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Requests for "non-profit" donations almost always turns out to be the motive of child abduction fraudsters. When an organization skirts the non-profit rules and laws... what sort of proof is need...
-Patrick
07/20/2016
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Paula
07/26/2016
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so important to talk about fraud with service providers. We survived fraud and it was shocking to hear the stories that we did. The reason it continues to happen is that agencies are not open to discuss th...
californiamhc
07/20/2016
arrow icon It is hard to initiate these conversations because of the fe...
Paula
07/26/2016
arrow icon What you are talking about - employees using their access to...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
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I have seen in Calif. some kind of a public listing of persons who have been either prosecuted or sued successfully over credit card fraud. Is there any nation-wide database of proven credit card fraudster...
-Patrick
07/20/2016
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Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon I don't know of a list like that nationally. Most credit car...
Paula
07/20/2016
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Is there a publicly accessible list of non-profit frauds who have been shut down, prosecuted, or otherwise exposed by investigations?
-Patrick
07/20/2016
arrow icon I'd also encourage folks to check out the FTC's page on char...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon "The National Compassion Fund provides a single, trusted way...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon Speaking of fraudulent charities, it is always a good practi...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon I don't know of an official list. The FTC prosecutes these s...
Paula
07/20/2016
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Thank you for participating in OVC's Web Forum Guest Host Series. We hope this discussion will help you better serve crime victims. Please continue to discuss this and other topics with your colleagues on ...
OVCRC
07/20/2016
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In the world of child abduction advocacy, we regularly see fraudulent organizations. The fraudsters will almost always respond to questions about credibility as "infighting" or the like. When you...
-Patrick
07/20/2016
arrow icon On cheap investigating. You can find out a lot in public rec...
Paula
07/20/2016
arrow icon You are absolutely correct that law enforcement is swamped w...
Paula
07/20/2016
arrow icon Yes... So it is up to the real advocacy organizations to spe...
patrick
07/20/2016
arrow icon It would be great if you could get a state attorney general'...
Paula
07/20/2016
arrow icon So obviously, if they went to the trouble of getting non-pro...
-Patrick
07/20/2016
arrow icon You're absolutely right. And, fraudsters are able to adapt q...
Paula
07/20/2016
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Thanks for answering all of our questions! I just wanted to ask you if/how you have seen financial fraud committed along with other types of crime. Does this intersect at all with violent victimizations?
Leigh
07/20/2016
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Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon Great question! I'd encourage all who are attending this yea...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon So glad you asked! Yes!!! There's actually a term, polyvicti...
Paula
07/20/2016
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Once a victim of fraud, how do you convince the three major credit bureau's of the fact? Police reports, statements from creditors and the like, do not constitute changes on your credit report. Even with l...
James Walton
07/20/2016
arrow icon I agree - sounds like a FCRA violation to me, from the limit...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon Without actually viewing the documents, I can't be completel...
Paula
07/20/2016
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Hi Merry and Paula, Could you share a success story about working with a victim of financial fraud? What went well, etc.
Hazel
07/20/2016
arrow icon (3) When she called the local precinct to report the thefts ...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon (2) The woman was held at the DC Jail over the weekend and t...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon (1) Good question! We don't celebrate the ways in which we a...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon Part 2 - We know the education worked, because our victim sh...
Paula
07/20/2016
arrow icon Part 1-I'll share a story that gave me some insights. We hel...
Paula
07/20/2016
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Can victim service providers use Victims of Crime Act (VOCA)funds to address the needs of victims of elder financial exploitation? I assume funds cannot be used to reimburse victims for actual financial lo...
Laura
07/20/2016
arrow icon Slight correction, an estimated 36% of identity theft vic...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon I second Merry's sentiments.Even though VOCA funds are not t...
Paula
07/20/2016
arrow icon Finally, The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) published the...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon For more on how VOCA funds can be used to assist victims of ...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon (3) Furthermore, I'd like to point out that your state laws ...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon (2) Once their PII has been compromised, there is no way to ...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon (1) Your question points out a striking fact: victims of fin...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon Yes, VOCA funded crime victim compensation programs are allo...
Paula
07/20/2016
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How can people who don't have regular access to the internet easily check things like their credit report or bank statements to make sure that they aren't being the victims of financial fraud or identity t...
Jabeen
07/20/2016
arrow icon Yes, you are entitled to one free credit report per year fro...
Paula
07/20/2016
arrow icon Here are the numbers & addresses they can call to request th...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon Most importantly, everyone should be educated on how often t...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon The first thing is to make sure they are getting bank and cr...
Paula
07/20/2016
arrow icon You are entitled to a free annual credit report. You can als...
James Waltoon
07/20/2016
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I work for a state agency that will be providing a training to a group of investigators who investigate allegations of financial abuse and physical abuse against the disabled population the state agency se...
Meghan
07/20/2016
arrow icon Another avenue you can pursue is to request OVCTTAC resource...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon Contact the Financial Crime Resource Center Director Laura C...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon Paula mentioned some great resources! I'd add that our commu...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon Part 3 - and finally, I'd add some victim sensitivity traini...
Paula
07/20/2016
arrow icon Part 2 - Also the National Center for Victims of Crime: http...
Paula
07/20/2016
arrow icon How exciting - and so needed! The National Adult Protective ...
Paula
07/20/2016
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Someone opened an account with DISH Network in my name in a state where I don't live. DISH told me to call the person using my ID and have them call DISH and have my name removed. That is crazy. Do I have ...
Hazel
07/20/2016
arrow icon Part 4 - if you have followed the procedure exactly and DISH...
Paula
07/20/2016
arrow icon Part 3 - In a nutshell: 1) report to police & get copy of re...
Paula
07/20/2016
arrow icon Part 2 - The Fair Credit Reporting Act is a federal law that...
Paula
07/20/2016
arrow icon Part 1 - Yikes! Don't contact the ID thief. That's just plai...
Paula
07/20/2016
arrow icon Follow your phone call with a mailed, written dispute letter...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon As a victim of identity theft, you do have many legal rights...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon (1) I am sorry to hear this is happening. This is not an app...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
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In military communities, fraud and identity theft seem to be particularly pervasive, perhaps due to the transient nature of the community members. Do you have any recommendations for fraud/identity theft r...
Rose Torgerson
07/20/2016
arrow icon Part 2 - One last bit of advice for active military being de...
Paula
07/20/2016
arrow icon (6) Unfortunately, the time it takes to recover from these c...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon (5) If the member wants to be particularly cautious, or if t...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon (4) The single most important thing individuals can do to pr...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon (3) I see three main factors at work here: 1) as you noted t...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon (2) Specifically, the Army has consistently held the distinc...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon (1) You are right – unfortunately military members and their...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon Sadly, military members who are deployed are vulnerable to I...
Paula
07/20/2016
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How can I convince my elderly mom that she has not won a lottery and get her to stop sending money! Also, how can I convince my elderly aunt that the love of her life she met on Senior Soulmates is a con a...
Edwina
07/20/2016
arrow icon I'd like to expand on something Merry mentioned - I've heard...
Paula
07/20/2016
arrow icon Finally, a very wise identity theft advocate once told me he...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon I'd also make sure your good intentions aren't being perceiv...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon I recently gave a presentation to a lively and well-informed...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon PART 2 - One thing I did with my own family members was make...
Paula
07/20/2016
arrow icon It's a huge problem & you may not be able to convince either...
Paula
07/20/2016
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What recommendations do you have for finding resources or trained advocates when the victim is an area without many services or advocates available, such as a very rural community?
Rose Torgerson
07/20/2016
arrow icon Another avenue, particularly with rural seniors, is SALT - S...
Paula
07/20/2016
arrow icon Locally, I'd challenge victim assistance (community based DV...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon I second Paula's suggestion! The Identity Theft Resource Cen...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon One way is to leverage technology. Information is available ...
Paula
07/20/2016
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What can a minor and/or dependent child do to protect their credit from a financially irresponsible and abusive parent? Example: College aged child checks credit for first time, finds that mother has opene...
S
07/20/2016
arrow icon Actually, the Fair Credit Reporting Act tells victims to att...
Paula
07/20/2016
arrow icon Re: uncooperative creditors. I've been successful in getting...
Paula
07/20/2016
arrow icon Victims rights diminish because creditors and police departm...
James Walton
07/20/2016
arrow icon An associate of mine had his son's identity stolen. The chil...
James Waltoon
07/20/2016
arrow icon Its important to note that the victim's rights diminish if t...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon As far as steps the others can take: the college aged child ...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon In the scenario you described, the other 5 children are fort...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon It depends on how old the minor is and whether he/she has a ...
Paula
07/20/2016
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So many of these scams originate in other countries, and victims' money is sent to these countries. Once outside of the US, what are the options to help the victims recover their lost funds and gain a sens...
Hazel
07/20/2016
arrow icon (6) Finally, victims of any type of crime follow different h...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon (5) I say halting the crime in progress because this is real...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon (4) Banks, credit unions, and financial advisors are also im...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon I know of none that are cost effective. These scams primaril...
Paula
07/20/2016
arrow icon (3) There have also been some gains made in working with and...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon (2) There are a few efforts underway in recent years to give...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon (1) This is the toughest question of the day so far! Indeed,...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
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What more should be done by local organizations to help victims and educate the general public about this topic?
Donna
07/20/2016
arrow icon (4) We became determined to tackle this problem, and launche...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon (3) In short, we all need to see this problem as our problem...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon (2) Additionally, legal assistance organizations (legal aid ...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon (1) I truly believe that all victim service organizations – ...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
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What are the rates for financial fraud among older adults, and what should people who work with this population know about protecting their clients?
Kate
07/20/2016
arrow icon Gauging the extent of the problem is tough due to under-repo...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon People who work with this population need to understand why ...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon MetLife found that American seniors lose more than $2.6 bill...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon PART 2 - Here are some examples: I teach older consumers the...
Paula
07/20/2016
arrow icon PART 1 - I would have to look up the actual statistics, but ...
Paula
07/20/2016
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Is there anything to recommend a fraud victim to do to obtain justice if law enforcement is reluctant to investigate a case?
karen
07/20/2016
arrow icon (8) Finally, if you notice that victims in your area are hav...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon (7) So all law enforcement departments should order free cop...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon (6) Another response that is inappropriate is to give the vi...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon (5) Also, law enforcement officers need to be trained to pro...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon (4) Of upmost importance, officers need to be trained to und...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon (3) This isn’t to say we should all give up and send our mon...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon (2) For example, at a recent training we gave in Baltimore, ...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon (1) After training hundreds of law enforcement officers acro...
Merry O'Brien
07/20/2016
arrow icon It depends on a number of factors. Most of the time, there’s...
Paula
07/20/2016
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The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is pleased to welcome Merry O'Brien and Paula Pierce to the OVC Web Forum. They will be available to answer your questions on best practices for Serving Victims of Fin...
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