Blog of the week – www.fbi.gov/news/news_blog

It is very easy to forget that many law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation have a blog. The FBI’s blog is easy to navigate, regularly updated and includes information on a vast range of fraud types that fall within the FBI’s area of operation. It is certainly not aesthetically pleasing, but the format is consistent with the FBI’s persona.

The “news by subject” section is particularly helpful as it provides hyperlinks to topics such as organized crime and white-collar crime. I found the post “Ten Years Later:  The Enron Case” particularly intriguing. Many of the Enron trial exhibits and documents are available online. Personally, it looks fascinating, but I am little biased…

http://www.fbi.gov/news/news_blog

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Blog of the week – www.workplaceinvestigationsblog.com

Workplace Investigations Blog

Debra’s focus on public sector investigations really caught my attention but her blog tackles a number of topics including fraud, sexual discrimination, and FMLA that pertain to both the public and private sector. Many attorneys claim that they can conduct investigations dealing with a broad range of issues. Most of the time, they end up being specialists in a couple of areas, and generalists in all others. Debra’s blog provides the reader with considerable evidence that she is well equipped to tackle a plethora of issues. The posts are easy to read, light on legalese and heavy on clear and consistent guidance regarding best practices.

I encourage readers to check out the blog archive where there are blog posts dating back to July 2009. Navigating the blog is exceptionally simple with all of the links on the left hand side as opposed to the right side that most bloggers tend to use.  Lastly, the site uses a very soothing blue color scheme that is much appreciated when you read as many blogs as I do!

Congratulations Debra! Keep up the great work.

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Blog of the week for Oct 17 – mortgagefraudblog.com

Mortgage Fraud Blog

Mortgage Fraud Blog is the premier website for news and information on mortgage fraud and real estate fraud throughout the United States.”

I couldn’t agree more. The Mortgage Fraud Blog provides the reader with a comprehensive view of mortgage fraud. The site is well organized and very easy to navigate. I especially like the fraud glossary. Mortgage fraud, like many types of fraud, has its own language. Many blogs assume that the reader knows the jargon, so it’s nice to see a blogger who recognizes that not everyone is familiar with the terminology. Also check out the ticker that summarizes the results of 1,851 cases that the site tracks. Care to guess the average prison term for perpetrators of mortgage fraud? The number is probably lower than you think…

Finally, I really like the quick links dropdown box that can help the reader move quickly to topics of interest. If you have even a passing interest in mortgage fraud, this site provides more than enough information to keep you up to date on the latest developments. Keep up the good work!

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And so it begins: Fraud Happens launches blog of the week!

I am very pleased to announce the blogs of the week for the week beginning October 10. Given the number of blogs that were submitted, I decided to showcase three blogs instead of just one.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading each of the blogs mentioned below. I found the posts to be engaging, very well researched, and sometimes even humorous! I strongly recommend that you take the time to visit each one! In no particular order, we have…

Ponzitracker Blog

Ponzitracker offers a fresh take on an old problem. This blog is well written and informative, and it does something that is difficult to do – shed new light on an old and often ignored type of fraud.

Jordan Maglich is the blogger behind Ponzitracker. He does a great job summarizing why you should visit his blog:

“This blog is intended to provide a unique insight into this age-old practice, while at the same time assembling a mechanism to track their occurrence and gain an understanding of the true toll, both economic and societal.”

His recent post on a potential $1 billion dollar fraud in China is fascinating. Could this be the beginning of an increase in all types of fraud taking place in China? As more ponzi schemes are discovered in China, I am sure Jordan will discuss them on his blog.

Internal Investigations Blog

Internal Investigations Blog covers a broad range of frauds in a level of detail that few blogs can provide. In addition to the clever titles that draw the reader in, James McGrath, managing partner of McGrath & Grace, provides a view of the inner workings of an investigation. Each post is very well researched and cited. I also like that James includes references to other bloggers.

As a former prosecutor, I can see James’ experience from both sides of the table infused in several posts. On that basis alone, it makes sense to read the blog. Certainly there are many former prosecutors in private practice today, but few that are able to articulate their thoughts with such clarity.

There is so much great content on this blog that it would be helpful to provide a list of posts by month or implement subject word hyperlinks. I would also consider adding an RSS feed and an email signup. Other than that, I will personally add this blog to my reading list. It is well worth the visit!

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Blog

The FCPA Compliance and Ethics Blog provides a very detailed discussion of FCPA compliance and risk. I like that Thomas Fox – the site’s owner – shares specific steps that companies may want to consider regarding FCPA compliance, etc. (Thomas’ disclaimer reminds readers to seek appropriate legal counsel before taking action).

Thomas regularly includes mention of other experts in FCPA compliance and provides guest post opportunities as well. That can only help strengthen his brand and validate the accuracy of the information that he provides readers. As a provider of professional services, I personally struggle with how much knowledge and expertise I should share. Thomas seems to have found the balance that works for him. Maybe his approach is something we can all learn from?

Thanks to everyone that took the time to share their blog. Please note that I received a number of blogs written in languages other than English. To be honest, I am not sure how best to review foreign language blogs. I may start a foreign language blog in the near future.

Bloggers – keep up the good work! If I didn’t mention your blog this time around, I reserve the right to visit your blog again in the future!

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Wow! Now THAT’s impressive!

What a fantastic response! I have been overwhelmed with a long list of blogs to review! I love what I have read so far. I’ve also personally learned a great deal of helpful information to boot! To make sure that I fully review each submission, I’ll announce the Fraud Happens blog of the week tomorrow (Tuesday).

Clearly, there are a number of talented fraud, security, and compliance bloggers out there! Keep ’em coming!

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Calling all bloggers – I want to hear from you

Since I started my blog, I have received tremendous support from fraud practitioners around the world. Whether they post comments here on the blog or on LinkedIn discussion threads, I am truly appreciative of the time and effort these individuals have taken to provide feedback and share their experiences. I have learned a great deal from their comments and hope that I have provided valuable information in return.

Now it’s my turn to help.

Beginning October 10, I am launching a new feature on this blog to help publicize other fraud-related blogs. In fact, I plan to profile more than just fraud blogs. I would like to include risk, compliance, legal, and security-related blogs as well. There are so many talented bloggers out there to choose from in each of these areas!

So here goes: beginning October 10, each week, I will profile a blog that I think my visitors would enjoy reading. Specifically, I’ll share what makes the blog unique or special and explain why it is worth visiting and subscribing to. If you have a blog that you would like me to visit, please email me at pmccormack@connectics.biz.

I look forward to sharing great blogs and helping other bloggers get their “day in the sun.”

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