Most people play by the rules. They pay their taxes. If eligible for a tax break or other government benefit, they request only that to which they are entitled. Then there are others, fraudsters—they don’t play by the rules. They are scamming the government. At a time when federal, state, and local governments are struggling to pay teachers, law enforcement officials, and fire fighters, fraudsters are stealing taxpayers’ hard earned dollars and pocketing it.
Thus begins the about section for Fraud of the Day, and online website dedicated to spreading awareness of common and unique scams plaguing governments, organizations and innocent members of the public. The site was created by Larry Benson, Director of Strategic Alliances for Revenue Discovery and Recovery at LexisNexis Risk Solutions, who doubles as Fraud of the Day’s principle author, and has archived articles dating as far back as late 2011. The site has a search page where readers can customize which types of fraud stories they want to look up, having the options to filter by date, fraud category and fraud location.
For those of you who may be a bit skeptical of the site, as I first was, fear not. Fraud of the Day is actually a forum of the more commonly heard of LexisNexis. At the base level, LexisNexis is a group dedicated to helping corporations, government agencies and law firms seeking legal solutions, insights about the latest news or businesses, or assess, predict or manage various risks. I stumbled upon this website after following the Twitter account of the well-known, independent investigative journalism site, Watchdog.org. Watchdog, which is one of the partners of Fraud of the Day along with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association, regularly features a #fraudoftheday tweet on its account, and many of them have linked to articles off of Fraud of the Day.
Haywood Talcove, CEO of LexisNexis Risk Solutions, said, “Identifying how the government and, most importantly, the taxpayers are being defrauded and solutions to stop it are key ways to find savings. When we realized that there was no single resource dedicated to informing government about the many types of fraud, we knew it was important to develop this resource.”
If you want to stay up to date on your scams, and perhaps even prevent yourself from falling for one, this is definitely a site to check out.