fraud http://kplu.org en Are You A Prime Target For Online Scams? A Fifth of Washington Adults Are, Says Report http://kplu.org/post/are-you-prime-target-online-scams-fifth-washington-adults-are-says-report <p>More than one in five Washington adults are at high risk of falling prey to online scams, according to <a href="http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2014/internet-fraud-victimization-attitudes-behavior-national.html" target="_blank">new research funded by the AARP</a>.</p><p>Few would be surprised to hear that clicking on pop-up ads or opening emails from unfamiliar sources increases your risk of getting ripped off. But the AARP report, based on a survey of more than 11,000 adults nationwide, also identified some less obvious risk factors.</p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 18:46:21 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 14460 at http://kplu.org Are You A Prime Target For Online Scams? A Fifth of Washington Adults Are, Says Report Olympia couple snared in dragnet of timeshare scams http://kplu.org/post/olympia-couple-snared-dragnet-timeshare-scams <p>The state’s attorney general says an Olympia couple ripped off thousands of people, including about 1,500 in Washington, in a series of timeshare and travel scams. He’s suing the couple as part of a nationwide crackdown.</p><p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 00:32:27 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 9012 at http://kplu.org Olympia couple snared in dragnet of timeshare scams Cracking down on suspicious home buyers http://kplu.org/post/cracking-down-suspicious-home-buyers <p>Since the 1970s, banks have been required to <a href="http://www.fincen.gov/">report any suspicious house purchases to the FBI</a>. Now that mandatory reporting is netting mortgage brokers, too. Seattle area real estate appraiser Richard Hagar says that&#39;s a good thing since about 80 percent of home loans go through mortgage brokers.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 03 Apr 2012 12:00:00 +0000 John Maynard & Richard Hagar 4581 at http://kplu.org Cracking down on suspicious home buyers Alleged fraud in Seattle Public Schools could mean staff changes, criminal charges http://kplu.org/post/alleged-fraud-seattle-public-schools-could-mean-staff-changes-criminal-charges <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-954238.mp3</p><p>The Seattle School Board could soon decide whether some district employees should lose their jobs over <a href="http://www.sao.wa.gov/auditreports/auditreportfiles/ar1005180.pdf">alleged fraud within the school system</a>. This week, the board expects to receive the results of an investigation into <a href="http://www.sao.wa.gov/findings/1003871.pdf">$1.8 million dollars in contracts</a> for services that might have never been completed, or even started.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 23:40:10 +0000 Charla Bear 863 at http://kplu.org Alleged fraud in Seattle Public Schools could mean staff changes, criminal charges Global Fund identifies fraud, media has learned http://kplu.org/post/global-fund-identifies-fraud-media-has-learned <p>Today’s big global health news: An international fund that was created (with significant support from the Gates Foundation) to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in poor countries has identified episodes of fraud or at least misappropriation of funds amounting to tens millions of dollars.</p> Mon, 24 Jan 2011 22:37:41 +0000 Tom Paulson 628 at http://kplu.org Global Fund identifies fraud, media has learned Give wisely this holiday season http://kplu.org/post/give-wisely-holiday-season <p>It's that time of year when many of us give generously to charitable organizations. &nbsp;But how do we know where the money is really going? &nbsp;In some cases, more money goes into the pockets of professional fundraisers&nbsp;than to the charity itself. &nbsp;</p><p><strong>You can find out how your dollars are being spent at the <a href="http://www.sos.wa.gov/charities/search.aspx">Washington Secretary of State's office</a>. &nbsp;</strong>Just type in the organization's name, click the search button and you can see what percentage of dollars goes to charitable services...and how much goes to pay for fundraising.</p><p> Fri, 03 Dec 2010 20:08:53 +0000 Dave Meyer 282 at http://kplu.org Give wisely this holiday season