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Build-A-Bear was forced to shut down its 'Pay
Your Age' deal
After huge crowds and 'madness' overtook stores across the US
Build-A-Bear was forced to shut down a deal that allowed customers to "pay their
age" for bears after chaos overtook malls across the United States.
On Thursday, Build-A-Bear was set to celebrate "Pay Your Age Day" in the US,
Canada, and the UK. Customers had the chance to purchase a stuffed animal and
pay only their age for the day. Kids were able to pay just a few dollars for
stuffed bears, while adults' fees were capped at $29. The bears usually fall in
the $20-$35 range.
However, the event had to be cut short after stores descended into "madness."
"Per local authorities, we cannot accept additional Guests at our locations
due to crowds and safety concerns,"
Build-A-Bear posted on Facebook at 11 a.m. ET. "We have closed lines in
our U.S. and Canada stores. We understand some Guests are disappointed and
we will reach out directly as soon as possible."
Avigilon’s President & COO, James Henderson Wins
Canada’s Top 40 Under 40® Award
Corporation (“Avigilon”), a Motorola Solutions company, is pleased to
announce that James Henderson, Avigilon’s President and Chief Operating Officer,
has been selected as a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40® Award for 2018.
Considered the country’s most coveted award for young business leaders, Canada’s
Top 40 Under 40 annually recognizes the exceptional achievements of 40
outstanding Canadian leaders and innovators under the age of 40 who are making
significant impacts on their organizations and in their communities.
James was selected from over 800 nominees by an independent, cross-national
Advisory Board, based on four key criteria: Vision & Innovation; Leadership;
Impact & Influence; and Social Responsibility. Since joining Avigilon in 2011,
James has been instrumental in the company’s rapid growth and continued success.
Under his leadership, Avigilon has expanded its market presence, brand
awareness, and corporate profile, to become a globally recognized leader in the
Fashion retailer Scalpers partners with Nedap for
international RFID roll-out
Nedap today announced that the Spanish fashion retailer Scalpers has selected
Nedap as their technology partner for the RFID roll-out to their 150 stores.
Nedap will provide its !D Cloud software platform and the RFID hardware to
enable the complete traceability of Scalpers’ inventory and raise the retailer’s
stock accuracy. The RFID roll-out to all stores will be completed within two
Alfonso Vivancos, CEO at Scalpers, explains: “RFID is the first step in our
digitalization process and essentially it is the pillar for our future growth
strategy. Scalpers is a fast growing fashion retailer and it is our ambition to
become top of mind globally in menswear fashion. But we realize that this can
only be achieved if our operations have a solid foundation and the inventory
data we work with is accurate.”
Nedap’s !D Cloud software suite is a Software-as-a-Service solution specifically
developed for retail RFID applications. It offers retailers the quickest route
to implement RFID and improve their in-store stock accuracy to over 98%.
Real-time insights into the stock levels and the exact location of each item
also enables the successful introduction of Omni channel services.
Facing “a new era of catastrophes,” book by
Wharton profs offers tips for business leaders
Wharton’s Howard Kunreuther and Michael Useem’s recent book Mastering
Catastrophic Risk: How Companies are Coping with Disruption dives into the
ways top companies have rebounded after their own worst-case scenarios. “The
‘unthinkable’ has gone from not being on anyone’s radar screen to now being
central,” says Useem. “But to think about it, you need tools, and wisdom.”
For firms large and small, with each day comes a new possibility for disruption.
Perhaps there’s a natural disaster, a terrorist incident, or an economy-wide
shock, like the 2008 U.S. financial crisis. Threats can emerge within a firm’s
own walls, or through a government regulation, or even come in the form of a
technological breakthrough—overturning business models that have been in place
No matter the cause, there’s little doubt about the trend: The country, and
world, face “a new era of catastrophes,” says
Kunreuther, the James G. Dinan Professor at the
Wharton School and
co-director of the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center.
Kunreuther, along with
Useem, the William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management at the Wharton
School and the director of the school’s Center for Leadership and Change
Management, recently published
Mastering Catastrophic Risk: How Companies are Coping with Disruption.
The book showcases what Useem calls the “hidden story” within S&P 500 companies
that have ramped up risk-management after being overcome by their own worst-case
scenarios, including catastrophes like the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane
Katrina in 2005, the financial crisis of 2008-09, and the Japanese earthquake
and tsunami in 2011.
“We wanted to find out what’s going on, in-depth, inside these companies,” Useem says.
“Seeing this happen repeatedly to others is causing companies to double down on
their own risk management.”
Kunreuther and Useem end their book with a “mission-critical checklist” as a
means of “transforming deliberative thinking into deliberative action.”
7 Fast-Food Chains to End ‘No Poach’ Deals That
Lock Down Low-Wage Workers
Seven major restaurant chains, including Arby’s, Carl’s Jr., McDonald’s and
Jimmy John’s, have agreed to drop a hiring practice that critics say may be
keeping tens of thousands of fast-food workers locked in low-wage jobs.
Under agreements with Washington State announced on Thursday, the companies —
Auntie Anne’s, Buffalo Wild Wings and Cinnabon are the others — have pledged
to remove so-called no-poach clauses from their contracts with franchisees.
The provisions prohibit workers at, for example, one Carl’s Jr. franchise from
going to another Carl’s Jr. They do not stop those workers from taking jobs at
restaurants run by a different chain.
In addition to stripping the clauses from existing franchise contracts in
Washington, the seven chains have also vowed not to enforce them nationwide — a
move that affects workers at tens of thousands of stores. The clauses cannot be
included in new and renewed deals either.
“Not all are as cooperative as these seven have been.”
Editor's Note: All it takes in today's political environment is the
hint of a nationwide investigation and some media coverage and corporate America
shakes. This to will drive wages and benefits up.
California Shopping Centers Are Spying for an ICE
A company that operates 46 shopping centers up and down California has been
providing sensitive information collected by automated license plate readers (ALPRs)
to Vigilant Solutions, a surveillance technology vendor that in turn sells
location data to Immigrations & Customs Enforcement.
The Irvine Company—a real estate company that operates
mini-malls in Irvine, La Jolla, Newport Beach, Redwood City, San Jose, Santa
Clara and Sunnyvale—has been conducting the ALPR surveillance since just before
Christmas 2016, according to an
version). The policy does not say which of its shopping centers use the
technology, only disclosing that the company and its contractors operates ALPRs
at “one or more” of its locations.
Update 10:45 a.m., July 11, 2018: The Irvine Company has disclosed the three
shopping centers are Irvine Spectrum Center, Fashion Island, and The
Marketplace. The local police departments are the Irvine, Newport Beach, and
Tustin police departments.
Update 7:30 p.m. July 10, 2018: The Irvine Company provided The Verge with the
“Irvine Company is a customer of Vigilant Solutions. Vigilant employs ALPR
technology at our three Orange County regional shopping centers. Vigilant is
required by contract, and have assured us, that ALPR data collected at these
locations is only shared with local police departments as part of their efforts
to keep the local community safe.”
In December 2017,
ICE signed a contract with Vigilant Solutions to access its license-plate
reader database. Data from Irvine Company’s malls directly feeds into Vigilant
Solutions’ database system, according to the policy. This could mean that ICE
can spy on mall visitors without their knowledge and receive near-real-time
alerts when a targeted vehicle is spotted in a shopping center’s parking lot. eff.org
Judge Rules California Employers May Allow ICE
Access Without Warrant
Companies must still notify workers before an I9 inspections
California employers will not be penalized for allowing federal immigration
enforcement agents without a judicial warrant or subpoena to access their
worksites and review employee records after a federal district court temporarily
blocked the state from enforcing a key provision of a controversial 2017 law.
Judge John Mendez of the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of
California approved the Justice Department's request for a preliminary
injunction against sections of the Immigrant Worker Protection Act, signed into
law in October 2017. The court determined that most of the law, which went into
effect Jan. 1, was pre-empted by federal statute, but it left in place a
provision that requires employers to notify employees and their labor unions
before and after Form I-9 inspections.
Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, the chief sponsor of the bill that
became the law, said that it "provided employers with clarity about what to do
when ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] agents target their places of
business with indiscriminate raids."
Until further notice, employers will not violate state law if they grant access
to ICE agents without a warrant or subpoena or allow those agents to access
employee records. However, employers may still choose to require a warrant
before admitting enforcement agents or before granting records access.
The court also blocked a section of the law limiting an employer's ability to
reverify the legal work status of employees. Current federal law requires
employers to conduct reverification before an employee's existing work
Employers continue to be subject to requirements to notify employees 72 hours
before receiving a Notice of Inspection and to provide written notice of the
results of the inspection within 72 hours after it has ended.
The True Value of Trade Associations
Which retailers spend the most on lobbying?
5 of the Top 10 Are Trade Associations
Last year, the National Retail Federation spent $12.9 million on lobbying
efforts. Walmart and CVS shelled out $6.9 million and $6.4 million
respectively. These trade groups and companies were the the top retail sector
spenders on lobbying in 2017. Last year Walmart had 62 lobbyists, Target 20,
and Amazon hired 94.
Collectively, spending by retailers and retail trade groups totaled $58.1
million in 2017, a significant increase from the $46.1 million spent the
year prior, according to data collected through Open Secrets, an arm of the
Center for Responsive Politics that produces a database on lobbying spending.
Overall, the retail industry lobbies primarily on trade policy, taxes, antitrust
and labor and workplace laws. Many retailers are a part of trade groups like the
NRF and the Retail Industry Leaders Association, both of which are consistent
top spenders and rally around broad consensus issues like the new tax bill,
e-commerce taxes and trade. But individual corporations have bulked up their
lobbying efforts in recent years — especially Amazon.
Amazon made one of the biggest lobbying leaps last year — spending a whopping
$13 million, up from $11.5 million the year prior.
The retail industry has won several major public policy
fights over the last year, including the passing of the new tax bill, which
notably does not include the previously proposed border adjustment tax that
stood to hurt retailers’ bottom lines. The
existential threats posed by that issue rallied together retailers in a way
that public policy issues rarely do. Historically, many left their political
positions on legislation up to trade groups.
While RILA's spend only increased 14.2%, NRF's spend rose a whopping 81%.
When asked whether the rise indicated a strategic shift for the organization,
NRF Senior Vice President of government relations David French told Retail Dive
it "reflected a concurrence of first term of the new administration, a very
robust legislative agenda and extraordinary, even existential, threats for the
industry. All the things going on at once meant that we needed to raise and
spend a lot more money."
Note: Earlier this year the NRF hired Christian Beckner as the new Sr.
Director of Retail Technology and his back ground makes this a brilliant move by
the NRF. As Christian joins the NRF after having spent four years as Deputy
Director at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington
University and six years as a Staff Member and Associate Staff Director with
the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.
Hear Christian talk about the NRF's Technology efforts in The Daily's LPNN
upcoming episode filmed at 'Live in Dallas at NRF Protect'
in Dallas at NRF Protect' - episode schedule being released next week.
Video surveillance equipment market growing
Growth in the global professional video surveillance equipment market
accelerated in 2017, and is forecasted to continue growing in 2018, according
the latest IHS Markit research.
The world market for professional video surveillance equipment grew by 9.3
percent in 2017, IHS found, a much higher rate of growth than in 2016 (3.9
percent) and 2015 (1.9 percent).
Global demand for security cameras grew rapidly in 2017, but average prices
continued to fall. “Nevertheless, revenue grew in most countries,” said Cropley.
“Two of the fastest-growing country markets were Brazil and India. A major
factor behind the growth in both countries was increased spending by private
retail and commercial organizations on HD CCTV systems used to prevent crime.”
Accounting for 44 percent of all global revenue, the Chinese professional
video surveillance equipment market grew by 14.7 percent, while the world market
excluding China grew just 5.5 percent.
● Overall, 62 percent of all security cameras shipped in 2017 were network
● Deep-learning-enabled recorders and servers, a new category this year, are an
important element in powering what many expect to be the next generation of
video analytics using artificial intelligence. They accounted for just 1 percent
of global market revenues in 2017.
Rite Aid Booted, Walgreens Stuck In Suit Over
Rite Aid Corp. can duck a proposed class action alleging it misled investors
while trying to clear antitrust hurdles that ultimately dampened a $17.2 billion
takeover bid by Walgreens, a Pennsylvania federal judge said on Wednesday, but
Walgreens may still be liable.
U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III said statements made by Rite Aid and
several of its top brass amid mounting pressure from regulators could be
classified as protected forward-looking statements, opinions or corporate
optimism. But he left Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. on the hook, calling its
executives' assurances "reckless," given the circumstances.
What HR is Instructing Industry-Wide
Viewpoint: 6 Steps for Responding Properly to Workplace Disruptions
In today's political environment, disruptions are occurring more frequently. An
unsuspecting employer can quickly find itself on the wrong side of a hot-button
issue and in the middle of a workplace disruption. Disruptions often become news
events and are a favorite tool of labor unions and other protest groups.
They can lead to legal problems, as protestors often are trained to dupe
ill-prepared managers into breaking the law, such as by goading managers
into threatening to fire them. It also often leads to lost work time and
revenue. Furthermore, a disruption can destroy customer relationships and hurt a
company's image. And if you respond poorly, it can cost you the trust of your
team and harm employee morale and engagement.
That's why managers need some simple, practical tools for properly responding to
these situations. Here is a six-step model to help companies respond effectively
to a workplace disruption:
1. Prepare. Make sure your managers know your corporate guidelines and
protocol for responding to a disruption. Often, your loss prevention or
security team will lead this work. This includes things like understanding
who to call and drafting simple "holding statements" for the media and others.
Also, make sure your managers know and have marked your property lines and have
secured schedules, lists and other sensitive documents.
2. Do no harm. A workplace disruption can be emotional. Protestors often
count on this as a way to get more publicity for their cause. During a
disruption, protestors may try to provoke a company leader into becoming the
next YouTube sensation. They may call out managers or make outrageous claims
about the company. It is human nature for leaders to try to defend the
reputations of the company and team they care about.
Protestors count on these natural emotions to take over. Leaders must
learn to remain calm and resist the urge to debate or fight back during a
workplace disruption. They shouldn't get baited into taking an action that will
reflect badly on them—and the company—forever. They should avoid making
statements on camera or taking any action to physically restrain a protestor.
Leaders must project calm, control and concern.
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Arizona Limits Liability for Hiring Ex-Offenders
Sexual Harassment Legislative Updates
New York Mandates Anti-Sexual Harassment Policy & Training
Maryland Disclosing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Act
Ban the Box Legislative Updates
Massachusetts Modifies Ban-the-Box Law
Washington Bans the Box
California: San Francisco Amends Ban-the-Box Law
Finance Execs Fearful of Spending Tax-Cut
After admitting to using N-word, Schnatter steps
down as Papa John’s chairman
Back-to-School and College spending to reach
Old Navy Rolls Out BOPIS Nationwide
Sears Cuts 200 at Corporate Offices
Canada's Aritzia Q1 comp's up 10.9%, net revenue up 15.1%
Burberry Q1 comp's up 3%
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eBay Global Asset Protection
Partnerning with Retailers Offensively Against Crime and
Theft (PROACT), since 2007
Alabama man indicted for $22 Million dollars in stolen
computers which were sold on eBay
An Alabama computer store owner was indicted last month for allegedly defrauding
the government’s Computers for Learning program, an initiative in which federal
agencies donate used computer equipment to schools in need.
According to the Justice Department, Steven Mays, 50, of Athens, Alabama, joined
the CFL program in 2007 as a representative of Dwight Baptist Academy, a
parochial school in Dwight, Illinois.
For over a decade, Mays—under several aliases—solicited and accepted computer
equipment on behalf of the school. In total, that equipment originally cost the
government more than $22 million. He then told school administrators that the
equipment was in poor condition and needed to be repaired before it could be
According to the indictment, Mays accepted far more equipment than he told the
school about, which he then sold in his Alabama store—Mays Computer Company—and
online through eBay.
For further information on PROACT, email inquiries to
Spotlight on Intellicheck
Intellicheck’s Retail ID Technology Solutions Defeat Fraud
Innovative Technology Solutions Stop Criminal Use of Fraudulent IDs
it comes to getting the right fraud prevention solution working for you,
time is of the essence. The epidemic in incidents of data breaches and
resulting surge in fraud reached a historic high in 2017 creating losses
that amounted to $16.8 billion according to Javelin Strategy & Research.
The picture isn’t any brighter in 2018 as the impact of existing and new
data breaches continues to have a dramatic effect on the bottom line.
It’s not just the initial revenue loss that has retailers concerned.
Numerous studies show consumers closing accounts, changing stores and
reducing their payment card usage in response to fraud. Those same
studies show consumers don’t blame the fraudsters, they blame the
Intellicheck’s Retail ID products have
proven 99.9% effective in identity authentication, preventing
transactional fraud including fraudulent account openings, account take
overs, card not present fraud, gift card fraud, cash off card, and
fraudulent check transactions. These state-of-the-art technology
solutions are equally effective in preventing buy online and pick up in
store (BOPIS) and non-receipted return fraud.
How does it work? At the point of sale, online or on mobile devices, a
customers’ ID is instantly authenticated with a scan or photo of the
image of the barcoded driver license or government issued ID. But,
Intellicheck does much more than scan the ID, it authenticates it. The
advanced core technology powering Intellicheck’s retail technology
solutions scan more than 250 unique DMV barcode formats from every
state, all Canadian provinces and most Mexican states and accesses the
industry’s most up-to-date proprietary database to authenticate a
shopper’s identification credential. Seamless, frictionless, real-time
results mean no frustrating customer delays and costly bottom line
Intellicheck’s cutting-edge Retail ID SaaS technology solutions are
proven weapons in combating fraud. Retail ID product solutions are
preventing fraud for Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 retailers including
nationally recognized department stores, jewelry, furniture, and tools
and equipment retailers across the country. For every transaction,
online, mobile or POS, Retail ID presents a new level of transaction
safety, preventing fraudulent retail purchases while providing a more
engaging customer experience with an easy, quick process that enhances
www.intellicheck.com or call 516-992-1900.
Online Macy's Shopper Lodges Data Breach Suit
Macy’s was hit with a proposed class action in Alabama federal court Tuesday
alleging that its “lackadaisical, cavalier, reckless and negligent” approach
to protecting shoppers’ personal information opened the door for a recent data
breach that compromised online customer accounts.
“Defendant failed to implement and maintain reasonable security procedures and
practices appropriate to the nature and scope of the information compromised in
the data breach,” the suit says. “The ramifications of defendant’s failure to
keep class members’ data secure are severe.”
Answers to Board Questions Should Educate, Engage
A new report,
Cyber Board Communications & Metrics – Challenging Questions from the Boardroom,
Kudelski Security in conjunction with its Client Advisory Council (CAC)
found that despite improved communication methods to better inform nontechnical
executive leaders, CISOs continue to struggle in conveying cyber risk to their
boards of directors.
Board awareness has long been identified as a need across all industries. Boards
need to better understand the cyber challenges their organizations face, which
demands that they have confidence in their CISOs. Yet the CAC research confirmed
its hypothesis that CISOs need to better communicate so that what they convey to
both their counterparts and their boards about programs and initiatives is
CISOs spend an average of 10-20 hours preparing their responses to the often
asked question, “Are we secure?” The report found that time spend does not
translate to conveying information clearly, so it also sets forth ways to help
CISOs measure and report on security priorities and increase organizational
support for security initiatives by looking at the top questions CISOs face.
200,000 White Hats - Earned $31M YTD
White Hat Hackers Earn $1,500 to $20,000 For Finding Bugs
Critical Vulns Bounty Payouts Double Over 2017
As of June, a total of $31 million has been awarded to security researchers
for this year - already a big jump from the $11.7 million awarded for the entire
Bug bounty programs are paying more money to more hackers, more of whom are
discovering severe vulnerabilities: As of June, a total of $31 million has been
awarded to security researchers for this year – already a big jump from the
$11.7 million awarded for the entire 2017.
Over the past year, 116 bug reports were valued at over $10,000, with
organizations offering up to $250,000 for severe flaws discovered. The numbers
come from HackerOne's "Hacker-Powered Security Report 2018," in which analysts
pulled data from 78,275 vulnerability reports submitted by ethical hackers to
more than 1,000 organizations via HackerOne's bug bounty platform.
All of the volume numbers have increased tremendously," says HackerOne CEO
Marten Mickos. "But they have been trending like this for the past three years.
The direction is clear."
About 60% of organizations on HackerOne pay an average of $1,500 for critical
vulnerabilities. In general, the average bounty for critical flaws is
$2,041, a 6% increase year-over-year. The average award for a critical
bug increased 33% to $20,000 for the highest awarding programs.
White-hat hackers have resolved 27,000 vulnerabilities in the past 12
months, according to
HackerOne, currently the world’s largest bug bounty and vulnerability
disclosure platform, which connects organizations with a community of about
200,000 ethical hackers.
Editor's Note: In a population of 200,000 I wonder how many are
wearing both hats or how many have, sitting at their computer on a Friday or
Saturday night, have pondered the question: Should I or shouldn't I? So
ultimately who's watching the white hats?
Beware blockchain security blindspots, warns RSA
RSA warns that security teams could be left blind to cyber attack because many
traditional Siem tools are unable to baseline the ‘new normal’ behaviours
associated with blockchain and could allow hackers to gain entry to corporate
As with any new technology, Aleem said cyber attackers will look for
vulnerabilities in how businesses implement blockchain, adding that any
disruption or security breach due to a blockchain-related vulnerability could
have a serious impact on operations.
While blockchain technology itself is inherently secure, we’ve seen numerous
cryptocurrency trading apps, processing providers, wallets and exchanges
successfully breached, as hackers manage to breach implementations with lax
security measures,” he said.
Aleem recommends that organisations should take a “business-driven approach” to
this new risk to ensure that advancement in one respect does not create risks
elsewhere that could hinder long-term progress.
New Cyber Center Opens at Augusta University in
University partners with state on $100 million Georgia Cyber Center for
cybersecurity education and research.
Data Breach Legislative Updates
South Dakota Data Breach Notification
Colorado Amends Data Breach Notification Law
Alabama Data Breach Notification Act
Arizona Expands Data Breach Law
Louisiana Amends Data Breach Law
What's Your Store Showing
Network surveillance technologies continue to revolutionize the way retail
professionals work with not just loss prevention, but also with store
optimization, operational efficiencies, and enhancements to the overall customer
experience. Hedgie Bartol, Retail Business Development Manager for
tells us how new advancements in intelligent devices and deep learning
technology can provide business intelligence that helps LP/AP professionals
drive results beyond shrink, safety, and security.
Learn about WG Security's
'Undefeatable' EAS Tags
Ed Wolfe, Vice President of Business Development for
WG Security, tells us how WG
has reduced shrink in some high-theft stores by up to 60% and why EAS technology
is still a strong deterrent to shoplifting.
Sponsored by The Zellman Group
How Does Friendly Fraud Vary Across Industries?
Ethoca recently conducted a survey of 775 businesses from various industries
(including issuers), asking them to indicate the percentage of chargebacks
caused by friendly fraud (or false claims). The results were illuminating, but
not entirely surprising given what we already know about this growing threat.
Roughly 1 in 3 surveyed said that friendly fraud accounted for less than 25
percent of their chargebacks. Any instance of friendly fraud is incredibly
damaging to issuers, merchants and cardholders alike. False declines, customer
frustration caused by unnecessary friction, and needless lost revenue and time
are all the result of this now avoidable problem.
Most alarming was that roughly 1 in 5 of those surveyed stated that friendly
fraud accounted for more than 88 percent of their chargebacks. And for many,
these rates continue to increase.
Digital Goods & Services
The nature of digital goods such as music and movie streaming makes them
particularly susceptible to friendly fraud. A lot of friendly fraud in this
category is benign—cardholders disputing charges because they simply don’t
recognize them. It comes from an honest mistake, yet the consequences have a
downstream ripple effect that’s anything but friendly to the ecosystem at large.
Card issuers will often write off disputed digital goods purchases because their
value is so low compared to the cost of initiating a chargeback. However, that
can unintentionally exacerbate the problem because it teaches cardholders to
assume they can easily and quickly erase any unwanted or unfamiliar charges for
digital goods on their cards by just disputing them. The other unintended
consequence of this activity is that with higher incurred losses due to
write-offs, card issuers will tighten fraud rules, resulting in higher false
declines. Read more at
An unsafe counterfeit, with a side order of
Since being set up in 2014, the City of London Police’s Intellectual
Property Unit (PIPCU) has taken 50,000 infringing website offline,
mostly selling counterfeit clothing and accessories.
Aside from the risks posed by the counterfeit goods themselves, which are
often poor quality and could pose a fire risk for example, the sites
themselves can be unsafe and leave purchasers exposed to viruses, malware
and identity theft, says PIPCU.
“The sheer number of website takedowns should act as a warning online
there’s more at stake when it’s a fake,” says the unit’s temporary
Detective Chief Inspector Nicholas Court. “When consumers make purchases on
illicit sites, they are unknowingly handing over their personal and payment
details to criminals who often use these to commit further crime.”
Last December, Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber reporting
centre, said it had received over 15,000 reports linked to identity crime
between April 2016 and March 2017. It also said there had been 400 reported
cases in two years where a person’s identity had been stolen and used to
open websites that had been directly linked to counterfeit online purchases.
"Fraud is not a person - it is a dynamic grouping of statistics that deviate
from the norm."
Stuart B. Levine, CFI, CFCI
CEO, The Zellman Group & Zelligent
Arthur Police: UPS employee steals packages worth more than $100,000; Samsung or
Apple phones valued at between $400 and $1,100 each
Port Arthur Police say a man working at a UPS Hub stole packages worth over
$100,000. According to a probable cause affidavit, Matthew Thai Pham is accused
of taking cargo destine for a local AT&T store. Pham is accused of taking
multiple boxes, some containing Samsung or Apple phones valued at between $400
and $1,100 each and other stolen boxes had accessory watches. In all, the stolen
cargo is worth $100,193.
Charleston, SC: Suspect arrested for $40K
Northwoods Mall jewelry theft 3 years after crime
The North Charleston Police Department arrested Brandon Romaine Smith Wednesday
morning on charges of grand larceny and burglary for a 2015 jewelry theft.
Police say the Summerville man stole approximately $40,000 worth of merchandise
from the Northwoods Mall. Police say Smith broke into the mall by smashing out
the front glass. Police say he then smashed the glass to get into the Diamond
and Gold Depot, then used bolt cutters to open the three display cases . He
stole $40,000 worth of jewelry, according to the NCPD.
Batesville, AR: Man accused of defrauding Walmart
stores across AR, MO
A man faces burglary and theft charges after police say he scammed Walmart
stores from Arkansas to Missouri. An Independence County Judge found probable
cause Tuesday to arrest 36-year-old Florian Muntean. Surveillance video showed
the suspect purchasing laptop computers and “conducting a scam while checking
out and not fully paying for the merchandise by taking back some of the money
while the cashier was distracted,” the affidavit stated. An audit of the cash
register showed it to be short $1,900. Sims told Headley he later heard from
Walmart Asset Protection in Farmington, MO, that they had stopped a man who had
refunded two laptop computers purchased at the Batesville store. Further
investigation, according to the affidavit, revealed that Muntean and several
others had conducted similar “thefts by scam” at Walmart stores in Arkansas and
Arthur, TX: Claire’s employee indicted on charge of stealing $7,000 in money,
Investigators say Sheena Marie Guill, 28, of Port Arthur, worked at Claire's in
Central Mall. The indictment accuses Guill of taking bank deposits and
merchandise totaling more than $7,000. The bank deposits amounted to more than
$6,300, according to the indictment, which is a State Jail Felony.
WI: Repeat Offender stealing $1,000 of Red Bull from Racine County stores
A 28-year-old Cory T. Naber is facing charges after allegedly stealing Red Bull
energy drinks from several different stores in Racine county. Naber is accused
of stealing several dozen 12-packs of the energy drink — close to $1,000 worth.
In May, he allegedly stole the Red Bull from stores in Burlington, Caledonia and
Mount Pleasant. Naber is considered a repeat offender for theft and felony bail
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Des Moines, IA: Muffler Shop Owner shoots and
Police have identified a suspected burglar, as well as the business owner who
shot and killed him outside the business in southern Des Moines. Police say
37-year-old Amund Haarstad, was killed Wednesday morning at Kraft 5 Star
Muffler. Investigators believe Haarstad was loading items from the business into
a stolen truck when the repair shop owner, 67-year-old Thomas Kraft, arrived for
work. Police say Haarstad confronted Kraft instead of fleeing, and that Kraft
Newport News, VA: Man accused of shooting at 7-Eleven
Robberies & Thefts
Academy Sports manager fired weeks after
intercepting gun thief suspect in Florida store
A sporting goods store employee, who last month helped catch a suspect allegedly
trying to swipe a weapon, was suspended and later lost his job at the Florida
business following the incident, his lawyer said. Dean Crouch, 32, was working
at the Academy Sports store in Tallahassee on June 29 when robbery suspect Jason
White allegedly tried to steal a gun, the Tallahassee Democrat reported. After
White reportedly tried to flee with the stolen firearm he’d requested to see,
Crouch stepped in and ultimately detained him. Crouch, an assistant manager at
the store, was nearby when the incident occurred and heard employees yelling
"stop that guy," his attorney, Ryan Hobbs, told Fox News. While police made
their way to the scene, the suspect was relocated to an office at the business,
Hobbs said the suspect had attempted to make off with a .40 caliber handgun and
matching ammunition. The suspect also allegedly stole two weapons from a pawn
shop earlier the same day, police said. Hobbs claimed his client was placed on
suspension in the days after the incident amid a policy that prohibits employees
from placing their hands on customers while they’re in the store. Crouch lost
his job on Tuesday, he said, adding that his client had been “suspended and
terminated for preventing this thief from stealing this weapon.” “Academy has
decided to, instead of treating him like a hero he is, they terminated his
employment effective immediately because he put his hands on Mr. White,” Hobbs
told the Tallahassee Democrat.
Cedar Rapids, IA: 40 People swarm C-Store in
A mob of up to 40 people swarmed a Casey's General Store in Cedar Rapids,
stealing and destroying property in a just a few short minutes in what appears
to be an organized effort. The crime occurred around 10:30 p.m. July 3 following
a fireworks show at Ellis Harbor at 1532 Ellis Boulevard Northwest. Police
released the dramatic footage Monday and are asking the public assistance in
identifying the people involved. In just a minute and a half, the video shows a
large group of people entering the Casey's and cramming into different areas of
the store. Suddenly, everyone grabs items and run out the door — knocking over
displays and throwing items. A couple employees attempt to stop the mass theft
but are overwhelmed by the crowd, as seen in the video. Police say one juvenile
has been arrested, but they're seeking the public's help in identifying others
South Tucson, AZ: Restaurant workers take down
knife-wielding robbery suspect
Two people were stabbed while stopping a robbery at a landmark in South Tucson
Wednesday afternoon, according to police. Police said it happened around 1:30
p.m. at Mi Nidito Restaurant. Officers said Jerry Evans Madril, armed with a
knife, entered the restaurant and demanded money. Workers in the store were not
intimidated and fought back. Two employees were slashed, but are expected to
make a full recovery.
Manteca, CA: Detectives arrest suspect in New York
Diamonds failed burglary; store damage of $700
Jared The Galleria of Jewelry in the Keystone Crossing,
Indianapolis, IN reported an Attempted Burglary on 7/10, no loss
Jared The Galleria of Jewelry in the Northlake Mall, Charlotte, NC reported a
Grab & Run on 7/10, item valued at $2,999
Kay Jewelers in the Citrus Plaza, Redlands, CA reported an Armed Robbery on 7/8,
items valued at $113,000, no injuries
Kay Jewelers in the Olive Place, Albemarle, NC reported a Grab & Run on 7/11,
item valued at $3,399
Piercing Pagoda in the Uniontown Mall, Uniontown, PA reported a Grab & Run on
7/10, item valued at $499
Zales in the Fayette Mall, Lexington, KY reported a Grab & Run on 7/11, item
valued at $8,100
Zales at 417 5th Ave, Ney York, NY reported a Grab & Run on 7/10, item valued at
Actress Demi Moore's AMEX card stolen, accused
suspect goes on $169,000 shopping spree
Federal prosecutors are going after David Matthew Read for allegedly reporting
Moore’s credit card missing and requesting a new one back in March, then
spending nearly $200,000 on items before Moore’s assistant called American
Express to report questionable activity later that month. The prosecutor could
also identify Read on Saks Fifth Avenue security footage after he spent
approximately $16,249.80 at the store. He also allegedly purchased $3,748.73
worth of merchandise at a Nordstrom store — where he was also identified by
store footage — and hit up two other Nordstrom locations before racking up his
whooping $169,764.73 bill.
Fire & Arson
Phoenix, AZ: Safeway store destroyed in Fire
Right in the middle of some monsoon storms, it was intense, massive fire with a
smoke plume seen across the Valley, a raging inferno destroys a Safeway in
Phoenix. The fire was reported in the back room of the store just after 6 p.m.
on Wednesday near 35th and Northern avenues. An employee of the store had
reportedly called 9-1-1. No injuries were reported in the blaze and fire
officials say, "it’s too early to determine the cause of the fire or if weather
played a factor in the roof collapse."
Jacksonville, FL: Walmart fire under investigation, Men’s
underwear aisle goes up in flames
Sentencings & Charges
Reading, PA: Woman admits to being Get-Away Driver in
C-Store Robbery; sentenced to 42 months in prison
Robberies and Burglaries
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AT&T – Tulsa, OK – Burglary
Books-A-Million – Gainesville, FL – Burglary
C-Store – Gainesville, FL- Burglary
C- Store – Syracuse, NY – Armed Robbery
C- Store – Amarillo, TX – Armed Robbery
Casey General – Cedar Rapids, IA – Robbery
Domino’s – Westfield, IN – Armed Robbery
GameStop – Gainesville, FL – Burglary
Gas Station – Green Bay, WI – Armed Robbery
Grocery – North Philadelphia, PA – Armed Robbery
Liquor Store – Fargo, ND – Armed Robbery
Liquor Store – Madison, WI – Robbery
Kay Jewelers – Redlands, CA – Armed Robbery
Muffler Shop – Des Moines, IA – Burglary (suspect shot &
Paradise Spas – Minot, ND – Burglary
Restaurant – South Tucson, AZ – Armed Robbery
Thrift Shop – Kansas City, MO – Burglary
Tobacco Shop – Kings Mountain, NC – Armed Robbery
Video Store – Town of Wallkill, NY – Armed Robbery
Walgreens – Colorado Springs, CO – Burglary
Walgreens – Champaign, IL – Armed Robbery
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