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Interpol Battles Bitcoin Crime With Own Cryptocurrency
No matter how hard mainstream bitcoin enthusiasts work to give the digital
currency a good name, there's always going to be another bitcoin criminal to
slander its reputation. And with more transactions going online - bitcoin
included - it's getting harder to keep up with the pace of cybercrime. That's
why INTERPOL created an international anti-cybercrime center to develop its own
digital currency to help battle crime that's committed using cryptocurrencies
like bitcoin. Known as the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI), which
opened last month in Singapore, the facility marks the organization's first
foray into an official center to research cybersecurity issues. INTERPOL also
plans to use its own technology to develop a digital currency to be used for
testing purposes. Because bitcoin, digital currency and cybercrime matters are
getting increasingly more difficult to tackle for authorities, having help from
the private sector might generate some real-world solution to tackle the
security matters that impact both the private and public sectors.
Consumers using e-commerce to shop the world
UPS' most recent "Pulse of the Online Shopper" survey, conducted by comScore,
says that the web continues to break down borders worldwide. Among respondents
who said they make at two or more online purchases in a typical three-month
period, 24% went to sites outside their home countries to shop-and half those
sites were in the United States. In the U.S. 54% of shoppers have bought from a
foreign site. UPS says that shipping across borders is set to explode in the
next five years, growing to $330 billion by 2020 from $80 billion in 2014.
Fraudsters increasingly use credentials stolen from data breaches
Digital identities are being exploited on a routine basis by sophisticated
cybercriminals, a new study shows. The report unveils that increasingly
sophisticated attackers were increasingly targeting diverse data sets to
effectively stitch together consumers' credentials. And new account creation
continued to be at high risk as fraudsters use stolen credentials harvested from
massive breaches. Further, fraudsters were either replaying stolen identities
using proxies, device and location spoofing to cloak a true digital identity or
piggy-backing on top of users' session with malware or man-in-the-middle
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"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
Vegas, NV: Declined debit card at Toys R Us leads to ID theft ring
Toys may be more than child's play, according to the U.S. Postal Service. A
purchase at Toys R Us helped to bring down this ID theft ring. "He went to use a
fraudulent credit card at a Toys R Us," said U.S. Postal Inspector Adam Fascio.
"The purchase was declined; however, I guess he really liked what he was buying
because he took out his personal debit card and bought the goods anyway." Postal
inspectors were able to link the declined card and the personal debit card to
track the ID thieves. Chase Bank recognized a pattern of fraudulent accounts
being opened. "Someone was opening up credit cards and taking over people's
existing credit card accounts," Fascio said. The credit cards linked to those
accounts were being sent to the same New York address. "Turned out that it was a
vacant apartment," Fascio said. "However, this particular building, to get in,
you needed an electronic ID card." From surveillance tape, investigators were
able to identify two of the three suspects in this case. Sixty victims had their
accounts compromised, with more than $60,000 in damages.
Olympia, WA: Police nab $17,000 shoplifting suspect hitting 3 Home Depot stores
Olympia Police arrested a 30-year-old Lakewood man last week after he allegedly
attempted to steal more than $2,000 in merchandise from the Home Depot on Fones
Road. Michael Charles Laughlin, who has since made an appearance at Thurston
County Superior Court, faces charges of second-degree robbery and retail theft
with extenuating circumstances. Laughlin and an accomplice also are accused of
attempting to steal nearly $17,000 in merchandise from Home Depot stores in
Tumwater, Gig Harbor and Federal Way, according to Olympia police.
Grandville, MI: Four busted in $8,000 Cabela's ORC Investigation
The leader of a group who stole from Cabela's and quickly returned the pilfered
items for gift cards to support heroin habits was sentenced today to prison.
Over the course of three weeks, they stole an estimated $8,000 in merchandise,
which was then returned to Cabela's for in-store credit, court records show.
More than 45 gift cards were then sold to area pawn shops or on the streets,
netting the group about $3,900. Gift cards were sold for 50 cents on the dollar,
court documents show.
MA: Three wanted for Theft/ Robbery/ and Assault at Nordstrom; $2,000 in
merchandise stolen Police are looking for three suspects who are
accused of stealing earrings from a store at the South Shore Plaza. On Saturday,
the suspects entered Nordstrom and stole several pairs of earrings according to
police. While being watched by loss prevention, the first suspect approached the
loss prevention associate assaulted and threatened to shoot him. After the
assault, the three suspects remained inside the store and continued to steal
clothing valued over $2,000.
Athens, GA: 75 pairs of Sexy Cheeky panties stolen from Victoria's Secret in the
Georgia Square Mall An employee of Victoria's Secret at the Georgia
Square mall reported shoplifters on Saturday stole 75 pairs of Sexy Cheeky
panties altogether valued at $1,087, Athens-Clarke County police said. The
panties were stolen from a two-tiered display table, police said, the top level
of which provided concealment for the thieves as they cleaned out the bottom
tier. The same thieves are thought responsible for a similar theft that occurred
at the store two weeks earlier.
AL: Foley Police said that shoplifting arrests over the weekend have led to more
charges from other recent theft cases They believe one suspect was
involved in three separate thefts from Walmart stores totaling more than $5,000.
They're asking for your help identifying some of his accomplices. Police said
more than $2,500 worth of stolen merchandise was taken from the store and was
recovered. About $800 worth of goods was recovered from the Gulf Shores store.
As the investigation continued, police found reason to tie Lee to another
shoplifting case on August 8, 2015 where more than $2,000 in merchandise was
Hudson, WI: Two men wanted for Burglary and Grab & Run thefts at Verizon stores
Hudson Police were first called at 5:28 p.m. Saturday to Verizon
Wireless for a report of a stolen tablet. Two hours later the same suspects
showed up a different Verizon location, but did not enter the store. At 4:40am
Police responded to a burglary alarm at that same Verizon store. The front door
glass was smashed and wireless speakers from a display were stolen.
Terrell, TX: Police observe 3 unloading a Walmart cart at Waffle House;
recovered $800 in stolen merchandise "The officer observed two males, an
adult and a youth, and a female behind the Waffle House unloading a Walmart cart
full of merchandise", Capt. Sansom said. "The officer made contact and began a
routine investigation into their suspicious conduct," he said. "The adult
subjects both showed active warrants. After officers reviewed Walmart's
surveillance system, Police determined that the juvenile played an active role
in the theft. Both adult suspects were arrested for organized retail theft.
Davie, FL: Home Depot employee charged with Burglary of nearly $6,000 of
merchandise Seven break-ins that happened in July and August were
recorded on store surveillance videos and showed a man scaling a garden
department fence or items being tossed over it while the store was closed.
Davidson Sylne, 31, of Fort Lauderdale, a father of three young children, told
Davie police he committed the thefts because he "needed the money," police said.
Stolen merchandise included power washers, drills and other products valued at
$5,997. On Sunday, officers and K-9 arrived at the store at 12:18 a.m. to
investigate an alarm and found Sylne hiding in the garden department, where a
bag of tools valued at $930 were in a garbage bag next to a fence, according to
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NC: Fatal shooting at Check Cashing business could be linked to earlier shooting
Police are searching for the suspect in a fatal shooting at Mr. Pawn Check
Cashing in Raleigh. They said the case is likely related to another shooting
earlier in the day. The suspect has been sighted in the Brentwood area. The
victim was identified as the store owner, 64-year-old Thomas Melvin Durant.
Police said the suspect was seen getting into a blue BMW. They said the car is
similar to one used in a shooting earlier in the day on New Bern Avenue.
Johannesburg, SA: Two Armed Robbery suspects killed during raid on Armored Car
at Clearwater Mall Two suspected robbers are believed to have been
killed in a shootout with police officers during the failed robbery of a
cash-in-transit vehicle at Clearwater Mall‚ west of Johannesburg‚ on Tuesday
Jewelry Store Robberies - Dallas Task Force Helps Put Violent Criminals Behind
Bars Two Texas men who committed violent jewelry store robberies in
the Dallas/Fort Worth area were recently sentenced to lengthy prison terms
thanks to an FBI-led task force that helped bring them to justice. The case is a
classic example of local and federal law enforcement officers working together
to make their communities safer. For a seven-month period between 2013 and 2014,
Michael Demon Jackson and Mark D. Whitfield robbed numerous jewelry stores at
gunpoint, in part to feed their heroin habits. Last May, after pleading guilty
to the crimes, Jackson was sentenced to 594 months in federal prison, just shy
of 50 years. In June, Whitfield received a 309-month prison term.
The pair targeted jewelry stores in shopping malls without good security and
where female sales clerks worked alone. Whitfield would enter the store
pretending to be a customer interested in making a purchase. When the clerk
opened the display case, Jackson came in brandishing a gun. He would push the
clerks to the ground, put the gun to the back of their heads, and threaten to
kill them," said Noe Camacho, a Dallas Police Department detective on the task
force. "It was very traumatic for the victims."
West Hempfield, PA: Three Kmart employees charged with felony theft
West Hempfield police made three arrests on Aug. 27 stemming from multiple
thefts over the course of several months at a Lancaster Kmart. Police said
Adiaris Diaz-Alvarado, 31, of Lancaster, Carman M. Kaylor, 39, of Columbia and a
16-year-old girl from Columbia, have been charged with various felonies as a
result of the arrests. The suspects stole merchandise over a three-month period
as well as under-ringing merchandise totaling more than $5,000 in loss to the
Bridgeport, CT: Man pleads guilty to the 2014 Smash & Grab Stamford Jewelry
store Robbery; $250,000 in Rolex Watches Brian Moore, pleaded guilty
before a U.S. District Judge in Bridgeport for his role in a smash-and-grab
robbery of a Stamford jewelry store in November 2014. On Nov. 26, 2014, three of
Moore's accomplices, armed with hammers, entered Sidney Thomas Jewelers, in the
Stamford Town Center Mall, during regular business hours. The accomplices used
the hammers to smash open a jewelry display case and removed more than $250,000
worth of Rolex watches. The three then fled, one of Moore's accomplices, Richard
Mathew Bailey, was caught and apprehended inside the mall while fleeing.
12 Busted by Somerset County Prosecutor's Office in Alleged 'Gypsy Travelers'
Scam Ring An affidavit from March alleges that the group, known as
"Gypsy Travelers" who are frequently of Romanian or Eastern European descent, is
a criminal racketeering enterprise that targeted the elderly and others for
theft through deceptive conduct. Authorities allege that phony slip-and-falls
were staged at a number of businesses throughout the Tri-State area. The total
amount of the fraudulent claims exceeded $150,000.00 of which the defendants
netted approximately $36,000.00 from the scheme, authorities said. While many of
the claims were denied by weary insurance adjusters, other claims were
negotiated and settled, authorities said.
Greenville, NC: Two men arrested in fake bomb scare at Greenville, Mall
Officers say 19 year old Matthew Jonna-Lloyd Ross and 21 year old Scott Nelson
Reynolds, told shoppers there was a bomb in the building and videotaped the
encounter to get their reactions. Officers responded to a call at 3 Monday
afternoon and were told that three men were approaching people in the mall. The
third person was interviewed and released. Ross and Reynolds each face one
felony charge of Making a False Bomb Threat one charge of Felony Conspiracy.
They were booked into the Pitt County Detention Center Monday evening.
Durant, OK: Lowe's Arsonist sentenced to Probation
A man from Mead, OK who was accused of setting a fire at Lowe's in March while
he had his 5-year-old child with him, has been sentenced. Korey Lee Marx has
been sentenced to seven years probation, for first degree arson and endangering
human life during arson.
Baltimore, MD: Howard County Police strike against Tractor Trailer theft ring
With the conviction of a Brooklyn Park man on theft and burglary charges last
week, prosecutors said that the Howard County Police Department has put a major
dent in a tractor trailer theft ring that operated in Howard and surrounding
counties. At the conclusion of a four-day trial last week, a jury convicted Adam
Gensler, Sr., 32, on one count of theft over $100,000. In July, a Glen Burnie
man was also convicted of similar charges. Police caught the two men
"red-handed" in the waning hours of July 12, 2014. In the days leading to the
theft of a tractor trailer loaded with potatoes from the parking lot of Capital
Produce Company. Yaeger told the jury that Gopshes stole the tractor trailer in
Jessup and drove it to a secluded industrial lot in South Baltimore, where
Gensler and others could strip down the expensive rig, valued at over $100,000,
for its tires, parts and scrap metal.
MO: Burglar wearing a blue unitard and cowboy boots breaks into Subway
A burglar wearing a blue full-body unitard and cowboy boots broke into a
Missouri subway but left empty handed after failing to crack open a safe. Nevada
police are still searching for the suspect who forced his way through a
drive-thru window at the restaurant around 3.45am last Sunday. Surveillance
video captured the would-be thief during the burglary as he came through the
window and for several minutes desperately tried to open the safe. At one point,
the suspect repeatedly kicks the handles on the safe before eventually leaving.
Credit card skimming continues to run rampant in
Jackson, TN: Aloha Pools employee charged with
$10,800 theft of property
Boardman, OH: PetSmart employee charged with felony theft, $4,200
Vineland, NJ: Walmart associate charged with theft of over $1,700
Stamford, CT: Woman jailed on robbery charge after grappling with Lord and
Moscow, ID: Man found dead behind Tri County Outfitters store
Naples, FL: Man attempts to steal $500 worth of wine and a backpack from Walmart
Fairfield, CT: Police Arrest NY Man for 2012 Grab & Run Theft of a $30,000 Rolex
Henry C Reid Jewelers
Sheboygan, WI: Man arrested in Grab & Run jewelry theft at Memorial Mall; Police
recover several rings from unknown stores
Kay Jewelers in the Stoneridge Mall, Pleasanton, CA, on August 21, the store was
the victim of an Armed Robbery
Fred Meyer Jewelers in Portland, OR was the victim of a Grab & Run on Saturday,
merchandise valued at $11,695
Zales in Tulsa, OK was hit Sunday afternoon with a Grab & Run, merchandise
valued at $2,669
AM/PM - Vancouver, WA - Armed Robbery
Boost Mobile - Loudoun Co, VA - Robbery
BP - Detroit, MI - Armed Robbery/ 1 killed
Castle Rental and Pawn - Harrison, AR - Burglary
Circle K - Oklahoma City, OK - Robbery
Cold Stone Creamery - Arlington, VA - Burglary
Dollar & Extra - Arlington, VA - Burglary
Dollar General - Wichita Falls, TX - Burglary
Dollar General - Jones Co, MS - Armed Robbery
Dollar Tree - Levittown, NY - Robbery
Domino's - Platteville, WI - Robbery
Get 2 Go - Fort Wayne, IN - Armed Robbery
Giant Food - Lake Ridge, VA - Armed Robbery / PNC Bank
Kwik Serve - Sparks, NV - Armed Robbery
Moto Mart - Murphysboro, IL - Armed Robbery
OB Cellular - Pembroke Pines, FL - Burglary
Parker City Pharmacy - Seguin, TX - Burglary/ 3rd this year
Pizza Hut - Corpus Christi, TX - Armed Robbery
Raceway - Tremont Twp, PA - Armed Robbery
Shell - Strongsville, OH - Armed Robbery
Shopko - Spokane Valley, WA - Theft/ Robbery
Subway - Grand Rapids, MI - Armed Robbery
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