Fraud is a type of crime characterized by deceit for the personal gain of another. Types of fraud include: counterfeiting, false advertising, identity theft, and many more.

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Credit and Debit Cards
Computer and Internet Fraud
How To

How to prevent and report credit card fraud or identity theft?

Reporting Losses and FraudIf you lose your credit or charge cards or if you realize they've been lost or stolen, immediately call the issuer(s). Many companies have toll-free numbers and 24-hour service to deal with such emergencies. By law, once you report the loss or theft, you have no further responsibility for unauthorized charges. In any event, your maximum liability under federal law is $50 per card.

If you suspect fraud, you may be asked to sign a statement under oath that you did not make the purchase(s) in question.

For More InformationThe FTC (Federal Trade Commission) works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint or to get free information on consumer issues, visit or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261. The FTC enters consumer complaints into the Consumer Sentinel Network, a secure online database and investigative tool used by hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad. Internet Fraud
  • Don't give out your credit card number(s) online unless the site is a secure and reputable site. Sometimes a tiny icon of a padlock appears to symbolize a higher level of security to transmit data. This icon is not a guarantee of a secure site, but might provide you some assurance.
  • Don't trust a site just because it claims to be secure.
  • Before using the site, check out the security/encryption software it uses.
  • Make sure you are purchasing merchandise from a reputable source.
  • Do your homework on the individual or company to ensure that they are legitimate.
  • Try to obtain a physical address rather than merely a post office box and a phone number, call the seller to see if the number is correct and working.
  • Send them e-mail to see if they have an active e-mail address and be wary of sellers who use free e-mail services where a credit card wasn't required to open the account.
  • Consider not purchasing from sellers who won't provide you with this type of information.
  • Check with the Better Business Bureau from the seller's area.
  • Check out other web sites regarding this person/company.
  • Don't judge a person/company by their web site.
  • Be cautious when responding to special offers (especially through unsolicited e-mail).
  • Be cautious when dealing with individuals/companies from outside your own country.
  • The safest way to purchase items via the Internet is by credit card because you can often dispute the charges if something is wrong.
  • Make sure the transaction is secure when you electronically send your credit card numbers.
  • You should also keep a list of all your credit cards and account information along with the card issuer's contact information. If anything looks suspicious or you lose your credit card(s) you should contact the card issuer immediately.


Don't throw anything in the bin that has your name or address on it, protect your card pins at all times if you use your credit cards online make sure that you have the right protection on your PC and make sure you use secure websites. Don't give out personal information over the telephone.

Reporting Credit Card FraudIf you lose your credit card or if you realize it's been lost or stolen, immediately call the issuer. Many companies have toll-free numbers and 24-hour service to deal with such emergencies. By law, once you report the loss or theft, you have no further responsibility for unauthorized charges. In any event, your maximum liability under federal law is $50 per card.

If you suspect credit card fraud, you may be asked to sign a statement under oath that you did not make the purchase(s) in question.

You will need to contact your credit card company - they will walk you through the procedure. They should immediately put a block on your file and report it to the exception files. They may ask you for an affidavit or a police statement. If you're concerned that they're giving you the run-around, you should read up on your rights as a consumer-

Auto Insurance

Is IFA insurance company a fraud?

No fraud. IFA Auto Insurance is legit.

Consumer Rights and Protection
Civil Rights

Can you pay bills with your birth certificate?

somme research says that yes you can but as of yet no one is sure

but most likely i would say no

The only means that one can use a birth certificate to pay bills is claims as proof of identity to garner access to existing bank accounts and or open a bank account as these documents are vital to obtain a legal photo I.D.

Now under some old colony laws the right of birth enables also the access to government assistance or application of such to receive money to pay for bills in those days a govt official would validate a vendor to accept vital goods for life (this is still viable only to FEMA as the approved merchant or bill collector must document offerings if properly registered with govt). If one doesn't have proper I.D. for issues such as stolen wallet with I.D. and or loss via a home fire and/or etc. I would say yes only in certain situations of the most extreme consequences such as a natural disaster where the documentation is used to receive vouchers to pay for recover only in situations such as a natural disaster through FEMA.

But if no incidence of natural disaster or if not applying through a government social services agency then NO, no retailer and or bill collector is currently authorized to accept a birth certificate as it's the one area of proof of Identity - it's best not to openly display such a document that secures your identity in cases of identity fraud or open yourself of having this document compromised by open display to others that may or may not take content of information pertained in order to commit an act of identity fraud against you.

Credit and Debit Cards
Home Depot

What is the telephone number to home depot credit card fraud department?


Real Estate Buying and Selling

If a notary knowingly stamps a document without verifying signatures or named persons even present does that constitute fraud?

A notary is only required to verify the signature of the actual person signing the document for which the notarization is required. Any other names or signatures on the document does not become the notary's responsibility unless the notary is notarizing each and every signature on the document. In that particular case, then all the signatories must be present and must sign the document in the presence of the notary. Most notarized documents are designed to have only one signature for a notary to notarize.

Commercial Insurance
Medical Insurance
Retirement Planning
Medicare and Medicaid

Is it Medicare fraud for a company to bill commercial insurance companies a higher fee-for-service than they are billing Medicare for the same service?

Insurance companies negotiate rates for services at the best advantage to them. Companies with larger groups get the best rates becaues they have more economic leverage. Medicare is the 900 pound gorilla in the insurance world. So the short answer is no, it is not fraudulent. The reason is each insurance company will pay at their own negotiated rate regardless of how much the provider charges.

Pulitzer Prize Winners

What news story won the Pulitzer Prize but was completely made up?

Janet Cooke (born July 23,1954) was an American journalist who became infamous when she won a Pulitzer Prize for a fabricated story that she wrote for The Washington Post.

In 1980, Cooke joined the "Weeklies" section staff of the Washington Post under editor Vivian Aplin-Brownlee. To secure this post, she said she had a degree from Vassar College, studied at the Sorbonne University, and was the recipient of an award at the Toledo Blade newspaper.

In an article entitled Jimmy's World, which appeared in the Post on September 29, 1980, Cooke wrote a gripping profile of the life of an 8-year-old heroin addict. She described the "needle marks freckling the baby-smooth skin of his thin, brown arms." The story engendered much sympathy among readers, including Marion Barry, then mayor of Washington, D.C. He and other city officials organized an all-out police search for the boy, which was unsuccessful and led to claims that the story was fraudulent. Barry claimed that Jimmy was known to the city and receiving treatment.

Despite growing signs of problems, the Post defended the veracity of the story and Assistant Managing Editor Bob Woodward nominated the story for the Pulitzer Prize. Cooke was named winner of the prize on April 13, 1981.

When the editors of the Toledo Blade, where Cooke had previously worked, read her biographical notes, they noticed a number of discrepancies. Further investigation revealed that Cooke's credentials were false. Pressured by the editors of The Washington Post, Cooke confessed her guilt.

Two days after the prize had been awarded, Washington Post publisher Donald Graham held a press conference and admitted that the story was fraudulent. The editorial in the next day's paper offered a public apology. Assistant Managing Editor Bob Woodward said at the time: "I believed it, we published it. Official questions had been raised, but we stood by the story and her. Internal questions had been raised, but none about her other work. The reports were about the story not sounding right, being based on anonymous sources, and primarily about purported lies [about] her personal life -- [told by three reporters], two she had dated and one who felt in close competition with her. I think that the decision to nominate the story for a Pulitzer is of minimal consequence. I also think that it won is of little consequence. It is a brilliant story -- fake and fraud that it is. It would be absurd for me or any other editor to review the authenticity or accuracy of stories that are nominated for prizes."

Cooke resigned and returned the prize. She appeared on the Phil Donahue show in January 1982, and said that the high-pressure environment of the Washington Post had corrupted her judgment. She said that her sources had hinted to her about the existence of a boy such as Jimmy, but unable to find him, she eventually created a story about him in order to satisfy her editors.

Cooke was the subject of an interview by Mike Sager, appearing in GQ in June 1996. Sager's article was republished in an anthology Scary Monsters and Super Freaks. The movie rights to her story were reportedly purchased for $1.6 million by Columbia TriStar Pictures, to be divided between Cooke (55 percent), Sager and their agents. The film has not yet been produced.

Coins and Paper Money
Gold and Precious Metals

Buying gold from the new york mint safe and or are they a fraud or over priced?

Don't buy gold from this company! (Don't by anything from this company!) Their radio ads are very deceptive and misleading. They claim their gold panda coins from China are obtain through special arrangement with the Chinese government and only within a certain time window during the year. Truth to be told, you can pick up Chinese panda gold coins anytime at any reputable coin dealer in your home town. And if they don't have them in stock, they can order them for you. Sizes range from 1/20 ounce to a full 1 troy ounce. Price should be close to the spot metal quote for that day. Also check for coin shows in your area. Usually larger metro area hold national advertised coin shows at least once a year. NYM's sell at inflated prices and chances are you can never recover your investment. Buyer beware!

Society and Civilization

What constitutes felony welfare fraud?

Wow. That's really complicated because every state has different welfare laws. Any time you use the word 'felony', it's not good! It may become a felony because of the amount of money the state is trying to recover from you. They must think there is something untruthful about your claim. All I can say is two things: #1, get a lawyer and #2, they probably have all the proof they need already. Why would they accuse someone without having something to go on? Good Luck!

Law & Legal Issues
Small Business and Entrepreneurship

What type of lawyer do you need if money loaned to a sole proprietor was stolen prior to incorporation and lenders are alleging fraud and want to sue?

lawyers that specialize in business law, some are called civil lawyers. look in your phone book and see the different ads on civil. you can ask around on a good lawyer that specializes in collections cases. You can search for said lawyer at by state, city, area of practice, etc.

Divorce and Marriage Law
Debt and Bankruptcy
Criminal Law

Can you prosecute your wife for check fraud?

No. You may want to speak to a local attorney who can advise you on spousal privilege and your rights if you are a crime victim.

Accepting Credit Cards

Where can a company report a 'ship-to' address which has been used for credit card fraud?

If you suspect a business of fraudulent business activities, you can report them to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Better Business Bureau (BBB) or your state attorney general's office. They will follow-up on your claim and attempt to contact the business. Keep in mind that it's really important that you meet face-to-face with promoters, check references and verify a business' legal status before paying them any money.

Business & Finance
Computer and Internet Fraud

Can you sue someone for fraud Or attempted fraud?

Yes, the word fraud comes from the old jewish word fraudalaki which means to steal or take from the poor. I myself have dealt with many frauds in the court of law. Depending on the severity of the case, the criminal can spend up to 3 years community service at the local gas station.

Personal Finance
Home Equity and Refinancing
Money Management

Is BAC Home Loan Servicing LP a fraud?

Yes, bac home loan servicing lp it's the bigger fraud in the history, they are country wide but with a different name now, so they continuo committing the same fraud that angelo mosilo did for many years, i believe that every American and more that half of the world knows that right? , thanks.

Helen Keller

Was Helen Keller ever accused of Fraud?

Once she wrote a book named The Frost King, it was plagiarized from The Frost Fairies, which she didn’t know that at the time she wrote it. So, she had to go to court for plagiarizing. After that, she was afraid that when she wrote that it wasn’t her own words. But, she got over that fear.

Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Are all get rich quick schemes a scam run by con artists?

== == I absolutely agree with both the answers below. There are many scams out there which the con artist are looking to get rich quick by deceiving the honest, innocent people whom are looking for genuine opportunities. Affiliate Marketing is where should you wish to take up. affiliate programs are proven to work successfully if you are willing to follow instructions as well as putting in a few hours a day of elbow grease (work!). As the below answers state, it will not make you a millionaire over night but will certainly head you that way with hard work, persistence and not forgetting patience!! Great question and the first answer you received was very good I must say. However there are a few different points of view I wanted to discuss. True if a person has found a "get rich quick business" why would they want to share, well for several reasons, obviously they have been there done that so to speak so why not capitalize with there discovery and sell to the masses. 95% of our countries wealth is controlled by only 5% of the people so there is a market out there looking to get their piece of the pie. You tell me why not market a plan that has worked for you and try to make millions selling to the rest of the 9 to 5'ers? True there are MANY scams out there but just think if you do your homework as mentioned below what changes you could make with your life if you find the one that does work! Read my Bio if you wish I have 35 years experience starting and operating my own companies and was able to retire at a early age due to their success. I now want to give back and devote my time to helping as many people I can achieve the same success. Answer YES, a large majority of the time they are scams, but only some of them are run by con artists, most are run by regular people who are trying to get rich quick by selling you some phony method for getting rich quick. You can earn money as an entrepreneur, but it takes hard work and determination. Making money is rarely quick and easy. When someone discovers a way to earn high profit margins and make money fast, they do it and that opportunity closes up. In fact, that's one of the easiest ways to pick out a scam: ask yourself why this guy thinks he can make more money selling the idea to you rather than keeping it secret and doing it himself. But do consider such business models that have long term return and have a proven track record. I have made good money through multiple online business programs. There are very good opportunities that close minded people pass up. Just make sure you do the correct research Before buying into any get rich quick scheme, do credible research for information on it on the Internet. Google's a good tool, but don't' just Google. Go to Better Business Bureau or Dun & Bradstreet or look for information in the chamber of commerce. If you can't find information here it may not be legal. Some things to look for: * Talk to a live person, preferably in person, and preferably more than 3. If you don't talk to anyone most likely there's a reason. But do consider that not talking to anyone can also be a positive because if they're making money without talking to anyone then you can too. * Research how old the company is. A company that's 10 years old and has been profitable the majority of the years (most likely the later 6-7 years) are a lot safer than something that's in its first year of development. Although companies in their first years of development have lots of profit possibilities. If this is the case you may want to look at the owner or owners of the company. * Consider privately owned vs. publicly traded. A Privately owned company can be much safer depending on the owner. Whereas a publicly traded company can yield a higher profit but is much more likely to change compensation plans frequently (which would screw you over. A privately owned company may still change compensation plans, but most likely it would just increase over time) * Work with honest and trustworthy people if you want a long term return. If your looking for a short quick way to make some extra cash it doesn't' matter, you can work with sleaze bags, but just be smart and watch your back. The safest thing to do though is to work with people you can trust, that will give you a much higher chance of a long term return. Realize although a majority of these get rich schemes a scams, you can still make a ton of money with them. Just do good research, take advice only from people who have experience in the field and has been successful (If you want to also be successful in the field). All entrepreneurs must take risks and sometimes they don't turn out they way you want. It's okay, fix it if you can, if you can't then just move on. Be prepared: although many of these programs take less than 20 hours a week to develop, they can require much research, mental energy outside of the 20 hours, money to invest, long term commitment, and/or disassociation from certain unsupported people.

Computer and Internet Fraud

How can you prevent computer fraud?

Do not give away any secret information like passwords, account number, phone number, credit number, house address.

Computer and Internet Fraud

What is affinity fraud?

This is a new type of scam or con. According to the SEC: "Affinity fraud refers to investment scams that prey upon members of identifiable groups, such as religious or ethnic communities, the elderly, or professional groups. The fraudsters who promote affinity scams frequently are -- or pretend to be -- members of the group. They often enlist respected community or religious leaders from within the group to spread the word about the scheme, by convincing those people that a fraudulent investment is legitimate and worthwhile. Many times, those leaders become unwitting victims of the fraudster's ruse." See the complete SEC alert linked to the right.

Sentence and Word Structure
Example Sentences

How do you put fraud in a sentence?

Fraud is illegal almost everywhere.

Auto Insurance
Law & Legal Issues
Police and Law Enforcement

Can police lie on a police report?

It is against the law for them to do so, and can be grounds for firing.

However police officers are human like anyone else, so they may succumb to the temptation to lie.

Politics and Government
Computer and Internet Fraud

Is Fraud the intentional misstatement of a material fact made by one party with the hope of influencing the other party?

Yes this is true.


Why would a bank report you to Chex Systems for suspected fraud activity because you made a deposit from an account that had been closed?

If you knowingly deposit a check from an account that is closed, you are committing fraud. Because the bank is thinking that you are trying to inflate your account with money that isn't there, a process that is known as check kiting.

Las Vegas

Does anyone know of a legal aid agency or who to contact in Las Vegas regarding account fraud neither the bank nor Las Vegas PD are offering satisfactory assistance?

Office of the Attorney General/Nevada Department of Justice, Las Vegas office 486-3420,

Las Vegas

What are your opinions on mega millions sweepstakes out of Las Vegas NV?

They want $$$$$ up front - then they will mail check for millions. What does that sound like?

Famous People

Is Sam Vaknin a fraud?

Perhaps. But he has proven invaluable in the poorly researched epidemic of Narcissism spreading through society. As a self confessed Narcissist his writing helps us understand Narcissism intimately instead of in just a purely clinical sense.


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