Fraud

The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Why Identity Theft Is On The Rise, And What To Do About It

Credit Ed Dumbill / Flickr/CC

In recent years, U.S. retailers, including Target and Neiman-Marcus, have been hit by huge data breaches – with hackers gaining access to the personal information of millions of consumers, raising the possibility of fraud and identity theft. The IRS, too, has proven vulnerable, with thieves filing false tax returns, resulting in billions of dollars in potentially fraudulent refunds. In New Hampshire recently, more than 200 medical professionals, mostly doctors, had their social security numbers stolen and used to file false federal tax returns.

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NH News
3:22 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

N.H. Man Banned From Securities Industry By S.E.C.

A New Hampshire man accused of bilking investors in Maine and New Hampshire has been banned from the securities industry.

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Monday that James Philbrook of Concord, N.H., was sanctioned after his convictions for theft and securities violations in Maine, where he was sentenced to prison and ordered to pay restitution.

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Word of Mouth
10:02 am
Tue January 8, 2013

The Piltdown Man Caper (and Five Other Archeological Hoaxes)

Replica of the Piltdown skull
Credit via www.History.com


It has been a century since one of the most publicized scientific hoaxes was presented to the world, and only sixty years since the find was exposed as a fraud. Here to talk about the centennial anniversary of the discovery of Piltdown Man is Robert Goodby. He’s an archeologist and Associate Professor at Franklin Pierce University.

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Consumer Protection
4:32 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

A.G. Fraud Unit Proposal Stalls Again

The creation of a new fraud unit at the state Attorney General’s office has stalled again.  Thursday, the Legislative Fiscal Committee voted to table a request to approve funding for it. 

The governor and Executive Council have approved the unit, which would be funded by the state’s mortgage settlement with big banks.  But the Republican-dominated committee has resisted allocating money to it, saying it would ultimately add staff to the government payroll.  But the AG’s Consumer Protection Bureau Chief James Boffetti says a fraud unit is needed.

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NH News
4:46 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

TD Bank Warns N.H. Customers Of Security Breach

The State Attorney General’s office announced today that more than 43,000 TD Bank customers in New Hampshire are at risk of identity theft. The bank can’t locate two tapes containing sensitive data shipped between locations back in March.

TD Bank is offering new accounts free of charge and a year of credit monitoring to affected customers.

In total, the bank is notifying more than 250,000 customers on the east coast about the breach.

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NH News
8:22 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Statehouse Negotiators Agree on Fraud Bill

Lawmakers have reached agreement on a bill to address social service fraud.

Earlier this session, House members raised concerns about people scamming the Medicaid, Food Stamp and welfare programs.

State officials say their system to catch cases of fraud is effective.

Under the compromise hammered out yesterday, the state Department of Health and Human Services would take additional steps if savings are guaranteed.

Republican Representative Thomas Keane believes there are ways to improve the HHS’s detection system.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu May 3, 2012

NH Welfare System Under Scrutiny

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Proposed legislation would create a new verification system in order to avoid fraud. Another bill would reduce the amount of time someone could receive assistance. But advocates for the poor say the State already does a good job of preventing fraud and these proposals would hurt people already in dire need. 

Guests:

Sarah Mattson: Policy Director for New Hampshire Legal Assistance

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Business and Economy
4:37 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Seniors Increasingly Target of Scams

Mary Lockridge, 81, at home in Nashua
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According to the Federal Trade Commission, the number of complaints about consumer fraud against seniors has more than doubled since 2009. So called imposter scams, when someone poses as a relative or friend to extort money from someone they don't know increased by 22 percent last year.

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NH News
5:33 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Senate Pulls Lever on Another Voter ID Law

Along party lines, the New Hampshire Senate today passed a second, more restrictive voter ID measure. Earlier this month, a bill requiring voters to show valid photo identification or sign an affidavit was approved with the backing of Town Clerks and the Secretary of State.

This new Republican-backed legislation would require those seeking to vote in New Hampshire to also register their vehicles in the State and apply for a New Hampshire driver’s license.

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U.S.
5:33 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

House Committee Urges Action On Food Stamp Fraud

One USDA official credits the use of plastic benefit cards with helping to reduce federal food stamp fraud. But lawmakers say that isn't enough.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 8, 2012 6:11 pm

With more than 46 million recipients, the food stamp program has become one of the government's biggest benefit programs.

It has also become one of the biggest targets for those who think the federal government isn't doing enough to prevent fraud.

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