In the ever-evolving landscape of fraud, our investigative agency has witnessed a dramatic rise in a relatively new and concerning trend: Family Law Fraud. For those who have been following our channel, where we’ve discussed Ponzi schemes, corporate fraud, and embezzlement over the years, this latest wave demands attention. Before we delve into the details, be sure to explore our additional resources on ActualHuman.com and Describe.tv, where we provide more in-depth coverage and host live events.
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2. The Fastest Growing Area of Fraud: Family Law Fraud
While we are not legal experts, our agency has observed a sharp increase in Family Law Fraud cases. This trend is particularly pronounced in three situations: divorce, probate, and the birth of a newborn. If you or someone you know is navigating any of these events, understanding the potential for fraud is crucial.
a. Divorce Fraud: A Closer Look
Divorce proceedings can become breeding grounds for fraud as parties attempt to secure a more favorable outcome for themselves. Some common tactics include:
- Concealing Assets: From hidden bank accounts to transferring real estate or corporate assets, both parties may engage in fraudulent practices to secure a larger share of the settlement.
- Tax Manipulation: Overpaying taxes to later request a refund post-divorce is a sneaky tactic. Always scrutinize tax transcripts for unusual activity.
- Concealing in Cryptocurrency: Assets may be converted into cryptocurrency or valuable items like Rolex watches, making them harder to trace.
b. Probate Fraud: The Dark Side of Family Estates
When a family member passes away, probate fraud can rear its ugly head. Relatives may attempt to conceal assets meant for distribution among heirs by employing various strategies:
- Writing unauthorized checks from the deceased’s bank account.
- Illegally transferring real estate or corporate assets.
- Concealing valuable items like antique cars or family heirlooms.
c. Birth of a Newborn: Protecting Against Synthetic Identity Fraud
The birth of a baby can inadvertently create an opportunity for fraudsters to exploit the newborn’s identity:
- Synthetic Identity Theft: Scammers may use a baby’s identity to open credit accounts, potentially damaging the child’s credit score for years.
- Protective Measures: Parents are advised to freeze and monitor their child’s credit to prevent synthetic identity fraud.
3. Protecting Your Family: What You Can Do
- Divorce Cases: Conduct thorough asset searches to ensure a fair division and prevent fraudulent practices by both parties.
- Probate Cases: Initiate asset searches and tracing to safeguard the deceased’s wishes and prevent family members from wrongfully claiming assets.
- Newborn Identity Protection: Secure your child’s identity by freezing and monitoring their credit.
4. Stay Informed, Stay Secure
Fraud is ever-evolving, and staying informed is your best defense. Explore our channels for more in-depth discussions, live events, and regular updates on emerging fraud trends. Your vigilance and awareness can protect your assets, ensuring they reach the rightful heirs. Keep engaging with us by sharing your experiences and insights in the comments below—we value your input and look forward to hearing from you. Together, let’s stay ahead of the evolving landscape of fraud.