Stopping Occupational Fraud in Your Organization

By Haywood Hunt & Associates IncMost upper-level management personnel and business owners believe that their organization is safe from fraud. Most are under the impression that their employees, co-workers, and possibly co-owners only have the best intentions for the organization. As much as it would be amazing if that were true, that’s often far...

Craigslist Scams to Watch Out For

by Laura-Lee WalkerCraigslist is a vibrant marketplace brimming with deals, but it also has a dark underbelly because it’s a cesspool of scammers wanting your money.Some of the scams grossing the most money include rental and car buyer and seller scams.Rental scamsOne common rental scam involves con artists duplicating ads for properties and offering...

Christmas: It’s the Most Dangerous Time of the Year

Written by Laura-Lee WalkerThere'll be shoppers for scamming Valuables for stealing And drunk driving out in the snowThere'll be scary homicidal stories And tales of the nightmares of Christmases long, long ago It's the most dangerous time of the year-Adaptation of Andy Williams: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the YearThere’s a dark under belly to Christmas lurking...

The Unintended Consequences of Using Social Media

Written by Laura-Lee Walker (Photo Credit: Courtesy of HTSABO)“The problem is much larger than any one individual’s ability to control their personal information, because there are so many new ways every week or every month in which we can be tracked or things can be inferred about us.” –Alessandro Acquisti, privacy economistThe reasons we...

A New Era of Fraud: In Screen We Trust

Written by Laura-Lee Walker“If you control the code, you control the world. This is the future that awaits us.”—Marc Goodman, Future Crimes: Everything is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable, and What We Can Do About ItMarc Goodman, a global security advisor and futurist, wrote a book called Future Crimes and was featured on TED Talk...

The Science of Lie Detection

Written by Laura-Lee WalkerDeception training is like having a super power. You can become a human lie detector, but there isn’t a magic pill or quick way to do this. You need extensive training and equal amounts of practice.The techniques for identifying detection are based in science, and are the same whether you are...

How to Spot a Fraud

“53 per cent of resumes and job applications contain falsifications.”–The Society of Human Resource ManagersPeople will often lie when telling the truth won’t get them what they want, such as a job or promotion. That means that your new hire could be a potential liability.Incidences of people misrepresenting themselves are commonplace, and the consequences...

Top Five Social Media Scams of 2014

“One in 10 users have fallen for a social media scam.”–Norton Cybercrime ReportLooking for love? Want to be rich? Crave celebrity gossip? The psychology of fraud hasn’t changed. What’s new is the extent fraudsters are using social media.Some scammers use a variation of a traditional scam, and others use social media to create new...

Pseudo Professionals Put You at Risk

Horror stories about unlicensed professionals putting their clients in jeopardy, and employers getting sued for negligence, are commonplace in the news.The list of those committing fraud is extensive from lawyers and dentists to professors and doctors.A man in Washington was recently apprehended for pretending to be a doctor. He treated his patients for issues related to...

3D Printers: Should Brand Owners Be Worried?

3D printing marks a new wave of printing technology that has wide-reaching implications on both sides of the law.The impact of this technology on intellectual rights is significant. 3D printing is becoming more affordable for businesses, consumers and counterfeiters. This presents a new challenge, for brand owners, in the fight against counterfeiting.3D printing can...