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Despite Anti-Fraud Rhetoric, Republican Budgets Omit Funding to Combat Fraud and Abuse

Bob Greenstein | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

Many Republican lawmakers have been vocal in criticizing various programs for people who have disabilities or low-income families by charging that the programs are marked by fraud and abuse. This can make good political and campaign rhetoric. Now comes the question: Will they put their money where their mouths are?

"Military" Romeos on Facebook: Stealing Hearts to Infiltrate Wallets

Laura Wellington | Posted 03.18.2015 | Crime
Laura Wellington

I promise you, generals have more things to do with their time, especially while overseas, than find a love interest back home. So stick to a few golden rules if ever one of these military Romeos comes a knockin':

4 Biggest Targets For Identity Theft

Simple. Thrifty. Living. | Posted 03.16.2015 | Money
Simple. Thrifty. Living.

Identity theft is a growing threat throughout the world. Thieves continue to create more advanced, sophisticated and unpredictable methods to steal valuable personal information. In 2012 alone, 16.6 million Americans were victims of identity theft. The risk is real, and everyone is a target.

How to Avoid an Online Vacation Rental Scam

Jason Alderman | Posted 03.04.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

Imagine you're planning a much-needed vacation. You rent a home using an online site and pay in full to secure the deal. You board your flight and travel to your destination, excited to be far away from work and ready to relax. You arrive at your rental to get the keys -- and find out you've been scammed.

A Nonprofit That Isn't

Robert Shireman | Posted 03.03.2015 | College
Robert Shireman

Federal aid is not supposed to go to colleges that are not responsible and capable in handling it. The admissions these college owners have made to the IRS are enough; there is no reason to wait for an IRS audit. Taxpayers do not need to put up with this.

Making Sure Loved Ones Are Prepared for Their Retirement Years

Jason Alderman | Posted 02.27.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

If a senior relative faces a sudden, debilitating illness or starts losing control of everyday finances, would you know where his or her retirement, estate and long-term care issues stand?

Are You Your Own Worst Enemy When It Comes to Identity Theft?

Adam Levin | Posted 02.12.2015 | Technology
Adam Levin

In each of these instances, we leave ourselves vulnerable to those who consider the theft of our identity as their day job. We are also contributing our personal data to folks who are hoping to someday launch the equivalent of a denial of service attack on our economy to take us down.

Sweetheart Scams: How an Online Romeo Could Ruin More Than Just Valentine's Day

Rachel Pross | Posted 02.10.2015 | Money
Rachel Pross

Almost all of us have heard the stories of identity theft and the importance of keeping personal information safe, particularly in an age of highly publicized data breaches at major retailers. That's why the subject of "sweetheart scams" catches so many off guard. Here are some tips to keep yourself and your loved ones safe..

Clamoring for Glamor: Celebrity and the Digital News Revolution

Amanda Glassman | Posted 02.09.2015 | Media
Amanda Glassman

There is no place for unchecked celebrity in journalism. And there is no place for loyalty in the face of scandal, either. Brian Williams has been an anchor at NBC since 2004. And after 10 years on the job, it took just a second for his career to crumble like the Berlin Wall.

You Be You or Someone Else Will Try -- Identity Theft Prevention Techniques

Mark Steber | Posted 02.07.2015 | Business
Mark Steber

According to top industry specialists, almost everyone's personal information has ALREADY been stolen in one form or another. And it is just a matter of time of when it will happen again.

America Should Send More People to Prison

Robert Kuttner | Posted 02.01.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

You know the statistic. We incarcerate a higher proportion of the population than any other country does. Hundreds of thousands of young, now aging, men, are doing hard time for possession of small amounts of drugs. More and more people find themselves in jail because they got caught with bench warrants for their arrest for exorbitant fines they could not afford to pay. More than a century after debtors prisons were abolished, thousands are again behind bars because of debts. But one category of felon is free on the street. I refer, of course, to corporate criminals. Consider the case of a checkout clerk at Walmart who puts her hands in the till and walks off with a couple of hundred bucks of the company's money. That clerk could expect to face prosecution and jail. Now consider her boss, who cheats her of hundreds of dollars of pay by failing to accurately record the time she clocked in, or the overtime she worked.

Adopted Child Doe and Amended Birth Certificates

Mirah Riben | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics
Mirah Riben

The need for false birth certificates to maintain adoption as a lie has passed. It is obsolete. Yet, we are still living with outdated adoption laws and procedures that have not kept pace with the changing mores.

Credit Cards Need Chip and PIN Protection

Steve Pociask | Posted 03.17.2015 | Business
Steve Pociask

I agree with some of the new federal initiatives to prevent identity theft and protect consumers' privacy. But they can only do so much. The pressure is now on financial institutions to provide the most secure technology available.

Reversing My Self-Inflicted Hacking Disaster, Or How to Waste a Week

Carolee Nance Kolve | Posted 03.14.2015 | Technology
Carolee Nance Kolve

Do not give anyone remote access to your computer! If someone calls you, claiming to be a Tech Support Guru who is positive you have a virus, do not believe it!

Top 10 PR Blunders of 2014

Rich Robinson | Posted 03.02.2015 | Media
Rich Robinson

This year, Urban Outfitters sold a "vintage" Kent State sweatshirt tastefully splattered with red paint while Donald Sterling's racial comments cost him his NBA franchise. It's been a raucous year in the public arena, expressed perfectly by a parade of PR blunders that is as impressive in scope as it is in sheer absurdity.

The Wave: The Single Greatest Threat to New Relationships

Ken Page | Posted 02.17.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Ken Page

The most common way we sabotage new love possibilities is through what I call the Wave of Distancing (or simply, the Wave). The Wave occurs when we ...

Chicago Travel Agent Cheated Muslim Pilgrims Over Hajj Trips, Feds Say

The Associated Press | Posted 12.19.2014 | Religion

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago travel agent is accused of cheating more than 50 Muslim pilgrims by selling them package trips to Mecca without the require...

Counterfeiting Ebola: Fakes, Frauds and other Malarkey

OpedSpace | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
OpedSpace

It is at this moment, in the face of the ever-spreading Ebola virus, that the risk of proliferation of counterfeit medications should be paramount on our minds.

3 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Let Campaign Negativity Keep You Away From the Polls

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.28.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The 2014 Illinois governor's race has been one of the most fiercely fought in recent memory. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner hav...

'Alaskan Bush People' Indictments? So What? Reality TV Fakers Know No Bounds

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 12.24.2014 | Entertainment
Alaska Dispatch News

Once there was fact, and then there was fiction, and finally along came something called reality TV to marry the two into some new, bastardized product one might just call bizzarotainment.

Zach Carter

You've Never Heard Of Darrell Issa's Next Scandal Circus

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 10.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress is out of session and won't be back until Nov. 12. But that isn't stopping House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-C...

Stars of Alaska Reality TV Show Charged With Fraudulently Applying for Alaska Permanent Fund Dividends

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 12.23.2014 | Entertainment
Alaska Dispatch News

The Browns are characterized in the Discovery Channel show as "a recently discovered family that was born and raised wild." A Juneau grand jury charged six of the family members with a total of 60 counts of first-degree unsworn falsification and first- and second-degree theft, according to the documents filed Oct. 3.

Decimate Wall Street

Bartlett Naylor | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business
Bartlett Naylor

In a speech October 20, New York Federal Reserve Bank President William Dudley proposed that a major chunk of pay for all senior executives at a particular bank be forfeited when the bank violates the law.

Why Even Smart People Keep Falling For Scams

Nancy LeaMond | Posted 12.17.2014 | Fifty
Nancy LeaMond

n the past year, Americans have lost over $18 billion to fraud, identity theft and various scams. But how? We all know when something seems too good to be true, it probably is. So, why do people continue to fall for scams or fail to protect their personal data?

Arizona Senator's Son Indicted On Animal Cruelty Charges

Reuters | David Schwartz | Posted 12.15.2014 | Crime

PHOENIX, Oct 15 (Reuters) - The owners of a suburban Phoenix dog-boarding kennel and two caretakers, one of them the son of U.S. Senator Jeff Flake...