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Changing a Will at the Last Minute - Wall Street Journal

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Changing a Will at the Last Minute Wall Street Journal People with money and property sometimes choose that moment to change their wills or estate plans.

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Woman Wins $18.6 Million for Credit Report Errors

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A woman who spent two years trying to have errors corrected on her Equifax credit report has won an $18.6 million judgment against the company.

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How identity theft may occur in social networking sites

Identity theft occurs when an imposter gains access to personally identifying information (PII) and uses it for personal gain and exploitation.

 

Social networking sites, are a breeding ground for identity thefts. Studies have shown that identity thefts affect 12 million people a year around the world. 

 

The causes for online theft and fraud are primarily due to lack of consumer knowledge regarding protecting their identity online; comfort with they use social networking sites and the implicit trust they place on the social platform providers.

 

The Identity Theft Resource Centre (ITRC) on its blog site writes that users divulge too much personal information in order to use and fully benefit from social networking sites. They are at a high risk of identity theft. ITRC lists ways you might put yourself at risk of identity theft

 

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Top ten employment legal issues for 2013

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With a new year come new (and returning) legal issues for small businesses and employers. Franchisors and franchisees, which employ millions of workers…
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Managing Social Media Risks: A Legal Guide For Your Business

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The purpose of this post about social media risks is to help you manage social media effectively in your business. Don’t let legal issues with social media ever be a reason not to use it if it is something that would benefit your business.


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5 Proven Tips for Generating More Referral Business

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Referral business is the lifeblood of a profitable and sustainable business, and business owners need to ensure they maximise the opportunities that are available to them, to encourage their customers to send new customers their way.


Too many small business owners, sit back and hope that they can build their business on referrals from satisfied customers, but this rarely occurs unless a very pro-active approach is taken to generating referral business.


This good article, suggests that business owners must ensure that they stay "top of mind" by remaining relevant to all of their customers, and it provides five tips to follow that are proven to generate more referral business.


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5 conseils éprouvés pour générer plus de renvoi d'affaires

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great articles thanks
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Personal data from 12000 York Tech applicants may have been exposed - The State

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... at yorktech.edu/2013datafaqs. — For information on protection from identity theft, go to www.consumer.sc.gov/consumer/IdentityTheft/Pages/default.aspx.
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Why data theft poses a big risk to small businesses - USA TODAY

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Why data theft poses a big risk to small businesses
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The loss or theft of private information can be expensive, drive away customers and even result in legal penalties. A Ponemon Institute ...
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"Identity theft in Miami is the new Medicare fraud, has reached near-epidemic proportions"

"Identity theft in Miami is the new Medicare fraud, has reached near-epidemic proportions" | Legal | Scoop.it
$34 million and the identities of thousands of dead people were at risk in a large-scale tax fraud scheme for which 11 people were indicted Friday.

 

The indictment charged the defendants with conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service by stealing the identities of nearly 7,000 people, including more than 2,700 who were dead, to file fraudulent tax returns, according to federal prosecutors. 

 

The case marks the latest federal crackdown on the escalating crime, which costs the U.S. government billions of dollars every year. Earlier this week, the U.S. attorney’s office announced the recent prosecutions of 14 defendants in similar fraud cases.

 

U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer said the double-barreled crime of ID theft coupled with tax refund scams is the “new Medicare fraud” in South Florida.

 

Florida has the highest rate of identity theft in the country, with 178 complaints per 100,000 residents last year, followed by Georgia, with 120 complaints per 100,000 residents, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

  

Ferrer noted that ID theft is the force behind the “tsunami” of tax-refund fraud. He added that Florida’s rate is “dwarfed” by that in the Miami area, with 324 complaints per 100,000 residents.

 

“While identity theft in Florida ranks highest in the United States, the identity theft rate in Miami has reached near-epidemic proportions,” Ferrer said last fall, after forming a strike force with federal agencies and local police to target the pernicious problem...

 

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"Identity theft in Miami is the new Medicare fraud, has reached near-epidemic proportions"

"Identity theft in Miami is the new Medicare fraud, has reached near-epidemic proportions" | Legal | Scoop.it
$34 million and the identities of thousands of dead people were at risk in a large-scale tax fraud scheme for which 11 people were indicted Friday.

 

The indictment charged the defendants with conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service by stealing the identities of nearly 7,000 people, including more than 2,700 who were dead, to file fraudulent tax returns, according to federal prosecutors. 

 

The case marks the latest federal crackdown on the escalating crime, which costs the U.S. government billions of dollars every year. Earlier this week, the U.S. attorney’s office announced the recent prosecutions of 14 defendants in similar fraud cases.

 

U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer said the double-barreled crime of ID theft coupled with tax refund scams is the “new Medicare fraud” in South Florida.

 

Florida has the highest rate of identity theft in the country, with 178 complaints per 100,000 residents last year, followed by Georgia, with 120 complaints per 100,000 residents, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

  

Ferrer noted that ID theft is the force behind the “tsunami” of tax-refund fraud. He added that Florida’s rate is “dwarfed” by that in the Miami area, with 324 complaints per 100,000 residents.

 

“While identity theft in Florida ranks highest in the United States, the identity theft rate in Miami has reached near-epidemic proportions,” Ferrer said last fall, after forming a strike force with federal agencies and local police to target the pernicious problem...

 

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Identity theft is real and sometimes becomes a legal issue.

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Is flashing your car’s headlights protected by the First Amendment?

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Whether you call yourself a freelancer, entrepreneur, self-employed contractor, or consultant it's important to make sure you establish a legitimate business structure. What makes starting an ...
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Don't Be Fooled: The Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2013 - Tire Review

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Don't Be Fooled: The Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2013
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Identity Theft. Tax fraud through the use of identity theft tops this year's "Dirty Dozen" list. Combating identity theft and refund fraud is a top priority for the IRS.
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Identity Theft is real and on the rise.  It is the number 1 consumer complaint for the last 13 years in a row.  When identity thieves tap into your tax return and get your refund you have to believe it is a very serious problem.

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How to Grow Your Business

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Growth for growths sake is not a sound business strategy, and business owners seeking to grow their businesses need to understand growth's likely impact, and prepare their employees in advance of launching any growth initiatives.


To successfully grow a business, a business owner needs to develop a clear growth strategy, and then prepare a business plan that details how the growth will be achieved and how the process will be effectively managed.


This excellent article, suggests that achieving growth involves avoiding the risk of the impact of growth making the business vulnerable in a competitive market, and it provides a comprehensive guide to successfully growing a business.

paulgreen's curator insight, May 9, 2013 12:14 PM

Some great points covered in this article - it begs the question though why a business wouldn't want to grow?

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Personal data from 12000 York Tech applicants may have been exposed - The State

Personal data from 12000 York Tech applicants may have been exposed - The State | Legal | Scoop.it
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... at yorktech.edu/2013datafaqs. — For information on protection from identity theft, go to www.consumer.sc.gov/consumer/IdentityTheft/Pages/default.aspx.
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