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Accounting All-in-One For Dummies by Jill Gilbert Welytok, Tage C. Tracy, John A. Tracy, Vijay S. Sampath, Maire Loughran, Frimette Kass-shraibman, Mark P. Holtzman, Lita Epstein, Ken Boyd

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Chapter 6

Getting to Know the Most Common Fraud Schemes

In This Chapter

arrow Examining frauds committed by businesses against the public

arrow Recognizing frauds committed against businesses

arrow Focusing on frauds against the government

arrow Getting acquainted with the Ponzi scheme

Everyone is affected by fraud, either directly or indirectly. Even if you haven't been a victim of fraud, you pay for it. Think about it: Does your credit card company really need to charge you 24 percent interest and all those big fees? It does so to make up for all the costs associated with phony credit cards, stolen credit cards, and customers who just don't pay.

This chapter introduces some of the most common types of fraud committed by businesses, against businesses, and against the government. The goal here isn't to give you all the details about every type of fraud imaginable. Instead, this chapter simply gets you thinking about what fraud often looks like so you have a sense of the scope of work an accountant may encounter when addressing possible fraud — the willful intent to deceive.

Frauds Committed by Businesses ...

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