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NRF Hires Paige Hahn to Executive Leadership Team

The National Retail Federation announced that Paige Hahn has been named Senior Vice President of Membership and Development.

Hahn has more than 20 years of experience in growing revenue for membership programs, issue-based campaigns and political organizations. Her past clients have included the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where she managed a $30 million portfolio made up of both membership and issue-based campaign funds. She raised more than $50 million for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's voter education program and most recently led the $80 million capital campaign to build an education center for the 9/11 Memorial Fund.

Hahn has also served as Finance Director for the Republican Governors Association and Vice President of Sales and Business Development at the Direct Marketing Association as well as chief fundraiser for a number of high-profile political organizations and political campaigns. Read more here

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Theft Soars After Felony Threshold Increase
Oklahoma lawmaker seeks legislation to address retail theft

A state lawmaker wants to revisit legislation passed in 2016 that changed the rules for filing felony charges against people accused of theft.

State Rep. Rande Worthen, a Republican from Lawton and former Comanche County prosecutor, said he's concerned that the change has resulted in an increase in crime. Thieves who in the past might have worried about facing a felony charge if the value of their items stolen exceeded $500 now won't necessarily worry until the value of stolen items exceeds $1,000, Worthen said.

The lawmaker hosted an interim study on the matter recently at the Capitol. Whereas in the past someone convicted of theft involving more than $500 might have faced felony prosecution, now the case would be considered petty larceny and would carry a fine of only $500 and a possible 30-day jail term.

During the interim study, District 5 District Attorney Kyle Cabelka told lawmakers that since the minimum amount of property that must be stolen to merit felony prosecution was raised in 2016, his district has seen a dramatic increase in petty larceny. He said many thieves apparently plan ahead before stealing to purposefully keep total costs of items below $1,000, so that if they're caught, they'll face lighter punishment.

"I believe because the punishment is so minimal, we continue to see it happen over and over and over again," he said.

Oklahoma City Police Department Detective Jason Miller agreed that the change in law in 2016 seemed to embolden thieves. The OKCPD's Organized Retail Crime Unit was created in 2017 in response to a "significant uptick" in retail crime, he said.

Miller noted that people sometimes travel from out of state to commit retail theft in Oklahoma because they consider risks to be worth it.

"When a punishment is so light that it's worth the risk of getting caught, it puts Oklahomans in danger and costs taxpayer dollars," Worthen said.  journalrecord.com

Big City Crime Exodus
More than 20% of homebuyers in New York, LA and San Francisco looking to uproot to different cities to escape violence and recession, study shows

In LA, where robberies are up nearly 14 percent, 6,720 homebuyers hope to move to San Diego and Las Vegas

More than 20 percent of homebuyers living in New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles are looking to escape the Dem-led, crime-ridden cities. A new Redfin migration report shows that about 9,072 homebuyers in San Francisco are looking to move to either Sacramento, California, and Seattle.

In LA, about 6,720 homebuyer are looking for homes in San Diego and Las Vegas, and in New York City, 6,372 home shoppers hope to ditch the Big Apple for Miami.

The cities, which have all seen a spike in violent crime this year, are leading the latest exodus as Redfin reports nearly 24 percent of homebuyers in the US are looking to leave big cities amid the cost of living crisis.

The report also shows that Sacramento enjoyed the most new residents moving in during the third fiscal quarter, gaining about 8,700 new homeowners. Miami followed with a net inflow of 8,000 people, with Las Vegas coming in third with 7,000 new homeowners.

In Redfin's latest migration trend report, along with San Francisco, LA, and NYC, the other cities losing out on residents were Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Denver, Seattle and Minneapolis.

The other cities gaining the most residents include San Diego, Tampa, Phoenix, Cape Coral, Florida; North Port, Florida; Dallas and Portland, Maine. dailymail.co.uk

10 Killed, 46 Injured in Halloween Weekend Mass Shootings
U.S. Cities Hit by Nine Mass Shootings Over Holiday Weekend
Halloween became particularly frightening for many people at festivities across the United States during the past weekend. There were nine mass shootings over the holiday weekend, including several in crowded places, The Washington Post reported.

Between Friday night and Monday night on Halloween weekend, at least 10 people were killed and 46 injured in mass shootings, the GVA found. This is similar to the number of casualties and shootings that took place over the holiday weekend in 2021.

In Chicago, at least 14 people, including three children, were injured in a drive-by shooting on Halloween, CBS News reported. A person was also hit by a car at the scene, police said. Two gunmen apparently fired at random into a crowd, and their motive is unknown.

In Kansas, City, Kansas, one person is in police custody and others are being sought after a shooting at a Halloween party on 31 October that left one 17-year-old dead and six other teenagers injured, Fox4 KC reported. The shooters wore masks or other Halloween costumes, which made the investigation more difficult, police said.

So far in 2022, there have been 577 mass shootings and 31 mass murders in the United States, according to the GVA. There were 611 mass shootings in all of 2020, and 417 in 2019.

A 2021 study found that mass shootings in the United States increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, and in Chicago, shooting incidents were up 64 percent comparing a period in 2021 against 2019.

"The large increase in mass shootings during the pandemic is consistent with the idea that this violence may be influenced by social and economic factors, the researchers wrote," according to CNN. Active assailant incidents are also increasing in the United States, doubling from 20 incidents to 40 between 2016 and 2020, the FBI found. asisonline.org

'Immediate' Policing Shift Under New San Francisco DA
Are S.F. police behaving differently under Brooke Jenkins than Chesa Boudin? Study finds immediate shift
San Francisco police officers stepped up street enforcement in significant ways after District Attorney Chesa Boudin was recalled and replaced by mayoral appointee Brooke Jenkins, a new analysis of city data finds.

In the three months since Jenkins was sworn in July 8, police initiated eight more traffic stops per day on average when compared with the three months before - an increase of nearly 30%.

Also in the 45 days after Jenkins was sworn in, officers made 10 additional "public order" stops per day, a 20% increase, according to the analysis.

The jump in stops raises questions about whether the change was driven by the replacement of a progressive, reformist prosecutor with a more moderate district attorney who has publicly pledged to increase punishment for people accused of crime.

The study did not show any significant uptick in police response to violent crimes such as assault or property-related offenses like burglary and shoplifting.

The analysis conducted in partnership with The Chronicle suggests that while San Francisco's switch in district attorneys hasn't significantly impacted actual crime rates in the city, it has influenced police behavior.

Jenkins, a former employee of Boudin's who supported his recall, has pledged to restore "law and order to San Francisco." While her charging rates for most offenses are so far comparable with Boudin's, she has said publicly she supports police efforts to crack down on lower-level offenses. sfchronicle.com

Are Crime Crackdowns Working?
It's been 10 months since a shooting has been reported at Lenox Mall

The shopping mall had almost 500 crimes committed in the area this year, but none of them were shootings.

As Atlanta works to flag "nuisance businesses" and bring crime down, police and city leaders are taking a strategic approach to target previously embattled areas. It seems to be working- at least, in the case of Lenox Square Mall.

Lenox Square Mall has not had any shootings to date this year, according to a spokesperson for the Atlanta Police Department. The APD Crime map shows the only incident this year involving a firearm was a robbery, which didn't lead to a shooting.

The shopping mall had almost 500 crimes committed in the area this year, but none of them were shootings, the crime map indicated.

Last year, Lenox had over 400 reported crimes in the area. The last known shooting in the shopping mall area happened back in August 2021 with an aggravated assault case. 11alive.com

Chicago PD Staffing Shortages
Staffing shortages in Chicago Police Department negatively affecting reform effort, court monitor reports
The Chicago police office that oversees the massive reform of the department is suffering from staffing shortages that could impede the court-ordered overhaul of the department.

“Reduced staffing in the Chicago Police Department, including its Office of Constitutional Policing and Reform, has slowed the City’s and CPD’s ability to engage with Chicago’s communities and demonstrate compliance with the Consent Decree,” the release said.

In her report, Hickey also noted that police departments across the country are suffering from staffing shortages.

“Staffing and resource issues, for example, have negatively affected the City’s and the CPD’s progress toward simultaneously and sufficiently providing training, supervision, and officer-wellness,” chicagotribune.com

Progressives Under Fire in Portland
'People are mad': Portland votes on government changes
Homelessness and gun violence are surging and parts of downtown are struggling, unable to recover from the coronavirus pandemic and the racial justice protests that gripped the city in 2020.

Now voters are deciding on a ballot measure that would completely overhaul City Hall. The proposal would scrap a century-old commission form of government that Portland is the last major U.S. city to use, and also implement a rare form of ranked choice voting.

Portland is known for its progressive politics. But many residents now think it's on the wrong track, thrusting matters of municipal bureaucracy into the political spotlight as outside funding pours in. yahoo.com

Organized retail theft is a growing problem in Arizona
Organized retail theft is a growing problem, both here in Arizona and across the country and around the world. A recent panel hosted by Arizona State University and the Arizona Chamber Foundation looked into the issue and ways to try to combat it.

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COVID Update

636.8M Vaccinations Given

US: 99.4M Cases - 1M Dead - 97M Recovered
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New Nationwide COVID Wave Coming?
A COVID BQ wave that started in New York has already reached California. It's about to engulf the rest of the nation, experts say
When it comes to COVID, New York is experiencing a wave of highly transmissible, immune-evasive BQ infections-and it's the epicenter of a national wave, experts say.

BQ variants represented a third of reported New York cases as of Monday-and 15% of cases in California, according to data from GISAID, an international research organization that tracks changes in COVID and the flu virus.

With testing and viral sequencing at all-time lows, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the BQ family actually composes a greater share of COVID cases-nearly 43% in the New York region, and nearly 23% in the California region.

With the family of variants now trending on both the East and West Coasts, experts say it's only a matter of time before the wave engulfs the rest of the country. It will likely bring a rising tide of severe illness requiring hospitalization, as it appears to be doing in New York. fortune.com

Companies Creating 'Chief Remote Officer' Role
The rise of the 'chief remote officer' in the COVID era

While many firms have pivoted to hybrid or remote work in an ad-hoc way, others are creating a new role to oversee their workplace transformation.

In the new world of work, business needs have shifted. One of the most pertinent issues has been how to establish best practices around remote set-ups. Many companies have struggled: virtual working has been a moving target with no precedent; organisations, in some cases, have implemented hybrid or work-from-anywhere policies without formal processes in place.

While some employers have taken an ad-hoc approach, others are being proactive: appointing high-ranking leaders solely dedicated to making remote work thrive throughout an organisation. These chief remote officers may have different titles, but they are each tasked with addressing the complex issues that arise from new ways of working and future-proofing businesses' post-pandemic operating models.

Figuring out remote work has been a challenge for employers, whether they opt for a hybrid-working pattern or fully distributed teams. In response, some companies have created new positions to help navigate the changing work landscape. This has notably been happening in tech, which has a predominantly higher share of remote workers and firms that embrace digital-first processes. bbc.com

Are Remote Job Openings Fizzling Out?
Is the era of flexible working over? LinkedIn data shows it might be
The amount of remote job postings on LinkedIn are falling, according to new data released by the platform. In the U.S. for example, the share of postings with remote roles has declined by 5 percentage points since April, when they peaked at 20% of postings.

While this is still much higher than the pre-pandemic average of 2%, it is a stark contrast to what employees want, Josh Graff, managing director for the EMEA and LATAM regions at LinkedIn, told CNBC Make It.

Despite the drop in remote working jobs in the U.S., these postings are still receiving over half of the total applications as of September, LinkedIn's data shows.

The research shows that countries around the world follow a similar pattern - in the U.K., remote jobs make up 14.6% of opportunities, but get 20.2% of total applications and in India, the 11.3% of available remote roles are being sent 20.3% of resumes. cnbc.com

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The Explosion of Retail Biometrics - And Laws to Regulate It
Retailers are wading deeper into customer data. States are raising the alarm.

Brands from Walmart to Peloton are now able to access more personal customer data, including biometric identifiers, as they expand their digital capabilities.

When shoppers were stuck indoors due to COVID-19 restrictions, retailers started investing more in digital strategies to grow sales and entice new buyers. While this meant expanding order pickup technology or creating a more user-friendly e-commerce site, it also meant a push toward augmented and virtual reality.

From trying on glasses and makeup using smartphones to creating more tech-enabled fitness equipment, brands continue to invest in the space. This also means brands are finding new and varied ways of collecting and using consumer data - a fact shoppers are increasingly aware of.

Consumers want more transparency from companies about how personal data is used. They are also  concerned about how personal information is used in artificial intelligence settings. U.S. state governments aren't waiting for companies to make that information clearer either.

In 2022 so far, two new state laws have already been signed regarding data privacy, according to the International Association of Privacy Professionals' 2022 U.S. State Privacy Legislation Tracker, which was last updated on October 7. Three other state laws were signed between 2020 and 2021. Nine other state bills are active and nearly 50 are in inactive statuses across the country.

This indicates that state-level momentum for privacy bills is at an all-time high in the country, according to the IAPP. And tighter scrutiny comes just as companies like Walmart, Peloton and Snap are diving deeper into tech that has the potential to collect biometric identifiers.

Some existing laws, like the Biometric Information Privacy Act in Illinois, are already changing the way brands use technology. Walmart, Best Buy, Kohl's, Giorgio Armani, Louis Vuitton and Estee Lauder are all on the receiving end of lawsuits in Illinois under BIPA retaildive.com

Facial Recognition Across the Pond
UK Police Use of Facial Recognition Fails to Meet 'Legal And Ethical Standards'

Cambridge University researchers call for police to be banned from using facial recognition in public spaces over human rights concerns.

Police should be banned from using live facial recognition technology in all public spaces because they are breaking ethical standards and human rights laws, a study has concluded. LFR involves linking cameras to databases containing photos of people. Images from the cameras can then be checked against those photos to see if they match.

British police have experimented with the technology, believing it can help combat crime and terrorism. But in some cases, courts have found against the way police have used LFR, and how they have dealt with infringements of the privacy rights of people walking in the streets where the technology has been used. There are also concerns about racial bias.

The report, from the Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy, at the University of Cambridge, says LFR should be banned from use in streets, airports and any public spaces - the very areas where police believe it would be most valuable.

The report author Evani Radiya-Dixit said: "We find that all three of these deployments fail to meet the minimum ethical and legal standards based on our research on police use of facial recognition. theguardian.com

First Unionized Home Depot Store Coming?
Home Depot workers in Northeast Philly begin voting on whether to form retailer's first unionized store in U.S.

More than 270 workers at the Roosevelt Boulevard store are eligible to vote starting Wednesday. The results won't be tallied until polls close Saturday night.

Hundreds of workers began casting ballots on Wednesday to determine whether a Home Depot in Northeast Philadelphia will become the first fully unionized store for the nation's largest home improvement retailer.

According to filings with the National Labor Relations Board, workers may vote during three time slots in the store's training room on Wednesday and again on Saturday. A majority vote is required to form the union. Results will not be announced until ballots are counted on Saturday after the polls close at 10:30 p.m.

In September, more than 100 workers submitted signatures to the NLRB seeking representation for the store's 274 merchandising, specialty, and operations associates. Vincent Quiles, the employee leading the organizing effort, said concerns around compensation and broader working conditions drove many predominantly younger employees toward the cause. inquirer.com

DOL Updates OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program
On September 15, 2022, the United States Department of Labor ("DOL") announced an update to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration's ("OSHA") Severe Violator Enforcement Program ("SVEP").

First introduced in June 2010, the SVEP focuses on employers that, in OSHA's view, "continue to expose workers to very serious dangers, even after being cited for them." The SVEP's goal is to "concentrate[] resources on inspecting employers who have demonstrated indifference to their OSH Act obligations by willful, repeated, or failure-to-abate violations." Under prior guidelines, an employer would be designated a "severe violator."  natlawreview.com

Apple's Unionized Maryland Store Files Complaint Over Benefits
Apple Inc.'s unionized retail store in Maryland is filing a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board after it was excluded from some benefits, opening up a new front in the labor movement's struggle with the world's most valuable company.

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Retail Faces Wave of Cyber Threats
How To Secure The New World Of Retail

The retail sector has been challenged to transform over the past few years and now faces a new wave of cybersecurity threats.

On the technology side, retailers have been forced to scale and digitize their infrastructure and operations rapidly while complying with new data and privacy laws and contending with a growing wave of sophisticated cybersecurity attacks. Unfortunately, the systems that built the industry were never architected to handle the mass network distribution and heavy shift to ecommerce that occurred during COVID.

While these disruptions have hit nearly every industry, retail has suffered more than most. Business and technology leaders at retail organizations must now understand the expanded threat landscape they operate in and how they can overcome the challenges inherent in keeping personal and sensitive data secure.

Retailers are directing most of their technology spend towards security. Retailers listed the top five places they are allocating new technology spend - four of them are cybersecurity-related and speak to the ever-growing attack surface: Threat detection (74%); New endpoint devices (50%); Data recovery and back-up (47%); Endpoint security (38%) and Employee awareness training (35%).

Three Actions Every Retailer Must Take

1. Manage customers through software, not hardware. Retail brands are creating a harmonized omnichannel experience for customers, giving them a single digital identity that remains the same at each touchpoint within the brand experience. To support it, they need to adopt a new technology stack and trade hardware for software-defined tools wherever possible.

2. Boost team skillsets so you can fully embrace the cloud. Shifting to the cloud was a big change, one that not all retailers have fully embraced. Their technology teams were built for an on-premises world and must be upskilled through outsourcing, training, and accreditation. Security teams in particular must retrain to secure cloud data as effectively as they secured their physical data centers.

3. Seize the opportunity to become a true market leader. Take this moment to expand your influence and break out of the narrow confines of the cybersecurity function. Cybersecurity leaders have more responsibility than ever before, but they also have a real opportunity to add value to the customer experience and to grow brand equity. forbes.com

$1.2 Billion in Ransomware Attacks in 2021
Ransomware costs top $1 billion as White House inks new threat-sharing initiative
U.S. financial institutions observed nearly $1.2 billion in costs associated with ransomware attacks in 2021, a nearly 200 percent increase over the previous year, according to data reported by banks to the U.S. Treasury Department and released in a report Tuesday.

The report comes amid an effort by the Biden administration to crack down on ransomware operators globally and illustrates the scale of the challenge facing law enforcement agencies and policymakers.

AdvertisementOn Tuesday, the White House wrapped up a two-day ransomware summit, where participants agreed to stand up a voluntary International Counter Ransomware Task Force to serve as a base for coordinated disruption and threat sharing. The initiative, which will launch sometime early next year, will start with a fusion center operated out of Lithuania's Regional Cyber Defense Center as a test case for a bigger information-sharing program.

The Treasury report that was first reported by CNN underscores that curbing ransomware represents a key challenge in Washington's fractious relationship with Moscow. Of the top five ransomware variants reported during the second half of 2021, four are connected to Russia, Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, FinCEN, said in its report, while cautioning that it cannot definitively attribute the variants to Moscow.

The data released Tuesday represents suspicious transactions that American banks have flagged to U.S. regulators as potentially connected to ransomware, and, for that reason, experts caution that the data from the Treasury Department offers only a partial picture of the broader ransomware industry.

"The $1 billion plus reported as potential ransomware-related payments likely represents only the tip of the iceberg," Brett Callow, a threat analyst at Emsisoft who follows ransomware developments closely, told CyberScoop Tuesday in an online chat. cyberscoop.com

Voluntary Incident Reporting Isn't Enough
Cyber incident reporting isn't the problem - ignorance is
For over 20 years, the federal government has urged industry - particularly those operating critical infrastructure systems like water systems and electric grids - to voluntarily secure their digital assets, share relevant threat information within their sectors, and report incidents to the government. This purely voluntary approach initially made sound legal and policy sense. The alternative, such as government monitoring private networks for signs of potential breaches, seemed both extreme and impractical.

But simply relying on industry to report incidents voluntarily hasn't been enough. We still lack key data about cyber incidents: What is the overall rate of incidents? How does it differ by sector or region or company size? Can we use knowledge about an incident at one company to prevent something bad from happening to another?

Acknowledging that voluntary reporting isn't sufficient, Congress passed legislation earlier this year requiring critical infrastructure owners to report substantial cyber incidents. While almost everyone supports mandatory reporting in theory, some organizations are trying to weaken the new requirements. thehill.com

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Washington Pot Shops Battle Wave of Burglaries
Five area pot shops have been rammed & robbed in seven days
The method is the same each time: A stolen car slams through the entrance of a marijuana shop, shattering glass and scattering debris everywhere. A group of masked thieves rushes in, ransacks the place and flees in another stolen car.

It's happened five times in the past week in the South Sound. The latest break-in came early Saturday at The Green Lady, a business in West Olympia. "They got maybe $300 worth of stuff and did thousands of dollars of damage," said owner Mike Redman. "The stuff they grabbed wasn't even that high-level."

Video of the Olympia incident shows the same swift smash-and-grab approach as a similar incident in Tacoma early Friday. In that case, multiple thieves exchanged gunfire with a security guard before fleeing. One suspect might have been hit, Tacoma police said.

Redman said Sunday that Tacoma police have asked him about the incident. Spokesperson Wendy Haddow, asked about the similarities among the break-ins, said police are aware.

"That will be part of the investigation," she said. While the break-ins are frightening and damaging, Redman thinks the crew of thieves isn't too smart. They grabbed low-level marijuana and little else.

"It is kind of strange that they're doing all that work and really not getting much out of this," he said. thenewstribune.com

Marijuana Workplace Policies
As marijuana laws shift, many employers are also rethinking their stances
After November's elections, recreational marijuana could be legal in nearly half the country. The decisions in Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota and South Dakota will come just a few weeks after the Biden administration said it would pardon thousands of people with federal felony convictions for simple marijuana possession.

With the landscape around marijuana evolving across the nation - and coinciding with the rise of remote work that disperses a company's talent across the nation - experts say employers need to stay abreast of marijuana law changes and update their policies to avoid running afoul of shifting laws.

Employment law attorneys say many companies are softening their stance on marijuana or tweaking drug-testing policies.

Can employers fire workers for legal marijuana use?

Mark Neuberger, of counsel with Foley & Lardner LLP's cannabis industry team, said the rapidly shifting environment poses several challenges for employers. Neuberger noted that many states, including New York and New Jersey, have essentially outlawed testing employees for cannabis use.

"Some states believe a worker's employment shouldn't be at risk if they used cannabis over the weekend but will invariably test positive days or even weeks later," he said. "The law on this issue varies widely among the states and is rapidly changing, so many employers are just giving up on cannabis testing."

Neuberger said employers may need to move away from chemical testing and begin training managers to observe and detect impairment on the job to determine when it's unsafe to have someone at work.

Currently, 38 states and Washington, D.C., allow medical marijuana, while 19 states and Washington, D.C., have recreational marijuana laws. bizjournals.com

Five States Voting on Pot Legalization Next Week
Voters in some of the most conservative states to weigh in on recreational pot
Voters in five states, including four that are among the most conservative in the country, are deciding on whether to legalize recreational marijuana this election. If passed in each state, Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota and South Dakota would join 19 other states and the District of Columbia where cannabis has already been legalized for personal use.

A recent poll from Monmouth University shows 68% of the American public supports legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use. The support crosses gender, age, income and education differences, polling shows. In addition to the 19 states that have legalized personal recreational use, 37 states now allow pot for medical purposes.

"The more people learn about cannabis and cannabis policy, the more we see them support making cannabis legal and regulating it and treating it like alcohol," says Mason Tvert a partner at the marijuana policy and public affairs firm VS Strategies. "This is an issue that is broadly supported by Americans of all political stripes, conservatives and progressives," he says. cannabisbusinessexecutive.com

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Cracking Down on the Underground Fake Review Market
Inside the Underground Market for Fake Amazon Reviews

Seedy scam networks are using social media to organize campaigns that influence product ratings. They're a headache for shoppers-and tough to crack down on.

Reviews are important. Sales data is hard to come by, but higher ratings generally lead to higher sales, according to research from the consulting firm McKinsey & Company, which covered the 70 highest-selling categories and hundreds of thousands of individual products over a two-year time span. It's not only about high ratings but also about visibility. Most folks won't go beyond a page or two of search results, so if your product isn't in there, you can forget about making a sale.

"A quick search today on any big search engine or many social media sites shows how easy it is to buy reviews and how much more platforms could do to protect consumers and honest businesses from this deceptive practice," wrote Samuel Levine, director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection in a recent blog post.

The Facebook groups Oak discovered were marketplaces where reviews and ratings were bought and sold. Agents shared lists of products available for reviewers-one of the spreadsheets Oak saw had more than 10,000 products on it.

Oak's PhD research focuses on cybersecurity, reputation manipulation, trust, and safety. He also works as an applied scientist in the Network Protection and Fraud Prevention team for Microsoft Ads. He resolved to dig deeper. He devised a survey and convinced 38 agents and 36 reviewers to fill it out. The data revealed that people were writing an average of 10 reviews per month for products with a total value between $120 and $2,400. Agents earned $4 or $5 for each review they secured, with average monthly earnings of $150. (The top earner's best month netted them $1,200.) For many agents, this was their primary job.

Agents are trained on how to recruit reviewers (referred to as "Jennies" by the agents). Tips for recruiting folks on Instagram, for example, suggest following hashtags like #Amazonreviews, as well as experimenting to find the best time to post about products. Agents are shown an example of an attractive prospect or "Virgin Jenny," an existing reviewer profile with a single review on it.

These agents never give out direct links to Amazon, because the retailer can track where customers land. Instead, Jennies are told to search for the product and browse organically-click on related products, mark other reviews as helpful, and post queries in the "Customer Questions" section to build a believable pattern of behavior. wired.com

Amazon & Apple Sales Slowing Down
Amazon warns of slower sales as economy weakens
Apple and Amazon sales are being hit by the weakening global economy, the tech giants have warned, adding to fears about their upcoming profits. Both cited the rising cost of living as a factor eroding consumer buying power.

"We're very optimistic about the holiday but we're realistic that there are various factors weighing on people's wallets", Amazon's chief financial officer Brian Olsavsky told analysts on a call to discuss the results.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who remains chairman of the company, recently warned about worrying signals coming from the economy, writing on Twitter that it was time to "batten down the hatches". bbc.com

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Indianapolis, IN: Suspects wanted for robbery after Target theft, loss prevention officer tased
Authorities are asking for help identifying three female suspects wanted for robbery in connection to a crime that occurred at a store on the east side. Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to the Target at 10202 East Washington Street just after 4:30 p.m. on October 15 for a report of a disturbance with a weapon, according to a police report. Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana said the three suspects filled an entire shopping cart with various items, but did not pay for anything. A police report shows the cart was filled with clothing and other goods. Before taking off, about half of the items were rung up, totaling more than $600, none of which was paid for. "These three ladies come marching into Target; they grab a cart. It all looks fairly normal quite honestly," said Daniel Rosenberg with Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana. "They go through the store, they're shopping, they get one really large cart full and the loss prevention is kind of just keeping an eye on everybody." Rosenberg said video showed the loss prevention officer approaching the three individuals as they were exiting the store to ask for a receipt of purchase for the items. "These three ladies, you can see them very distinctly, there's no masks, anything like that. One with the hoodie comes over and as she gets closer, she just reaches out with a pink stun gun and hits him right in the chest and he kind of goes down," said Rosenberg. cbs4indy.com

Arlington, VA: Man steals three Macs in armed robbery of Clarendon Apple Store
A man robbed the Clarendon Apple Store in Arlington, Virginia, at gunpoint on Wednesday, seizing three Macs. The robbery took place after midday on Wednesday at the store, located at 2,700 Clarendon Blvd. The thief entered the store, demanding notebooks from the staff, before departing with a reported four bags of goods. It is unclear exactly what the man made off with in total, but it sees that he managed to grab at least three unidentified Macs in the process. appleinsider.com

Bath Township, OH: Car crashes into Gun store
A car crashed into a Bath Township gun store early Thursday morning. The crash happened around 4:30 a.m. at Summit Armory in the 2400 block of North Cleveland Massillon Road. A News 5 photographer at the scene saw a Kia Sedan with the front end inside of the store. It is unknown if any guns were stolen. The owner said he's currently doing inventory. Bath Township Police Chief Vito Sinopoli said three people entered the store after the crash and were only in the store about one minute. news5cleveland.com

Knoxville, TN: Update: Man sentenced to 5 years in multi-state burglary spree of sports card businesses
Jason L. Cates, 38, of Knoxville, was sentenced to five years in prison for conspiring to transport stolen sports cards and other merchandise across state lines Monday, according to the United States Attorney's Office Kentucky's eastern district. Cates reportedly burglarized multiple sports cards businesses in Kentucky, Tennessee, Michigan and Georgia before taking the products to his home in Knoxville, where he sold them online. The incidents were investigated by several agencies, including the Knoxville Police Department and FBI. "Great work by KPD Property Crimes Unit investigators, who played a significant role in the multi-agency investigation into a multi-state burglary spree of sports cards businesses," KPD officials said. Legally, Cates must serve 85% of his prison sentence. Upon his release, he will serve three years under probation. Cates was also required to pay $289,266 in restitution and $50,000 as part of a forfeiture money judgment. wvlt.tv

Clackamas, OR: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office led a multi-agency operation targeting Organized Retail Theft
On Thursday, Oct. 27, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office led a multi-agency operation targeting organized retail theft. The eight-hour shoplifting detail resulted in nearly two dozen custodies and the recovery of stolen vehicles and a stolen firearm, as well as clearing multiple outstanding arrest warrants. Personnel from the Milwaukie, Oregon City and Tigard Police Departments joined CCSO deputies and detectives on the detail. They worked closely with loss-prevention officers at participating retail partners, which included DICK'S Sporting Goods and Macy's. During the course of the operation, law enforcement contacted suspects ranging in age from 15 to 42 as they exited without paying for merchandise at participating retailers; the detail also intercepted shoplifters reported at nearby Kohl's and Spirit Halloween. In one incident during the detail, while taking two juveniles into custody just after 2 p.m., deputies recovered a stolen Volvo SUV and stolen firearm. In addition to recovering thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise -- including clothing, and electronics -- stats from the operation included: Adult suspects arrested: 18, Juveniles taken into custody: 4, Outstanding warrants cleared: 16, Stolen vehicles recovered: 2, Stolen firearms recovered: 1.  clackamas.us

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Mesa, AZ: Man dead, 2 others hurt after shooting inside Mesa pizza restaurant
Police say one man is dead and another is in the hospital after a shooting inside a Mesa pizza restaurant on Wednesday evening. Another man inside the restaurant was also injured by shrapnel. Just before 5 p.m., officers received several 911 calls about shots fired from inside the Desert Peaks Pizza & Grille near Recker and McKellips roads. Officers arrived at a restaurant that was full of people, and some ushered officers inside. Det. Robert Encinas with Mesa police says officers found one man dead at the scene, while the other was rushed to the hospital. The third hit by shrapnel didn't need to be hospitalized. Officers are still working on learning what led up to the shooting but say it wasn't a random attack. The victim's name hasn't been released. The investigation is ongoing.  azfamily.com

Wyoming, MI: Store clerk shot a teenager during an attempted Robbery
A 15-year-old is expected to survive after a Wyoming store clerk shot him in an attempted robbery, police said. The teenager is in serious condition in a hospital. Wyoming Police said during a news conference on Wednesday, Nov. 2, the teenager was allegedly one of three teenagers who entered a store at 3530 S. Division Avenue at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday. The address is registered with WD Games, which buys and sells video games, board games, and card games. Police said three people wearing masks entered the store and surrounded an employee. The three people began fighting with the worker. The worker then pulled out a pistol and fired a shot, hitting the 15-year-old in the chest. Police said the worker was legally carrying a firearm. After the shot was fired, all three suspected robbers fled the store. The injured teenager was located in the immediate vicinity of the store by police and rescue workers. localtoday.news

Troy, AL: Police Investigating Shooting at Gas Station
Troy police say a person has been shot at a gas station and is undergoing treatment. Police say at about 2:20PM. they were called to the Sunoco gas station on North Three Notch Street. Officers say they found a male suffering from a gunshot wound. His name and age haven't been released. Police say detectives have identified several people involved and the case is still under investigation. No other information was released. alabamanews.net

Robeson County, NC: Suspects accused of break-ins, shooting at Robeson County Deputies arrested
The suspects in a series of break-ins early Monday morning in Robeson County are now in custody. The Robeson County Sheriff's Office announced the arrests on Wednesday. According to authorities, a deputy's vehicle was shot into during a car chase after deputies responded to alarm calls at multiple stores in the southern part of the county. Deputies were dispatched to the first alarm around 1:39 a.m., followed by alarms at four other locations. wmbfnews.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Deerfield Beach, FL: Video Shows Violent Robbery C-Store That Began With Change Dispute
Authorities are investigating a robbery at a Deerfield Beach store that began with an argument over change. The incident happened around 6 p.m. on Oct. 24 at Tony's Market at 5105 North Dixie Highway, Broward Sheriff's Office officials said. One suspect had gone in the store to buy a cigar but he became unhappy with the change he received from the cashier, officials said. The two got into a verbal fight but the suspect left the store. A short time later, the suspect returned with five other people. Surveillance footage showed the suspect jump over the counter, grab the cashier and throw him to the ground before holding him down, officials said. While the cashier was being held down, the other suspects also jumped over the counter and stole about $8,000 before they all the fled the scene, authorities said. nbcmiami.com

Portland, OR: Former Rite Aid security guard arraigned on rape charges; police believe there may be other victims
A former loss prevention officer at a Portland-area Rite Aid store has been arraigned on charges of rape and sex abuse stemming from a 2015 incident involving a shopper, and police believe there may be additional victims. Daniel Luis Cassinelli, 43, was arraigned Wednesday on four counts of first-degree rape, one count of first-degree sodomy and two counts of first-degree sex abuse, according to a news release from the office of Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt. Cassinelli allegedly accused a female customer in the store of shoplifting and escorted her to a room in the downstairs of the Rite Aid, where the DA's office said he threatened to report the alleged shoplifting to police and used his position of authority as a loss prevention officer to make the female customer feel that she was unable to leave. Then he subjected her to multiple non-consensual sex acts. He subsequently escorted her back to the main store upstairs and let her leave the premises. Interviews with Cassinelli have led prosecutors and Portland police investigators to believe that he may have committed similar crimes with other victims, Schmidt's office said. Cassinelli worked as a loss prevention officer at multiple stores in the Portland area during and after 2015. kgw.com

Clermont, FL: Update: Investigators looking into whether 2 elaborate jewelry heists in Central Florida were related
Investigators are looking into whether two elaborate jewelry heists, both committed in Central Florida this year, were related. Police said burglars stole more than $750,000 worth of merchandise from a jewelry store in Clermont in January. Police said the investigation into that case was inactive until a similar case, in which $400,000 worth of jewelry was stolen, happened last week in Longwood. Investigators said they are taking a second look at the Clermont case that happened at the Village Goldsmith on West Colonial Drive near 7th Street back in January. Neighbors said the thieves cut power to the store and used a wench on a vehicle to pry a metal grate off the window. Once they got in, they used all kinds of tools to cut through a safe and through a wall to a neighboring business. The Village Goldsmith closed up shop about a month after the burglary. In the more recent Longwood case, thieves cut their way through the ceiling into Certified Jewelry Designs. They cut through a reinforced wall into a vault and stole nearly $400,000 in jewelry. Clermont police are looking at the similarities and said they will speak to Longwood police to find out if there's a connection between the two cases. "Don't discredit any information," said Lt. Malcolm Draper with the Clermont Police Department. "We will follow up on any investigative lead that we can to try to get these perpetrators." wftv.com

Charlotte Mecklenburg, NC: Convicted killer to spend a decade in prison for robberies in 3 local counties
John Paul Gaddy was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty earlier this year. Prosecutors said he robbed three stores in three different counties in the area in 2021. Channel 9 has reported on Gaddy, 35, of Denver, since 2010. That was when he beat a neighbor to death in Lincoln County with a crowbar and then burned down the house to cover up the crime. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was granted early release in 2019. In 2020, his wife, Kay Bohemier, about her marriage to the convicted killer. That year, Gaddy was arrested again and accused of threatening to kill her, among other crimes. came out of hiding to share her story. The next year, Gaddy was accused of using a BB gun to rob three stores: Lucia Food Mart in Stanley, Fast Track in Huntersville and Dollar Tree in Troutman. When a Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department officer tried to arrest him on May 4, 2021, authorities said Gaddy resisted arrest and fought with officers before he was detained. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, he pleaded guilty to the robberies in June and was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison with three years of supervised release after he leaves. yahoo.com

Richland, WA: Scammer took seconds to install credit card skimmer at busy Tri-Cities Wal-Mart
Most people probably check self-serve gas station pumps for credit card skimmers, but one was recently found in an unexpected place in Tri-Cities. Police say the suspect installed the device in the middle of the day surrounded by people in a crowded store - and no one noticed. The Richland Police Department said a credit card skimmer was found on a self-checkout lane at the Wal-Mart store in the Queensgate area, according to a news release. Police were notified by the Richland Wal-Mart's loss prevention team on Monday that the skimmer was found. A customer found the device, and the store began investigating to determine when it was placed on the checkout lane. They believe it was installed on the terminal about 2 p.m. Sunday, meaning it had been in place for more than 24 hours before it was discovered. The video showed it took the suspect only five seconds to install the device with other customers and employees around at the time, according to the news release. tri-cityherald.com

Oakland, CA: Suspect arrested for string of liquor store armed robberies in Oakland

Chesapeake, VA: Police investigate string of thefts at Salvation Army stores across Hampton Roads

Southington, CT: Gas Station Burglary Suspect's Cadillac Conks Out, Police Nab Him



C-Store - Monroe, LA - Burglary
C-Store - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Robeson County, NC - Burglary
C-Store - Deerfield Beach, FL - Robbery
Electronics - Arlington, VA - Armed Robbery
Gaming - Wyoming, MI - Robbery/ Susp shot
Gas Station - Southington, CT - Burglary
Gas Station - Crawford County, PA- Robbery
Grocery - Clayton, NC - Burglary
Grocery - Toledo, OH - Robbery
Grocery - Salt Lake City, UT - Armed Robbery
Guns - Bath Township, OH - Burglary
Hardware - Tampa, Fl - Burglary
Jewelry - Irvine, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - North Attleborough, MA - Robbery
Jewelry - Springfield, MO - Robbery
Jewelry - Springfield, MO - Robbery
Jewelry - Edmund, OK - Robbery
Jewelry - Atlanta, GA - Robbery
Jewelry - Garden City, NY -Robbery
Jewelry - Wayne, NJ - Robbery
Pawn - Klamath Falls, OR - Burglary
Restaurant - Mesa, AZ - Armed Robbery / Fatal shooting
Target - Indianapolis, IN - Armed Robbery
Thrift - Chesapeake, VA - Burglary
Walmart - Millbrook, AL - Robbery


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• 19 robberies
• 8 burglaries
• 2 shootings
• 1 killed

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