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Hurricane Florence has come and gone, but its fraud crime will just be getting started.

Wherever disaster strikes there will be fraudsters eager to take advantage of the situation. Hurricane Florence will be no exception. On Friday, September 14th 2018, North Carolina was devastated by Hurricane Florence. For nearly two weeks, news outlets tracked the tropical cyclone. This provided time for many residents living in its trajectory to follow emergency plans. Despite this, many people were trapped or lost their lives during the disaster. Currently, at least 37 people have lost their lives in the storm. But human casualties aren’t the only losses. Many animals also perished including pets and livestock. Over three million chickens and more than five thousand hogs died. Tens of thousands of people are now displaced in a region with minimal housing options. It is expected that as much as $13 billion in damages will result from the storm. Needless to say, relief aid is necessary and many generous folks will be quick to help.  Hurricane Florence donation lines are being publicized. High profile celebrities have begun to chip in as well. Michael Jordan has even already donated $2 million dollars to relief efforts. But be advised that major disasters are prime times for charity scams. Last month, several crooks were sentenced for defrauding London’s Grenfell Tower fire. Fraudsters benefited from free housing, wardrobe, food, and travel allowances. Some of this charity was even used to fund [...]

Fortnite Fraud Frenzy

How the latest freemium game craze has created multiple fraud scams within a fraud. “Fortnite Battle Royale is the completely free 100-player PvP mode in Fortnite” trumpets Microsoft marketers. So, if something is “completely free” then one should expect not to pay anything. Assuming this to be true, then how can something pitched as “free” and “free to play” generate as much as $300 million per month? That is the amount that the freemium game “Fortnite” has been making as of January 2018. While there is a paid version, most of its revenue comes from the well touted “free” version. It is currently the number one online video game taking the world by storm. With more than 125 million players, children, teens, adults, and even celebrities have been lured into it. The game’s highly addictive nature has led to it being banned from some schools. Many working professionals have also reported extensive losses of productivity because of this so-called “free” product. In FP101, we learn about the deep psychology behind freemium game addictions and how it works. While the game is heavily defended in the media (maybe because most of their writers are Fornite addicts themselves) people should be aware that these addictions are planned and deliberate. All for profit. Anonymous game developers have explained how targeted and strategic these games are in engaging with their [...]

How Publisher’s Clearing House (PCH) created a “legitimate” multi billion dollar business out of defrauding the elderly and children.

If you were a child of the 80’s or 90’s living anywhere in the USA then you need no introduction to Publisher’s Clearing House (PCH). You may recall those iconic manilla-envelopes with bold-lettered proclamations about winning cash prizes. Often, their mailers exposed check-like printed paper through a see-through cellophane address window. Maybe you were drawn to their fun-colored, sticker-like magazine subscription stamps. All this could be enough for an innocent young mind to dream of his or her family winning PCH. Is it the same psychology behind the immoral practice of children-targeted marketing by tobacco, fast food, and mobile gaming companies? After all, youth targeting is an accepted part of PCH’s marketing strategy today. PCH has been the subject of many lawsuits for deceptive marketing. This shows the company as another example of mass fraud as a criminal enterprise. It also fits the bill for senior fraud, freemium fraud, and fraud against children. Publisher’s Clearing House is a criminal enterprise because it is mass fraud posing as a legitimate business. As the FP101.net course states, “For a long fraud, they have to play the long game. [Fraudulent businesses] all use corporate fronts with billions of dollars in political lobbying and plenty of brilliant lawyers to create a legitimacy and respectability.” As a billion-dollar business, you can guarantee that PCH is not short of lawyers and lobbyists [...]

The banking fraud business model

Mass fraud by banks and financial institutions continues unabated without hard prison time for the guilty parties. “Deutsche Bank settles for $205 million in currency manipulation scheme.” “Goldman Sachs confesses to c.$5 billion in mortgage fraud during the 2008 financial crisis.” “Wells Fargo settles securities fraud lawsuit for $480 million.” “Bank of America to pay $42 million in electronic trade ‘masking” case’.” These kind of headlines are daily events and it appears all our major banking institutions have engaged in a for profit mass fraud enterprise at some point - and continue to do so. It’s all there in your news feed. Here’s two big questions. How can big banks consistently plead guilty to mass fraud crimes and yet never see executives sent to prison? How can they keep paying these multi billion dollar fines and still be in business? During a rally in 2011, US presidential candidate Mitt Romney famously said, “Corporations are people, my friend.” It was his response to protestors calling for corporations to be taxed. He argued that corporate employees are taxed based on the their earnings. To him, that counts as the corporations being treated like people. Corporations claim their “personhood” status usually when they’re trying to wriggle their way out of paying for something. It’s a tactic that dates back to the 1800’s. Back then, a railroad company went so [...]

Identity theft and fraud.

What is identity theft and identity fraud and how does it happen? Identity theft is always personal. It occurs when someone illegally gets and uses the data of another person without their consent. Identity fraud occurs when this info is used for deception or material gain, benefit or theft. Either or both of these actions are serious crimes in most countries and carry heavy penalties, even for first-time offenders. The top of anyone’s personal fraud prevention list has got to be identity theft. It is the fastest growing crime on the planet – by far. Three words best used to describe it are; blatant, vile and plague. These in any order you care to choose. It is a classic example of fraud at its ugliest for so many reasons. Most people only know what it is and the misery it causes after they become victims. Like any fraud out there, you really don’t have to understand it, you just need to know what it is. The size and scale of identity theft globally is massive. The exact numbers, wherever you find them are in doubt. You must assume any such data to be at best, educated guesses. The reasons are many. If you dig deep into the research, most of the numbers found online or in the media are trends and guesses multiplied by assumption. Mostly created [...]

E-Commerce and Internet fraud.

What is E-Commerce Fraud? E-Commerce fraud is when someone steals personal payment information on the Internet. One example is credit card information theft. Most of this type of fraud has been mainly happening online and incidents like these are growing every year. The table below from Statista shows how many billions of U.S. dollars are expected to be lost in the United States by credit card fraud from 2012 to 2018. The blue area displays CNP data which stands for “card not present.” This means a payment or purchase was made without having the actual card in your hand. Most of these situations occur online where credit card data is saved on websites. When someone uses a credit card at a store in person, they are usually asked to show identification such as a driver’s license or state ID. Verifying identity online is a lot harder than in person. As long as someone has the card information, they can use that card without proving the identity. Most websites have security questions, however, if someone has stolen your info, they might easily know the answers to those questions. This is why CNP crimes are easier for criminals and why they continue to grow each year. By comparing the CNP data from 2012 with that of 2018, you will see that dollar loss is expected to grow from 2.6 [...]

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