Ian Leaf is the founder and principal investigator of “Ian Leaf Fraud Watcher,” a comprehensive network of organizations specializing in preventing, detecting and resolving issues associated with the schemes carried out by fraudsters and scammers. Recognizing the increasing prevalence and sophistication of fraud across a wide range of circumstances, Ian Leaf contacted Ian Andrews, funding expert, to take the initial steps in creating a network of fraud prevention specialists designed to reduce the likelihood of consumers being targeted by fraudsters and scammers. It was this initial contact that led to Leaf’s venture expanding to include “Ian Leaf Tax Fraud Prevention and Investigation” as well as “Ian Leaf Fraudster Identification and Resolution.”
With Leaf and Andrews spearheading a campaign to snuff out fraud and fraudsters before consumers were adversely affected, awareness was raised regarding the need to adopt a greater focus on prevention rather than on resolution. Given the pair’s level of expertise and complementary skill set, Ian Leaf, HFC expert, and Ian Andrews, fraudster prevention specialist, have been able to achieve a great deal of progress in reducing the incidence of fraud and identifying the areas of weakness scammers are most likely to target in future schemes. Due to the inroads made by both Leaf and Andrews, demand for their services has risen substantially while the duo continues to educate and inform the public regarding the risks and vulnerabilities fraudsters and scammers may try to take advantage of sometime in the near future.
Proud of the progress made through “Ian Leaf Tax Fraud Prevention and Investigation,” Leaf and Andrews are nonetheless diligently researching new strategies aimed at reducing fraudulent behavior and scams targeting consumers. Leaf, a dedicated professional who works long hours in the service of the public, rarely indulges in anything that takes him away from his work, but world travel has often been the lone exception to this rule.
What is your favorite thing about traveling?
It’s rare that I have the opportunity to travel since I am so committed to my work, which is why my favorite thing about traveling is having the opportunity to simply rest and relax away from those everyday stresses we all share.
Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?
I wish it could be a lifestyle, but it is a hobby for me at the moment. I first became interested in world travel as an undergraduate student studying abroad for a semester in the United Kingdom.
What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?
New Zealand is by far one of the most beautiful places I’ve been too. Switzerland is a close second.
Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?
Yes, I’ll be heading to Ireland later on this year.
What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?
I believe immersing oneself in another culture for an extended period of time is of significant value, so I always advocate for a lengthier stay whenever someone asks my advice.
Where would you like to go?
I’d like to go to Nova Scotia at some point.
Where would you like to revisit?
I spent some time in Australia and New Zealand several years ago, so I’d like to go back again if at all possible.
Do you travel alone? Why?
I usually do travel alone, mostly because I prefer to stay in a single destination for longer than is convenient for most.
If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?
New Zealand is magnificent, Switzerland is heavenly, and Belize is just endlessly enjoyable.
Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?
I travel light and figure out what I really need from the locals in the area in which I’ll be staying.