Vic Hartman

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Holiday Season Scams

‘Twas the holiday season, when all through the land,  online shoppers clicked quickly to get gifts in hand. But while they were adding toys to their carts,  a holiday scammer was practicing his art. “Free gift cards! Free presents! Just follow this link!”He hoped hurried shoppers would not stop and think.But one savvy shopper saw the email and knew:  “This is a scam! It’s too good to be true!” To the IC3, the shopper reported the crime,  and that holiday scammer is now doing time.We worked with our partners to solve this case,  but remember—your tips help keep us all safe! Source: FBI’s…

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Holiday Scams

When you talk with friends and family over the holidays, you may hear about new puppies, old sports rivalries, and dreams of the next vacation. As you join the conversation, why not share some ideas to protect the people you care about from scams? Solutions 1. Hang up 2. Do not disclose information during the…

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Protect Your Credit Information From Fraud

Do you have good credit hygiene? Good credit hygiene includes personal habits and behaviors that can prevent you from financial harm. A quick review of this Fraud Alert will remind you of basic best practices to manage your credit information. Just like you would wash your hands and socially distance to prevent the spread of…

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COVID-19 Related Procurement Fraud is on the Rise

            COVID-19 is wreaking havoc on the supply chain of goods worldwide. This is especially true in the health care sector where there are shortages of medical-related commodities, including personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators, medical equipment, testing supplies, and pharmaceuticals. The United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO) have established a Supply Chain Task…

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Top 10 COVID-19 Frauds

            Law enforcement and regulators are reporting a record number of frauds relating to COVID-19. In fact, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) reported an increase in complaints from hundreds a day to more than a thousand a day.             Victims are experiencing tremendous fear and anxiety thereby making them more…

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BEC Fraud

The Business Email Compromise (BEC) fraud is the #1 fraud attacking business in the United States and worldwide. The FBI advises this fraud increases each year and now exceeds $1billion annually. The fraudster:1. Identifies a target2. Grooms the target through unsuspecting emails.3. The victim exchanges banking information.4. The fraudster transfers funds from the victim to…

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