboration-report/the-fraud-resistant-organization.pdf. Continue reading

International Fraud Awareness Week November 16 to 22

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Sponsored by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), International Fraud Awareness Week, which runs from November 16 to 22, 2014, is dedicated to fraud awareness, detection, and prevention and is a global effort to minimize the impact of fraud by promoting anti-fraud awareness and education. For more information about International Fraud Awareness Week – including Fraud Week resources, presentations, anti-fraud tools, and steps to combat fraud – please visit http://www.fraudweek.com/. Continue reading

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

Identity Theft and Offshoring Emerging as Important Factors for Employers to Consider when Screening

Employers in the United States are coming under increased pressure to protect the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of job applicants due to increased media focus on identity theft and the “offshoring” of information gathered for background checks overseas beyond U.S. privacy laws. In 2014 employers may need to closely examine their processes in the area of protecting PII when it comes to background checks.  This is Trend Number Six of the 7th Annual Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) ‘Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2014. For more information about the trends, please visit http://www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends. Continue reading

Medical Identity Theft in United States Increased Nearly 20 Percent in Past Year According to Survey

Medical identity theft increased nearly 20 percent compared to the year before in the United States and affected an estimated 1.84 victims with the total out-of-pocket medical costs for medical identity theft victims reaching $12.3 billion, according to the 2013 Survey on Medical Identity Theft conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance (MIFA) with support from ID Experts. The survey is available online at http://medidfraud.org/2013-survey-on-medical-identity-theft/. 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