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Scott Sanford named VP, Asset Protection for Channel Control Merchants

Before joining Channel Control Merchants as VP, Asset Protection, Scott served as Director of Loss Prevention at Gopuff for more than four years. Prior to that, he served as Director of Loss Prevention at Forman Mills for a year and a half. Earlier in his career, he held LP roles with Dollar Express Stores LLC, Barnes & Noble, Lowe's Companies, Dunham's Sporting Goods, and Concord Wrigley Drugs. Congratulations, Scott!

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ADT Commercial unveils new Everon customer engagement platform

ADT Commercial rebrands eSuite customer engagement experience to Everon, with new, action-driven dashboards that bring critical activity to the forefront

ADT Commercial, a leading security integrator and premier provider of commercial security, fire, life safety, and guarding services in the U.S., today launched the redesign, rebrand and user experience transformation of its customer engagement platform to Everon (formerly eSuite).

The development of the modernized Everon platform was driven by years of direct customer feedback to provide a more intuitive, user-friendly experience that boasts a host of new features, system efficiencies, mobile responsiveness and supportive, self-service functions.

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Interface Launches AI-based Intelligent Voice-down System

Versatile solution helps to deter a wide range of security threats and performs operational tasks for consumer-facing businesses.

St. Louis, MO (June 5, 2023) - Interface Systems, a leading managed service provider of business security, actionable insights, and purpose-built networks for multi-location businesses today unveiled an intelligent voice-down system designed to automatically detect and discourage loitering and other suspicious activity in the perimeter of a store or restaurant. By utilizing modern AI-based cameras combined with customizable audio messages, auxiliary lighting, and sirens, the new voice-down system detects people and vehicles loitering or acting suspiciously with 99.9% accuracy and warns them of security presence and possible law enforcement action.

Read more in today's Vendor Spotlight column below

ISCPO Announces Tekwave Solutions as a Preferred Vendor Partner

Offers Innovative Software Solutions to Optimize Operations at the Gate

(June 5th, 2023) -Today, the International Supply Chain Protection Organization (ISCPO) announced that Tekwave Solutions will join as the organization's preferred vendor partner as ISCPO continues to support its members and the supply chain security community. The speed of business has exponentially accelerated the supply chain, and ISCPO members rely on a variety of vendors for innovative tools, technology, and services to help them make their departments and flow of goods run effectively.

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Summer 2023 Weekend Shooting Analysis
America's Crime & Violence Surge Continues

268 Shootings - 65 Killed - 269 Injured in 15 Big Cities Over Last 2 Weekends
The D&D Daily's Big City Weekend Violence Study - Memorial Day to Labor Day

The Daily's annual study analyzes weekend shooting data in 15 major U.S. cities from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend 2023

Starting Memorial Day Weekend, the D&D Daily compiled and analyzed data from 15 major U.S. cities to get a snapshot of summer gun violence.

Over this past weekend, from June 2nd through June 4th, there were 108 shootings recorded in these 15 big cities, resulting in 26 deaths and 109 injuries.

In total, over the past two weekends, these cities have recorded 268 shootings, resulting in 65 deaths and 269 injuries.

The D&D Daily will continue to track this data throughout the summer to capture the weekend violence trend in our nation's big cities as warm weather typically brings about more crime and violence.

Click here to see the list of incidents per city and follow along each week as this spreadsheet will be updated every Monday. docs.google.com

Read more coverage about America's crime and violence surge in the section directly below

The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Retail Associates on the Front Lines of the Violence Surge
Workers just want to do their job, not be on the front lines of public safety

These are the same essential workers who kept New York City alive during the worst of the pandemic.

Imagine you are a worker at a supermarket. You just want to do your job and come home. You did not sign up for anything more, and the last thing our workers want to be is the front lines of public safety, but all too often, they are finding themselves doing just that.

Security focus

The videos from the Collective Action to Protect Our Stores coalition show how often retail theft can turn violent. Some retail workers have been attacked, beaten or threatened.

Retail workers are not trained in self-defense, and we should not be forced to turn our workers into warriors.  Among the many things stores have done is include more security cameras that cover blind spots in our stores, so we can both see if someone is stealing but also if one of our workers is in danger.

Many stores have been forced to hire security guards who are trained for these types of situations. But we don't want to turn our stores into places in need of more security. We don't want to inconvenience shoppers by having them ask for items that are kept under lock and key.

And of course we don't want to be forced to spend money that could be invested into the stores in more security, but for too many stores, the amount of violent action taken against our workers necessitates it.

Tougher penalties

We greatly appreciate the work the New York City Police Department does to keep us safe, and we know Mayor Adams takes retail theft seriously. Their report on retail theft had good suggestions that will make our stores safer.

But the sad truth is too many workers have been attacked, too many stores have been robbed, and too many customers have been placed in danger, which is why we need the state to step up with tougher penalties for recidivist shoplifters and those who attack retail workers. nypost.com

NY Bill Proposes Making Attacks on Retail Workers an Automatic Felony
Op-Ed: Shoplifters are LITERALLY killing folks. It's time to end the madness
The shoplifters are winning - and they're causing untold misery for shoppers, retailers and store workers across the nation. When will this utter madness end?

When will Gov. Kathy Hochul and New York lawmakers realize they need to make attacks on retail workers an automatic felony - and see that the perps suffer real consequences - in order to stem the tide?

Stores throughout the city are locking merchandise behind plastic barriers. And raising prices. (If not closing altogether.)

Progressives excuse it by claiming shoplifting is a crime of poverty, and prog prosecutors turn around and vow not to go after the thieves.

Now-ousted San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin proposed to fight the scourge by addressing "root causes." Manhattan's Alvin Bragg promised during his campaign to go soft on retail theft, and delivered. Chicago's Kim Foxx dramatically eased felony requirements for shoplifting almost as soon as she came into office.

Boston's DA until last year, Rachael Rollins, ordered her prosecutors not to go after shoplifters without special permission from their bosses.

The result: Retail theft - no matter how serious, and even when perpetrated by organized-crime gangs - has been de facto legalized in blue cities (a problem aggravated by shrinking police forces and perverse pro-criminal reforms).

Something must be done. The bill from Sen. Jessica Scarcella-Spanton (D-Staten Island) and Assemblyman Manny De Los Santos (D-Inwood) currently in committee in New York's Legislature to make attacking retail workers an automatic felony would be a more-than-necessary start.

Unless and until lefty DAs wake up, the social decay, economic pillage and tragic bloodshed they've authored will continue. nypost.com

COVID Masks & Online Marketplaces to Blame for Violent ORC Surge?
Deaths of 2 Home Depot workers illustrate surge in organized retail crime
As Home Depot executives describe it, that New York-area crew is part of a growing threat to Americans across the country: so-called organized retail crime, where groups of criminals steal prized items to sell online or elsewhere.

While this kind of theft has been around for years, retailers say it's reached unprecedented levels, sparking deadly violence at some stores. And federal authorities now warn it's become an "absolute threat" to public safety and public health, declaring that violent gangs, dangerous international crime syndicates, and even groups with suspected ties to terrorism are increasingly dabbling in organized retail crime across the United States.

"Organized retail crime is what I call theft for greed, not theft for need," said Scott Glenn, vice president for asset protection at The Home Depot, which has been hit hard by organized retail theft. "[But] they don't just come to a Home Depot and then decide to go home ... they go to Target, they go to Lowe's, they go to CVS, they go anywhere."

The groups behind organized retail theft can be expansive -- "like your traditional organized crime families," as Glenn put it -- or, as Aguilar noted, they can be just two or three people working together.

Glenn said The Home Depot investigated about 400 cases of suspected organized retail theft in the past year alone -- more than one per day -- and that the numbers are "growing double digits year over year."

Asked what's behind the recent spike of organized retail crime, Glenn cited two things in particular: the proliferation of masks during the COVID-19 pandemic, which allowed people to stay "a little bit more anonymous," as he put it, and the explosion of online marketplaces, where people can be even more anonymous. msn.com

   RELATED: Big name retail stores now targeted by gangs in organized hits

The Robin Report ORC Podcast
Organized Retail Crime Takes a Bite Out of Profits
Organized Retail Crime is growing and a $95 billion problem, not to mention its impact on putting employees and shoppers at risk. These crime syndicates resell stolen goods and use the money to fund other illegal activities.

Join Robin Lewis and Shelley E. Kohan, TRR's strategist, as they discuss how ORC is keeping retail CEOs up at night, is eating away at already-stressed margins, and is becoming a safety issue for the workforce and customers.

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Watch Out For the Next TikTok Challenge - It's Happening in Other Cities
Grand Theft Auto NC: Lawlessness and 'TikTok challenge' lead to boom in car theft
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department says car theft is the top contributor to rising crime in North Carolina's largest city, rising 99% in the first quarter of 2023. In 2022, there were 738 auto thefts after the first quarter of the year, and in the first quarter of 2023, there have been 1,468.

Like in Raleigh, the Charlotte police pointed, not to rising lawlessness among the population, but to external factors - in this case, a challenge on the social media platform TikTok that encouraged people to steal cars, specifically Kias and Hyundais.

There has also been a rise in brazen heists at car dealerships across the state. Over $1 million worth of vehicles were taken just between Feb. 19 and March 13 in four well-planned heists targeting dealerships in Lexington, Charlotte, Cornelius, and Hickory.

It seems like a sort of "gamification" of life as they spend more and more of their time online, whether it's playing video games, browsing social media, or being otherwise involved in virtual worlds.

Whatever else explains the rise in car theft - whether social media, poor security, or organized crime - the underlying culprit is lawlessness. carolinajournal.com

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Shoplifting on the rise in East Hollywood & Silver Lake

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Target Hit with Bomb Threats & Protesters Over Pride Month Controversy
Pride Month: Anti-LGBTQ+ group protests outside Target in Miami's Midtown
"Boycott Target," a two-minute track by Kurt Jantz, better known as rapper Forgiato Blow, shot to number one on iTunes' Top Ten Chart this week. It was in response to Pride Month merchandise featuring the rainbow flag in support of the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities.

"Inside this store, Satan resides. Wash it with the blood of Christ," sings the self-proclaimed "Mayor Of MAGAville" rapper from St. Petersburg, who often pretends to be former President Donald Trump's nephew.

Although a Local 10 crew only spotted Pride Month booze Thursday at the Target in Miami's Midtown neighborhood, a spokesperson for the company claims that Pride merchandise is available for sale at all Target stores. Less than a dozen anti-LGBTQ+ protesters demonstrated against the sale of the items outside The Shops of Midtown, at 3401 N Miami Ave.

Retailers such as Kohl's, Walmart and PetSmart have also felt backlash from the far right for stocking items that extol equal rights and acceptance for gay, lesbian and transgender individuals.

In Target's case, though, it has pulled its Pride merchandise and promotional materials back from store windows in recent days after a string of threats and harassment against employees. The move then sparked multiple bomb threats, targeting stores in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Utah, from people claiming to be angry about the removal of merchandise.

At the Target in South Florida, shoppers have called employees "child groomers," a far-right slang term for pedophiles, and accused them of "shoving your woke agenda down our throats," according to the manager who spoke to The Washington Post.

One employee felt the company had abandoned its LGBTQ+ employees by pulling back its merchandise. But he also can see reasons for backing down because the harassment from customers makes him feel unsafe washingtonpost.com local10.com

San Francisco's Retail Collapse Continues
But will a $6 million dollar investment save the city?

'Is this street going to be dead?' Inside one of the last big stores in a famous S.F. retail hub
Urban Outfitters, a "lifestyle retailer" that carries an eclectic mixture of clothing, accessories and home goods aimed at youthful shoppers, is among very few long-time retailers remaining on the section of Powell Street near the cable-car turnaround. All around it, vacant storefronts bear the names of hopeful real estate brokers seeking new tenants.

That tourist-laden area is so crucial to the city that Mayor London Breed has targeted the three-block stretch of Powell from Market Street to Geary Street for a $6 million facelift.

"This stretch of Powell Street should be a destination filled with activity, shopping, and dining," Breed said in a statement announcing the plan to widen sidewalks and replace aging metallic grates and benches - and, most crucially, lure new tenants for the numerous vacancies.

Urban Outfitters' only neighbor on its side of Powell Street, the Gap, shut down its flagship store in 2020, a victim of the pandemic. Next, Gap will shutter its huge Old Navy store across Market Street on July 1. The closures of fast-fashion stores H&M and Uniqlo add to Powell Street's numerous vacancies. Around the corner on Market Street, Anthropologie - owned by Urban Outfitters - shut down last month.

The revitalization plan doesn't directly address urban woes such as crime and homelessness, however, and it was those issues, along with the vacancies, that most Urban Outfitters shoppers commented on.

Urban Outfitters carries its own scar of some of those issues: One huge floor-to-ceiling glass window is boarded up on its Ellis Street side. A security guard said it was shattered by a tossed rock several weeks ago and didn't know when it might be replaced. sfchronicle.com

'Landmark' Legislation Hits Fast-Food Franchisors in CA
Calif. Assembly OKs bill making fast-food franchisors liable for franchisees' labor practices

The landmark legislation codifies a re-definition of franchisors and franchisees as "joint employers." It now heads to the Senate.

Fast-food franchisors would be accountable for the employment policies and practices of their franchisees in California under a bill passed yesterday by the state's Assembly.

The measure essentially codifies that large chains like McDonald's or Chipotle are by definition the joint employers of franchisees' workers, a designation franchisors have been vigorously fighting in California, the nation's largest fast-food market, and elsewhere.

The bill-the Fast-Food Franchisor Responsibility Act, or AB 1228-would make franchisors of brands with at least 100 units nationwide the first party to address allegations that a franchised store in California had violated a state employment rule. A copy of any complaint alleging a violation would be submitted to the franchisor of the accused store. The franchisor would then have 30 days to resolve the problem, or 60 days if an extension is requested.

If the situation is not rectified, both the franchisor and franchisee employing the complainant would be subject to sanctions and court actions.

The measure also states that franchisors can be sued by franchisees in California if the chain's franchise agreement impedes the licensee's compliance with state labor laws restaurantbusinessonline.com

Consumers to Spend Record Amount for Father's Day
Consumers will collectively spend a record-high $22.9 billion to celebrate Father's Day this year, according to the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. Total expected spending for the holiday is up from last year's $20 billion and exceeds the previous record of $20.1 billion in 2021. nrf.com

Buy Buy Baby may survive Bed Bath & Beyond's bankruptcy

Facing almost $1 billion in debt, Philly mall owner deals with post-pandemic hangover

Walmart reiterates goal of doubling international gross merchandise in five years

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Fox Business Episode Covers ORC with Matt Shay, President NRF

Retailers Nationwide Call Out ORC As Industry Wide Problem That Needs Action
NRF VP LP Dave Johnston reiterated it's not just about protecting profits. It is about protecting employees and customers as these crimes have gotten more violent.

Kohl's, Foot Locker, Target, Walmart say brazen retail theft worsening 

Matt Shay, NRF President, says on Fox Business episode that right below the normal economic concerns worrying everyone ORC is the #1 concern amongst retail CEO's

The nation's largest retailers are still feeling the effects of brazen retail theft despite their best efforts to prevent loss and increase safety for customers and employees.

The issue is putting employee and customer safety at risk, and also taking a toll on the profits of companies across the industry. Experts project things will continue to get worse unless laws are enacted to better assist in the federal investigation and prosecution of organized retail crime and recovery of lost goods.

In 2022, total shrink - the loss of inventory due to circumstances such as retail theft - cost retailers nearly $100 billion, and it is only getting worse, David Johnston, vice president of asset protection and retail operations for the National Retail Federation (NRF), told FOX Business. 

"Based on what we're hearing already from many of these CEOs and based on what we're experiencing daily in retailers across the nation... I do foresee us to have a much higher loss in 2023," Johnston said. foxbusiness.com

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Interface Launches AI-based Intelligent
Voice-down System

Versatile solution helps to deter a wide range of security threats and performs operational tasks for consumer-facing businesses.

St. Louis, MO (June 5, 2023) - Interface Systems, a leading managed service provider of business security, actionable insights, and purpose-built networks for multi-location businesses today unveiled an intelligent voice-down system designed to automatically detect and discourage loitering and other suspicious activity in the perimeter of a store or restaurant. By utilizing modern AI-based cameras combined with customizable audio messages, auxiliary lighting, and sirens, the new voice-down system detects people and vehicles loitering or acting suspiciously with 99.9% accuracy and warns them of security presence and possible law enforcement action.

Unlike solutions with a simple binary response, Interface's autonomous voice-down solution utilizes multi-staged announcement progressions combined with additional visual and audible deterrents offering bespoke responses to suit varied contexts such as vandalism, loitering, dumpster diving, unwarranted drop-offs after business hours, and more. In particular, the system acts as a potent burglary deterrent by targeting persons and vehicles that dwell near doors and other points of entry after hours.

Future product updates will include a direct link to live intervention specialists at Interface Systems' iSOCs (interactive Security Operation Centers). The system is currently being piloted by top-tier retailers, restaurants, and car washes in several markets. Available to be deployed covertly or overtly, the solution can function as a standalone system or can be integrated with existing qualified AI-enabled security cameras that may have been already deployed.

"The intelligent voice-down product addresses specific challenges for our multi-location consumer-facing business markets. This is a perfect example of how Interface Systems can rapidly innovate based on customer demand. It's the unique, customizable multi-stage aspect of this solution that truly sets it apart," says Brian Garavuso, Chief Technology Officer, Interface Systems.

The AI-based intelligent voice-down system is versatile and can also be used to take on non-security tasks such as providing routine announcements to welcome customers during operating hours or to remind employees of operational procedures. Interface provides a library of customized audio announcements, but businesses can elect to use their own recordings if desired. The system is also remotely configurable allowing changes to be made at any time without deploying technicians onsite.

Click here to learn more about the solution.







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Sports Warehouse Fined $300K for Data Breach Affecting 2.5M Consumers
New York Attorney General seeks fine over Sports Warehouse data breach
Online sporting goods retailer Sports Warehouse must pay the state of New York $300,000 in penalties for a data breach affecting 2.5 million consumers. According to the New York Attorney General, Sports Warehouse had poor data security that left it vulnerable to a data breach in 2021 which compromised consumers' private information, including credit card information and email addresses for more than 136,000 New Yorkers.

In 2021, an attacker gained access to Sports Warehouse's subsidiary servers, apparently by attempting to identify login credentials through repeated trial and error. After gaining access to the companies' servers, the attacker created several web shells to gain remote access to the Sports Warehouse companies' commerce server, which contained payment card information for nearly every purchase made through their websites since 2002. The investigation by the Sports Warehouse companies found that the attacker had also accessed certain customers' email addresses and passwords. In total, the attackers potentially accessed the non-expired payment card information of as many as 1,813,224 consumers, including 101,558 New Yorkers, and the login credentials of 1,180,939 consumers, including 82,757 New Yorkers.

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) determined that the Sports Warehouse companies failed to adopt reasonable practices to protect consumers' personal information. In particular, OAG found that Sports Warehouse companies failed to encrypt consumers' private information on its servers and adopt appropriate data deletion practices.

As a result of the agreement, the Sports Warehouse companies must pay the state $300,000 in penalties and adopt measures to better protect the personal information of consumers going forward, including:

Maintaining a comprehensive information security program that includes regular updates to keep pace with changes in technology and security threats and reporting security risks to the companies' leadership.

Encrypting the private information the companies collect, use, store and maintain.

Strengthening the requirements for customers' passwords and hash all stored passwords.

Developing a penetration testing program that includes regular testing of the companies' network security.

Updating their data collection and retention practices, including only collecting data to the minimum extent necessary to perform legitimate business functions and permanently deleting all such data when there is no longer a reasonably foreseeable business or legal purpose to retain such information.

Economic Uncertainty Hitting Cybersecurity Budgets
Cybersecurity Budgets Aren't Untouchable

Economic uncertainty is forcing cost curbs on cybersecurity departments, which are unaccustomed to hearing 'no'

Cybersecurity leaders at delivery giant FedEx and cruise company Carnival are dealing with a tight economy by consolidating tech vendors and rethinking financial strategies.

AdvertisementAfter seeing his budget double in the past five years, FedEx Global Chief Information Officer Gene Sun faces a new reality in which decreased package shipping globally has led to a drop in revenue and layoffs at the company. Cost-cutting measures continue companywide.

Gatha Sadhir, global CISO at Carnival, has been managing economic pain for the past few years as inflation and geopolitical risks grew and the Covid-19 pandemic halted the cruise industry. Emergency health rules essentially meant Carnival didn't operate for 18 months, said Sadhir, also speaking at the forum.

"Budgets overall were severely controlled across the board and cybersecurity was no exception," she said.

Sun and Sadhir offered tactics to check cybersecurity spending as fellow security chiefs contend with their own belt-tightening, starting with paring the number of vendors they manage.

"Digital sprawl" also creates extra expense, he said. Over the years, FedEx has come to run thousands of firewalls at its many facilities worldwide, some of which do duplicate work and should be trimmed, he said. "I don't really need two special-purpose devices to do what can be done by one." wsj.com

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Pressure on CISOs Continues to Grow
Organizations are placing OT cybersecurity responsibility on CISOs
Protecting operational technology (OT) systems is now more critical than ever as more organizations connect their OT environments to the internet, according to Fortinet.

OT continues to be targeted by cybercriminals

While the number of organizations that did not incur a cybersecurity intrusion improved dramatically YoY (from 6% in 2022 to 25% in 2023), there is still significant room for improvement. In fact, three-fourths of OT organizations reported at least one intrusion in the last year.

Intrusions from malware (56%) and phishing (49%) were once again the most common type of incidents reported, and nearly one-third of respondents reported being victims of a ransomware attack in the last year (32%, unchanged from 2022).

Best practices for OT security

Develop a vendor and OT cybersecurity platform strategy. Consolidation reduces complexity and accelerates outcomes.

Seek to engage with vendors with a wide portfolio of solutions that can provide the basic solutions of asset inventory and segmentation and more advanced solutions.

Deploy network access control (NAC) technology. Solving challenges associated with securing ICS, SCADA, IoT, BYOD, and other endpoints requires advanced network access control to be part of a comprehensive security architecture.

Employ a zero-trust approach. Implement the basic steps of asset inventory and segmentation, and provide continuous verification of all users, applications, and devices seeking access to critical assets.

Incorporate cybersecurity awareness education and training. Cybersecurity training remains critical as the cybersecurity battle requires the collective empowerment of all employees to have the knowledge and awareness to work together to protect themselves and their organization's data. helpnetsecurity.com

Deepfake Fraud Doubles in North America
Vendor claims deepfake fraud 'doubles' in North America
Instances of deepfake fraud doubled in North America between 2022 and Q1 2023 according to a new report from London-based identity verification platform sumsub. This proportion jumped from 0.2% to 2.6% in the U.S, and from 0.1% to 4.6% in Canada. Simultaneously, printed forgeries, which represented between 4% to 5% of all fraud in 2022, dropped to just 0% in the most recent quarter.

The most popular type of fraud in the U.S. and Canada as per the report was liveness bypass, a method of fraud where criminals swap in or edit biometric data. This accounted for 34% of fraud cases in the U.S. and 22% of those in Canada.

Coming in second was the use of edited ID cards, playing part in 22% of fraud cases in the U.S. and 24% of those recorded in Canada. Forged ID cards were the third most popular method, playing a part in 17% of fraud cases in the U.S, compared to 18% in Canada.

In addition, Sumsub found that the top three industries affected by fraud in the U.S. were IT services for both 2022 and Q1 2023, classifieds, and crypto. Sumsub isn't the only identity verification vendor who has been looking to highlight the incoming risks posed by deepfake fraud in recent months. biometricupdate.com

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Online Shopping Scams Fueled By Social Media
Social media sites are wild west for shopping fraud, says UK bank

Firms 'should contribute to refunds' as two-thirds of online scams now originate in Facebook and Instagram

More than two-thirds of all online shopping scams affecting UK consumers start on Facebook and Instagram, with social media now a "wild west" for fraud, according to one of Britain's biggest banks.

Research from Lloyds Banking Group estimates that someone in the UK falls victim to a purchase scam originating in one of the two Meta-owned platforms every seven minutes - costing consumers more than £500,000 a week.

Lloyds said tech companies needed to contribute to refunds when their platforms are used "to defraud innocent victims".

The intervention demonstrates a hardening of the battle lines between Britain's banks and the tech firms - in particular Meta, which in addition to Facebook and Instagram also owns WhatsApp. Lloyds is the second bank in a month to publicly name Meta, after TSB said there had been a huge jump in the number of scams originating from sites and apps owned by the California-based company.

Just over a fortnight ago the banking industry body UK Finance accused social media companies of "profiting" from scams taking place on their platforms and called on them to reimburse victims.

The growth in online shopping has been accompanied by a surge in criminals tricking people into paying for goods and services that do not exist. Victims are lured by the promise of cut-price or hard-to-find items, often advertised via social media, and are typically asked to send money directly from their account to another account via bank transfer. Lloyds said that sometimes users "don't know if the user profile and item are genuine".

Clothes, trainers, gaming consoles and mobile phones were among the most common goods being falsely advertised, said Lloyds. theguardian.com

Amazon Union Retaliation?
Amazon fires Alabama warehouse worker who led union push
n Amazon worker who helped lead a milestone organizing effort to form what would have been the company's first US union at a warehouse in Alabama said she has been fired by the e-commerce giant.

Jennifer Bates became the face of the effort to unionize an Amazon facility in Bessemer, Alabama, back in 2021 when she testified before lawmakers about her "grueling" experience working at the company.

The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), which spearheaded the so-far unsuccessful effort to unionize the Bessemer facility, said on Friday she was fired by Amazon after returning from medical leave following injuries sustained on the job.

"I've given my back to Amazon these past three years. I've given my arms and shoulders to Amazon these past three years. And I've given every fiber of my soul into organizing Amazon these past three years," Bates said in a statement Friday. "For them to treat me like this is unfathomable."

"But let me be clear, Amazon," she added, "your termination of my employment will not stifle workers organizing, for when you fire leaders, it only brings more people ignited into the movement."

An Amazon spokesperson told CNN that Bates "has the opportunity to appeal the decision." cnn.com

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Dallas, TX: Texas police arrest 8 people for alleged involvement in smash-and-grab operation of over 50 ATMs
Texas police arrested eight individuals last week for allegedly burglarizing more than 50 automated teller machines (ATM) in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. The Plano Police Department said investigators and members of SWAT arrested eight suspects as they were stealing an ATM from a 7-Eleven on Fort Worth Drive in Denton, Texas at about 6 a.m. on June 1. Prior to the arrests, detectives with the Plano Police Department received information about an ATM burglary that happened on 14th Street in Plano just before 6:30 a.m. on May 25. During the burglary, five suspects backed a pickup truck into the front of the store, smashing out the window.

The suspects then wrapped a chain around the machine and pulled the ATM out of the convenience store, while the clerk stood behind the counter. Police said the suspects got away with an unknown amount of cash, though the damage to the building was expected to cost the business thousands of dollars to repair. Detectives also learned of numerous smash and grab incidents across the DFW Metroplex, resulting in a multi-jurisdictional investigation involving police from Plano, Coppell, Dallas, Euless, Frisco, Garland and Grapevine.
The Department of Public Safety and 7-Eleven Zone Asset Protection manager also assisted in the investigation, which resulted in the arrests.   foxnews.com

Iowa man arrested after stealing $30,000 in merch from retail store
On May 23rd, 2023, Cedar Falls Police responded to a burglary that occurred at a retail store in the 2600 block of Center Street. Responders learned that in the early morning hours, a subject cut a lock on the perimeter fence and accessed locked buildings, and loaded boxed items and lawnmowers into his truck. It was determined the individual stole merchandise estimated to be worth over $30,000.  kcrg.com

Springfield, NJ: Police Recover $650+ in Stolen Merchandise During Arrest

Cotati, CA: 3 women with 'multiple bags of stolen merchandise' arrested at Walgreens

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Shootings & Deaths

San Antonio, TX: Man shot, killed 'in cold blood' as he got hair cut at North Star Mall
The man who was shot and killed at North Star Mall on Sunday afternoon has been identified by the Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office. Adam Glass, 33, was pronounced dead at the scene after 3 p.m. at the mall, located at San Pedro Avenue and Loop 410 on the North Side. Original (3:36 p.m. Sunday): A man was shot and killed as he got his hair cut at North Star Mall on Sunday afternoon, according to San Antonio police. APD public information officer Nick Soliz said two gunmen went up to the victim in the barber shop and shot him "in cold blood" just after 3 p.m. The man, believed to be in his early 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene. Details are still limited, and the investigation is ongoing, but Soliz said they believe it was a targeted attack. "Although I said it was an active investigation, our victim's getting a haircut on a Sunday at the mall, and two suspects come in and shoot him in cold blood in the middle of the day," he said. "I think at this time we have reason to believe it is in fact a targeted situation."  local21news.com

Citrus County, FL: 1 hospitalized with 'multiple gunshot wounds' after shooting at Dollar General; suspect in custody
One person was hospitalized with "multiple gunshot wounds" after the Citrus County Sheriff's Office responded to reports of an armed suspect "with apparent gunfire" at a Dollar General Sunday. According to the sheriff's office, the shooting occurred at the Dollar General along Gulf to Lake and N Dunkenfield Ave. in Crystal River. CCSO said the suspect is in custody. There is no threat to public safety at this time. The sheriff's office said the victim was taken to the hospital by an ambulance due to the weather.  wfla.com

Allentown, PA: Gunfire reported at auto parts store in south Allentown
In south Allentown, the parking lot of an auto parts store was turned into a crime scene after apparent gunfire Sunday afternoon. Police were called to the Auto Zone between South 4th and 5th streets around 4 p.m. Officers were outside the store for over two hours talking with witnesses and collecting evidence.  wfmz.com

Bloomington, IN: Man arrested after shooting out windows, stealing items at College Mall

Virginia Beach, VA: Man shot by customer during 7-Eleven robbery spree gets 25 years

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Pointe Vedra Beach, FL: Suspect in stabbing at Ponte Vedra shopping center was teenager, witnesses say
Witnesses say a teenage boy stabbed a mother and daughter, as well as a man who tried to intervene, at Mr. Chubby's Wings in Ponte Vedra around 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office says a suspect has been arrested in the incident. St. Johns County Fire Rescue and SJCSO confirmed that four patients were taken to the hospital from the scene. They were not able to confirm the condition of the injured people at this time. The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office says four people were injured, one was life flighted in a helicopter and another was taken in a trauma unit. Forensics teams and detectives continued to investigate the scene Saturday night. firstcoastnews.com

Florida woman charged after car catches fire with kids inside while she was allegedly shoplifting
A Florida woman was charged with aggravated child neglect and arson after her car caught on fire - with children inside - while she was allegedly shoplifting at a mall, according to an arrest report. Alicia Moore was allegedly shoplifting inside a Dillard's department store at Oviedo Mall on May 26 when her car caught on fire, an arrest report filed by the Oviedo Police Department and sent to USA TODAY shows. Moore left her car parked outside the department store with children inside, the report said. While Moore was allegedly shoplifting, bystanders saw the car burst into flames and quickly rescued the children who were trying to escape the vehicle, according to the report. As Moore was leaving the department store, she saw her car in flames and dropped the merchandise before exiting the store, the report says. Moore is being held on $40,000 bail. She is charged with neglect of a child with great bodily harm and first degree arson, according to a Seminole County Sheriff's Office report.  youtube.com

Abington, MA: Man Stabbed Multiple Times Near Abington Liquor and Deli Store

Chicago, IL: 4 restaurants robbed within 30 minutes on North Side

Lehigh Acres, FL: Three women, wearing the same outfit, on the run after committing grand theft in a CVS

Starkville, MS: Dollar General Armed Robber turns himself in to law enforcement

Miami Gardens, FL: Box-wearing thief loses disguise long enough to be identified and arrested

Prescott Valley, AZ: Bear found roaming near a Prescott Valley Safeway Sunday morning



Auto - Denver, CO - Burglary
C-Store - New York, NY - Robbery / shot fired
C-Store- Baton Rouge, LA - Burglary
C-Store - Catawba County, NC - Burglary
C-Store - Dallas, TX - Armed Robbery / cust wounded
C-Store - Enumclaw, WA - Burglary
Cellphone - Miami Gardens, FL - Robbery
CVS - Lehigh Acres, FL - Robbery
Jewelry - Springfield, MO - Robbery
Jewelry - North Little Rock, AR - Robbery
Jewelry - Oxford, AL - Robbery
Jewelry - Central Valley, NY - Robbery
Jewelry - Garden City, NY - Robbery
Jewelry - Escondido, CA - Burglary
Mall - Bloomington, IN - Burglary
Restaurant - Ahwatukee, AZ - Burglary
Restaurant - Chicago, IL - Burglary
Restaurant - Chicago, IL - Burglary
Restaurant - Chicago, IL - Burglary
Restaurant - Chicago, IL - Burglary
Tobacco - Staten Island, NY - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Cotati, CA - Robbery 


Daily Totals:
• 11 robberies
• 11 burglaries
• 2 shootings
• 0 killed

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