Another fall-out from the pandemic is that impersonation fraud has increased dramatically. According to the Federal Trade Commission, “the COVID-19 pandemic has spurred a sharp spike in impersonation fraud, as scammers capitalize on confusion and concerns around shifts in the economy stemming from the pandemic.” Impersonation fraud costs “have increased an alarming 85 percent

My phone was ringing this week with inquiries from clients, friends and acquaintances who received a Form 1099 in the mail for an unemployment claim that they did not file, asking what should they do.

The statistics on the successful filing of fraudulent unemployment claims throughout the country in 2020 are staggering. The pandemic created

The Department of Justice recently indicted four men—two of whom are located in Canada and two in New York—for a mass-mailing scheme that bilked thousands of senior citizens out of tens of millions of dollars.

According to the indictments, the accused Canadian fraudsters sent mail to thousands of elderly individuals whose names and addresses they

On June 3, 2019, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a fraud alert to notify consumers about genetic testing fraud schemes (the Alert). According to the OIG, fraudulent actors are using the provision of free genetic testing kits to obtain Medicare information from unwitting consumers, and

A new Harris Poll for the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), which called 1,006 U.S. adults for the report, shows interesting statistics regarding American adults’ attitudes and fears about identity theft and financial loss as a result of cyber intrusions. The poll’s conclusion is that 48 percent of U.S. adults believe that identity theft will

In an effort to combat an increasing number of fraudulent transfers carried out using its network, SWIFT, the international bank transfer network, announced this month that it is adding new tools and controls designed to prevent fraudulent transfers in real time.

SWIFT reported that the new tools integrate into the SWIFT system directly without the need for new hardware or software and allow financial institutions to screen SWIFT message flows according to a set of pre-defined parameters. Suspicious money transfer requests would be immediately flagged and can be reviewed by a financial institution before processing.
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It has been reported that Hilton Hotel Properties (Hilton), including Embassy Suites, Doubletree, Hampton Inn and Suites and Waldorf Astoria is investigating credit card fraud alerts from banks, which have been alerted by credit card companies that fraudulent activities have been detected with the common point of sale at Hilton Hotel Properties’ restaurants, coffee bars