Emotional Intelligence in accounting

We’ve all heard about IQ, as the measurement has followed us through school and in pursuing careers. However, what about EQ? Emotional Intelligence matters both in the workplace and in interaction with the public. So, what is it? Emotional intelligence is “the capacity to be aware of, control and express one’s emotions, and to handle …

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New caller ID spoofing and phone spear phishing alert!

Recently the Federal Trade Commission put out an alert on phone spear phishing and caller ID spoofing scams that are on the rise among consumers and companies. I imagine you experience the same relentless calls from phone numbers you don’t recognize as I do every day on my personal devices. Usually I just ignore and …

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Protect your business: collusion and increased fraud losses

I recently read an article about fraud within the Massachusetts State Police (MSP). The author, a former MSP trooper, outlined an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. The investigation involves a minimum of 46 troopers with the allegations including payroll fraud and conspiracy, among other federal violations. …

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Scams targeting your info ahead of tax deadline

If you filed for an extension on your taxes, you’re probably finalizing all your information for the October 15 deadline. But those last-minute details aren’t the only thing you need to be concerned with. The IRS is warning taxpayers that criminals are still after your personal information and money. Scams are on the upswing right …

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The Fraud Triangle, still as relevant as ever

Several years ago, I wrote about the Fraud Triangle. A recent case I read about shows once again how relevant it is. In 1973, Donald Cressey published the results of his research on embezzlement in Other People’s Money: A Study in the Social Psychology of Embezzlement. Mr. Cressey’s hypothesis has become known to many as …

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All the Queen’s Horses, fraud in Dixon, Illinois

Netflix recently released a documentary called “All the Queen’s Horses.” It details the story of Rita Crundwell, the perpetrator of the largest case of municipal fraud in American history. As the City Comptroller and Treasurer for Dixon, Illinois, Rita Crundwell embezzled more than $53 million of public funds over a 20-year period. The stolen funds …

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FTC: How to avoid a Bitcoin blackmail scam

When I received the August 21 Consumer Alert from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) via email, I was amazed to find out that the FTC was forwarding instructions on, “How to avoid a Bitcoin blackmail scam.” Had the FTC had found a way to make us always behave in an appropriate manner? Or maybe they …

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What does forensic accounting mean anyway?

We hear the term forensic all the time, and it holds a special place in pop culture thanks to TV shows like the fictional CSI and the “real-life” Forensic Files. The news also inundates us with stories about legal proceedings involving forensic accountants, psychiatrists, pathologists, toxicologists and others. However, when pressed, most people don’t really …

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Vacation rentals: another day, another scam

If you’re planning a vacation for Labor Day, a weekend getaway or even looking ahead to the holidays, make sure to keep your eyes open for a new scam centered around vacation rentals. If you’re anything like me, planning for a vacation tends to happen a little closer to the vacation date than you’d like. …

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Phishing vs spear phishing – don’t get scammed

You may believe that phishing emails are a thing of the past and that no one falls for them. However, emails remain the number one way for scammers to infect your computer with viruses or ransomware and they have been getting more complex with their schemes. Spear phishing Typically, phishing emails can be easily identified …

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