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Joseph Trance, LPC, CFI named Director of Asset Protection for Goodwill Industries of Dallas

Before being named Director of Asset Protection for Goodwill Industries of Dallas, Joseph spent more than five years with Stage Stores, most recently as Director - Facilities & AP Services for nearly a year, and previously as Regional Asset Protection Manager (three years) and Market Asset Protection Manager (two years). Earlier in his career, he spent seven and a half years with Macy's, first as a Loss Prevention Manager then as a District Manager of Investigations. Congratulations, Joseph!

Mike Rackley promoted to Senior Director of North America Retail Operations for Nike

Mike has been with Nike for nearly eight years, starting with the company in 2013 as Global LP Director. Before his promotion, Mike served as Sr. Director Global Retail Development & Operations for two years, Sr. Director Retail Operations Risk & Control for a year and a half, and Sr. Director Global LP & Compliance for over a year. He's also held other AP and security related positions such as Chief Security Officer for Apollo Group and Director of Global Security for Target. Congratulations Mike!

William Chambers, CFI promoted to Senior District Loss Prevention Manager for Sephora

William has been with Sephora for nearly 10 years. Before his promotion to Senior District Loss Prevention Manager, he served as District Loss Prevention Manager since 2011. Earlier in his career, he spent eight years with Stein Mart as Area Loss Prevention Manager, seven years as a Detective with Big Bear, and five years as a Detective with Schottenstein's. Congratulations, William!

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Sensormatic Solutions Newest SuperTag 4 Helps Retailers Maximize Sales,
Reduce Shrink

Unique tag design & SMaaS integration offer next generation protection for high-value merchandise

Johnson Controls, the global leader for smart and sustainable buildings, today announced that Sensormatic Solutions, its leading global retail solutions portfolio, unveiled its next generation, best-in-class SuperTag - the SuperTag 4. With its unique design, SuperTag 4 offers retailers the highest level of anti-theft protection to date, and it is now commercially available for purchase.

SuperTag 4 features new patented technology that incorporates the highest level of defeat resistance thus far. Available with or without RFID technology, the SuperTag 4 proves highly effective when attached to apparel targeted by Organized Retail Crime (ORC) rings.  Read more in today's Vendor Spotlight below.

Johnson Controls releases new victor Application Servers for scalable video management

Zebra Global Shopper Study:
Pandemic Accelerates Technology Spending Plans for Six-in-10 Surveyed Retailers

Zebra Technologies Corporation, an innovator at the front line of business with solutions and partners that deliver a performance edge, today revealed the results of its 13th annual Global Shopper Study.

Zebra's annual study found shoppers expect a seamless experience between stores and online and are increasingly placing orders online because of desired product availability, resulting in a surge of ecommerce orders with nearly 60% placing an order in the last three months. With more than one-fifth of shoppers returning an item purchased online, 57% of store associates are feeling significantly challenged by these returns. Out-of-stocks also remain a challenge and 41% of shoppers say this is the top reason for leaving stores without a purchase. This is followed by long checkout lines (32%) and an inability to find items (31%) both representing a marked increase from last year.

Safety now part of in-store experience
Consumer and associate confidence can be increased when precautions or safety measures are put into place. Currently, there is a sizable trust gap between retail decision-makers, shoppers and associates when it comes to health and safety. While approximately 90% of decision-makers think shoppers and associates trust them to make health and safety a priority, only 65% of shoppers and 77% of associates agree. Nearly two-thirds (67%) of shoppers are concerned with surface sanitation or social exposure in stores, and 59% of shoppers prefer stores with contactless payment options. Seven-in-10 associates say social distancing/contact tracing apps would allow them to provide a better customer experience. Read More Here

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Protests & Violence

Mass Dismissal of Protest Arrests
Why Charges Against Protesters Are Being Dismissed by the Thousands

More than five months after protests on police brutality began across the U.S., thousands of cases are finally landing in courts, with a vast majority of cases against protesters now being dismissed. Only cases involving more substantial charges like property destruction or other violence remain.

Prosecutors called the scale of both the mass arrests and mass dismissals within a few short months unrivaled, at least since the civil rights protests of the early 1960s. With the police detaining hundreds of people in major cities, the arrests this year ended up colliding with the limitations of the court system.

In the aftermath, prosecutors declined to pursue many of the cases because they concluded that the protesters were exercising their basic civil rights. Cases involving free speech or free assembly rarely succeed in court, according to prosecutors across the country, and the coronavirus pandemic also played a role in the decision. A wave of thousands of minor cases threatened to capsize courts already floundering under hefty lockdown backlogs.

There was also the recognition that law enforcement officers often use mass arrests as a technique to help clear the streets, not to confront illegal behavior.

For those handling the cases, the task has felt Sisyphean. "Every day I would think I was done and the next morning there would be 50 or 100 cases to tally," said Mary Ellen Heng, a deputy city attorney for Minneapolis. So far the city is pursuing about 75 of 666 cases. nytimes.com

Fairfield, CA: Chaos at City Council: 9 Arrested Following Protest
Over Hiring of Officer Accused Of Badge Bending

Nine people were arrested Tuesday during a Fairfield City Council meeting while protesting the hiring of a former Vallejo officer who was involved in a fatal shooting and accused of badge bending. Badge bending is an alleged secret ritual where a police officer bends the top of their badge to signify a killing.

Cell phone video from inside the meeting shows officers placing people in handcuffs walking them outside. Most were protesting the hiring of officer Dustin Joseph, who was involved in the shooting death of Mario Romero in September of 2012 in Vallejo. The officer is also part of an outside investigation into alleged badge bending. According to Fairfield Police Chief Deanna Cantrell, the department wasn't aware of the badge bending investigation prior to the officer's hiring. cbslocal.com

Denver security companies who hired unlicensed guard may lose licenses
Denver's Dept. of Excise and Licenses said Monday that it has grounds to revoke or suspend the licenses of two security companies that the city said arranged for an unlicensed security guard who has subsequently been charged with second-degree murder following the fatal, Oct. 10 shooting of a man at dueling Denver rallies.

The two companies - Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations and Isborn Security Services - will defend their licenses at separate hearings, both scheduled for Dec. 8. An independent hearing officer will listen to testimony and evidence from the Denver City Attorney's Office, witnesses, investigators and the licensees. 9news.com

Pictures: Chicago's shuttered storefronts left in limbo

Chicago's Mayor Turns City's Infrastructure Into Weapons Against Protesters

CA Wildlife Center collects used plywood from boarded-up stores for animal enclosures

COVID Update

US: Over 11.8M Cases - 256K Dead - 7.1M Recovered
Worldwide: Over 56.7M Cases - 1.3M Dead - 39.5M Recovered

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 225   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 145
*Red indicates change in total deaths

CDC Urges Americans Not to Travel for Thanksgiving
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday recommended Americans against traveling for Thanksgiving to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Dr. Henry Walke, CDC's Covid-19 incident manager, said there is "no more important time than now for each and every American to redouble our efforts to watch our distance, wash our hands and, most importantly, wear a mask."

"CDC is recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving period," he said. "For Americans who decide to travel, CDC recommends doing so as safely as possible by following the same recommendations for everyday living."

Walke added that the
CDC is concerned "about the transportation hubs." He said he's worried people won't be able to maintain social distancing while waiting in line, for example, to board busses and planes.

"One of our concerns is that
as people over the holiday season get together, they may actually be bringing infections with them to that small gathering and not even know it," he said, adding that 30% to 40% of spread is driven by people without symptoms. cnbc.com

Business Insurance for the Next Pandemic
New York retailer asks Congress to approve Pandemic Risk Insurance Act

A New York City gift shop owner testifying on behalf of the National Retail Federation today called on Congress to approve legislation that would help businesses obtain insurance coverage for future pandemics.

Ann Cantrell, owner of Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store in Brooklyn, testified today before the House Financial Services Committee during an online subcommittee hearing on the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act. Developed with input from NRF and sponsored by Representative Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., the legislation is modeled on the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, which was enacted after the attacks of September 11, 2001, made it difficult for businesses to obtain insurance coverage against acts of terrorism.

The new measure would require that insurance companies offer business interruption policies that cover pandemics but would create a federal backstop program that would reimburse insurers when claims related to a pandemic or epidemic exceed $250 million nationwide.

Covered businesses would have to demonstrate that they had suffered significant business interruption with a sharp decline in revenue. Coverage would also be required for large gatherings, ranging from sporting events to concerts to conventions, that are canceled.
The program would cover only future pandemics, not claims from the current COVID-19 pandemic, and would be capped at $750 billion. nrf.com

Virus Cases Rise, but Hazard Pay for Retail Workers Doesn't
With coronavirus cases rising across the country, retailers are preparing for another rush from shoppers worried about new lockdowns and pandemic shortages. But many retail workers, heralded as heroes during the first wave of the pandemic, are not being provided with the same level of bonuses and raises this time, even as the health risks for them increase. Even as some companies have announced new hazard pay in recent days, some industry observers say many retailers are not sharing enough of the profits they have earned during the pandemic with their workers, but are instead benefiting shareholders through stock buybacks.

Amazon, which said last month that its quarterly profit had increased nearly 200 percent, ended its $2-an-hour pay raise for workers earlier this year and then provided a pandemic-related bonus in June, but a spokeswoman said no new hazard pay was planned.

Walmart, which reported another big increase in quarterly sales on Tuesday, had paid a series of special cash bonuses, but the company has not raised wages broadly as a way to reward workers during the pandemic.

The grocery chain
Kroger offered raises at the start of the pandemic and bonuses through mid-June, but those have ended. Employees nationwide have staged protests outside stores asking Kroger to reinstate the pay, especially given its booming business - sales are soaring, and it recently said its 2021 business results "will be higher than we would have expected prior to the Covid-19 pandemic." This week, the company told workers that they would receive discounts at its fuel centers and a $100 store credit as a "holiday appreciation." nytimes.com

COVID vaccine logistics to start as sprint, turn into marathon
About 40 million doses of two leading COVID-19 vaccines could be available for nationwide distribution by the end of December, with similar amounts metered out each month afterward in a carefully synchronized manner to ensure all jurisdictions have a predictable supply, Operation Warp Speed officials said at a press conference Wednesday.

Vaccine candidates from Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) and Moderna (NASDQ: MRNA) are expected to soon be authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after the companies this week said they were effective 95% of the time at preventing coronavirus symptoms.

The federal task force coordinating the nationwide immunization campaign has been working closely with jurisdictions to learn where they want vaccines to be shipped. Distribution is scheduled to begin within 24 hours of FDA authorization.

"The governors and the states will figure out the plan and we are ready to execute as we've been working on for six months, doing numerous tabletop exercises and now extending it into actual rehearsals of how to move the product from fill finish sites to distribution centers down to actual administration sites," Army Gen. Gus F. Perna, chief operations officer of Operation Warp Speed (OWS), said. freightwaves.com

Bribing Anti-Vaxxers?
Economist: Pay people $1,000 to take coronavirus vaccine & avoid 'a lot of angst'

While the initial wave of free vaccines will most likely go to the country's most vulnerable populations, reaching herd immunity to effectively slow the spread of the virus requires that about 70% of the population be vaccinated. How to ensure the U.S. reaches that level?

The idea of paying Americans to take the vaccine has been floated as a way to achieve that 70% goal. Robert Litan, an economist who served in President Clinton's administration, first proposed that the government spend $275 billion to pay Americans $1,000 each to reach 80% herd immunity in August. At that time, the prospect of a more than 90% effective vaccine seemed far fetched. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he would "settle" for a vaccine that is 70% to 75% effective.

Paying people $1,000 to take the coronavirus vaccine is the price of returning to a "normal" post-pandemic life, Litan told Yahoo Finance. yahoo.com

NYC to Close Public Schools Again as Virus Cases Rise
New York City's entire public school system will shut on Thursday, signaling that a second wave of the coronavirus has arrived as the city is still struggling to revive from its devastating spring, when it was a global epicenter of the pandemic. The shutdown was prompted by the city's reaching a 3 percent test positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average, the most conservative threshold of any big school district in the country. Schools in the nation's largest system, with 1.1 million students and 1,800 schools, have been open for in-person instruction for just under eight weeks.

It was a major disappointment for Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was the first big-city mayor in the country to reopen school buildings. Moving to all-remote instruction will disrupt the education of many of the roughly 300,000 children who have been attending in-person classes and create child care problems for parents who count on their children being at school for at least part of the week. nytimes.com

As U.S. Reaches 250,000 Deaths From COVID-19, A Long Winter Is Coming

L.A. officials are unsure how or why COVID cases are skyrocketing. It's a huge handicap

Washington bar refuses to shutdown, holds dine-in peaceful protest

Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vaccine shows robust immune response among older adults


Fading From View?

Employees Question If Workplace Issues Corrected
Many former employees never contacted by lawyers

NY Times: Second Epstein Investigation Begins at Victoria's Secret,
but What's Changed?
An internal review started after Jeffrey Epstein's ties to the company were revealed has not produced any public findings. Some employees question whether workplace issues have been properly addressed.

It has been more than a year since L Brands, the owner of Victoria's Secret, said it was hiring a law firm to investigate its billionaire founder Leslie H. Wexner's close ties to the convicted sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein, but no findings have been made public and the review has seemed to fade from view.

Maybe a new law firm will fare better.

After Mr. Epstein's July 2019 arrest, revelations about his sweeping power over the retail magnate's fortune and how he may have used his link to the lingerie giant to prey on women prompted the company to swiftly declare that it had hired lawyers to conduct a "thorough review" of the matter.

The company enlisted Davis Polk & Wardwell, the white-shoe law firm that it had relied on for legal counsel for years, and that once employed Mr. Wexner's wife, Abigail. But nothing about the scope of the investigation has been released since, and many former Victoria's Secret employees, including two who had interacted with Mr. Epstein, said they were never contacted by lawyers. Continue Reading

U.S. House Passes Three Consumer Protection & Commerce Bills
"Protecting consumers from fraud, scams and abuse has long been one of this Committee's top priorities, and with the surge in COVID-19 related scams this year, that mission is more important now than ever,"

"Legislation passed today establishes critical new tools (database, new office, advisory group, FTC authority, reporting) in the fight against fraud - especially fraud aimed at seniors and other targeted groups - and will also ensure the American public is regularly updated on the effects of COVID-19 on home safety and the travel industry. And also coordinates and monitors state attorney general offices for enforcement activities.

H.R. 2610, the "Fraud and Scam Reduction Act"
H.R. 6435, the "Combating Pandemic Scams Act of 2020"
H.R. 8121, the "Pandemic Effects on Home Safety and Tourism Act"

2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season takes top spot for busiest on record
With less than a month remaining in the Atlantic hurricane season, the formation of Subtropical Storm Theta on November 10 and Hurricane Iota on the morning of November 16 made the 2020 season the most active on record.

Iota is the 30th named storm, the 13th hurricane, the 6th major hurricane (Category-3 +), and the first Category-5 storm of the record-breaking 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. It is also the latest-forming Category-5 hurricane on record. Additionally, 2020 is the 5th consecutive season where at least one Category-5 hurricane formed in the Atlantic basin, and the first time since 1932 where a Category-5 storm formed in November. securitymagazine.com

Starbucks is giving every barista in the US a raise,
but some workers demand more as $15 minimum wage looms

Starbucks is giving all employees at least 10% raises, which will roll out across the US by December 14, according to an internal memo viewed by Business Insider. In the memo, Rossann Williams, the president of Starbucks' company-owned US stores, said that the company is "making one of the most substantial investments in pay in our company's history."

However, some employees say that pay bumps are not enough, as they demand a $15 minimum wage across the US. President-elect Joe Biden has said it is necessary to raise the federal minimum wage to $15. businessinsider.com

Chains top list of employers with workers receiving government assistance
Walmart, McDonald's, Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Amazon, Burger King and FedEx are among the list of employers with the greatest number of employees receiving federal assistance through programs such as Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, commonly referred to as food stamps). The companies point to their roles as employers in further reducing the amount of people in need of governmental support. retailwire.com

LP & Compliance Listed Among 'Boring Jobs' That Pay Well
MSN: 20 'Boring' Jobs That Pay $100,000 or More

Loss Prevention Manager
Median annual salary: $105,610
Annual salary for top earners: $176,800

This role is centered around making sure a company's products always remain in the right hands - and that nothing gets taken without the customer paying first. Loss prevention managers are tasked with things like maintaining inventory control and investigating employee theft or other suspected shoplifting. They spend their days thinking about potential loss situations and strategies to prevent them.

Compliance Officer
Median annual salary: $67,870
Annual salary for top earners: $107,010

If you're passionate about following rules, take that whistleblower attitude and turn it into a career as a compliance officer. This "tattletale" role involves making sure everyone is in line with set standards, laws and regulations. The best compliance officers earn a hefty salary for their troubles and aren't likely to live paycheck to paycheck. msn.com

  Thank you to Dave Myers for this article submission.

Ahold Delhaize to buy online grocer FreshDirect

Hy-Vee to hire 10,000 across Midwest

Quarterly Results

Lowe's Q3 consolidated comp's up 30.1%, U.S. comp's up 30.4%, online sales up 106%, sales up 28.1%

L Brands Q3 comp's up 28%, net sales up 14.1%

BJ's Q3 comp's up 18.5%, digital sales up 300%, sales up 15.7%

Jack in the Box Q4 system comp's up 12.2%, full yr comp's up 4%,

SpartanNash Q3 comp's up 10.6%, sales up 3.1%

Shoe Carnival Q3 comp's up 0.9%, e-commerce sales up 150%, net sales flat

TJX Q3 consolidated comp's down 5%, net sales down 3.1%
  Marmaxx U.S. comp's down 10%
  HomeGoods U.S. comp's up 15%
  TJX Canada comp's down 7%
  TJX International comp's down 6%

Macy's Q3 comp's down 22%, online sales up 27%, sales down 20.2%

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Sensormatic Solutions Newest SuperTag 4 Helps Retailers Maximize Sales, Reduce Shrink

Unique tag design and SMaaS integration offer next generation protection
for high-value merchandise

Johnson Controls, the global leader for smart and sustainable buildings, today announced that Sensormatic Solutions, its leading global retail solutions portfolio, unveiled its next generation, best-in-class SuperTag - the SuperTag 4. With its unique design, SuperTag 4 offers retailers the highest level of anti-theft protection to date, and it is now commercially available for purchase.

"In the new retail reality, shrink is expected to rise due to economic conditions impacting loss," said Craig Szklany, vice president, global solutions management, Sensormatic Solutions. "Our SuperTag 4 is uniquely designed to give retailers powerful, business critical insights to help reduce both internal and external shrink. With integrated technology built-in the products, we're ensuring that our customer's merchandise is more protected than ever before."

SuperTag 4 features new patented technology that incorporates the highest level of defeat resistance thus far. Available with or without RFID technology, the SuperTag 4 proves highly effective when attached to apparel targeted by Organized Retail Crime (ORC) rings.

To obtain the greatest level of hard tag protection, SuperTag 4 is complemented by its own line of unique SuperTag 4 detachers. These power detachers can also be integrated with the Sensormatic Shrink Management as a Service analytics platform, allowing retailers to better understand detaching data, including insight into possible internal theft, associate training gaps and detaching activity.

As the product line expands, a dual-tech (AM /RFID) SuperTag 4 as well as an InFuzion SuperTag 4 (one-piece integrated pin) version will become available. The dual-tech SuperTag 4 combines the benefits of both inventory intelligence and loss prevention, while the InFuzion technology offers retailers overall time and labor savings associated with hard tag attachment and removal. Both upcoming new hard tags will help retailers boost operational efficiencies.

Other future capabilities for the SuperTag 4 family will include integration into a retailers' self-checkout solution, making the removal of the hard tag by a customer easy while still maintaining loss prevention measures in this high-risk area.

For more details on SuperTag 4, please visit here.





Europol EC3/Cybercrime Centre
Malicious Uses and Abuses of Artificial Intelligence

- Trend Micro Research
- United Nations Interregional Crime & Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)
- Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3)

New report finds criminals leverage AI for malicious use  - & it's not just deep fakes

Europol, UNICRI and Trend Micro uncover current and future threats of AI
and how to combat them

A jointly developed new report by Europol, the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and Trend Micro looking into current and predicted criminal uses of artificial intelligence (AI) was released today. The report provides law enforcers, policymakers and other organizations with information on existing and potential attacks leveraging AI and recommendations on how to mitigate these risks.

Read the full report: Malicious Uses and Abuses of Artificial Intelligence.

"AI promises the world greater efficiency, automation and autonomy. At a time where the public is getting increasingly concerned about the possible misuse of AI, we have to be transparent about the threats, but also look into the potential benefits from AI technology." said Edvardas Šileris, Head of Europol's European Cybercrime Centre. "This report will help us not only to anticipate possible malicious uses and abuses of AI, but also to prevent and mitigate those threats proactively. This is how we can unlock the potential AI holds and benefit from the positive use of AI systems."

The report concludes that cybercriminals will leverage AI both as an attack vector and an attack surface. Deep fakes are currently the best-known use of AI as an attack vector. However, the report warns that new screening technology will be needed in the future to mitigate the risk of disinformation campaigns and extortion, as well as threats that target AI data sets.

The three organisations make several recommendations to conclude the report:

harness the potential of AI technology as a crime-fighting tool to future-proof the cybersecurity industry and policing;

continue research to stimulate the development of defensive technology;

promote and develop secure AI design frameworks;

de-escalate politically loaded rhetoric on the use of AI for cybersecurity purposes;

leverage public-private partnerships and establish multidisciplinary expert groups; europol.europa.eu

Editor's Note: Serious about AI - Here's the most in-depth review of the criminal aspects we've seen.


Cybersecurity Leadership: '2020 Has Been the Perfect Storm'

CEOs and CISOs on the New Challenges to Securing Data

With COVID-19 as a backdrop and 5G on the horizon, what will be 2021's top issues in identifying, protecting and defending against attacks across a dramatically expanded threat landscape? This latest CEO/CISO panel addresses the challenges of the new year.

Participating in this latest panel discussion are:
CEOs: Mahmoud Abdelkader, VeryGoodSecurity
, & Anup Ghosh, Fidelis Cybersecurity.
CISOs: Joey Johnson, Premise Health
, & Rebecca Wynn, [24]7.ai

In this Cybersecurity Leadership panel discussion hosted by Information Security Media Group and CyberTheory, these CEOs and CISOs discuss:

● How 5G changes the game;
● Emerging technologies - and vulnerabilities;
● The new degree of difficulty for third-party risk management. govinfosecurity.com

CISOs say a distributed workforce has critically increased security concerns
73% of security and IT executives are concerned about new vulnerabilities and risks introduced by the distributed workforce, Skybox Security reveals. The report also uncovered an alarming disconnect between confidence in security posture and increased cyberattacks during the global pandemic.

Digital transformation creating the perfect storm
To protect employees from COVID-19, enterprises rapidly shifted to make work from home possible and maintain business productivity. Forced to accelerate digital transformation initiatives, this created the perfect storm. 2020 will be a record-breaking year for new vulnerabilities with a 34% increase year-over-year - a leading indicator for the growth of future attacks.

As a result, security teams now have more to protect than ever before. Surveying 295 global executives, the report found that organizations are overconfident in their security posture, and new strategies are needed to secure a long-term distributed workforce. helpnetsecurity.com

Microsoft Warns of Office 365 Phishing Attacks
Microsoft's Security Intelligence team is warning users of the Office 365 suite about an ongoing phishing campaign that appears to be harvesting victims' credentials.

The phishing emails, which are still circulating, use several techniques to bypass and evade secure email gateways, according to Microsoft's analysis. The fraudsters use social engineering techniques and timely subject lines as a way to lure victims into clicking the emails and inputting their credentials, which are then harvested.

"The campaign uses timely lures relevant to remote work, like password updates, conferencing info and helpdesk tickets," according to the report.

The evasion techniques, combined with heavy obfuscation of the malicious messages within the HTML code, are helping to make this phishing campaign difficult to detect. govinfosecurity.com

CNP inFocus: Trust & Safety thru Nov. 20
In the next CNP inFocus, we will explore Trust & Safety and specifically how fraud departments can work to change the perception of their efforts to protect their company as aligned with customer experience and growth objectives. Learn more







Pot on the Black Market
Medical marijuana grow licences exploited by criminals to sell weed on the illegal market, police say
A lack of oversight into who is growing medical cannabis and how much is being grown is
allowing criminals to sell pot on the illegal market, according to police and pot activists.

That's creating tension in residential neighbourhoods in Winnipeg where large amounts of plants are being grown and with medical marijuana users who say it's not fair the laws meant to help people who need pot are being exploited for financial gain.

lack of oversight by Health Canada has allowed the system to be manipulated and abused by people who are only in it for their own personal benefit," said cannabis activist and medical licence holder Steven Stairs.

He said when cannabis became legal in Canada two years ago, the OPP created a
dedicated unit to crack down on the illegal market and police continue to encounter criminals using Health Canada licences.

"We've known for a number of years and had seen this regime
abused by criminals, organized crime, criminal enterprises ... and we continue to see organized crime exploit that," said Walker. cbc.ca

Spotting Fake IDs at Dispensaries

How Cannabis Dispensaries Can Avoid Accepting a Fake ID
Businesses who provide regulated products like cannabis are at risk of facing legal consequences because of a fake ID.
Hackers, fraudsters and scammers evolve at nearly the same rate as technology; because of this, web and physical business entities should periodically update their security procedures.

How To Check Identification

In all legalized states,
dispensaries are obligated to confirm customers are 21 or older. Customers under 21 may only enter if they are authorized medical patients according to state requirements. IDs are driver's licenses, passports, etc as long as it is government issued and includes a photo. Failing to enforce this law can incur hefty fines, revocation of your license to sell and even jail time. Your establishment may get some leeway if the customer's fake ID was realistic. However, you must be able to show you took precautions.

Identifying a Fake ID

Looking may not be enough since fraudulent manufacturers constantly improve their methods of replication. This makes it crucial to study legitimate IDs. Identification Systems Group came up with a useful acronym:
F.L.A.G. Feel, look, ask, give (back to the person or authorities).

Medical Cannabis Cards - Confiscating a Fake ID - Common Mistakes sapphirerisk.com

COVID Driving CBD Use
Pandemic sees 9 million new users join the US CBD market
The latest consumer research from High Yield Insights has found that almost o
ne in four CBD users entered the category in the last 6 months. This is equivalent to 9 million new users. In addition, more than one in three longer-term CBD users (an estimated 13.4 million adults) tried at least one new product format during this time.

The research was run in September and October 2020 by surveying over 35,000 adults living in 50 states. The resulting data enables a deep drill down into the lifestyles, attitudes, and usage habits of nearly 4,000 former CBD users, 4,200 current users, and 13,500 adults who have not yet used CBD but expressed an interest in trying it.

Who are the "COVID Commencers"?

The market newcomers have a distinct demographic profile. Largely because men are more likely to have been early adopters of CBD,
the newcomers to the market are more likely to be women, especially those who are retired. Amongst the adults who only started to use CBD in the last 6 months, men have a far broader product repertoire than women. Some 31% of male newcomers bought into 10 or more different format types compared to just 10% of the female newcomers. cannabisbusinessexecutive.com

Illinois cannabis sales have soared during pandemic
Amid a global pandemic and ensuing economic slowdown, cannabis businesses remain a rare bright spot in the Illinois economy, raking in millions of dollars and tax revenue.

It is in large part
thanks to a designation that kept dispensaries and cultivation centers open under Gov. J.B. Pritzker's months-long stay-at-home order. The decision put purchasing marijuana on the same level as going to pharmacy, filling up the gas tank or using any other service of a designated "essential business." pantagraph.com

Cannabis Ballot Wins Pave The Way For Social Justice Action By States & Companies

How to obtain a Cannabis Cultivation Facility




Managing Payment Fraud During A Pandemic: 5 minutes with Omri Kletter
How is the current COVID-19 pandemic affecting fraud levels, and what can firms do to protect their employees and customers? Below, we talk to Omri Kletter, VP, Cyber Crime and Fraud Management at Bottomline, about best practices for managing risk and cyber threats in the payments process more broadly.

Security magazine: How is the current pandemic affecting fraud levels?

Kletter: It's quite critical to identify all of the avenues of fraud - each of which has accelerated in the age of pandemic. There's first-party fraud - those situations where the "customer" is the fraudster. For example, an individual or entity filing fraudulent loan applications through the PPP program. There's third-party fraud - where the customer is the victim. One bank customer of ours had a hospital client duped in to changing how one "doctor" was paid, directing funds to a prepaid card versus payroll deposit, via seemingly legitimate email. Finally, there's internal-fraud - where an employee becomes partner in bad-acting.

What are some best practices for managing risk and cyber threats in the payments process?

Kletter: Best practice is driven through a much more balanced approach to covering the whole fraud and financial crime landscape. I think of it in terms of stop, act, reflect. First, consider those forms of fraud we discussed - first-party, third-party and insider. Consider all of the junction points of transaction across each of those for a more whole picture of crime across the lifecycle. Communicate across forms and junctions and continually pivot based on intelligence.

What are your expectations around payments fraud for the rest of the year, including new threats and technologies to combat them?

Kletter: First, there's data. We must continue together making data more accessible. The focus there is on consumability - making the data more consumable. This includes the structure of data and the opportunity of data scientists to do more with it, faster. Second on the technology front, we'll continue to see more use of machine learning - and increasingly combined with artificial intelligence. These technologies, which were once considered "experimental", will become more accessible across the financial industry, even for smaller financial institutions and corporates. The third expectation I have is that we'll see some truly disruptive change on the investigations front. How we investigate, the speed with which we investigate will see transformational change. We'll be working to reduce 8-minute investigations to 3-minute investigations, optimizing costs and accelerating efficiencies as teams look across the entire payment lifecycle. securitymagazine.com

Passwords - Databases - Personal Data = Lost Sales
New Research Reveals Consumer Frustrations with Online Retail
According to the FIDO Alliance's survey password frustrations are leading to abandoned carts and lost sales. 58% in the U.S. have abandoned purchases due to the difficulty of managing passwords.

The research also identified several reasons for potential loss of repeat business, as multiple factors stop people from setting up new accounts after making an initial purchase. Their chief concern, cited by 40% of customers, is that they don't want their financial information to be stored on retailers' databases. Having to enter billing and personal data (34%) was another reason, and passwords were again a source of frustration with 28% stating that having to set up and remember a new password would stop them from opening an account. businesswire.com

Amazon Urges Shoppers to Order Early to Avoid Shipping Delays
The company's holiday shopping landing page popped up on the website in mid-October, about three weeks earlier than usual. And Amazon has extended its returns window through the end of January in what many analysts interpret as
an attempt to avoid further strain on its delivery network. bloomberg.com

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Member Of International Burglary Crew Pleads Guilty To Racketeering

Burglary Crew Conducted Over a Dozen Heists & Attempted Heists in U.S. & Europe, Stole Over $10 Million in Jewelry

DAMIR PEJCINOVIC, a/k/a "Damian," a/k/a "CoCo," to participating in a criminal organization that committed a series of burglaries and engaged in the interstate transportation of stolen goods between 2006 and 2017. PEJCINOVIC pled guilty today in New York Southern District Federal Court. Along with Nathaniel Fox. Gzimi Bojkovic, a/k/a "Jimmy," pled guilty on October 7. Adrian Fiseku pled guilty on March 13. Elvis Cirikovic, a/k/a "Gorilla," pled guilty on August 26.

"As they have now admitted, the defendants were part of a sophisticated criminal enterprise that carried out burglaries on both sides of the Atlantic, to the tune of over $10 million.

The criminal organization operated principally in New York City, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, Massachusetts, Maine, and Europe. Members and associates of the organization committed, conspired to commit, and attempted to commit numerous burglaries of jewelry stores and banks, as well as the interstate transportation and sale of stolen property from the burglaries.

PEJCINOVIC, Bojkovic, Fiseku, and Cirikovic each face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Bojkovic was sentenced to 36 months in prison. Cirikovic was sentenced to 27 months in prison. Fiseku is being sentenced on January 22. justice.gov

Miller County, MO: Deputy arrests 3 in $4,000 theft from Coach store
Miller County deputies arrested three wanted for stealing more than $4,000 worth of merchandise from the Coach store. Officers received the theft call Tuesday around 1:45 p.m. The store is located on Osage Beach Parkway. Store employees gave a description of the two women and man and their car. A deputy a short time later stopped the driver of a vehicle matching the description. Inside the car, officers found the stolen merchandise. ky3.com

Madison, WI: Man arrested after attempting to shoplift thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise from Home Depot
A 34-year-old man was arrested Tuesday night after reportedly shoplifting at the Home Depot on East Springs Drive. According to an incident report, a Home Depot employee became concerned for her safety after confronting Dustin L. Tiedeman. The report said the employee told police Tiedeman was placing thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise inside garbage cans that he had loaded on a cart. Officials said the employee asked if he needed help, but Tiedeman told her that he did not. He then reportedly turned so she could see he had a handgun holstered to his waist. When police arrived, Tiedeman attempted to leave the store, leaving the cart behind. Police said he had other stolen merchandise on himself and was in possession of six knives. The holstered weapon also turned out to be a BB gun, according to the report. Tiedeman was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct while armed, felony retail theft and felony bail jumping. channel3000.com

Huntsville, AL: Shoplifter scoots away with Office Depot merchandise
Thieves continue to roll out new creative ways to steal things that don't belong to them. The Crime Stoppers are asking for your help so they can stop the shoplifting scooter in her tracks! Police tell us, a woman entered Office Depot on the Parkway in Huntsville on November 6th and used a motorized scooter to get around the store. Eventually, an employee confronted the shopper, who officers say, had stolen more than $1,000 worth of merchandise. That employee found several empty packages above the ceiling tiles.  waff.com

Rochester, MN: Update: Accused $1,500 Baby Formula thief pleads not guilty in Olmsted County
A man facing felony charges for stealing baby formula is pleading not guilty. Leslie Gene Robinson, 59 of Minneapolis, is accused of felony theft and soliciting a juvenile to commit a criminal act. Robinson and his 16-year-old niece were arrested on August 19 after Rochester police said they loaded $1,500 worth of baby formula into a cart at Target and walked out of the store with it. No trial date has been set for Robinson. kimt.com

Logan County, OH: Dolloar General shoplifter load storage bin with Diapers and Hygiene items, flees out rear door

Ceres, CA: Home Depot tool thief charged with Burglary

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Shootings & Deaths

Lafayette, LA: Police on scene after shooting in parking lot mall
There is a heavy police presence tonight in the parking lot at the Northgate Mall near Planet Fitness. Lafayette Police have confirmed that they were dispatched to the area on a report of shots fired. One person was shot and has been transported to a local hospital, police said. Several eyewitnesses tell KLFY that multiple people were fighting in the parking lot before shots rang out. klfy.com

Grant County, WA: Sheriff's Deputy shot in foot through patrol car during chase of C-Store and Gas Station Armed Robber
A Grant County Sheriff's Deputy was shot in the foot late Tuesday during a car chase with a suspect in multiple armed robberies in Moses Lake. There were multiple shots fired in downtown Ephrata on Tuesday night as a result of a police pursuit, said Kyle Foreman, a sheriff's office spokesperson, in a video posted to the Grant County Sheriff's Office Facebook page. The incident started just after 2 p.m., when a man later identified as Jesus Torres, 24, walked into a small food store in Moses Lake, picked out a few items and paid in cash, said Capt. Mike Williams from the Moses Lake Police Department. When the cashier opened the cash register, Torres allegedly pulled out a gun and demanded money from the employee, Williams said. After grabbing the cash, Torres ran off, Williams said. Just a few minutes later, police received reports of similar incident at a gas station just eight blocks away, Williams said. spokesman.com

Lafayette, IN: Tenn gets 2nd chance after Tippecanoe Mall shooting, sentenced to 20 years in Juvenile Prison
The 17 year old was found guilty of attempted murder for last December's shooting at the Tippecanoe Mall will spend 20 years in the Department of Corrections. However, Judge Sean Persin added a caveat to the sentencing to give Iyon Erves a rare second chance by sending him to juvenile prison and not adult prison. Judge Persin found Erves guilty on six of his eight charges, including attempted murder, after a bench trial in July. No one was hit by the 3 shots fired that day by Erves. The sentencing hearing was pushed back four times. Judge Persin acknowledged the importance if getting the sentencing hearing in before Erves turns 18 on December 14th. About 30 people showed up in support of Erves, five were witnesses the defense called on for character testimony. If Eves complies with his sentence regulation, he could be released in a few years.  wlfi.com

Tampa, FL: Man shot in the chest at C-Store
A man was injured in a shooting at a convenience store in Tampa on Thursday morning. According to police, the man was at the 2K Express on 24th Street and Nebraska Avenue when another man opened fire. The man was struck in the chest and the bullet exited his back. His current condition is unknown. The shooting remains under investigation. wfla.com

Hixson, TN: Woman charged in 2017 murder of a C-Store employee sentenced to 21 years in years in prison


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

New Canaan, CT: Woman Charges More Than $11K With Stolen Credit Cards
An out of state woman was arrested for allegedly stealing credit cards from a vehicle in Fairfield County and then charging more than $11,000 in merchandise. Constanza Maria Baltra-Moreno, 27, of Lawndale, California, was arrested on Saturday, Nov. 14, after New Canaan Police received a complaint of stolen credit cards from a vehicle that was parked at the New Canaan Mounted Troop, said Lieutenant Jason Ferraro. The victim obtained information that her cards were used a short while later at the SoNo Collection in Norwalk, Ferraro said. dailyvoice.com

Lexington, SC: Suspect in 21 Armed Robberies arrested
Deputies have arrested a man police say is responsible for 21 armed robberies in one month. WIS has reported about the string of robberies that deputies said were likely connected, but since our last report the number of crimes has more than doubled. The robberies happened in both Lexington and Richland counties from mid-October until mid-November, Sheriff Leon Lott said. Most recently, Lott says the suspect robbed two different stores on Monday, Nov. 16 -- including a BP on Two Notch Road and a Dollar General on Broad River Road. Police from several agencies arrested Deveon Belk on Tuesday morning at a home in Lexington. wistv.com

Pelham, AL: Ex-Burger King employee accused of stealing $30K from restaurant
Daniel Henry Andrews, of Pelham, Ala., cooked up a fake employee and then cashed the phony worker's checks after logging bogus hours on the company's computer system. Andrews, 35, is also accused of stealing a co-worker's debit card, depositing the stolen funds into that account and then spending the money. He was arrested on Nov. 10 and charged with theft, identity theft and computer tampering. al.com

Lenoir City, TN: Shoplifting attempt leads to I-75 chase
Lenoir City Police responded to a theft at a gas station on U.S. Highway 321. An employee said Mikaylah Alyssa Grigsby, 20, and Lacey Jade Sides-Cook, 24, were attempting to steal items when he and a fellow employee asked the women to leave. The employees told Lee the women became aggressive when they were caught putting items in their purses. They then began throwing the items at the employees and refused to leave. Sides-Cook ignored the commands of the Officer to stop the vehicle and quickly left the gas station. Sides-Cook didn't pull over and instead drove on Interstate 75 South, where she swerved in and out of traffic at speeds up to 110 miles per hour. Near mile marker 78, Sides-Cook hit a guardrail and finally stopped at the Exit 76 ramp, according to a report. news-herald.net

North Attleboro, MA: Knife, clothing linked to Shaw's and Stop and Shop Armed Robberies in RI, MA and NH found in suspect's car

Warren, OH: Man sentenced to 2 years in prison for Sam's Club and Citi Trends robberies

St Louis, MO: Homeless man gets 13-year sentence for 5 Cellphone store Armed Robberies

Garland County, AR: Former C-Store employee pleads Guilty to $3,300 in Lottery Theft from EZ-Mart

Hot Springs, AR: Man arrested after allegedly passing nearly $2K in counterfeit bills



Lafayette, LA: Charges dropped against Shoe Store owner arrested for Arson
Charges have been dropped against a Lafayette business owner who was arrested and charged with arson following a fire at his downtown shoe store. In 2018, David Leblanc was charged with arson with intent to defraud after a fire that originated in the stock room of Greenwood shoes on Jefferson Street, caused heavy interior damage. An investigation led officials to believe that the fire had been intentionally set and Leblanc was arrested and booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center. On Monday, 15th Judicial District Court Judge Edward Rubin dismissed the case without prejudice. klfy.com




Boost - Springfield, IL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Moses Lake, WA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Las Vegas, NV - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Omaha, NE - Armed Robbery
Handbags - Miller County, MO - Robbery
Gas Station - Ceres, CA - Robbery
Gas Station - Moses Lake, WA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Union, NJ - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Newark, NJ - Armed Robbery
Gas Station Elizabeth, NJ - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Mobile, AL - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - El Paso, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Birch Run, MI - Robbery
Jewelry - Greenville, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Manchester, NH - Robbery
Jewelry - Elmhurst, NY - Robbery
Liquor - Chicago, IL - Robbery
Pet Store - Bowling Green, KY - Burglary
Restaurant - Warner Robins, GA - Robbery (Waffle House)
Restaurant - Dover, DE - Armed Robbery
Walmart - Bloomsburg, PA - Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 21 robberies
• 1 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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Xavier Rogers named District Loss Prevention Manager for Dick's Sporting Goods

Carrie Baritsky, CFI promoted to Field Investigations Manager for The TJX Companies

Charleigh Vigil named Loss Prevention Site Lead for Amazon

David Smith, CFI promoted to Field Investigations Manager for The TJX Companies

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