Category Archives: Fraud

Protecting Federal Whistleblowers

Federal whistleblowers—current, former, and prospective federal employees who allege wrongdoing—play a key role in saving taxpayer money and reducing fraud, waste, and abuse in the federal government. The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) is an independent body that reviews whistleblowers’ … Continue reading

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What Happens When People Don’t Pay Their Taxes?

It’s almost the last day to file your taxes this year—for most people, they are due April 17. Some taxpayers have filed already, and some will be racing to get that last-minute postmark on their returns. Some taxpayers make mistakes … Continue reading

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It’s 10 PM–Do You Know Where Your Financial Data Is?

Advancements in technology like the Internet and smartphones are changing how we pay, borrow, and invest. Financial technology (a.k.a. fintech) products—including payments, lending, wealth management, and others—generally provide benefits to consumers, such as convenience and lower costs. But there are risks … Continue reading

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Are Your Online Purchases Legit?

More counterfeit goods, drugs, and other illegal or prohibited items may be entering the United States as people increasingly buy things online. So, today’s WatchBlog explores how Customs and the Postal Service screen packages coming into the United States and … Continue reading

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Improving Federal Administration of Programs that Serve the American Indian Population

For nearly a decade, we’ve reported that federal agencies have ineffectively administered Indian health care, education, and energy resource development programs. This year we added the agencies responsible for these programs to our High Risk List—which discuss the federal agencies … Continue reading

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Watching Out for Synthetic Identity Fraud

As real WatchBlog fans know, over the years we’ve covered identity theft issues for a few reasons: Federal information systems often contain information that can be used to steal identities and commit fraud, so we’ve looked at cybersecurity and other … Continue reading

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We Want YOU! (to Report Fraud, Waste, and Abuse)

Fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement of federal funds erodes the public’s trust in the government. So, we’re trying to make it as easy as possible to spot it and report it! If you suspect that these kinds of activities are … Continue reading

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How Useful Are Identity Theft Services?

Many people purchase identity theft services—or receive them free when their information is compromised in an organization’s data breach. These services typically include four components: credit monitoring, identity monitoring, identity restoration, and identity theft insurance. For April’s Financial Literacy Month, … Continue reading

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Stopping Thieves from Stealing Tax Refunds

Want your refund right away? Well, fraudsters do too! For Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, today’s WatchBlog focuses on why identity theft refund fraud is a problem and what the IRS is doing to stop this fraud and help its … Continue reading

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Detecting Fraud in the Immigrant Investor Visa Program (podcast)

Foreign nationals who make substantial investments in projects that create or sustain U.S. jobs can get a conditional green card and a path to citizenship under the Immigrant Investor Program. Yet the program’s reliance on voluminous paper applications leaves it … Continue reading

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