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  • Wednesday, March 10, 2021 2:09 PM | Chad Francis (Administrator)

    As families continue to recover from winter storm Uri, the chapter would like to continue to partner with the North Texas Food Bank, Minnie’s Food Pantry and the Salvation Army to ensure that no family goes without basic life necessities such as food and water.  It is our hope that you will donate to our Virtual Donation Drive so that we can continue in our efforts to support North Texas communities. Thank you!

    Donations can be made online via the links below.

    Salvation Army(SA)

    Right now the most pressing need is possibly financial contribution followed by gently used blankets, coats, hats, gloves etc. To keep SA’s operations running smoothly, a financial contribution would be the fastest and safest way to be able to help during this unprecedented weather.

    Please use the link below to donate funds.  

    Link:   https://give.salvationarmytexas.org/DallasACFE2021

    Minnie’s Food Pantry(MFP)

    Minnies Food Pantry is a local organization that has been in existence for over twelve years and is located in Plano, Texas.  They are in need of funds first and then food items (cereal, snack items, water, jelly, peanut butter, canned corn, canned green beans, canned meats, soup/chili, hamburger helper and boxed potatoes) to help the community from the winter storm.

    Please use the links below to donate funds or goods.  Every dollar = 3 meals! 

    North Texas Food Bank(NTFB)

    The North Texas Food Bank is committed to supporting North Texans by providing access to nutritious foods. Their goal is to mobilize quickly to get as much nutritious food out the community as possible. In the coming days weeks and months, they will work to provide food to their Partner Agency - Feeding Network - and will also bolster their Mobile Pantry program.

    Right now, their biggest needs are:

    • Volunteers to support the Mobile Pantry program.  Please send an email to Andrea Praterif you are interested in participating.
    • Funds to replenish foods. With the supply chain disrupted, we know it will be hard to come by donated foods, your monetary support helps them stock their shelves.  Visit http://give.ntfb.org/goto/dallasacfe2021 or download the NTFB app (App Store or Google Play) to make a donation.
    • Healthy foods – If able, please donate healthy food items.  Visit http://give.ntfb.org/goto/dallasacfe2021 to purchase items.
    • Drop off food donations Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.  Mention that you are donating on behalf of the Dallas Chapter, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

    Please contact Andrea Prater if you have additional questions about any of these fundraisers. 

    For those of you that may need assistance, please see the information below for recovery resources:

    Recovery Resources for North Texans

    Please dial 211 for emergency services information for Texas.  The number will include information and resources (i.e. food pantry, evacuation info, Medicaid, housing, senior services, childcare, rent/utilities, state benefits, report fraud, mental health, COVID-19, etc.)  

    First Steps

    • Before cleaning up, take photos of the damage to your home and belongings
    • Make a list of damaged and lost items and gather any original receipt you may have for those items

    Working with your Insurance Company

    • Call your insurance agent or company as soon as possible to report property damage
      • Keep a record of everyone you spoke with at the insurance company
      • Ask about an advance payment if you need help quickly
      • Inquire about living expenses. Some policies will cover some of the costs if you are unable to live in your home because of covered damage
      • Make sure you keep receipts for any costs you pay out-of-pocket costs
    • Visit the Texas Department of Insurance for additional tips when filing your claim

    More Help

    ·     If you are not insured, or if your insurance company denies your claim, you can apply for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) by visiting their website or calling (800) 621-3362.

    ·     Remember, FEMA cannot provide for losses covered by insurance, however, if you are not insured or your insurance denies your claim, FEMA may be able to provide:

    • Funds for temporary housing while you are unable to live in your homes, such as rental assistance, or reimbursement for hotel costs
    • A temporary housing unit, if approved for the disaster, when you are not able to use rental assistance due to a lack of available housing resources
    • Funds to support the repair or replacement of owner-occupied homes that serve as the household's primary residence, including privately-owned access routes, such as driveways, roads, or bridges
    • Funds for other uninsured or under-insured disaster-caused expenses and serious needs, such as repair or replacement of personal property and vehicles, or funds for moving and storage

    ·     If you need shelter or emergency food or water, contact the Red Cross at 800-733-2767

    ·     Complete the Texas Division of Emergency Management Self Reporting Damage Survey to help state officials understand and assess the extent of damages sustained across Texas

    Avoiding Scams

    • Get more than one bid to help decide which offers are too high or too good to be true
    • Check references and phone numbers and call the Better Business Bureau to see if a contractor has complaints
    • Don't pay upfront and don’t make your final payment until the job is finished
    • Avoid contractors who offer to waive deductibles or promise a rebate for it, which is illegal under state law
    • Never sign a contract with blank spaces
    • Report possible price gouging to the Office of the Attorney General

    Thank you.  We appreciate your support in helping our North Texas communities this year! 

    Andrea Prater, CFE

    Director of Community Outreach

  • Friday, October 16, 2020 10:34 AM | Chad Francis (Administrator)

    The Dallas Chapter has been working with the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB), Salvation Army (SA), and a new partnership with Minnie's Food Pantry (MFP) and we are happy to bring our chapter members these opportunities.

    As you can imagine, North Texas children, families, and seniors are in need of our help. Not just during the holidays, but for those who are currently affected by COVID-19. Aside from the increase in families needing assistance, volunteer groups are canceling fundraising opportunities in support of social distancing and many companies are no longer supporting offsite activities during this time to protect the health of their staff. Donations are dwindling as stores don’t have a surplus to provide as they did before. It is my hope that you will support our new Virtual Food and Gift Donation Drive so that we can continue in our efforts to support North Texas communities. 

    Due to our chapter not having in-person activities, you will now be able to make monetary donations online or make food purchases from an Amazon Wish List and have the items delivered directly to the NTFB or MFP.

    North Texas Food Bank

    The Dallas Chapter will be targeting these donations to be given to a needy family for Thanksgiving. 

    1. Choose/check the gift option. 
    2. Select the NTFB as the address for items to be delivered. 
    3. Indicate Dallas Chapter ACFE in the “Gift Message” section and your name in the “From” section.   
    • Drop off food donations Monday-Friday 8:30 AM-4:30 PM.  Mention that you are donating on behalf of the Dallas Chapter, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

    Salvation Army

    This year, we will be collecting funds to help needy families for Christmas. Please make your monetary donation by December 15, 2020.    

    Minnie’s Food Pantry 

    ​Minnie’s Food Pantry is a local organization that has been in existence for over twelve years and is located in Plano, Texas. They have provided over 11 million healthy meals and educational resources as well as received several awards for charity. In an effort to provide for those in need, MFP has partnered with Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Mark Cuban, Emmitt Smith, Kevin Bacon, and Martha Stewart. 

    The Dallas Chapter will be targeting and collecting items for those families affected by COVID-19.  This will be an on-going fundraiser throughout 2020-2021. 

    ​Please use the links below to donate funds or goods. Every dollar = 3 meals! 

    Please contact Andrea Prater if you have additional questions about any of these fundraisers. 

    Thank you, and we appreciate your support in helping our North Texas communities this year! 

  • Monday, March 02, 2020 1:33 PM | Chad Francis (Administrator)

    On Friday February 28, members of the Dallas Chapter visited Feed My Starving Children in Plano to spent the afternoon as volunteer packers!

    In just two hours, the final session numbers included 110 boxes that will feed 23,760 meals to children in Haiti! Each box had approximately 32 packs of dried food.

    Thank you to our Chapter volunteers and thank you to Feed My Starving Children for the work you do around the world!

    CLICK HERE to visit the Gallery for more pics!

  • Wednesday, January 08, 2020 11:51 AM | Chad Francis (Administrator)

    The Dallas Chapter of the ACFE is proud to be celebrating its 30th program year of providing local CFEs with network and education opportunities! We're also happy to celebrate the 30th Annual DFW Fraud Conference on May 8, 2020!

    As part of this, the Dallas Chapter will be recognizing local CFEs who have made a significant impact on the anti-fraud profession and the DFW community during the 30-year history of the chapter.

    And we want to hear from you! If you know of a CFE who deserves to be recognized at the May conference, please contact president@dallasacfe.org with their name and information on why you've nominated them.

    Those recognized will be invited to the conference and (schedule permitting) be invited to join a panel to discuss the history of the anti-fraud profession in North Texas.

    We hope this program will be a meaningful way to honor those in the profession who have shaped the community and the careers of those that have come since.

  • Wednesday, December 18, 2019 12:23 PM | Chad Francis (Administrator)

    Members of the Dallas Chapter once again participated in KERA's Winter Membership Drive last Wednesday, December 11. Members took to the phone lines to process donations to support KERA's public broadcasting programs and appeared live on the air throughout the evening!

    The ACFE Dallas Chapter is proud to have partnered with KERA for a number of years.

    Interested in joining us in helping to support the Dallas community? Keep an eye on your email or the chapter's social media for future opportunities!

  • Thursday, November 21, 2019 11:51 AM | Chad Francis (Administrator)

    International Fraud Awareness Week is here! In support of Fraud Week, the Dallas Chapter worked with over 20 local mayors and city councils to issue proclamations recognizing International Fraud Awareness Week in their jurisdictions. 

    Members of the Dallas Chapter also joined city council meetings to issue the proclamations and present to community members about the risks of fraud.

    We have an on-going Twitter thread sharing the proclamations issued by local cities. Check out the post and 'Like' or 'Retweet' to share your city's support!

  • Monday, September 16, 2019 3:24 PM | Chad Francis (Administrator)

    It's that time again for our Annual Canned Food Drive with the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) and Toy Drive with the Salvation Army!

    We will start early again this year by collecting items in September during our Annual Movie Night event on September 12th.

    North Texas Food Bank

    This year, we have worked with NTFB and have set up an on-line donation site for those who can't attend meetings or bring cans and would rather donate funds. The link is: https://acfedallas.causevox.com/

    Prizes will be raffled off for those that donate ten or more cans!

    We will collect items at each of our events in SeptemberOctober and November, and donated items will be delivered to NTFB by November 15, 2019.

    Salvation Army

    As usual, donations include new unwrapped toys for girls or boys or funds.

    Prizes will be raffled off for those that donate a toy worth $10 or more!

    Donated items will be collected at all events this fall and will be delivered to the Salvation Army by December 13, 2019.

    Thank you for your support in helping our Dallas community this year!

  • Monday, July 29, 2019 11:15 AM | Chad Francis (Administrator)

    Last month at the Global Fraud Conference, the Dallas Chapter board was honored to receive the award for Chapter Website of the Year.

    Over the past 3+ years, significant efforts have been made to make the chapter website user friendly and a valuable resource for our members and the community. Thank you to past and present board members and other chapter members who have contributed to this success!

    We continue to make additions and improvements, so bookmark this page and make sure to follow the chapter on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook!

  • Wednesday, April 03, 2019 2:20 PM | Chad Francis (Administrator)

    The 29th Annual DFW Fraud Conference is one month away! We have created a flyer to help spread the word. Please consider downloading the below PDF and distributing to anyone you think would benefit from (or simply enjoy) the largest gathering of anti-fraud professionals in North Texas! We hope to see you--and your friends--on May 3rd!

    Also feel free to direct people to the conference website: www.dfwfraudconference.com.

    Click here to download the flyer: Dallas ACFE 2019 DFW Fraud Conference Flyer.pdf

  • Monday, March 11, 2019 12:03 PM | Chad Francis (Administrator)

    The Dallas Chapter has opened a Land's End Business storefront

    Adorn yourself with high-quality polos, activewear, pullovers and more while showing your support for the ACFE and the Dallas Chapter. Many accessories are also available.

    Four Dallas Chapter logo options are currently available to suit any color combination, and more options are in the works!

    We look forward to seeing you all looking snappy in Dallas Chapter gear!

    Click here to access the storefront: Land's End ACFE Dallas Chapter Storefront

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