The Latest Fraud Problem: Synthetic Identities

BONUS: 5 steps for prevention.

By Barry J. Friedman, CPA
IndustryNewsletters

By combining some factual stolen information with completely fake information, thieves convince banks and credit monitoring companies that a fake identity is real. The "bad guy" is not pretending to be the person whose information was stolen or acquired; rather, the data is being used to create a brand-new identity. Thus, the phrase "synthetic identity theft" is born.

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Barry J. Friedman, CPA



About the Author

Barry J. Friedman, CPA, is CEO of IndustryNewsletters.

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Friedman brings more than 35 years of experience building and managing CPA firms, as well as digital marketing firms. Barry sold his regional accounting firm, Friedman & Fuller, to American Express and then created BizActions, LLC which became the first and most widely adopted email marketing service for CPA and payroll firms, which he sold to Thomson Reuters in 2012. Previously, he was the founder and CEO of GovCon where he developed an online electronic commerce community that brought together thousands of IT contractors and hundreds of government entities. He earned an MBA in Business Administration from Loyola College and taught Financial Management in that program for three years.

IndustryNewsletters is a powerful, easy-to-use digital marketing tool for professional services firms with a large and growing library of timely, relevant content. This robust platform includes an email newsletter service, OnTarget email blast tool, Social Sharing tool, Reporting, and more, to assist you in adding value for your clients and growing your business. 

 

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