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Ethical misconduct, by the numbers

Ethical misconduct, by the numbers | Forensic Accounting, Fraud Prevention, and Litigation Support | Scoop.it
Study finds workplace misconduct at a low, though retaliation against employees who report the misdeeds is still high.
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41% of employees surveyed have observed misconduct at work.  This is down from 45% in 2011.  Not surprisingly,  given the economic conditions, this was at its highest rate in 2007,

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Credit-Card Fraud Is Big Business for the Good Guys, Too

Credit-Card Fraud Is Big Business for the Good Guys, Too | Forensic Accounting, Fraud Prevention, and Litigation Support | Scoop.it
How credit-card security problems could be a boon for innovative entrepreneurs.
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Tax “Professionals” Behaving Badly

A couple of news pieces out of the Department of Justice this week highlighted two tax “professionals” who apparently behaved badly

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Keep your personal information safe - shred it before you trash it, and be on the lookout for phone e-mails.  

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6 Steps to Preventing Identity Theft After Death

6 Steps to Preventing Identity Theft After Death
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Failure to detect theft and fraud: It's not just an audit issue

Commonly referred to as the “expectation gap,” a disconnect sometimes exists between a CPA’s professional responsibility for detecting theft and fraud and the general public’s perception of a CPA’s duties.

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VA's software bug exposes personal info of more than 5,000 veterans

VA's software bug exposes personal info of more than 5,000 veterans | Forensic Accounting, Fraud Prevention, and Litigation Support | Scoop.it
A Jan. 15 software glitch exposed personal data of as many as 5,351 veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs says, according to FedScoop.
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Think That E-Mail Came From a Court? Think Again.

The federal judiciary issued a press release last week about a scam in which phony e-mails are instructing recipients to report to a hearing on a specified day and time. The emails also instruct recipients to review an attached document...
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7 Crippling Mistakes With Form 1099 That Cost Big

7 Crippling Mistakes With Form 1099 That Cost Big | Forensic Accounting, Fraud Prevention, and Litigation Support | Scoop.it

It’s Form 1099 season, and companies big and small are churning them out. If you’re in business–even as a sole proprietor–you need to pay attention to issuing them or face penalties. The burden on businesses seems to grow each year. Even cost basis is now required on some Forms 1099.

 
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Accounting for fraud - Financial Times

Accounting for fraud - Financial Times | Forensic Accounting, Fraud Prevention, and Litigation Support | Scoop.it

Accounting fraud remains one of the most critical and prevalent issues facing the financial industry. 


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Wearable Computing Equals New Security Risks - InformationWeek

Wearable Computing Equals New Security Risks - InformationWeek | Forensic Accounting, Fraud Prevention, and Litigation Support | Scoop.it
Have you thought about all the data thieves could steal from wearable gadgets? Security experts say this discussion is just starting.
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10 Ways To Become A Victim Of Tax Identity Theft

10 Ways To Become A Victim Of Tax Identity Theft | Forensic Accounting, Fraud Prevention, and Litigation Support | Scoop.it
In an epidemic that so far shows no signs of abating, crooks have submitted billions of dollars in fraudulent refund claims to the Internal Revenue Service using the stolen names and Social Security numbers of more than a million real people.
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How to Use Social Media to Support Your Fraud Case

How to Use Social Media to Support Your Fraud Case | Forensic Accounting, Fraud Prevention, and Litigation Support | Scoop.it

The invasion of social media continues to complicate litigation. Effective litigation will increasingly include sifting through large amounts of electronically stored information (ESI) and piecing together fragmented social networking activity to substantiate a case. Exactly how does social media play into support for a fraud case and what are the considerations for preserving, obtaining, and using data from social media sites?

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Target, Neiman Marcus - How Many Retailers Were Really Breached?

According to a Reuters story, there are more breaches to be revealed. After Target revealed that its breach may have impacted as many as 110 million customers and Neiman Marcus reported that an unknown (as yet) number of customers had...
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How to fight credit-card fraud

How to fight credit-card fraud | Forensic Accounting, Fraud Prevention, and Litigation Support | Scoop.it

"The Target data breach has received a lot of media attention. With 110 million people affected, it is clearly a big deal. The banking industry hopes that this large breach will give policymakers an opportunity to re-evaluate the risks associated with the electronic payments system."


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Divorce & Hidden Money: Four Asset Concealment Tools

Divorce & Hidden Money: Four Asset Concealment Tools | Forensic Accounting, Fraud Prevention, and Litigation Support | Scoop.it

“Four Ways Assets Can Be Secretly Transferred” mentioned methods some use to move assets across international borders.  My post regarding the 2011 divorce between Helga and Gaston Glock discussed additional asset concealment tools.  Any one or a combination of these additional tools can be used to hide marital assets:

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How to Fight Fraud and Reduce Chargebacks

How to Fight Fraud and Reduce Chargebacks | Forensic Accounting, Fraud Prevention, and Litigation Support | Scoop.it
How to fight fraud and reduce chargebacks.

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Your stolen Target info: Here's the latest

Your stolen Target info: Here's the latest | Forensic Accounting, Fraud Prevention, and Litigation Support | Scoop.it
And now, the federal government is stepping into the abyss known as Target Corp.
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What gets monitored gets detected

What gets monitored gets detected | Forensic Accounting, Fraud Prevention, and Litigation Support | Scoop.it
As hardware and software have proliferated—and come down in price—more businesses have tools and settings at their disposal to implement continuous monitoring techniques. This article provides a few simple ways small and medium entities can improve monitoring processes to detect fraud and other risks.
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Card-theft software grew on Internet's black markets

Card-theft software grew on Internet's black markets | Forensic Accounting, Fraud Prevention, and Litigation Support | Scoop.it
The malicious software that infected Target Corp.'s (NYSE: TGT) computer system was selling for $2,000 a year ago, according to The Wall Street Journa...
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IT security: A small and medium-sized business checklist

IT security: A small and medium-sized business checklist | Forensic Accounting, Fraud Prevention, and Litigation Support | Scoop.it
Here’s a basic IT security checklist to help you ensure you’ve covered all the important bases.
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IRS Special Edition Tax Tip 2014-02: IRS Warns of Tax-time Scams

It’s true: tax scams proliferate during the income tax filing season. This year’s season opens on Jan. 31. The IRS provides the following scam warnings so you can protect yourself and avoid becoming a victim of these crimes:

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Tax-related identity theft continues to grow.  Be vigilant with your personal information and remember the IRS will never intiate contact via e-mail.

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Former IRS Employee Pleads Guilty to Claiming $1.7M in Fraudulent Tax Refunds

A former Internal Revenue Service employee has pleaded guilty to stealing identities from an IRS Service Center in Fresno, Calif., and using them to claim more than $1,745,000 in fraudulent tax refunds and obtain more than $175,000 in refunds from...
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7 Tips To Prevent Fraud On Your Business Credit Card.

7 Tips To Prevent Fraud On Your Business Credit Card. | Forensic Accounting, Fraud Prevention, and Litigation Support | Scoop.it

"When it comes to running a business Online or at a Brick and Mortar, having a great credit card to use is the very life blood of keeping yourself afloat, until the huge sales start to come in."


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Meet the Worst Violators of Cyber-Security Policies

Meet the Worst Violators of Cyber-Security Policies | Forensic Accounting, Fraud Prevention, and Litigation Support | Scoop.it
When senior managers don't follow information-security policies, they set a dangerous and destructive tone throughout the company.
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For internal controls to be effective, it is essential for your company to have a top-down environment of ethics and compliance with key policies.

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Cybersecurity Will Get More Complex in 2014

Cybersecurity Will Get More Complex in 2014 | Forensic Accounting, Fraud Prevention, and Litigation Support | Scoop.it
Businesses must resolve to be ready to combat more sophisticated cyberthreats in 2014.

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