Fake German heiress convicted of bilking banks, businesses

  Unfortunately, revelations of this kind of business and personal fraud are not rare. Even in the face of some common sense indicators, businesses, banks, and individuals were taken in by the fake heiress. Sadly, a business and personal due diligence investigation may well have identified her as a fraud before they were taken in. …

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Woman scammed out of $273K by fake internet boyfriend: ‘I fell in love with him quickly’

  This is another sad story regarding “Romance Fraud” that might have been prevented. Of course, law enforcement will respond once the fraud or loss is perpetuated, but a good Private Investigator would likely have identified common romance fraud patterns, and anomalies in the fraudsters history, helping the romance partner avoid becoming a victim. While …

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Man Sentenced to Prison for Vending Machine Scam

  In this story from the FBI, dishonest people took advantage of both unsuspecting consumers and business associates by defrauding them. One unfortunate aspect of this story is that their business partners appear to have been unaware of their previous criminal history. While background checks and due diligence analysis can’t always guarantee a deception-free transaction, …

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FBI warns college students to avoid employment scams

This warning from the FBI regarding phony job opportunities identifies one of the many challenges a new college graduate faces. Never be taken in by persons or companies requesting “up front,” administrative, or other various fees prior to being selected for a job. In those instances where you may not find any suspicious activity that should be reported to the FBI, …

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