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The Dallas Chapter is currently working to provide relevant resources for local fraud fighters and the Dallas community. Check back often as we make updates!

Identity Theft Awareness

Former Dallas police detective and current Dallas Chapter member, Michael Dana, has created a list of Tips and Resources to help prevent and respond to Identify Theft:

Identify Theft Awareness

Resource Links

The Dallas Chapter has compiled a variety of web links to provide relevant resources and information for anti-fraud professionals and the public:

Fraud Resource Links


Recent Articles

  • Wednesday, March 13, 2019 11:32 AM | Chad Francis (Administrator)

    If you've read national headlines this week, you've likely seen the news of the DOJ's sweeping indictments of 50 individuals involved in a nationwide college admissions scam. Those charged include CEOs, actresses (namely Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman) , university athletic coaches, and college exam administrators.

    From the DOJ's Press Release:

    The conspiracy involved 1) bribing SAT and ACT exam administrators to allow a test taker, typically [Mark Riddell, a counselor at a private school in Bradenton, FL], to secretly take college entrance exams in place of students or to correct the students’ answers after they had taken the exam; 2) bribing university athletic coaches and administrators—including coaches at Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, the University of Southern California, and the University of Texas—to facilitate the admission of students to elite universities under the guise of being recruited as athletes; and (3) using the façade of Singer’s charitable organization to conceal the nature and source of the bribes.

    William “Rick” Singer was charged with charged with racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy and obstruction of justice for his role in organizing the scheme. 

    Click here to view the original article: U.S. Charges Dozens Of Parents, Coaches In Massive College Admissions Scandal, NPR.com, March 12, 2019

  • Friday, February 22, 2019 9:19 AM | Chad Francis (Administrator)

    Yesterday, while driving back to Dallas up I-35, I passed a billboard near Hillsboro advertising how I could get rich quick by investing in a new cryptocurrency, one that I'm sure plans to be the next Bitcoin or Litecoin and make all of its initial backers rich beyond belief.

    These types of investment opportunities, often called Initial Coin Offerings or ICOs, are popping up everywhere, and they are the subject of a recent article in the Financial Times about the growing number of scams associated with cryptocurrencies.

    "Being able to find out the details of a crypto mining company and its management is key to investor due diligence, since the crypto “wild west” is littered with “scams and shenanigans”, said Jonathan Bixby, executive chairman of London-listed Argo Blockchain.

    Sophisticated scams include Ponzi schemes that might pay an investor “profits” for the first month, but never again — with the initial payout funded using the sign up fees from new investors."

    The article details an example of an advertisement for a cryptocurrency investment that, upon further review and due diligence, was not legitimate.

    For both the investing public, and for CFE's assisting in preventing and detecting fraud, it is beneficial to understand the nature of these schemes and how they operate in practice.

    The full article can be read here: Financial Times, "Anatomy of a cryptocurrency scam," February 20, 2019, Camilla Hodgson

  • Monday, February 11, 2019 3:14 PM | Chad Francis (Administrator)

    Can There Be Fraud if No Money is Lost?

    That is the subject of our February Topic of the Month and the question posed by an article from the New York Times from last October: 

    The Challenge With Prosecuting Newsweek’s Former Owner for Fraud: There Were No Losses

    "To prove fraud, prosecutors must show the defendants engaged in “a scheme constituting a systematic ongoing course of conduct with intent to defraud more than one person” of property with a value in excess of $1,000.

    The key element in these types of cases is proving fraudulent intent. If the defendants can show they acted in good faith and did not try to deceive anyone, then they cannot be convicted of fraud."

    The charges against these media companies allege the companies obtained loans from banks to purchase high-end computer servers, but instead funneled the funds back to accounts to make payments on other loans to maintain their credit profile. They also provided false information to the banks, including financial statements audited by a fictitious accountant. But in this case, the loans were repaid and the banks did not lose any money.

  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018 3:54 PM | Anonymous

    The Dallas Chapter will soon begin curating relevant articles regarding fraud topics, especially those that affect the Dallas community and local fraud fighters.

    Have an article that should be shared? Email info@dallasacfe.org with a link, and we will read it!

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