A Parallel to Fraud?

Testing of airport screeners, using images of guns and banned objects during the airport X-ray of bags, had some interesting results. When using a library of 250 images, the performance of the screeners (how often they detected the items) went up over time. When the image library was changed, performance dropped dramatically.

The new images were all still the same types of banned items, but they looked different. They were different types of guns, or knives pointing in different directions.

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More theft of Red Cross Katrina funds

49 people have been indicted for participating in a scheme that defrauded the Red Cross out of hundreds of thousands of dollars earmarked for Katrina victims. 17 of the people worked at a Red Cross claim center in Bakersfield, CA. This call center received calls from victims and authorized payments to them. The remaining fraudsters … Read more More theft of Red Cross Katrina funds

Workers Compensation Insurance Fraud

Gary Linsey Slater of Harrogate, Tennesee was sentenced to nine years in prison for committing mail fraud and money laundering. Slater owned a company that leased employees to coal mining companies. He conspired to hide the number of employees employed through his company in order to reduce his workers compensation premiums. The company employed over … Read more Workers Compensation Insurance Fraud

Your Number’s Up: Tax Audit Time and Your Documents Are Missing

A tax audit creates fear and anger in individuals and business owners. It also creates a need. The need for documentation to prove income and expenses when the auditor is scrutinizing them. It is not uncommon for documents to be lost or discarded by business owners and individuals. As soon as a taxpayer is notified … Read more Your Number’s Up: Tax Audit Time and Your Documents Are Missing

Even eBay can be fooled by a fraudulent eBay e-mail!

An e-mail directing someone to a website called ebaychristmas.net was reported to eBay as potentially fraudulent. The website requested users to enter their eBay user names and passwords, as well as information about e-mail accounts. The investigations team for eBay reported back that the email was an official email from eBay. The recipient of the … Read more Even eBay can be fooled by a fraudulent eBay e-mail!

A plot to bring down Santa morale around the world?

The former world Santa of the Year, Ron Horniblew of Great Britain, suspects a campaign to prevent him from winning the crown again is damaging “Santa morale”. Each year, up to 50 Santas compete for the world title in the Santa Winter Games. This year the contest came down to the reindeer sled race. While … Read more A plot to bring down Santa morale around the world?

Data breaches reported since the Choicepoint incident

If yesterday’s post about ID theft made you feel badly, this post will probably make you feel worse. The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse has assembled a listing of the security breaches since the February 15, 2005 Choicepoint breach. These breaches were reported to consumers because the compromised information included Social Security numbers, account numbers, and/or driver’s … Read more Data breaches reported since the Choicepoint incident