Costco, CVS, Rite Aid, and Wal-Mart Canada Online Photo Centers Still Down After
Third Party Data Breach of PNI Digital Media Owned By Staples, on July 20th
It's going to take some more time for Costco Wholesale Corp. to get its online
photo center back up after a possible breach of customer credit card information
collected by a third party in late July, according to an updated post on its
photo website. Costco updated its online photo center website on Tuesday to say
that it's still unable to take online orders, and the online photo centers for
CVS Pharmacy Inc., Rite Aid Corp. and Wal-Mart Canada were also still down
Friday following the report on July 20 of a suspected breach. The photo
sites are all hosted and managed by third-party vendor PNI Digital Media,
owned by Staples Inc., according to the companies.
Walmart, Gap, Macy's, among 100 brands demanding removal from Jet.com
Dozens of leading retailers, including Walmart, Gap, Macy's, and even competitor
Amazon complained after discovering new online marketplace Jet had placed links
to their sites without permission. Jet then promised its members cash back for
making purchases after clicking on these retailers' links.
Jet's Chief Customer Officer Liza Landsman said some merchants requesting their
brands be taken down view Jet as a competitor, and others wanted to negotiate a
deal. However, another group of retailers was unaware but happy for the traffic
Jet was driving to them.
eCommerce Innovation and security go hand in hand
The electronic payments industry is innovating at a rapid pace, developing new
methods involving cloud-based near field communication (NFC) mobile technology,
e-commerce and in-app payment systems, to name a few. All these innovations help
make electronic payments easier and more accessible. One of the most important
initiatives for bolstering security in payments is to foster the collective
responsibility of all the units in the payment ecosystem, which is made up of
financial institutions, merchants and card networks. To sustain this ecosystem,
every part of it should take measures to protect consumers from fraud.
Predictive fraud analytics tools help payment works stay one step ahead by using
advanced fraud monitoring and detection systems. The tool performs real-time
correlation searches and anomaly detection, which means it can detect fraud as
it happens and blocks the malicious transaction right then and there. By
regularly auditing risks and monitoring problem areas, the tool becomes more
efficient and builds a stronger and more accurate profile of fraudulent
Amazon to open first Chicago center
500,000-sq.-ft. center in Joliet, Illinois - 1,000 jobs - including a few LP
Neiman Marcus drives 25.8% of sales off website in
first nine months of fiscal year
Android Fingerprint Scanners Open to Mobile Payment Hacks
As Amazon Dominates Marketplace Sales, Online
Retailers Express Concern Over Its Market Share
"Fraud is not a person - it is a dynamic grouping of statistics that deviate
from the norm."
Stuart B. Levine, CFI, CFCI
CEO, The Zellman Group & Zelligent
Operation: St. Augustine Pawn Shop Owner Arrested - ORC Ring Leader that hit
Target, Wal-Mart, & Home Depot stores The owner of EZ Money Pawn Shop
in St. Augustine was arrested Thursday in connection to a raid at the shop that
occurred last month. Robert Benton Ellis, of St. Augustine, is accused of being
a leader of a group that "initiated several grand thefts on several occasions
from Target, Wal-Mart and Home Depot business," according to the arrest
The group targeted stores in St. Johns and Duval counties, and the stolen
property was sold to Ellis at his pawn shop, located at located at 2640 U.S.
1 South. Ellis, 56, would then pay cash for the merchandise. The suspects worked
as a group at times and took orders from Robert Ellis for specific items," the
affidavit said. The other suspects in the case told investigators the same story
- they "stole several items at retail outlets at the request of Robert Ellis"
and then "sold them to Robert Ellis at his business." The investigation is
Police, district attorney not ready to prosecute Janesville Landlord for Home
Depot ORC retail theft ring - Landlord running major Home Depot Gift Card Ring
Police believe a Janesville landlord owning over 80 properties is
participating if not running a shoplifting scheme involving thefts of more than
$30,000, but the district attorney won't prosecute their case. District
Attorney David O'Leary said police don't have proof to support their
allegations, and he won't take the case to court.
Police are convinced the landlord is guilty of bankrolling the scheme.
But after "countless" meetings with the investigators, O'Leary said he was not
convinced police have definitive proof of the potential charge-conspiracy to
commit retail theft.
Police interviewed dozens of people they believe stole items from Home Depot
or returned items others had stolen for in-store credit. The credit was
loaded onto plastic cards, which the shoplifters sold through an intermediary
to the landlord for 50 cents or 60 cents on the dollar. Police believe
Richard D. "Rick" Donahue, 3735 Skyview Drive, who owns numerous rental
properties in the city, bought the Home Depot cards, knowing they were the
result of shoplifting.
Police have Home Depot records showing Donahue used the cards to buy building
materials to work on his properties, but only one witness can testify Donahue
knew the cards were the result of thefts. That person is Tyler J. Groeller,
30, of 3704 Stuart St., No. 8, Janesville, an admitted heroin user and organizer
of the thefts. He told police several different stories before telling them
he organized the thefts to sell the cards to Donahue. Groeller told police he
paid his "returners" and sold the cards to Donahue.
Home Depot requires identification when getting the cards and when using them,
and company records show Donahue used cards that originated with 55 different
Rock County residents, said officer Jennifer Reed, the primary investigator
on the case. Police believe Donahue was taking advantage of disadvantaged and
drug-addicted people and remodeling entire residences with the cards. gazettextra.com
Ring of Thieves Steal $58,000 Worth of Cosmetics From CVS Stores in Five
Southern California Counties - May be bigger operation A man and two
women suspected of stealing nearly $60,000 worth of high-end cosmetics from CVS
stores in five counties were arrested after the crimes were caught on security
The suspects are accused in the thefts of more than $58,650 worth of cosmetics
at stores in Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Ventura
counties. Seal Beach police arrested the three suspects earlier this week after
detectives obtained the security camera video from thefts in Orange County.
The thefts began in June 2013. Video showed the subjects walking into the store
and taking items from a wall of cosmetic items. The charges are in connection
with crimes committed in Orange County It was not immediately clear whether
authorities in other counties will pursue criminal charges. Two of the suspects
are being held without bond. Police believe there's more to this case.
Traveling fraudsters busted in Minneapolis - hit 8 cities with cloned credit
cards buying gift cards Two men believed by police to have used
fraudulent credit cards in at least eight metro area cities have been charged
with identity theft and fraud. Josiel Turano, 25, and Ricorango Magdiel, 26, are
accused of using four cloned credit cards at the White Bear Township Cub Foods
to ring up $1,819.48 in gift card purchases. Turano and Magdiel left the Cub
Foods in a rental car and were arrested in Rosemount. Police say video
surveillance shows they were also involved in fraudulent in transactions in
Eagan, Shakopee, Burnsville, West St. Paul, Cottage Grove, Inver Grove Heights
and Woodbury. cbslocal.com
Four member Credit Card Fraud Ring busted Hitting Walmart stores in Evesham,
N.J. Four people allegedly connected to a New York credit card fraud
ring were arrested early Friday morning after reportedly ramming a police car in
the parking lot of a local store the night before and fleeing the scene at a
high rate of speed. Police were called to the Walmart on Route 70 about 9 p.m.
Thursday for a report of four suspects who were identified by store security as
being part of a credit card fraud ring that had been targeting Walmart stores
in the area. The men had attempted to buy iPads with fraudulent credit cards but
store staff turned them away, police said. When the suspects, all from Brooklyn,
Shoplifter steals $2500 worth of cosmetics at Hermosa, South Dakota CVS
The suspect cleaned out an entire section of the cosmetics area and loaded the
products into a store hand basket. "According to the manager, that's one of the
most expensive things in the store," Hermosa Police Sgt. Kevin Averill said. "
Denton, TX men arrested for theft at JC Penney, Dillards and Zumies
Two 19-year-old men and one 17-year-old man were arrested and charged with
organized retail theft between $50 to $500 after they took items from J.C.
Penney, Zumiez and Dillard's, according to police reports.
Serial Shoplifter arrested again at Walmart in Walnut Hill, CA
A Walnut Hill man with a history of shoplifting arrests is facing a felony
charge for allegedly stealing a 32-gallon tote full of underwear.
Athens, GA: Women shoplift underwear from Victoria's Secret at Georgia Square
Mall On Saturday, an Athens-Clarke County Police officer was
dispatched to Victoria's Secret at Georgia Square Mall in reference to a
shoplifting complaint. The employee told the officer that another customer
approached her and told her they observed the women putting underwear into their
purses. When the two women were approached, they walked out of the store. It was
reported that $750 worth of underwear was taken from the store.
Police bust man stealing 19 boxes of condoms from
Rite Aid in the Bronx, NY
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dead after stabbing at IKEA in Sweden
Two people have died after being stabbed at an IKEA store in Vasteras, Sweden on
Monday, according to police. A third person was severely injured. Police said
that a man has been arrested for murder, but did not provide further details on
the incident or possible motives. IKEA confirmed the two casualties and said the
injured victim is being treated at a hospital. IKEA said the store and the
shopping center where it is located are closed while police investigate.
Vasteras is about an hour away from Stockholm.
Shopper sues store and security guard, saying she was slashed by convicted felon
security guard at Conway store in Chicago A Chicago woman is suing
multiple parties including an allegedly convicted felon, claiming
negligence in a violent and suddent 2014 confrontation which she claims
constituted unlawful assault in a department store. Shanisa Pinkson sued Conway
Two LLC, doing business as Conway Department Store; Gail Seaton; and the store's
successor in interest National Stores Inc., on Aug. 5 in Cook County Circuit
Court, alleging negligence in a January 2014 incident. The suit states that
Pinkson was a patron of the Conway Department Store at 7601 S. Cicero Ave., in
Chicago's Ford City Mall, on Aug. 16, 2013, and that Seaton was present as a
According to the complaint, Pinkson purchased items and attempted to exit the
store when Seaton blocked her way, grabbed the plaintiff by the pony tail,
produced a razor and intentionally slashed the plaintiff's face along her jaw
line just above her neck. The lawsuit states that Pinkson suffered bodily
harm, pain, loss of blood, fright, distress, permanent disfigurement, and
medical expenses. Additionally, she states that the attack was of an insulting
and provoking nature.
Claiming that the store should have known Seaton would be armed due to her
history and made no effort to help her while waiting for first responders,
Pinkson charges the defendants severally with assault, premises liability,
negligent hiring and supervision, and intentional infliction of emotional
distress. The lawsuit includes documentation of Seaton's criminal record
obtained from the court.
seeks arrest of security guards in DeKalb mall beating A trio of mall
security guards caught on video punching a 15-year-old boy are scheduled to be
in a DeKalb County courtroom Monday for a probable cause hearing that could
bring criminal charges. The video, uploaded on YouTube in late June soon after
the incident, generated outrage but no arrests. The guards were suspended
without pay and no longer work at the Mall at Stonecrest in Lithonia, mall
officials said at the time. The victim and his friends had reportedly been told
to leave by the guards because they were unaccompanied minors. A verbal
confrontation followed, and a witness who recorded the skirmish on her cellphone
said she saw one of the guards throw the first punch.
Fraud Alert: August is the Prime Month for Debit Card Skimmer Thieves
Thieves employing debit card "skimmers" at the pump find August-peak driving
season nationwide-lucrative for fraud, ripping off distracted drivers. Skimmer
devices are advertised for sale on Internet online criminal forums for about
$1,500. The United States is the prime location for thieves to skim cards
because American credit and debit cards are not "EMV-compliant" by containing an
embedded global chip.
Montreal, CN: Shots fired during failed Garda Armoured truck Robbery in
Île-Bizard Garda employees fired shots at a man attempting to rob
their truck just after midnight in Île-Bizard Monday. The guards were at a
Laurentian Bank on Jacques-Bizard Blvd. when a man approached them with a
firearm. The guards immediately drew their weapons and fired toward the man, who
fled to a nearby vehicle. Montreal police are searching for at least one suspect
but do not have a description.
Augusta GA: Thieves steal 14 guns from Augusta's Cabela's Outpost
More than a dozen handguns were stolen early Sunday after thieves broke into
Cabela's Outpost. At 2:44 a.m., deputies responded to an alarm activation. They
saw two large concrete stones which were used to smash a glass window, according
to an incident report. Both a sheriff's K-9 and helicopter unit were called to
the scene, but no suspects were found. In all, 14 handguns were stolen, police
say, with a value of nearly $5,000.
Modesto, CA: Armed Robber hits GameStop
Modesto police responded to an armed robbery at a GameStop on Plaza Parkway on
Saturday afternoon. Modesto police Sgt. Jerry Ramar said a man entered the
video-game store with a handgun and told patrons inside to get on the floor.
East Memphis, TN: Burglars smash their way into Target; thousands in electronics
stolen Investigators with the Memphis Police Department are looking
for suspects involved in robbing a Target store on Colonial on Sunday. A
representative with Target assisted on the scene and went through video
surveillance, which showed that the suspects broke into the store at 1:51 a.m.
and left the store at 1:54 a.m., when they triggered the alarm. The suspects
broke a display case and stole 21 headsets and a Samsung 32" TV, police said.
Four cash registers were also damaged during the burglary and an undisclosed
amount of cash was taken.
Indianapolis, IN: Simple changes could lower robbery rate
"Indiana: A State That Has the Most Pharmacy Robberies in the Nation." As a
slogan, it's not as catchy as "A State That Works." But something needs to be
done to focus Hoosiers' attention on a truly dangerous situation. As The Journal
Gazette's Chris Meyers reported, the number of armed pharmacy robberies is up
nationally, to 382 for the first five months of this year. Indiana, which has
had one of the nation's worst records for several years, is No. 1, with 68
robberies. The number of robberies has far outpaced last year, when Indiana had
78 robberies for the entire year.
Man accused of taking upskirting photos of at least 15 women shopping in Oregon
24-year-old Tualatin man is accused of taking upskirting photos of at least 15
women at the Washington Square Mall in Tigard Saturday afternoon. According to a
news release from Tigard Police, two young girls reported they saw a man
positioning a phone under women's skirts at the H&M store.
NY Post: Why the rich feel entitled to shoplift
A surprising number of customers helping themselves to five-finger discounts in
Manhattan are wealthy - and they feel their big spending entitles them to free
stuff, retail workers tell The Post.
Kim Richards Not Hospitalized Following Shoplifting Arrest
A source close to the former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star told ET
exclusively that she was out and about Los Angeles on Saturday. "Regardless of
what is going on with her medically and mentally," the source said, "she is not
currently locked up." Richards was arrested for allegedly shoplifting more than
$600 worth of toys from a Target in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley.
UK: Six people charged with robbery in Jewelry Store raid in Norwich
Six males have been charged with robbery following a raid on a jewellery store
in Norwich city centre on Wednesday last week. The robbery took place at the
Winsor Bishop jewellery store on London Street shortly after 10:50am. The
incident was caught on camera by passers-by, some of whom tried to tackle the
robbers as they made their escape on mopeds.
UK: Sainsbury's working with Police on cracking down on "significant' rise in
liquor thefts Expensive bottles of spirits including brandy have been
stolen by thieves from its stores in Stourbridge and Kidderminster. Police are
urging people who are offered cheap bottles of alcohol for sale in the towns to
report offenders. Bosses have been working with police to step up security at
the stores, in Sandringham Way, Amblecote, and in Carpet Trades Way,
Eight sentenced in $24 million fraud ring; stealing tax refunds from Solders
"These conspirators abused their access to government and private databases to
steal thousands of identities, including those of soldiers deployed in
Afghanistan, and filed false tax returns seeking over $20 million in fraudulent
Two men busted hitting Orlando Mall with 30 fake
credit cards - shopping spree hitting numerous stores
Reno Home Depot shoplifter fires small caliber gun
during apprehension - no one was hit
Montgomery Twp, PA: Chick-fill-A Employees'
half-cooked Robbery scheme went afoul
Helzburg Diamonds in the
Northtown Mall, Blaine, MN hit with a Diamond Switch
Helzburg Diamonds in the Antelope Valley Mall, Palmdale, CA the victim of a Grab
Aloha Island Mart- Honolulu, HI - Armed Robbery
AT&T - Huntington Beach, CA - Burglary
Boost Mobile - Slidell, LA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Houston, TX - Burglary/ ATM Theft
Circle K - Springfield, IL - Armed Robbery/ Murder
CoGo - Pittsburgh, PA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Somerset, PA - Robbery
Family Dollar - Macon, GA - Armed Robbery
Family Video - Beloit, WI - Armed Robbery
GameStop - Modesto, CA - Armed Robbery
Golden Burma - Buffalo, NY - Burglary
Han-Dee Hugo's - Raleigh, NC - Burglary
Little Caesars - West Jordan, UT - Armed Robbery
Metro PCS - Jackson, MS Armed Robbery
Mid Town - Omaha, NE - Burglary
Pilot - Danville, VA - Armed Robbery
Quik Fil - Uniontown, PA - Armed Robbery
Rite Aid - State College, PA - Robbery
Sunoco - Uniontown, PA - Armed Robbery
Turkey Hill - Wilkes-Barre, PA - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Oak Lawn, IL - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Desloge, MO - Burglary / 2nd this year
7-Eleven - Rochester, NY - Armed Robbery
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Territory Asset and Profit Protection Manager for In-Home North Region 820 for
Sears Holdings Corporation.
Jeremy Cross was named Area
Loss Prevention Manager for Bed Bath & Beyond.
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Regional Loss Prevention Manger - Northeast for The Swatch Group (U.S.) Inc.
Jerry Volpe was promoted to
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Break Through by Providing Helpful Advice, Not Rules While giving
commands certainly catches people's attention, there are other ways you can get
someone to work on a project or go about their tasks in a different way. Instead
of giving orders, try giving guidance in the form of a "how-to."
Measuring Employee Morale in the Organization With meetings, projects
and a company to run taking up most of your focus, it's important not to forget
to pay attention to your employees' morale. Keeping tabs on the general mood of
the workplace is critical to maintaining happiness and productivity.
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you know you will end up where you want to be, no matter the costs.
Expect the best
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The Ridiculous Myth That Ego Can Ever Be Left at the Door
Our ego-denial is not only ridiculous but makes us behave stupidly at work. Real
life tells us that at work almost everything is ego - and science tells us the
same. There are two studies that present two very basic truths.
The first shows how everyone routinely overestimates their own role.
Psychologists from Harvard and the University of Chicago asked academics who
co-wrote papers to estimate what percentage of the work each was responsible
for; added together the estimates came to an average of 140 per cent. A similar
study with MBAs produced a similar result. Our egos make us think we are more
important than we are, or, as the academics put it, there is an "egocentric bias
in responsibility allocation".
The second study, carried out by psychologists at Harvard, proves another truth:
everyone adores talking about themselves. In the experiment people were given a
choice: they could either answer questions about their own opinions for a small
financial reward, or, for a larger reward, could answer questions about someone
else, like Barack Obama. Most people were happy to forgo extra money, so long as
they could hold forth on their favorite subject: themselves.
The surest way to win in the ego game is to allow the other person to go on
about their life and opinions, while you laugh and ask questions as appropriate.
There are two laws about egos. The first is that they inevitably get bigger as
people get more successful and more senior. The second is that not all egos are
the same. Some you can see, and some you can't.
The visible sort of ego, the kind that throws its weight around, is the most
tiresome. But the silent sort, that tricks you into thinking it isn't there, is
the most dangerous.
Editor's Note: I ran across this article and just had to include it in
today's Tip column because quite frankly it's something we must all be aware
of in all of our interactions. Even those that are merely part of our daily
routines as they tend to have the most impact over time. Just a thought.
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