of Alaska Organized Retail Crime Alliance
By Detective Jackie Conn, AKIAC/APD
I am a Detective with the Anchorage Police Department (APD) in
Anchorage, Alaska. I started as a patrol officer in January 1997. When I
responded to shoplift calls, I started to notice how much information Loss
Prevention Officers (LPO) had about theft suspects. I realized this information
was not being shared with law enforcement. In September 2007, I became a
detective in the Theft Unit. I was told there had been a meeting in the past
with Law Enforcement (LE) and LPO's in order to share information and this
meeting was organized by a Loss Prevention Manager (LPM) of a local store. After
several months of not having a meeting occur, I asked my sergeant if I could
start a meeting and he agreed.
On November 13th, 2008 we had our first meeting. The meetings were held monthly
to share information about the prolific retail theft suspects that had been
identified and also share surveillance pictures of who had not been indentified.
I was receiving so much information from LPO's; I ended up mainly having a case
load of retail theft cases. I kept stats for the first 3 years, until I
transferred out of the Theft Unit. In that time period, I handled over 75 cases
of retail theft. In those, over 100 people were arrested with more than 300
criminal charges. Even though I have changed positions at the APD, I still
continue to facilitate the LPO and LE partnership. The partnership has proven
beneficial to the private retail companies and LE.
The benefits of having an LE and LPO partnership go beyond the arrests for
thefts. As many of you know, the people committing retail thefts are often the
same people committing other crimes such as robberies, assaults, and homicides.
I have been able to use the knowledge I have gained through working with LPO's
to help in several of these types of crimes. For example, I was able to help
with two homicide cases by informing the case detectives about vehicles and
associates of the suspects involved. This information was given to me by LPO's
reporting a theft because they had stolen from a store a few days prior to the
homicide. In a separate case, I was able to solve a shooting within a few hours
of it happening because of prior knowledge I learned through a past retail theft
case I investigated.
There are several LPO's I have worked with closely since the first meeting. All
of the cases I have investigated with retail theft would not have happened prior
to this partnership with LPO and LE. LPO's have also helped us with locating
people with outstanding warrants. There are times I send out information about
people LE is looking for and when LPO's see the person come into the store, they
call APD. In fact, I was told from a source, that they heard some inmates
talking about a local store having facial recognition software because every
time they walk into the store, they get arrested. They really don't have facial
recognition software. We just share information so they can help with finding
people with warrants or to know who to watch for a potential theft.
There are many cases we have worked on together, that would have never happened
without the partnership we have with LPO and LE. One that comes to mind was a
big case started by an LPO with Sportsman's Warehouse. Because he followed up on
some information a customer gave him and he passed that information on to me, we
eventually ended up seizing well over $10,000 worth of stolen merchandise from
the suspect's garage. He was known in his neighborhood for having great garage
sales. The neighbors just didn't know it was all stolen property. This had been
going on for years and we were able to end it.
At the beginning of our partnership we mostly communicated through the monthly
meetings and email. Now we have also added a website for LE and LPO's to share
information: Alaska Organized Retail Crime Alliance (AKORCA). Another detective
and I help to administer the AKORCA website. This website allows LPO's to notify
all AKORCA members regarding an incident immediately and provides a conduit for
retailers to communicate directly. We also continue to meet with LPO's
quarterly. There are other agencies who often participate in our meeting.
Agencies such as the District Attorneys Office, the Municipal Prosecutors
Office, Juvenile Justice, banks, and Probation Officers. Usually 20-50 people
attend the meetings. The sharing of information is imperative to the success of
this partnership. I look forward to continuing this successful partnership and I
would recommend a similar partnership to other LE and LPO's.
Death blow to federal ORC law? Can we even get the remaining 20 States to pass
ORC laws with this new push?
Police Leaders Join Call to Cut Prison Rosters & Change Court Rulings - Calls
Out Shoplifting Crimes Specifically
More than 130 police chiefs, prosecutors and sheriffs - including some of
the most prominent law enforcement officials in the country - are adding their
clout to the movement to reduce the nation's incarceration rate.
Asserting that "too many people are behind bars that don't belong there," the
officials plan to announce on Wednesday that they have formed a group to push
for alternatives to arrests, reducing the number of criminal laws and ending
mandatory minimum prison sentences. Members of the group are scheduled to meet
Thursday with President Obama. The group includes the police chiefs of the
nation's largest cities, including William J. Bratton of New York.
But the group, Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration,
represents an abrupt public shift in philosophy for dozens of law
enforcement officials who have sustained careers based upon tough-on-crime
The organization will release a report on Wednesday. "With momentum for criminal
justice reform accelerating, we want to leave no doubt where the law enforcement
community stands: We need less incarceration, not more, to keep all Americans
safe," the group said.
The organization is counting on its members' more than 1,000 years of law
enforcement experience to help persuade the public, courts and members of
Congress and state legislatures to roll back tough laws and rigid judicial
practices that have built a criminal justice system with one of the highest
incarceration rates in the world and costing $80 billion a year to maintain.
Police departments and district attorneys have a great deal of discretion when
it comes to making arrests and filing charges for minor crimes. But because
the public and government officials demand zero tolerance for crimes like
shoplifting and possession of small quantities of drugs, such offenses continue
to be prosecuted and often come with jail sentences.
The organization says its proposals will not hinder the ability of law
enforcement to arrest and prosecute people who have committed violent acts or
other serious crimes.
The law enforcement officials point out studies showing that more than
one-third of prison and jail inmates have mental health or substance abuse
problems, and are often in jail for crimes like drug possession and shoplifting.
The law enforcement officials said they would press Congress and state
legislatures to reclassify some nonviolent felonies as misdemeanors and to
eliminate some petty offenses from criminal codes. These changes, they said,
would allow them to focus resources on those who have committed serious and
Dead & 13 Others Injured in Thrift Store Collapse - "a tragic day that will
always be etched in the memory of the city of Philadelphia."
Mixed Verdict for Contractor in 2013 Philadelphia Thrift Store Collapse While
Employees & Customers Were Shopping
A demolition contractor was convicted Monday of six counts of involuntary
manslaughter in the 2013 collapse of a Salvation Army thrift store in
Philadelphia's downtown that killed six people and injured 13 others. A portion
of a four-story building that was being razed fell onto the neighboring thrift
store while employees and customers were inside on June 5, 2013.
Mr. Campbell was also convicted of 13 counts of recklessly endangering another
person, one count of causing a catastrophe and one count of aggravated assault.
A woman who was trapped in the rubble lost both of her legs. Prosecutors say Mr.
Campbell could receive a 91-year prison term when he is sentenced in
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined the
contractors nearly $400,000 after the incident. The agency said it found
"egregious" safety violations, including the alleged removal of structural
support, leaving unsupported walls that crushed the thrift store. Editor's Note;
Safety is oftentimes the neglected step child of Loss Prevention and this
incident along with the continued audit findings of blocked fire exits and
overstock being piled too high in backrooms are constant reminders of why we all
need to keep focused on safety in our stores across North America. Certainly it
would seem only logical that a contractor and the city would notify all adjacent
buildings and retailers of any demolition being done close by, but in this case
obviously the contractor failed to do so and six deaths were the result.
Cargo Thefts Decline in Q3 in North America to $22.5 million from $45.8 million
during the same period last year, according to CargoNet
There were 213 cargo theft incidents from July to September, a 23% decline from
the same time in 2014. Despite the decline, theft of cargo from trucks parked
along the sides of roadways increased 144%. Truck-stop theft dropped 60%,
according to the company. "We advise carriers to avoid leaving their trucks
along the roadside - especially in Florida and California, where roadside thefts
were highest," CargoNet said in a statement.
Cargo theft declined 43% in California but was still the area of the country
with the most thefts. New Jersey had the second most cargo theft with 30
reported, but total thefts there dropped 73%, the largest decline.
In the third quarter, food and beverage theft increased 20%, thefts of
household items, including appliances, dropped 74%, and electronics thefts
declined 45%. The company said the decline in electronic thefts is abnormal
since "electronics are usually a desired item that's easy to sell for a high
Calif. Watchdog Sides with CVS Cashiers in Requiring Suitable Seating While
Working - State Supreme Court Case
This Could Have State Wide Impact on providing seating for all cashiers long
California's top labor watchdog on Tuesday said that whether a worker requires
seating is dependent on looking at particular tasks and not the job as a whole,
siding with workers in suits against JPMorgan and CVS for which the state high
court sought the agency's advice.
The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement submitted the amicus brief after the
California Supreme Court asked the agency to weigh in on implementation
of key parts of the century-old seating standard. In the filing, the DLSE says
the requirement is a minimum workplace standard that needs to be applied with an
eye on the nature and characteristics of tasks in a particular position, which
runs counter to the holistic approach that JPMorgan Chase Bank NA and CVS
Pharmacy Inc. both called for previously.
The DLSE said that the "nature of the work" must be looked at flexibly and, when
appropriate, be evaluated for the particular duties or tasks of an employee
where the seating standard may apply.
Wal-Mart puts the squeeze on suppliers to share its pain as earnings sag
Suppliers of everything from groceries to sports equipment are already being
squeezed for price cuts and cost sharing by Wal-Mart Stores . Now they are
bracing for the pressure to ratchet up even more after a shock earnings warning
from the retailer last week.
On Wednesday, Wal-Mart stunned Wall Street by forecasting that its earnings
would decline by as much as 12 percent in its next fiscal year to January 2017
as it struggles to offset rising costs from increases in the wages of its
hourly-paid staff, improvements in its stores, and investments to grow online
sales. This at a time when it faces relentless price competition from Amazon.com
Inc , dollar stores and regional supermarket chains. Keeping the prices it pays
suppliers as low as it can is essential if it is to start to claw back some of
this cost hit to its margins. channelnewsasia.com
Yesterday's NRF Holiday Shopping Report - Bad News for Retailers - 'Shoppers not
spending, shifting online'
The Biggest Omni Xmas Ever - It'll be a Smartphone Driven Consumer
A survey of nearly 7,300 consumers indicates that average spending per person
this year will be essentially flat with the prior year, increasing about .04% to
$806 compared to $802 last year. That is the highest amount in the survey's
14 year history but the marginal increase - should it prove accurate - is
disappointing news to retailers and contradicts an earlier NRF forecast. The
trade group projected in early October that total holiday sales would increase
by 3.7% to $630.5 billion and online sales would increase between 6% and 8% to
represent $108 billion, or a little more than 17% of the total. The forecast of
3.7% growth was based on various economic factors and released while the
consumer research was ongoing Oct. 5-13.
The consumer research also revealed what most retailers already know - this
will be the most omnichannel Christmas ever. The survey found that 21.4% of
smartphone owners will use their device to purchase holiday merchandise this
year, the highest seen since NRF first asked in 2011. Additionally, more will
use their smartphone to research products (37.9% vs. 35.8% last year) and to
look for a way to connect with a retail store by looking up retailer information
like store hours and directions (28.4% vs. 26.9% last year). One in five (20.3%)
will specifically use their smartphone to look up product availability in a
Lowest Forecast Yet - ShopperTrak reports 2015 holiday season will see only 2.4%
increase from last year & Shopping Earlier
The analytics firm predicts that Black Friday 2015 will surpass Black Friday
2014 due to the shopper who is motivated by sales and exhibits a growing
tendency toward shopping earlier. In addition, an early Hanukkah, which begins
10 days sooner this year than last, will generate November sales at the expense
of December. Here's what ShopperTrak sees as the high-volume shopping days
this holiday season:
1. Nov. 27 - Black Friday
2. Dec. 19 - Super Saturday
3. Dec. 26 - Day after Christmas
4. Dec. 12 - Second Saturday before Christmas
5. Nov. 28 - Saturday after Thanksgiving
6. Dec. 20 - Sunday before Christmas
7. Dec. 5 - Saturday after Cyber Monday / First Saturday in December
8. Dec. 21 - Monday before Christmas
9. Dec. 13 - Second Sunday before Christmas
10. Nov. 29 - Sunday after Black Friday chainstoreage.com
FBIC Group Forecast U.S. Holiday 2015 spending to rise between 3% and 4% over
2014 levels - between $626 billion to $633 billion
Holiday Hiring 'Shifting Away From Stores and Into the Warehouses'
- Amazon to hire 100K for the holidays, up 25% from last year
Amazon plans to hire 100,000 people for the holidays, a 25 percent jump from
last year that reveals a shift in the way we shop. The online retailer said
Tuesday that it will be hiring across the country for jobs in its fulfillment
and sorting facilities. The Seattle company recently hired more than 25,000
people for regular, full-time positions. "It used to be that the bulk of holiday hires would be in
customer-facing positions on the sales floor and behind the cash register, said
CEO said John Challenger. "These extra workers would also help pick up the slack
in the backroom, helping to receive and stock increased deliveries. Now, as more
and more shopping is completed online, the holiday hiring is shifting away
from stores and into the warehouses." Wal-Mart is hiring 60,000 holiday
employees, Target about 70,000 and Macy's 85,000, which are all about flat
compared with last year. Kohl's his hiring about 2,000 additional workers. J.C.
Penney and Toys R Us are hiring fewer, while GameStop is hiring about 12 percent
more workers. Amazon.com Inc. has more than 90,000 full-time employees at its
more than 50 fulfillment centers and 20 sorting facilities in the U.S.
Implements New Whistleblower Training Program for Investigators - Focused on
Improving Whistleblower Protection Program
Recent audit conducted by Inspector General (OIG) concluded that the training
provided to OSHA whistleblower complaint investigators could be improved in
material respects. It found that the absence of an official training directive
combined with complex statutes, policies and procedures created an environment
where training was lacking.
On October 8, 2015, OSHA responded by detailing an official and mandatory
training program to ensure nationwide consistency with respect to the training
provided to investigators. Investigators will now be required to complete a
Whistleblower Investigation Fundamentals course during the first year of the
investigator's career. In the second and third years, investigators will be
required to complete technical courses focusing on: Interviewing techniques;
Written communication and report writing; Legal concepts; and Whistleblower
complaint resolution and settlement negotiations.
Former Korn/Ferry Recruiter Convicted for Stealing Trade Secrets & Violating
Computer Fraud and Abuse Act - Database Info of Candidates
It's about time recruiting firms databases are protected and treated as 'Trade
Former Korn/Ferry International recruiter David Nosal urged the Ninth Circuit on
Tuesday to reverse his conviction for stealing trade secrets and violating the
Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, arguing that gaining access to a computer through
a willingly provided password doesn't constitute hacking under the CFAA.
After Nosal left Korn/Ferry and started a rival recruiting business, he lost his
ability to access the company's databases. Instead, he asked another employee to
look up information and provide it to him, court records show. "Is there any
doubt that the company had rescinded Nosal's permission?" Judge McKeown asked.
Jenny Ellickson with the U.S. Department of Justice argued that the statutory
definition of trade secrets is information that derives independent value from
not being generally known or accessible to the public. Korn/Ferry's client lists
qualified, and the jury agreed, she argued.
This isn't the first time Nosal's case has gone before the Ninth Circuit. The
federal government hit Nosal with a 20-count indictment in 2008, including
multiple violations of the CFAA after he convinced three of his former staffers
to access the company's proprietary database and take lists of candidates he
wanted for his new company. Following a two-week trial in April 2013, a
California federal jury found Nosal guilty of six remaining charges against him.
Prospective Employees Consider Corporate Reputations
A survey of 1,012 U.S. adults by Corporate Responsibility Magazine and Cielo
Healthcare found 86% of women who responded said they wouldn't join a company
with a bad reputation, compared with 65% of men. And 92% of men and women said
they would consider leaving their present jobs to join a company with an
Director of Global Security, VF Corporation, reporting into legal department, in
The primary responsibility of the Director of Global Security is to develop,
implement, direct and manage cost-effective security programs, policies,
procedures and processes to protect the company from internal and external
threats to its people, businesses, information and reputation. This is the most
senior executive position in the Corporate Security Department with global
Today, VF is an $12 billion apparel and footwear powerhouse, with an incredibly
diverse, international portfolio of brands and products that reach consumers
wherever they choose to shop. VF is more than the world's largest apparel
company. We're a dynamic, global powerhouse with $12 billion in annual revenues,
over 30 dynamic lifestyle brands and approximately 57,000 associates working in
locations across the globe. Our brands are sold in more than 150 countries
through 47,000 retailers in all channels of distribution, from mass to
department to specialty retailers. In addition, we own and operate more than
1,100 retail stores. Many of our brands also sell products directly to consumers
over the Internet.
Editor's Note: This may be their first actual corporate effort that came to the
market looking for an external executive.
Over a dozen active shooter drills scheduled across the U.S. over the next week
- probably the fastest mobilization effort yet
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$1M fraud reported by owners of Cabot Creamery
The PayPal North American Global Asset Protection
Investigations team assisted the US District Attorney's Office in Virginia with
their investigation into the affairs of Ronald Rup. Rup, the former head of
technology at Agri-Mark's office in Montpelier, will plead guilty to wire fraud
in connection with the theft of at least $1 million from the company that owns
Cabot Creamery, federal court records show. Rup is accused of purchasing
unneeded property for the company and converting the items to his own use or
selling them and pocketing the proceeds, according to court records.
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ALERT - Homemade Dual-Chip Credit Cards Used to Hack Chip-and-PIN Systems
French computer security researchers have
published a paper detailing a unique case of credit card fraud in which
criminals outsmarted chip-and-PIN systems with a seamless chip-switching trick
using a slip of plastic that's almost indistinguishable from a normal credit
card. Five French citizens were arrested in 2011 and 2012 for using a clever
workaround to spend nearly 600,000 euros (about $680,000) from stolen credit
cards in spite of the cards' chip-and-PIN protections. Acting on a hunch and
based on research carried out by Cambridge University scientists, the French
researchers suspected that the fraudsters managed to cram two different chips
inside the stolen credit cards. Analysis using X-Ray imagery and a closer
look at the credit card chips' electrical activity proved they were right.
According to their research paper, the French hackers bought FUNcard chips,
and using glue, they managed to attach them on top of the original, stolen
credit card chip. When a transaction would be initiated, this dummy chip
would interfere with the normal payment processing operation, but only when the
PoS terminal would "ask" the credit card (original) chip if the entered PIN was
correct. The dummy chip would slip in between the PoS terminal and the original
chip, and answer "Yes," allowing the transaction to go through. This was a
classic MitM (Man in the Middle) attack but carried out in a medium where you
wouldn't normally guard against one. Forensic researchers note that the
vulnerabilities used by the French fraud they analyzed have since been fixed -
at least in Europe - though they declined to fully detail the new security
CSO, Chief Security Officer's salaries expected to sky rocket - CSOs will range
from $140,250 to $222,500 in the New Year
2016 may emerge as the year of the chief security officer, as another new study
reveals that pay for CSOs is rising faster than most every other IT job.
According to the 2016 Technology Salary Survey released this month by
Robert Half Technology, top CSOs can now expect to earn just under a quarter
million dollars in base pay. To be more specific, salaries for CSOs will
range from $140,250 to $222,500 in the New Year. This represents an average
pay increase of 7.0 percent, the fourth highest in the entire salary study. Only
wireless network engineers (at 9.7 percent), big data engineers (at 7.5 percent)
and data security analysts (at 7.1 percent) will see larger pay hikes.
CSO pay increases will also be significantly higher than other IT executives
in 2016. According to the Robert Half study, the percent of salary increase
in the top ranks of IT will be 4.9 percent for CIOs; 5.2 percent for CTOs; 5.1
percent for vice presidents of IT; 5.1 percent for technology directors; and 4.9
percent for IT managers.
Most CISOs tend to make between $175,000 to $225,000, with a 25 percent bonus
potential, and strong equity package ($25,000 to $75,000 annually); though
larger (Fortune 100) clients and major financial firms can pay upward of
$300,000," Borre says. Adding greatly to a CSO's earnings potential is their
experience with security incidents.
Also putting pressure on CSO salaries is simple supply and demand, and smart
CSOs know they hold the upper hand. There is a shortage of talent with
industry-specific knowledge, so employers are willing to offer extremely
competitive compensation and benefits packages to recruit and retain these
But the good news doesn't stop at the CSO level. There is plenty of bounty to
go around in the IT security ranks. Taken as a whole, IT security jobs have
the highest pay increase percentage heading into 2016 of any IT job group.
"Security will continue to be a major driver of hiring, as security is
continuing to remain at the forefront of the minds of business leaders." csoonline.com
"It doesn't matter how much money you spend - you're still going to get
Addressing the (ISC)2 conference in Munich, David Jacoby challenged delegates to
cast aside any sense of complacency they had about security, warning the
audience that their management had to relies that it didn't matter how much
money companies were going to spend on security technology ,they were still
going to get compromised.
And furthermore it was becoming harder to detect whether the increasing
number of attacks were successful. He also added, somewhat ominously, "Often we
have no idea about these vulnerabilities. We know what we should do but we
[typically] don't do it." Jacoby also voiced a strong opinion on the general
approach to dealing with incidents which he said was often a process of going
back to square one. Mainly because of the tendency, said, the research, to
"sometimes just fix everything.
Groups Slam Bid To Use Cybersecurity Bill To Expand CFAA
A coalition of privacy groups and security experts on Tuesday bashed a U.S.
senator's bid to tack proposed revisions to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
onto a controversial cybersecurity information-sharing bill, saying that the
maneuver would change the law in "dangerous and unpredictable ways." law360.com
EMV Credit Cards 'Overwhelming' for Small Retailers
A gift shop owner told Congress today that making the change to
chip-and-signature credit cards has been "overwhelming" for many small
businesses and that owners are disappointed that without PINs they are being
pressured to make an expensive investment without receiving the full level of
security that could be provided.
Lipert testified today on behalf of the National Retail Federation before the
House Small Business Committee during a hearing on how Europay MasterCard
Visa cards will affect small businesses. The hearing follows this month's
deadline set by the card industry for merchants to install chip-card readers or
face increased fraud liability if a chip card is used in a non-chip reader.
Lipert said a key concern is that the EMV cards being issued by banks in the
United States are chip-and-signature cards rather than the chip-and-PIN cards
used in virtually all other countries where EMV cards are used.
publish chip-and-PIN fraud report, $680,000 stolen by clever crooks
The underlying flaw has been fixed, but the incident proves that criminals will
always find a why to commit crime. In a research paper published by the École
Normale Supérieure University in Paris, France, and the Centre Microélectronique
de Provence (CEA), researchers outlined the forensic analysis they conducted on
evidence used in a fraud case four years ago.In 2011, a banking group in France
noticed that a dozen stolen EMV cards were being used in Belgium. Given that the
use of EMV, or chip-and-PIN, is supposed to prevent fraud, the bankers launched
an investigation. Law enforcement eventually tracked the criminals down, but not
before they were able to steal 600,000 euros ($681,600) with 40 forged cards by
conducting 7,000 fraudulent transactions. Read how they did it.
Report: Target continues internal IT focus with $1B investment and 1,000 new
global technology jobs
The switch to DevOps falls under Target's broader $1 billion effort to
revitalize its technology infrastructure. Among the benefits DevOps offers is a
reduction in need for IT outsourcing, which has also been a major focus
of Target this year. In addition, Target plans on hiring 1,000 new global
technology workers. 500 IT workers at its Minneapolis headquarters and 500 at
its technology facility in Bangalore, India. The retailer wants to bring
technology development in-house to better take advantage of proprietary
knowledge and applications.
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Want to be a Senior Leader?
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Bob Oberosler, Group Vice President, Asset Protection, Rite Aid, has
traveled several times throughout the U.S. for his career, worked seven days a
week building an LP program from scratch and spent more hours than he can count
taking on extra projects and responsibilities to help him advance in his career.
If there's an executive who's paid the price, Bob is it. In this LPNN interview,
Bob shares just what it takes to be a senior leader in the LP industry. From
volunteering for extra tasks at work to choosing a house you can resell quickly,
learn the things executives don't always think about when moving up in an
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Majority of online shoppers are afraid of being hacked while buying online
According to a study conducted by IT company Experian, 73% of respondents fear
having their identity stolen when using personal banking websites. About
two-thirds of the more than 1,000 US adults surveyed said they have that fear
when shopping online. Almost half of all survey respondents said they are
taking more security precautions than they did previously to prevent identity
theft. Still, the survey found, they are not taking some simple measures that
can make a big difference to their security. For instance, more than 50% do
not check for an icon of a lock to see if a website is secure; 50% do not
password-protect their smartphones; 55% do not close the web browser when they
are finished using an online account, which is necessary to prevent some
types of hacks; and 15% keep a written record of passwords and PINs in their
wallet or on a mobile device or computer. Despite these security fears, it
appears there will be little effect on the volume of online activity going
forward, as a full 80% of survey respondents said they would like to be more
connected than they already are.
7 Tips to Reduce e-Commerce and Retail Fraud over the Holidays
Holidays are a critical-and fun--time for e-commerce store owners. The holiday
season gives merchants a chance to showcase new products and services that can
increase their bottom lines. Sales generated during this period also generally
contribute to the bulk of a company's annual revenues. However, the holidays can
also be scary for store owners considering the amount of theft and chargeback
disputes that happen during the period. It is estimated that retailers are one
and a half times more susceptible to consumer chargeback fraud during the
holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year's. To protect profit margins,
business operations and overall reputation, merchants should follow these seven
simple steps to minimize chargebacks during the holiday season.
Plan for the Big Event: Before the holiday season starts, have an
internal meeting well in advance with all departments including marketing,
fulfillment, customer service and operations to keep them aware of the
promotions and of the company's sales projections.
Be Vigilant about Fraud Orders: Fraudulent orders will affect the bottom
line of a retailer, since they lead to consumer dispute and revenue loss most of
the time. Implement a strong fraud management protocol and review all the orders
being placed online.
Monitor News for Trends that Increase Fraud: Criminals will continue to
search for the soft underbelly of commerce to continue their fraud. This means
that online Card Not Present (CNP) is expected to increase significantly as
fraud shifts online. E-commerce and retail businesses whose livelihood depends
solely on online financial transactions may be the most significantly impacted.
Read the other four steps
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Real ORC Founding Fathers - The Mafia in Long Island
Even the Mafia back in the 70's & 80's from "Goodfellas" movie about the '78
Lufthansa Heist - were committing ORC
Vincent Asaro, who is now on trial in Brooklyn in connection with the holdup
outside a terminal at Kennedy International Airport on a December night in 1978.
They made off with $6.25 million in cash, as well as the jewelry and German bank
notes. The Lufthansa heist, one of the biggest cash robberies in United States
history, went unsolved for decades.
In announcing the indictment of Mr. Asaro and several others last year, federal
prosecutors said they had finally been able to pursue the charges against the
men after developing several cooperating witnesses within the ranks of organized
crime, including Mr. Valenti.
Despite a movie (Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas") a book (Nicholas Pileggi's "Wiseguy")
and a library of articles about the robbery, neither Mr. Asaro, who has pleaded
not guilty, nor Mr. Valenti had been widely linked to the crime. Little of the
money was ever recovered.
The prosecution is something of a coda to an era when the Mafia was a more
visible, and more violent, force in New York City, and Mr. Valenti's remarks
took the courtroom back to those times. Mr. Valenti, a cousin of Mr. Asaro's,
spoke of his long history with the defendant and recounted not only the
Lufthansa scheme but also other feuds, crimes and escapades.
There was the holdup of a truck full of minks, which turned out to be a truck
filled with bras and shoes from Filene's Basement.
Queens Apple Store worker steals nearly $1M in gift cards from employer: DA
A worker at a Queens Apple Store ripped off nearly $1 million in gift cards
from his employer, according to the Queens District Attorney's office.
Prosecutors said Ruben Profit, 24, tried to turn his own tidy profit by using
his tech skills to change the value of American Express and Visa gift cards, and
then used those to buy $992,000 worth of gift cards from the Apple Store in
Queens Center Mall.
When cops picked up Profit, he had 51 of the manipulated credit cards and
seven Apple gift cards valued at $2,000 each on him, authorities said.
Investigators said he told them he was selling the gift cards for $200 a pop
to another individual. The alleged fraud began in July. Profit was arraigned
Friday on charges of second-degree grand larceny, first-degree criminal
possession of a forged instrument and third-degree criminal possession of stolen
Operation: Seattle, WA: Police busts Beacon Hill couple with $150,000 of stolen
merchandise; purchased from shoplifters
Seattle police recovered more than 400 pairs of denim, not to mention other
items such as perfume, toiletries, purses and shoes - all of which are believed
to have been initially stolen, then purchased by a Beacon Hill married couple at
downtown open-air markets. Seattle police recovered 1,590 items, with a total
retail value of $150,000 from their home in Beacon Hill. Police also found
stolen loot in a storage locker rented by the couple. Most of the items came
from downtown retail locations. The Seattle Police Department reports that they
had an eye on the suspects - a 63-year-old man and a 58-year-old woman - since a
sweep through downtown in April as part of its 9.5 half blocks campaign.
Detectives have since been building a case on the couple who they believe had
been buying shoplifted goods at five-finger-discounts. Police said that the
couple would place orders for items, which shoplifters would then steal for
them. Detectives believe that the couple is responsible for "a significant
amount of trafficking in the downtown core."
Atlanta, GA: Five men headed to prison in stolen ink cartridges;
hitting Office Max and Office Depot
Prosecutors believe the men, who were members or associates of the Broad Street
Boys gang in Atlanta, intended to use the stolen ink cartridges to produce
counterfeit money. "On twelve different occasions," officials said in the
statement, "one or more co-conspirators entered a retail store, filled large
garbage bags with ink cartridges from store shelves, and then fled without
paying." Those cartridges, prosecutors said, were sold to a fence. The fence,
identified as Jeffrey Chijioke Enujioke, 30, of College Park, used his
legitimate business at Atlanta Metro Mall as a front to move the stolen
property, according to the statement.
Falls, ID: Police bust up an Organized Retail Crime Ring
Back in July a Loss Prevention worker for Home Depot passed along information to
the Twin Falls Police Department about a possible Organized Retail crime
operation. Meanwhile, in August, 29 year old Jeana Amero was interviewed while
in custody at the county jail. She told police how she and Michael Pulizzi would
steal items from stores, like Target, Walgreens and Harbor Freight. They would
steal dvd's from Albertsons then turn around and sell them to Hastings. One of
the schemes this group was running, is they would find receipts in the parking
lot Wal-Mart, enter the store, take those items off the shelf and walk up to the
return counter expecting to get cash. They would also come to the Home Depot,
find an expensive item such as a saw and replace the price tag with something
much cheaper. The two researched UPC codes to find matching codes from different
stores. Then they'd steal an item from one store and return it to the other. At
J.C. Penney, Sears, K-Mart and Macy's they stole clothing for personal use.
Amero also told police that Pulizzi would steal items for other people and sell
it to them for half the ticket price. Amero was arraigned Monday and her bond
has been set at $50,000.
Wayne, IN: Shoplifter hits Macy's 6 times
getting away with thousands in merchandise
Police were called to the Macy's store at Glenbrook Mall on Tuesday on a report
of a theft of clothing. There, store loss prevention associates told police a
man had walked in and gathered 13 items of clothing - some $1,000 worth - and
ran out of the store. The associates said the suspect is one they have been
looking for months, accused of similar heists over the last eight months. Police
believe the same suspect and an accomplice were behind similar thefts of
clothing from Macy's on Sept. 6, May 11, March 18, March 9 and Feb. 12 in which
the suspect and the accomplice commonly piled stacks of designer brand polo
shirts and other high-dollar items and walked out of the store; merchandise
totaling over $5,600.
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Richmond, VA: Parking lot Altercation leads to Shooting at Food Lion
On Tuesday, around 6 p.m., Police responded to a call for shots fired at a
Richmond Food Lion. Police said a fight broke out and a man was found shot
between the Family Dollar store and the Food Lion in the 5600 block of Hull
Street. He has been transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries,
according to police. The shooting took place in the parking lot where
unsuspecting witnesses saw and heard the altercation unfold.
West Lubbock, TX: Employee injured during shoot out
with Robbers at Gun Store
Three armed men wearing ski masks exchanged gunfire with a gun store employee
during a robbery Tuesday afternoon in West Lubbock. One employee at Fred's Gun
Emporium was shot in the ankle and fired shots back at the robbers during the
incident that happened around 4:30 p.m., said Lubbock police Lt. Ray Mendoza.
The employee was transferred with non-life-threatening injuries to University
Medical Center. The suspects got away with money and several other store items,
Mendoza said. He did not give any additional details about the stolen
Palm Springs, FL: Man critically wounded in shooting in front of Walmart
A shooting is under investigation in Palm Springs. Police say the victim,
identified as Moises Gomez, is being treated for life-threatening injuries at
Delray Medical Center as the result of multiple gunshot wounds to his torso. The
shooting happened in front of a Walmart store near 10th Avenue and State Street.
One lane of traffic is blocked by crime scene tape. The road block has traffic
backed up all the way to Interstate 95. Police say they are searching for the
person who fired the shots.
Las Vegas, NV: 6 Person Flash Rob hits local convenience store
Police are seeking six people in connection to a convenience store robbery in
the east end of the Las Vegas Valley. According to Las Vegas Metro police, the
group entered the store near Nellis Boulevard and Sahara Avenue on Sept. 27. One
of the three women in the group jumped over the counter and demanded cigarettes.
The woman struck the clerk several times while also trying to take merchandise
in the store, police said.
Folks, ND: Kmart burglary leaves puzzling clues
Grand Forks police are investigating an early morning break-in at Kmart. Police
responded to reports of a burglary around three-thirty Tuesday morning. Someone
allegedly made off with a significant amount of merchandise from the store.
Video inside the store showed one person wearing a hooded sweatshirt. Employees
are going through inventory to figure out just how much was stolen.
Investigators are puzzled because they say there was no sign of forced entry
into the store. It is possible the suspect hide in the store after closing.
MT: Big Lots fire believed to be Arson; Police find "person of interest'
The two persons of interest have been located. Identities have not be revealed.
The Helena Fire Department and Helena Police Department responded to a fire in
the Big Lots store on Prospect Ave. this Sunday. Officials said the small blaze
had already been put out with fire extinguishers by store staff and patrons.
Through the investigation, it was determined that the fire was intentionally
set. The store was open and occupied at the time. No one was injured.
Warr Acres, OK: Video released of Suspect in a $40,000 Jewelry store Burglary
A burglar stole about $40,000 worth of luxury jewelry from a Warr Acres store
and police are asking for the public's help in finding him. The burglary
happened between 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 12 in the 5700 block of Northwest
Greenville, NC: Robinson Jewelers releases surveillance
tape of 3 caret Diamond heist
Around noon on Monday, a man walked into Robinson Jewelers on Red Banks Road and
asked about upgrading an engagement ring he had previously purchased. Police say
the man was sitting down and looking at rings with an employee, when he suddenly
stood up and ran out of the store with a 3 karat diamond ring in his hand. It
had a diamond oval center surrounded by a ring of smaller diamonds and an 18
karat white gold band.
Meriden, CT: Middletown man charged in Hannoush Jewelers Store Robbery:
merchandise valued at $33,000
Joseph Hill, 31, was taken into custody on a warrant Monday. He was charged with
first-degree larceny and third-degree larceny. About 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 3,
Police responded to Hannoush Jewelers in the Westfield Meriden Mall after
receiving a report of a stolen engagement ring. Two hours earlier, Hill was in
the store looking at rings. A sales associate told Police that she was showing
Hill two rings. When she turned around to look at a calendar, one of the rings
fell off the counter. Initially, she thought the ring had fallen between display
cabinets, the warrant says. Hill left his contact information with the associate
and told her to call him when she found the ring. Store surveillance footage
showed that Hill knocked the ring over himself, picked it up and put it in his
pocket before leaving.
Las Vegas, NV: Police involved shooting at stripe
mall: Police say suspect wanted to die
Harrisonville, MO: Social media helps nab man believed to have shot a Phillip 66
clerk during robbery
Owasso, OK: Police Department Facebook page helps nab Felony Shoplifter from
Nashville, TN: Employee accused of stealing from Military Surplus Store
Augusta, GA: 2 men sought after Armed Robbery at Walmart
Waldorf, MD: Jared in the Waldorf Marketplace was the
victim of a Grab & Run Tuesday evening, merchandise totaling $1,895
Clarksville, TN: Police conduct active Shooter training at Movie Theater in
Governor Square Mall
UK: Fireworks worth over $12,000 stolen from
Bakersfield Paint - Bakersfield, CA - Burglary
Casey's General - Columbia, MO - Robbery
CVS - Wilmington, NC - Armed Robbery
CVS - Plymouth, NH - Robbery
Dollar General - Painter, DE - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Pelion, SC - Robbery
Dollar General - Delhi Twp, OH - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Richmond, VA - Shooting
Family Video - Madison, WI - Robbery
Grocery Outlet - Petaluma, CA - Armed Robbery
Pit Stop - Riverton, WY - Armed Robbery
Quick Meds - Oxford, AL - Robbery
Rite Aid - Bakersfield, CA - Armed Robbery
Royal Farms - Anne Arundel Co, CA - Armed Robbery
The Hazy Hippo - Loveland, CO - Armed Robbery
T-Mobile - Hemet, CA - Burglary
Walgreens - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery
White River Bait - Bedford, IN - Burglary
Wooden Camera - Burbank, CA - Burglary
YSI Mini Mart - Meriden, CT - Burglary
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