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3 Tips on How To Protect Your IP Address

As a small businesses owner, using the Internet is probably a big part of your business. While you are online, you don't want to worry about hackers getting a hold of your business or personal information. Check out these tips on how to protect your IP address while you work online.

3 Tips on How To Protect Your IP

As a small businesses owner, using the Internet is probably a big part of your business. While you are online, you don't want to worry about hackers getting a hold of your business or personal information. Check out these tips on how to protect your IP address while you work online.

How to Avoid Identity Theft

The risk of identity theft is real and its scary. Here are easy, simple steps to take to ensure you protect valuable information about yourself from thieves and hackers.

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Protect Your Retail Business

As is often true, an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. Devising ways to deter fraud in all its forms will go a long way toward mitigating your risks.

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Anti-Fraud Software Solutions

Detecting fraud can be difficult because so much transactional information is handled by sophisticated software. There may be no "paper trail" because all the information is stored in databases, spreadsheets, online, or other electronic solutions. As a result, numerous companies have developed tools to compile and analyze financial information in an effort to detect and deter fraud. Here is a sampling of some of the available software tools.

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Anti-Fraud Resources

In the event that you run up against problems involving financial institutions, debt collection, credit reporting, identity theft, online scams or any of the multitude of ever-proliferating frauds and abuses, check out your state's consumer protection resources for a helping hand. The map below will get you started on the right path.

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Disaster Planning & Damage Control

It's imperative that you seriously plan for disaster, whether man-made or natural. A little effort in preparing for a range of potential threats will go a long way in the recovery of your business and your ability to quickly rebound and serve customers' needs in a time of crisis.

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Defensive Detection & Documentation

The periodic destruction of old records and the safe retention of important documents are key to the security of your business.

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Hire Right, But Don't Stop There!

Getting the right people is the first step. But then follow these guidelines:

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Prevention: Your Best Option

As is often true, an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. Devising ways to deter fraud in all its forms will go a long way toward mitigating your risks.

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Civil Action

Fraudsters in civil litigations are judged on the preponderance of evidence, a lesser standard than criminal prosecutions.

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Criminal Prosecution

Criminals must be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, so evidence of guilt must be preserved to achieve a successful prosecution.

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Dealing with Crooks: Employees & Otherwise

For the majority of this module on fraud, we've concentrated on raising awareness about schemes that can impact small businesses. As a result we've emphasized occupational frauds which are invariably perpetrated by individuals, such as bribery or embezzlement. In future months, we plan to add more sections covering organizational frauds, which are generally perpetrated by businesses or governments in areas such as antitrust and procurement (government contracting) frauds.

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Managing Fraud Vulnerabilities

This section will give you some ideas, tools and strategies for detecting, deterring and prosecuting fraud from whatever source.

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Internet Scams

The Fraud

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Cybercrime

Computers, like so many things in life, can be a blessing and a curse. They can be used to commit crimes, and they can also be used to solve crimes and sometimes even prevent them.

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False Statements (Representations on Documents, etc.)

Cooking the books to pacify or please investors and/or lenders is an age-old practice, generally perpetrated by business owners or managers, not accountants. It is s recipe for creating false statements in abundance.

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Mail & Wire Fraud

The Fraud

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Money Laundering with Prepaid Credit Cards

Prepaid credit cards are found everywhere. By the checkout counter at your grocery store and deli, at your bank and pharmacy, and even on websites. They are increasingly a popular alternative to cash or paper checks, and a nice option for the "unbanked" segment of the population. Payrolls are being disbursed by these cards as are some government entitlement programs.

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Money Laundering

Money laundering is one of the most destructive frauds on every level, so we'll take a little extra time and space to cover it here.

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Mortgage Frauds

The Fraud

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Bankruptcy Fraud

Bankruptcy is tried in federal civil court, but bankruptcy fraud comes under the federal criminal court system. Bankruptcy fraud is a very major federal crime. The consequences can be severe.

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Securities Fraud

Stock market manipulation through deceptive practices has been rampant of late.

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Pump & Dump

The Fraud

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Ponzi Schemes

The Fraud

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