Fraud

Can you trust your business’s bookkeeper?

The bookkeeper is one of any company’s most trusted employees. Unfortunately, that trust isn’t always deserved. Bookkeepers — particularly those in small and midsize businesses — are ideally positioned to embezzle from their employers. Less means more When bookkeepers go bad, there are plenty of ways for them to steal without alerting owners to irregularities. […]

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Is organized crime harming your business?

When most people think of organized crime, they imagine unsavory activities conducted in a murky underworld — one that doesn’t affect them. But organized crime is involved in other activities, such as labor racketeering, that lead to diminished competition, reduced wages and higher costs, all of which can affect legitimate businesses. Ripples reach far Much […]

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Why you must exercise caution when searching for fraud

Employers that suspect occupational fraud generally have the right to search employee desks and computers, but they should approach such searches with care. Even if you think you know an employee is stealing, you risk invading that person’s privacy, which could lead to a lawsuit. Can vs. should Laws vary from state to state, so […]

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The consequences of synthetic identity theft are real

Identity thieves don’t rely on just real identities to commit fraud. With “synthetic” identity theft, they use only a portion of your personal data to help them create fictitious identities. But that doesn’t necessarily lessen the negative impact on your credit. Forensic experts estimate that synthetic identity theft is actually more prevalent than so-called “true-name” […]

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