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Holiday fraud—How not to be scammed

Crime in America.Net We passed around material from the US Department of Justice recently on the investigation of computer crimes. The documents are profoundly detailed and indicate that the justice system is taking the issue very seriously. Throughout this site we have made an effort to warn consumers that computer based fraud is increasing. We’ve stated […]

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Working from home can be a crime

Crime in America.Net Dear readers: When you teach college students you work with people looking for flexible jobs that fit their schedule. The Internet has created hundreds of thousands of jobs that simply require a computer and some time. From time-to-time, a student may ask if a job offer is legitimate. Some students write for blogs […]

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Facebook Burglary Ring—Geo-Location Means More Crime

 Crime in America.Net   Reporter Erik Sass in Media Post Blogs (see provides the following information:     “…police in the town of Nashua, New Hampshire have busted a three-man burglary ring which stole at least $100,000 worth — and perhaps twice that amount — of cash, consumer electronics, jewelry and other valuables (not to […]

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Principal Types of Mass-Marketing Fraud and Resources for Combating Fraud

Dear Readers: The FBI issued an update ) as to mass marketing fraud.  The portion presented here complies with a reader’s request articulating the most “popular” frauds and the best ways of dealing with fraud. Just note that nothings foolproof; a fraud investigator we know loves to talk about how he was the  victim of credit card fraud due […]

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Appeals for Help from Friends Traveling Abroad are Frauds

I received a message from a well known and respected government employee; she was in Spain and lost all her money and needed me to send her funds as soon as possible. On the surface, an e-mail from a person I know (with an unusual name) sends me a message to my work e-mail address […]

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8 million households experience identity theft-31 percent increase in credit card theft-prevention resources available

Violent and property crime is down throughout America and that finding is confirmed through the National Crime Survey, see http://crimeinamerica.net/crime-rates-united-states/.  But are offenders moving from street crime to identity theft?  With the large increase in fraud activities (much of it coming from other countries) it’s hard to say, but it’s a growing concern to law enforcement agencies […]

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High volume telephone calls mask fraud. Resources to fight fraud available.

Dear readers: Fraud continues to be one of our top inquiries as people struggle to defend themselves. It’s almost impossible to keep up with the array of computer, phone and e-mail based frauds. One of us was in the process of responding to an e-mail notification and he was ready to hit the send button […]

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Sources for Protecting yourself from Fraud and Identity Theft: Crime in America.Net

Dear readers: We were asked by a requestor to provide reliable sources of information regarding fraud, computer crimes and privacy theft. This is the list we came up with. Please feel free to add additional sources. Please see http://crimeinamerica.net/category/cybercrime/ for the latest data on these crimes. Crime in America.Net staff  http://www.privacyrights.org/fs/fs17-it.htm  Great and short overview of […]

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FBI 2009 Mortgage Fraud Report “Year in Review”

There are few events in the last 20 years with a more profound potential  impact on crime than mortgage fraud. There are cities and neighborhoods throughout the United States devastated by empty homes and the resulting connections with crime. There are some within the criminal justice community who feel that  the problems associated with  mortgage fraud are only […]

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The Census and Internet Fraud

Crime in America.Net   We posted an article on child internet safety and included previous posts, including one citing a large increase in  internet crime (up 22 percent in 2009). Please see http://crimeinamerica.net/2010/04/12/criminals-are-looking-for-your-child-on-the-internet%e2%80%94right-now/.   Now the census brings unique opportunities for those engaged in fraud. Please see the message below from the FBI:   2010 Census The 2010 Census […]

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Computer crime reports increase 22 percent in 2009: Crime News-Crime Prevention

Most internet offenders came from: California, Florida, New York, The District of Columbia, Texas and Washington. Crime News by CrimeinAmerica.Net Considering that virtually every category of crime is down, we were asked what categories of crime were up. This is the second post in that series. The first was female offender arrests and incarceration. Additional […]

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Haitian Earthquake Relief Fraud Alert

 The FBI today reminds Internet users who receive appeals to donate money in the aftermath of Tuesday’s earthquake in Haiti to apply a critical eye and do their due diligence before responding to those requests. Past tragedies and natural disasters have prompted individuals with criminal intent to solicit contributions purportedly for a charitable organization and/or […]

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Computer Scams-Identity Theft-Crime News from the FBI

Crime news from Crime in America.Net According to recent information from the Gallup Poll, ten percent of Americans state that they were the victim of identity theft or someone in their household was victimized. Only two categories of criminal activity (theft and vandalism) were larger. The article below from the FBI deals with yet another […]

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Fraud Alert–Holiday Shopping Tips from the FBI

Holiday Shopping Tips This holiday season the Federal Bureau of Investigation ( FBI) is reminding people that cyber criminals continue to aggressively create new ways to steal money and personal information. Scammers use many techniques to fool potential victims including fraudulent auction sales, reshipping merchandise purchased with a stolen credit card, and sale of fraudulent […]

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Fraud Prevention:President Obama Establishes Interagency Task Force

  WASHINGTON—Attorney General Eric Holder, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan, and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairwoman Mary Schapiro today announced that President Barack Obama has established by Executive Order an interagency Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force to strengthen efforts to combat financial crime. The Department of Justice […]

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