Category Archives: Fraud Prevention

Business ID Theft: Is Your Data at Risk?

The IRS and state tax authorities have made significant strides in curbing individual identity theft over the last two years. But cyber attacks against businesses are on the upswing. Here are some simple ways business taxpayers can help protect their data from hackers. Trends in ID Theft The IRS recently announced that the number of individuals reporting identity theft in the […]

Netclient Portal

By Ryan Taylor, Partner

We recently sent out a survey to our clients asking about their use of our Secure Client Portal. We weren’t surprised by the results, so we wanted to provide you some additional information regarding it. Our intent is that more clients will start to utilize this feature. Gardiner Thomsen understands how important security is to […]

Management Anti-fraud Programs and Controls

By Mark Gardiner, CPA, CFE, Partner

The Fraud Task Force of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) commissioned a study to provide guidance to help prevent and detect fraud. The AICPA, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Institute of Internal Auditors and other professional organizations sponsored the study. The overall message of this document is those organizations that […]

Tax Fraud Awareness: How to Protect Your Identity and Assets

The IRS, taxpayers and tax preparers share a common enemy: identity thieves. We all have a part to play in the fight against tax-related identity theft. Your role starts by learning the mechanics and warning signs. From there, taxpayers can take proactive steps to protect their data online and at home. Understand How Tax Fraud Happens […]

Ten Cyber-security Tips for Small Businesses

By Federal Communications Commission

Broadband and information technology are powerful tools for small businesses to reach new markets and increase sales and productivity. However, cybersecurity threats are real and businesses must implement the best tools and tactics to protect themselves, their customers, and their data. Visit to create a free customized Cyber Security Planning guide for your small […]

Protect Your Accounts from Identity Theft and Fraud

From mobile apps to the Internet, technology has transformed our lives. It facilitates financial transactions and the transmission of information. But it also brings risks. There are weekly news stories about sensitive personal data being hacked online and sold on the black market. Thieves use personal data to access accounts, open new ones, complete fraudulent transactions, file […]

Brace Your Business for Disaster Scams

Few things in life are certain, but when disaster strikes, the number of fraud incidents will probably skyrocket. In the wake of a hurricane, tornado, flood, fire, earthquake or other unexpected catastrophe, fraudulent operators are always quick to surface. Often, however, they carry warning signs to alert savvy business owners. Construction Con Jobs Construction fraud is […]

Cyber Risk Insurance

By Dennis Gardiner, Managing Partner, CPA

Do you have insurance to address an intrusion or breach of your computer systems, or a lost or stolen laptop or even a flash drive? Do you think you have limited exposure? Very large companies, or even the US Government undoubtedly have very sophisticated security over their data processing systems. Yet, T-Mobile, Experian (a credit […]

Pull the Plug on Employee Theft

Not all crooks roam the streets at night. Some might be roaming your company hallways, stealing cash, forging or altering checks, and pilfering your inventory and property. Even worse, they may be stealing intellectual property such as confidential documents or trade secrets. What can you do to pull the plug on employee theft? Here Are 18 […]

Corporate Cybercrime

By Mark Gardiner

Corporate cybercrime has been in the news a number of times in the past couple of years.  Recently, Scoular Company was taken for $17.2 million in an international email swindle to a bank in China.  In addition, Target, P.F.Chang’s, Neiman Marcus and JPMorgan Chase, to name a few, all have fallen victim to computer hacking.  […]