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America’s Oldest Crime Victims

As the U.S. population ages, scams and other frauds against the elderly have become a focus of law enforcement. But many victims fall through the cracks because of the uneven way elder abuse is reported, investigated and prosecuted around the country.

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How U.S. Policy Aids Cuban Crime Rings

In September, police in Grand Rapids, MI arrested four people for skimming credit account numbers from gas pumps, copying the data onto new cards, and using them to buy thousands of dollars in gift cards at big box retailers. These were not local Michigan crooks, however. They were Cuban citizens living in South Florida. Across the U.S., Cuban crime rings are quietly stealing billions of dollars from U.S. businesses and taxpayers. It's a phenomenon we at the Sun Sentinel documented […]


Going After 'Legal Corruption'

Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a longtime powerhouse of New York politics, was convicted of fraud and extortion last week. But shortly after the jury unanimously found him guilty on all seven counts of fraud and extortion, one juror admitted she still didn't understand the law. “It's still a gray area for me as far as what an Assemblyman is entitled or not entitled to,” she told The Wall Street Journal. She's not alone. When it comes to […]


FBI: Social Media, Online Currency Are Common Scam Targets

Online scams based around social media and virtual currencies are on the rise, according to the FBI's annual report highlighting the Internet fraud complaints the agency receives. In 2014, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received 269,422 complaints reporting an adjusted dollar loss of $800,492,0731 in losses. Twelve percent of complaints involved a social media aspect, according to the report. “The increased use of social media has provided a quintessential goldmine of personal data for perpetrators,” the report's authors […]


Survey: Elder Fraud Victims Often Don’t Report Problems

Elderly victims of financial abuse are unlikely to discuss their finances with other people, according to a study by Allianz Life, an insurance company, and as a result, the extent of fraud committed against the elderly may be underreported. Researchers conducted a survey of more than 2,000 Americans who were either older than 65, or who were friends and family of an elderly person and between the ages of 40 and 65. Among elderly respondents who had been the victims […]


Study: Medical Identity Theft on the Rise

Americans are increasingly victimized by medical identity theft schemes, according to a new study conducted by the Ponemon Institute, a private research firm. Researchers estimate that more than two million U.S. residents were the victims of medical identity theft in 2014, an increase of nearly 22 percent, or half a million people, from 2013. Medical identity theft occurs when an unauthorized person uses another's name or identification to receive medical services or pharmaceuticals. The findings are based on a survey […]


Canadian Gov’t: The Most Common Cybercrime is Fraud

A new report released by the Canadian government offers a glimpse of the online crimes most commonly reported to police. More than half of cybercrimes reported to police in Canada in 2012 were related to online fraud, according to the report. Researchers examined 9,084 police reports for online crime filed in 2012. Fraud and identity theft cases account for 54 percent of reports. Threats of violence and sexual crimes were the next most widespread types of online crime reported, according […]