Category Archive: Fraud


Elder Financial Fraud

By Mark L., Director of Intelligence

January 9, 2019

For most of us, receiving a phone call or email advising we had just won the lottery likely would be followed by a quick hang-up, deletion, or not-too-subtle reply of “bug off”.  The attempted scam would be obvious, and we would move on with our daily lives without any further thought of missing out on […]

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Phishing for Fishing Gear

By Caryn O., Director of Marketing

January 2, 2019

Whew! The holidays are over, and I wore out my Amazon.com account to find the perfect gifts.  It seemed I received a shipment update email every day. In order to keep track of the dozen gifts I had ordered, I quickly glanced at each email to see if any action was required. A week before […]

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Medical Record Healthcare

The Health Impact of Fraud

By David D., Account Executive

December 21, 2018

As the PI Director at an MCO and as the VP at the South-Central US ZPIC, I saw the impact that fraud has on the bottom line every day.  Healthcare fraud costs the government and private insurance billions of dollars annually.  The system is built on trust, as consumers/patients, we trust that the physician, hospital, […]

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How Fraudsters Stole Money from Venmo Users

How Fraudsters Stole Money from Venmo Users

By Jon Coss, CEO

April 10, 2018

In yet another example of the creativity of fraudsters exploiting security flaws in commonly used services, the Federal Trade Commission recently announced a settlement with Venmo, the popular money exchange service. The charges, filed in 2016, include some surprisingly basic security flaws in Venmo, which boasts of “bank-grade security”. One major problem was found in […]

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City of Atlanta Victimized by Ransomware

City of Atlanta Victimized by Ransomware

By Jon Coss, CEO

April 4, 2018

Imagine walking in to work and being handed a printed out note instructing you to not turn on your computer because of a ransomware attack. Then imagine that you are instructed to monitor your personal bank accounts because your employer is unsure exactly what information has been compromised. For city employees in Atlanta, they don’t […]

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Ambulette Fraud

Ambulette Fraud

By Jon Coss, CEO

March 28, 2018

“Ambulette” is a term to describe the vans and cars that transport Medicaid patients to non-emergency appointments. Despite the presence of ambulettes, millions of Americans continue to miss medical appointments each year because of transportation problems. One possible answer to this problem? Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft who sign agreements with hospitals and medical […]

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A New Way to Rip Off the Taxpayer

A New Way to Rip Off the Taxpayer

By Jon Coss, CEO

February 23, 2018

I often mention how “impressed” I am by the ingenuity of fraudsters and their ability to find new and creative ways to steal money. And now, with the country starting to pay attention to the opioid crisis, comes word of one of these fraud innovations. This time, fraud (and to be fair, often just massive […]

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Jackpotting Comes to the U.S.

Jackpotting Comes to the U.S.

By Jon Coss, CEO

We’ve written several times about skimmers, devices that thieves place into gas pumps, ATMs, and other machines to steal personal and financial information from unsuspecting patrons. Now, it seems that a form of skimming, called “jackpotting” is making its way from Europe and Asia to the states. The aptly named jackpotting, like skimming, uses a […]

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Nigerian Email Fraud

Nigerian Email Fraud

By Jon Coss, CEO

January 18, 2018

In December, a 67-year-old Louisiana man was charged with 269 counts of money laundering for serving as a middle man in a Nigerian Internet scam. These scams, which everyone with an email account has encountered, promise large sums of money from inheritance or from a “prince” trying to leave the country in exchange for your […]

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Skimmer Fraud

Skimmer Fraud

By Jon Coss, CEO

January 8, 2018

I read with great interest a recent article about card skimmers that were found at “The Stop and Shop” gas station where I often fill up my tank. While they were discovered relatively quickly, more than a dozen customers were scammed. Several of them had their entire bank accounts wiped out. Skimmers, for those of […]

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