- Identity Fraud
- Identity Assumption
- Cyber Crime
- Frauds in America Today
- Medical Fraud and Health Care Scams
- Business Fraud
- Financial Fraud and Investment Scams
- Cons Against Seniors
- The Psychology of the Con Artist
Charles R. Whitlock, Identity Assumption, demonstrates why this is the fastest growing crime in the U.S. as he shows revealing videotape of how easily he stole the identity of a chief of police for a national TV show. Not only is identity assumption a relatively easy crime to perpetrate but it’s difficult to investigate and prosecute. And it’s a nightmare for the victim who must try to untangle the huge mess the con artist has made of the victim’s credit. Chuck also shares undercover videotape of crooks stealing mail in order to assume the identities of the people whose credit cards and bank account statements were taken. He discusses steps everyone can take to lessen the chance of losing one’s identity to con artists.
Cyber criminals are setting up phony web sites while hackers are breaking into corporate systems and personal computers. Online auctions continue to be a favorite haunt of con artists who auction off nonexistent or counterfeit products. The best firewalls in the world appear to be no match to the ways that cyber terrorists attack security and industrial infrastructures. A recent study by the Computer Security Institute in conjunction with the FBI revealed that 70% of the companies responding reported frequent attacks launched via the Internet compared with only 31% reporting attacks from insiders. Chuck shares actual undercover investigations with his audiences and shows how they can protect themselves and their assets from cyber crime.
Top Ten Frauds in America Today
This entertaining and educational speech appeals to general audiences as well as any group or association. Chuck shows how people from every walk of life fall for every type of scam imaginable. Using undercover videotapes, he covers such topics as identity theft, cyber crimes, health care fraud, business fraud, investment scams, and common street scams.
Medical Fraud and Health Care Scams
General practitioners, specialists, surgeons, HMOs and other managed care providers, hospitals, pharmacists, dentists, and alternative health care providers can rip off a person in ways you may never have dreamed possible. Con artists are stealing millions each year from you, the taxpayer, as they rip off Medicare and Medicaid programs. As the author of MediScams, a book about health care fraud, Chuck addresses a variety of medical fraud topics including physicians impaired by drug and alcohol abuse, phony doctors and phony cures, HMO nightmares, Medicare fraud, how medical scams are marketed, questionable dietary supplements, and how to spot a quack.
Never in the history of American business has its very infrastructure been so terribly threatened. Sharing his amazing investigative reports with his audience, Chuck demonstrates how white-collar crooks attack businesses and customers, then he provides ways potential victims can protect their assets. Chuck discusses embezzlement, blackmail schemes, advance loan scams, computer crimes, counterfeit products, employee dishonesty, supplier scams, and professional services fraud. He addresses how a con artist can infiltrate a business and systematically bankrupt it. With his video clips, Chuck shows that even simple street scams such as the C.O.D. empty box scam and toner-phoners can rip off an unsuspecting or untrained employee.
Financial Fraud and Investment Scams
We’d all like huge returns on our investments with little or no risk, which makes all of us perfect targets for unscrupulous con artists. Seniors, who often have no way of recovering from financial fraud, are frequent targets of scam artists. Chuck shares actual interviews with investment swindlers, from bogus stock investors to business opportunity fraudsters, and reveals their tricks. He takes you with him as he goes undercover inside a boiler room to show you how it operates. He illustrates how many of the financial schemes work and how you can recognize the warning signs to protect yourself. The speech includes examples of offshore investment fraud, work-at-home schemes, advance loan schemes, franchise fraud, pyramid scams, as well as general and limited partnership fraud.
Cons Against Seniors
Seniors often have sizable savings accounts so they are frequently targeted by con artists. They also may be lonely or in poor health. Some are recently widowed or may suffer from the early stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s. Any of these conditions make them especially vulnerable to crooks, who may offer much-needed companionship, above-average returns on investments, bogus cures for their ills, unnecessary repairs for their homes, even sweepstakes prizes. Chuck reveals the tell-tale signs that a fraud is being committed. He provides pointers on choosing a good investment advisor, finding a good doctor, and selecting the right nursing home.
Using the Media to Your Advantage
Chuck has produced investigative reports for such shows as Extra, Hard Copy, Inside Edition, Oprah, and other national television shows. Throughout his career, law enforcement as well as business organizations have reported great value from his candid discussions about getting the media’s attention when you need it. What’s the best way to field difficult questions? How can you manage the interview process? Do you know how to handle a crisis with the media? How do you turn a negative situation into a more positive story?
The Psychology of the Con Artist
Who are these individuals who seem to have no conscience? Is there a profile of a con artist? These antisocial predators share many similarities and personality traits. Chuck’s speech includes a detailed discussion about some of the most notorious con artists ever caught, from Charles Ponzi to our modern day cyber criminals. Chuck talks about their criminal histories and behavioral patterns that led them to lives of crime. This is a fascinating presentation that will amaze any audience, from law enforcement groups and psychology associations to general audiences.
Books by Charles R. Whitlock