Ian Leaf, of Dublin, founder of “Ian Leaf Fraud Watcher” is a renowned consumer advocate who has dedicated the entirety of his professional career to eradicating fraudulent behavior from the marketplace and ensuring consumers are aware of the pitfalls of tax fraud as well as consumer fraud. With the help of Ian Andrews, funding for several recent endeavors created by Ian Leaf, HFC expert, has enabled the widespread implementation of some of the most sophisticated fraud prevention strategies ever developed.
For Ian Leaf, tax fraud is an issue that requires a consistent and exacting approach, which is why he has recently introduced a number of new organizations designed to supplement the efforts currently being employed. With the additions of “Ian Leaf Tax Fraud Prevention,” “Ian Leaf Fraudster Detection Services,” and “Ian Andrews Fraudster Resolution Program,” both Leaf and Andrews hope to enable consumers to enjoy total peace of mind in circumstances that may have previously caused concern due to the possibility of fraud.
What is your hobby?
Living in Southern California, I have the good fortune of being able to cycle on a year-round basis.
How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?
I have several friends who cycle as well, and since it’s quite common to see other riders out on the road each day it is easy to feel a sense of motivation and excitement for the day’s ride.
Tell us what you love about it.
The views of the Pacific Ocean from Highway 1 are best viewed from the seat of a bicycle, and it’s an absolutely wonderful feeling to eat a big breakfast following a long Sunday ride.
Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?
Yes, there are several riding groups I am a part of, and each group includes riders of varying skill levels.
Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.
I didn’t think I would need much more than a road bike, but I’ve also bought riding gloves, cycling shorts, clip-in riding shoes and a whole host of other supplies.
Where do you buy most of your supplies?
One of the riders in my regular riding group owns a local bike shop, so I go there whenever I need anything.
Are there any good books for beginners?
“The Bicycle Repair Book,” by Rob Van der Plas. It is so critical for a rider to know how to fix their bike out on the road, so this book is great for beginning riders.
How has this changed your life?
It’s given me a new perspective on how to view the world and how to travel through it. I’ve cycled several places aboard such as New Zealand and Switzerland. The views while cycling are unbeatable.
What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?
I’ll share the advice that was shared with me by my friend from the bike shop: “Ride it like you stole it…then bring it back in for a tune-up.”
Are there any other hobbies you have?
I love to swim in the Pacific as much as I am able and love to travel. My next trip is to the United Kingdom for a long holiday and to visit some family.