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May 12, 2011

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Coming May 13:
Doug Marker
Vice President, LP, Risk and Audit,
Michael Stores, Inc.

Coming May 20
Paul Jones
Head of Global
Asset Protection,
eBay, Inc.

LP Program Spotlight
eBay's PROACT Team

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May 16-19, 2011
National Level Exercise


May 11-13, 2011
International Anticounterfeiting Coalition
2011 Annual Spring Conference

The St. Regis
San Francisco

August 7-10, 2011
National Food Service Security Council
32nd Annual Meeting

Hyatt Grand Champion
Indian Wells, CA

October 4-6, 2011

CLEAR/Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail
2nd Annual Training Conference
Peppermill Resort/Casino
Reno, NV





Michaels Stores POS fraudulent PIN pad swap in their Chicago stores last week has expanded nationwide and now includes "less than 90" individual PIN pads in stores from Washington DC to the West Coast.  In a press release yesterday, Michaels stated they removed approx. 7,200 PIN pads that were comparable to the identified tampered pads from its U.S. stores.  "A consultant who worked on that incident described the fraud as the work of a network of criminals who went into stores and somehow distracted store personnel long enough to take out PIN pads and swap them out with retrofitted devices.  Detective Jeff Stolzenburg of the Libertyville Police Department north of Chicago said most of the fraudulent withdrawals have taken place at cash machines in Las Vegas and other parts of the West. Stolzenburg estimates that actual card losses from the fraud are now in the millions of dollars, and said that the investigation has since been turned over to the U.S. Secret Service. "The scope of this thing has been pretty wide, coast-to-coast," Stolzenburg said. “We’re dealing with thousands and thousands of victims," Stolzenburg said.  This is just like what Aldi experienced a few months ago. And this article shows a few people leaked information.  (Source

Websense Inc. ranked Canada sixth in the world from Jan. 1, 2011 to May 31, 2011, for hosting cybercrime sites, up from the 13th position for 2010.  (Source

100 million new credit cards with the RFID chip enables identify thieves armed with merely a $100 credit card reader to pick up your entire credit card number and expiration date -- electronic pickpocketing.  With sophisticated rings having multiple card readers, printers and ways of emailing the data to their cohorts who put the data on magnetic strips, it only takes minutes.  MasterCard, Visa and American Express all claim electronic picketing fraud is rare, and if a customer's card is intercepted this way, they would not be held liable for any fraudulent charges.  To protect yourself, you can line your wallet with aluminum foil, or buy a protective sleeve that blocks the reader.  (Source

An Ohio man was sentenced to 1-1/2 to 4 years in prison in Pennsylvania for picking lockers and stealing credit cards out of gyms and workout centers in a Pennsylvania region.  Traveling with a partner, they flew into Philadelphia hitting gyms, one of which was a Bally's Total Fitness, and picked locks on lockers stealing the customers' credit cards and using a laptop connected to an identification printer and making IDs to match the cards.  Police found $14,300 worth of merchandise, all of their equipment, and lots of credit cards in their vehicle.  (Source

acebook leaked access of millions of users' photographs, profiles and other personal information because of a year-old bug that overrides individual privacy setting according to Symantec.  The flaw exposed users' access tokens to advertisers and others.  These tokens are an extra set of keys, so to speak, that Facebook uses to post messages or send RSVPs to invitations on behalf of the user and, thus, giving third parties access.  Facebook has fixed the bug, but tokens already exposed may still be widely accessible.  (Source 

Walgreens employee in Benton Township, MI fires multiple gunshots at two masked men brandishing handguns who had entered the store in a pre-dawn robbery causing the would-be robbers to flee empty-handed.  Security camera images indicated the pair wanted to force the four employees into the back room, where the employee who was licensed to carry a concealed handgun was located.  (Source

The British Retail Consortium's most recent Retail Crime Survey shows shoplifting costs the UK's retailers $223 million in 2010.  And while the number of offenses decreased 11%, the average case value increased from $73 to $114.  (Source

Thieves stole 21,000 bottles of vodka from Dan Aykroyd's California warehouse.  The "Blues Brothers" star, who manufactures Crystal Head Vodka, said he was both "distressed and elated" saying, "My partners and I are sorry to lose this much vodka to theft and do not condone criminal activity in any fashion, but we are happy that some consumers will be afforded the opportunity of tasting it at significantly lower than retail price."   The vodka, which comes in a distinctive skull-shaped clear glass bottle, has racked up more than $50 million in sales since it was launched in 2008 by Aykroyd and Newfoundland Liquor Corporation.  (Source

At the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) Annual Convention yesterday morning their president, Jim Donio, said that piracy and rampant illegal downloading worldwide has contributed to a 52% decline in music sales in the past 10 years. "The industry's message about piracy is resonating, Donio said, noting that Vice President Joe Biden has committed the Obama administration's fierce determination to protect the country's intellectual property. "Piracy is outright theft," according to a quote from Biden displayed on the screen during Donio's address. "There's no reason why we should treat intellectual property any different than tangible property."  (Source

Dan O'Connor, President and CEO of RetailNet Group, told an audience at the FMI's (Food Marketing Institute) Future Connect 2011 that the retail landscape of 2015 and beyond will be less familiar and more challenging to store-based operators.  "By 2015, we'll realize we have too many stores,” he said. “E-commerce will take more share from stores.  Moreover, younger, affluent shoppers will increasingly move to online shopping, pulling a critical base from store-based retailers, he added.  Retailers were urged to "create on-ramps for younger consumers to shop your store before they are 25 so they get into a pattern."  (Source

Upcoming event!
May 16-19, 2011
National Level Exercise



Job Opening




Regional Loss Prevention Mgr Burlington Coat Factory AL, MS, TN Region Burlington Coat Factory
Regional Loss Prevention Mgr Burlington Coat Factory AR, LA, OK Region Burlington Coat Factory
Regional Loss Prevention Mgr Burlington Coat Factory Metro NY, NJ and CT Region Burlington Coat Factory
Regional Loss Prevention Mgr Burlington Coat Factory San Antonio Region Burlington Coat Factory
Corporate LP Mgr Confidential NYC, NY Downing & Downing
District Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp. Washington DC Sears Holdings Corp.
District Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp. Honolulu, HI Sears Holdings Corp.
District Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp. Redwood City, CA Sears Holdings Corp.
Regional LP Mgr Sears Holdings Corp. Atlanta, GA Sears Holdings Corp.
Director of Investigations Confidential Dallas, TX Downing & Downing
Director of Loss Prevention Confidential Midwest Downing & Downing
National Account Sales Mgr Confidential New York City, NY Downing & Downing
Asset Protection Manager The Home Depot Phoenix, AZ The Home Depot
Asset Protection Manager The Home Depot Metro Northern NJ The Home Depot
Asset Protection Manager The Home Depot Sacramento, CA The Home Depot
Asset Protection Manager The Home Depot Salem, OR The Home Depot
Asset Protection Manager The Home Depot Detroit, MI The Home Depot
Director of Loss Prevention Confidential California Downing & Downing

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How you leave an employer and how you start with a new employer are very critical segments of time because they can tend to label executives and those labels can last a very long time.  Interesting how short the time periods are relative to an executive's actual career.  But the exiting process and the on-boarding periods leave long-term impressions that follow executives.  Regardless of why an executive leaves, the important thing is to leave professionally, quietly and making sure the employer has a detailed report on all of your projects and work.  And most certainly respect their intellectual property which, in today's world, virtually every company has been a victim of intellectual property theft.  According to most recent surveys, 33% of employees have stolen intellectual property and this is a major concern for every company and is the primary reason some employers require the departing executive to leave the day of their resignation. 

Good Luck

Gus Downing 

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