Interface Security Systems Helps Retailers and Restaurants Enforce Social
Distancing and Mask Policies Through Interactive Remote Video Monitoring
down services help reduce pressure on associates to enforce new health and
safety mandates during the health crisis
Interface Security Systems, a leading
managed service provider delivering business security, managed network, and
business intelligence solutions to distributed enterprises, today announced it
is now offering interactive remote video monitoring service with automated
voice-down options to help its retail and restaurant customers promote social
distancing and mask-wearing guidelines on their premises.
A growing number of retailers and restaurants are reporting increased incidents
of agitated customers and in-store violence during this health crisis. The
physical distancing measures introduced in stores and restaurants, limits on the
number of customers allowed inside, the mandatory wearing of masks, and
restrictions on some products to reduce panic buying, have contributed to an
increase in retail worker abuse.
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Zebra Study: Only Two in 10 Consumers Have Complete Confidence
Their Food is Safe to Eat
On average less than 40 percent of food and beverage industry
decision-makers place complete trust in the industry to ensure food and beverage
Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), an innovator at the front line of
business with solutions and partners that deliver a performance edge, today
announced the results of its
Supply Chain Vision Study. The study highlights the views of consumers as
well as food and beverage industry decision-makers worldwide from distribution
and warehouses to grocery stores and restaurants around safety, traceability and
Consumers can be quite unforgiving if they experience a food incident as
approximately six in 10 reportedly would never eat at a restaurant again if they
contracted a foodborne illness or food poisoning. Slightly more than 80% of
surveyed consumers said companies have an important role to play in implementing
food safety solutions and an ethical responsibility to ensure the safe handling
of their food.
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Protests & Violence
Louisville, KY: Breonna Taylor Case Update
Grand jury indicts 1 police officer with wanton endangerment,
2 others involved in shooting not charged
Downtown streets are still closed and the city remains on edge following
Wednesday afternoon's decision on whether the police officers at the center of
the Breonna Taylor case would be charged. Louisville was placed under a state
of emergency Tuesday as city officials closed down a more than 25-block
perimeter to traffic. Most city administrative buildings and other
businesses were boarded up in anticipation of the decision. Protests in
Louisville related to Taylor's death in March have been taking place for more
than 100 consecutive days.
Jefferson County judge releases grand jury report
Brett Hankison will be charged with multiple counts of wanton endangerment,
Jefferson County Judge Annie O'Connell announced Wednesday. Myles Cosgrove and
Jonathan Mattingly, the other two officers who fired their weapons the night
Taylor was shot and killed, will not be charged.
Louisville mayor puts curfew in place, says National
Guard is coming
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has put a 72-hour curfew in place in Louisville,
effective Wednesday night, from 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., and LMPD interim Chief
Robert Schroeder confirmed that Kentucky National Guard members would be among
the "various state, local and federal partners helping to keep our community
safe." He did not say how many National Guard troopers would be in town when
What is first degree wanton endangerment?
'Minnesota Freedom Fighters'
Minneapolis commends group of Black men patrolling streets,
businesses after death of George Floyd
Minneapolis is commending the Minnesota Freedom Fighters, who are Black men with
AR-15s and Glocks and wearing tactical vests and bandannas who provided extra
community security in the wake of protests after the death of George Floyd,
according to reports.
“It's important to have men from the community step up for the community,” Sasha
Cotton, director of the city's Office of Violence Prevention, told the
Angeles Times. “It's their right to be out on the streets and it's commendable.
There are black residents who in the early days of the unrest felt vulnerable
... and still do.”
One of the men helping out is Robert Sayers, a fire inspector for the city of
He said seeing violence, fire and looting was his call to action.
“We could not and still cannot allow destruction in the city,” the 52-year-old
said. “This is about filling the gap we see between police and community... It's
really about harm reduction.”
Seattle Cuts Police Funding
Seattle City Council votes to override mayor’s veto of cuts to police budget
City council voted to override Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s recent veto of $3
million in cuts to the police department’s remaining 2020 budget by a 7-2
vote, with the mayor issuing a statement after the fact indicating she might
not adhere to all of the provisos laid out in the council’s proposal.
“We cannot look away from this and we can no longer accept the status quo if we
truly believe that Black lives matter,” said Council President Lorena Gonzalez.
The bill would also remove as many as 100 officers from various police units and
limit staff pay to $150,000. The council said the bill was a "downpayment"
toward its effort to ultimately defund the department by 50%, which would likely
happen next year.
NLRB Division of Advice: In-Store Protest Wasn’t Protected
in-store protest by off-duty employees at a Starbucks store
wasn't protected by the
National Labor Relations Act (NLRA),
according to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in an advice memo
(Starbucks Coffee Company).
The primary practical implication of the Starbucks Coffee Company advice
memo is that
an employer can fire workers
who participate in disruptive in-store protests,
said James Bucking, an attorney with Foley Hoag in Boston.
Approximately 15 demonstrators, including three or four off-duty employees and a
group of nonemployee supporters, crowded into a relatively small Starbucks store
and congregated near the counter toward the back. They assembled before the
store manager, read a letter previously submitted to management and
left chanting a slogan
insisting that the store manager "must go."
The NLRB found that off-duty employees who enter an employer's restaurant or
retail establishment to engage in NLRA-protected activity
retain the act's protection
only if their conduct does not disrupt the employer's operations.
"While the demonstration was brief—lasting about four to five minutes—the public
reading of the demand letter, coupled with the loud and boisterous chanting,
undoubtedly caused a significant disruption for the patrons," the advice memo
read, noting that there was video footage of the demonstration.
DOJ Operation Legend Update
Of the more than 3,500 individuals arrested, approximately 815 have been charged
with federal offenses. More than 440 of those defendants have been charged with
firearms offenses, while more than 300 have been charged with drug-related
crimes. The remaining defendants have been charged with various offenses.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis calls for legislation aimed at cracking down on
The Victims Of Violence During The Kenosha Protests Are Suing Facebook And Kyle
US: Over 7.1M Cases - 206K Dead - 4.3M Recovered
Over 32M Cases - 978K Dead - 23.5M Recovered
Private Industry Security Guard Deaths:
Enforcement Officer Deaths: 114
*Red indicates change in total
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COVID-19’s increasing impact on workplace violence
LP practitioners from McDonald’s and United
Pacific discuss how employees can handle volatile workplace situations
In Greg Murphy’s 25-year career as a loss prevention and human resources
practitioner, no year has presented as many challenges as 2020. From physical
altercations over mask-wearing and frustration-based vandalism and property
crime to an uptick in issues with the transient population, Murphy has quickly
adjusted policies and practices to keep his employees at United Pacific’s gas
and convenience stores safe.
During NRF PROTECT ALL
ACCESS this week, Murphy spoke with Hugo Cortez, field security manager at
McDonald's, about the new
challenges of de-escalation 2020 has presented.
Murphy began looking into United Pacific’s workplace violence policies at the
beginning of the year, updating them to match what he predicted would be an
increasingly volatile environment. These updated policies not only give
employees guidelines on reducing their own bad behavior, but also what they
should do if they see workplace violence or become victims of it themselves.
Murphy strongly suggests that all LP professionals have these guidelines in
place for their employees.
Cortez shared details of an incident when a McDonald’s employee was assaulted by
a customer when the employee asked the man to put on a mask. The situation led
Cortez and his team to re-evaluate how employees approach non-mask wearers;
McDonald’s employees now address mask issues from behind the counter to ensure a
barrier between them and a potential physical altercation.
Line of Duty Deaths Up 90% Because of COVID-19
Officer Down Memorial Page Tracking Law Enforcement COVID-19 Deaths
Line of duty deaths due to
COVID now number 114
nationally, but ODMP is tracking over 100 additional cases
that are still pending verification. ODMP's "Other" category, which includes
COVID as a duty-related illnesses, is
up 221% compared to the same
time last year.
Overall, 2020 line of duty
deaths are 90% higher than they were at this time last year.
Orange County could be set for wider reopening amid improved COVID-19 numbers
The county is in Tier 2 — the second-strictest in
California’s four-tier system that assesses COVID-19 transmission. However,
officials said this week they think Orange County could soon enter the
less-restrictive Tier 3, based on how numbers are trending.
To move into the next tier, Orange County would need to have 1 to 3.9 new
COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people per day and a test positivity rate of 2% to
4.9% for two consecutive weeks.
When will the COVID-19 pandemic end?
Normalcy by spring, and herd immunity by fall?
McKinsey & Company assess the prospects for an end in 2021
An epidemiological end point when herd immunity is achieved. One end
point will occur when the proportion of society immune to COVID-19 is sufficient
to prevent widespread, ongoing transmission. Many countries are hoping that a
vaccine will do the bulk of the work needed to achieve herd immunity. When this
end point is reached, the public-health-emergency interventions deployed in 2020
will no longer be needed.
A transition to a form of normalcy. A second (and likely, earlier) end
point will occur when almost all aspects of social and economic life can resume
without fear of ongoing mortality (when a mortality rate is no longer higher
than a country’s historical average) or long-term health consequences related to
next normal won’t look exactly like the old - it might be different in
surprising ways, with unexpected contours, and getting there will be gradual.
Walmart rolling back two of its COVID-19 precautions as customer behaviors
Walmart is doing away with one-way aisles and will reopen second sets of doors
that had previously been closed due to coronavirus concerns. One set of doors
will be designated for entrance and the other for exit. Walmart did not say when
the changes will take place, but attributed the move to customer behavior.
Walmart expands drone pilot to deliver COVID-19 tests
De Blasio says decision on outdoor dining extension coming ‘very soon’
NYC restaurant installs “space bubbles” for outdoor dining this fall
CDC director says more than 90% of Americans remain susceptible to the
Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine is fourth to begin Phase 3 trials in the
The Anti-Prop 20 Group Fires Back With LA Times
Letters to the Editor: Retailers are whining about theft. They should blame
their own cost-cutting
the editor: I get it.
People can be dishonest. Our recent political climate doesn’t help by promoting
lying and dishonesty. But when it comes to theft, the blame needs to be shared —
retailers have become enablers. (“Grocery
stores are pushing California to be tougher on crime. Here’s why,” Sept. 16)
In an effort to increase profits, they have cut down on employees at the
registers and have relegated customers as the de facto cashiers. Some of these
customers choose not to scan all of their items, and there’s no one there to
stop or monitor them.
There may be an employee available to offer help to customers at perhaps eight
check-out kiosks, but there are no employees available to check receipts against
merchandise as the customers leave (Costco being the exception). Retailers save
salaries, healthcare benefits, vacation and sick time, and then they are up in
arms when there is theft.
All of these retailers have built losses from theft into their pricing, and no
doubt have figured out that the cost savings from reducing their work force more
than make up for their theft losses.
5 of the 6 largest California wildfires in history started in the past 6 weeks
The staggering statistics keep piling up for California’s wildfire season:
August and September account for five of the six biggest fires in nearly 90
years of recorded history for the state. The 2018 Mendocino Complex had
previously been the state’s largest fire on record, reaching 459,123 acres. It
is now the second-biggest in state history, dwarfed by this year's
August Complex burning with just 38% containment near Mendocino National
Forest as of Tuesday morning, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
LA County: Bobcat fire burns 112,000 acres and at least 29 structures, and is
only 17% contained
California Wildfires Map
Soft Raises Continue into 2021
Employers predict average 2.6% merit increases next year, up from 2020
U.S. employers responding to a recent
survey predicted. That number would represent
increase over 2020's 2.4% but is still down from 2.8% in 2019,
data released Sept. 3.
median salary increase budgets are expected to remain consistent at 3%
- a level that has remained steady for 10 consecutive years, the organization
said. Additionally, in 2020, the average salary structure, or range, increase
fell to 1.3%-1.6% range after remaining at 1.7%-2% range for most workers in
2018 and 2019, the survey found. This year's range is generally expected to stay
the same in 2021.
2020 General Industry Salary Budget Survey released Aug. 17 found
7% of the companies
are not planning pay increases in 2021, "down significantly from 14% this year."
Editor's Note: It's
not unheard of for retail to actually freeze salary's at the executive level in
Fortune's Best Workplaces for Women
Retailers on the List
Employees responded to over 60 survey questions describing the extent to which
their organization creates a Great Place to Work For All. Eighty-five percent
of the ranking is based on what women themselves report about their workplace,
and how fairly those experiences compare to men’s reports of the same
6. Wegman's Food Markets
29. Publix Super Markets
39. Panda Restaurant Group
53. T-Mobile US
62. Cheescake Factory
71. Burlington Stores
Brookfield Properties' retail arm is laying off 20% of its workforce
Papa Johns to Open 49 Stores in Northeast
Lidl to open 50 new stores
Party City to open 91% fewer Halloween pop-ups this year
Party City orders Virginia store to pull Confederate soldier kids’ Halloween
Joint Statement from AAFA, NRF, RILA, and USFIA on House Passage of the Uyghur
Forced Labor Prevention Act (H.R. 6210)
Nike Q1 total sales down 1%, Direct up 12%, Nike Brand digital sales up 82%
Senior LP & AP Jobs
President of Safety & Risk Management job posted for Bowlero Corporation
in Mechanicsville, VA
The VP of Safety and Risk Management is responsible for management of Bowlero
Corporation’s total cost of risk through the planning and execution of claims
management activities, loss control and prevention programs, and insurance
program design and placement. The position’s responsibilities include the
preparation of reports that will make the company’s senior management aware of
the information needed to facilitate effective decision making.
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Looking to Learn More About Cyber Security?
This is the Summit & Keynotes to Register For
Three Days of Keynote Speakers Specific to Retail and Hospitality
The RH-ISAC Summit has over 7 top
cybersecurity keynote speakers
RH-ISAC is excited to announce several keynote speakers for the
2020 RH-ISAC Cyber
Intelligence Summit! This three-day virtual event, taking place on October
6-8, brings together top cybersecurity leaders and teams representing the most
prominent organizations in retail, gaming, hospitality, restaurants, grocers,
consumer products and other consumer-facing service companies.
The RH-ISAC Summit welcomes the best and brightest the industry has to offer!
We’ll have thought-provoking topics, informative breakouts, and keynotes
speakers tailored to align with each level in your organization, from CISOs to
analysts. The first day is geared toward strategic leaders and CISOs, with
sessions specific to high-level discussions and themes. The second day dives
into topics on threat intelligence and operations, with a more tactical and
operational focus. The third and final day covers special interest areas and
focused working groups that the RH-ISAC community has identified as priorities.
We encourage you to attend all three days to gain perspectives from all levels
of your organization.
DAY 1: OCTOBER 6
● Opening Keynote: Triple Threat: Three Predictions for where Cybercrime is
Headed in 2021 and Beyond
● Mid-day Keynote: The Future of Application Security: Increased Revenue,
Less User Friction
● Closing Keynote: Driving Change to Create a More Diverse Workforce
DAY 2: OCTOBER 7
● Opening Keynote: Tribal Knowledge: Sharing is Caring
● Closing Keynote: Mission Critical: Lessons Learned from a Seasoned Army
DAY 3: OCTOBER 8
● Opening Keynote: Up Your Game With ATT&CK and SHIELD
● Mid-Day Keynote: Digital Transformations & eCommerce – Address Online
Fraud, Reduce User Friction
Shift to remote work and heavy reliance on service providers for security leaves
83% of C-level executives expect the changes they made in the areas of people,
processes, and applications as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic to become
permanent (whether significant or partial), according to Radware.
According to the report, pandemic-driven changes affected various aspects of
business, 44% of executives surveyed reported a negative negative impact on
budgets, 43% reported a workforce reduction, while 37% reported reduced real
One Wrong Click Is All It Takes
Mitigating Cyber-Risk While We're (Still) Working from Home
Over the past few months, we've become very familiar with the many cybersecurity
perils posed by a largely (or fully) remote workforce. It's clear that
work-from-home (WFH) isn't going away anytime soon — and neither are bad actors.
But as the fine line between working and living from home becomes increasingly
blurred, it's important to step back and recognize that with everything
interconnected, one click is all it takes for confidential information to land
in the wrong hands.
The good news is there are plenty of ways to teach preventative cybersecurity —
in your own home, at the dinner table — and a myriad of zero-trust tools you can
leverage to keep yourself and your family cyber smart and secure while we WFH
and go to school from home. Like anything else, practice makes perfect — and the
same is true for cybersecurity. The better you can understand and practice the
cybersecurity fundamentals within your own home, the safer off you and your
loved ones will be.
Why Incidental Security Matters | Understanding
Your Zero-Trust Toolbox |
What are the traits of an effective CISO?
“Today’s CISOs must demonstrate a higher level of effectiveness than ever
before,” said Sam Olyaei, research director at Gartner. “As the push to digital
deepens, CISOs are responsible for supporting a rapidly evolving set of
information risk decisions, while also facing greater oversight from regulators,
executive teams and boards of directors. These challenges are further compounded
by the pressure that COVID-19 has put on the information security function to be
more agile and flexible.”
“A clear trend among top-performing CISOs is demonstrating a high level of
proactiveness, whether that’s staying abreast of evolving threats,
communicating emerging risks with stakeholders or having a formal succession
plan. CISOs should prioritize these kinds of proactive activities to boost their
The survey also found that top performing CISOs regularly meet with three
times as many non-IT stakeholders as they do IT stakeholders. Two-thirds of
these top performers meet at least once per month with business unit leaders,
while 43% meet with the CEO, 45% meet with the head of marketing and 30% meet
with the head of sales.
“Effective CISOs keep a close eye on how risks are evolving across the
enterprise and develop strong relationships with the owners of that risk –
senior business leaders outside of IT.”
The survey also found that highly effective CISOs better manage workplace
stressors. Just 27% of top performing CISOs feel overloaded with security
alerts, compared with 62% of bottom performers. Furthermore, less than a third
of top performers feel that they face unrealistic expectations from
stakeholders, compared with half of bottom performing CISOs.
Request for Comments: PCI DSS Version 4.0 Draft Standard
From 23 September to 13 November 2020, PCI SSC stakeholders can participate in a
Request for Comments (RFC) on a draft of PCI Data Security Standard Version
4.0 (PCI DSS v4.0 Draft v0.2 for RFC). This is the second RFC for the draft of
PCI DSS v4.0. The first RFC was held in late 2019, and feedback received during
that RFC has been incorporated into the draft.
DOJ unveils Trump administration’s legislation to reform tech’s legal liability
Microsoft Extends Data Loss Prevention to Cloud App Security
Canada LP & Crime Prevention
Retail Thefts in Canada Up 125% Over 3 Years
New retail crime task force created as Manitoba follows U.S. shoplifting trends
to a loss prevention expert, Manitoba retailers have likely experienced a
significant rate of shoplifting-related shrinkage in recent years — a problem
the province is trying to combat with its
new retail crime task force.
told 680 CJOB the shrinkage rate in the United States grew to a record high last
year — from 1.38 per cent to 1.62 per cent — and Manitoba is following the same
have been reluctant to process shoplifting cases
because the courts won’t take
them, and then the police have a slower response time because they know they’re
not going to prosecute.”
Manitoba justice minister Cliff Cullen said Tuesday that the new task force is
up to the challenge of reducing shoplifting.
“In the past three years, retailers have seen retail thefts increase by over 125
per cent, and violent crime targeted at businesses and employees is also on the
rise,” said Cullen. “The Manitoba government is pleased to partner with the
private sector to create this new task force, which will work collaboratively to
address these issues and support retail communities throughout the province.”
Hidden Tracking Devices in Liquor Bottles?
Edmonton-developed idea to combat liquor store theft targets bars, restaurants
who purchase stolen products
An idea out of MacEwan University has been selected from more than 200 entries
as a promising way to help combat liquor store theft in Edmonton —
a crime that saw a 300 per
cent increase from 2018 to 2019.
concept attempts to deter liquor thefts at the point of resale by targetting the
restaurants, bars and nightclubs that purchase stolen liquor and resell it to
the unsuspecting public. The premise of the proposal suggests that if criminals
lose the market for their stolen liquor, they will have less reason to steal it
The Social Innovation Institute proposal will use a
campaign, hidden tracking devices in bottles and a whistle-blower cash prize
targeted at restaurant employees
who tip off police about their establishments buying stolen liquor.
The group said it’s hoped that bars, restaurants and nightclubs that
purchase stolen liquor will be afraid of being caught,
criminally charged and prosecuted.
The concept will now undergo field trials and the results must meet the criteria
set out in the challenge before it can officially be declared the winner and
receive the $250,000 grand prize. For now, Alcanna said it
will award MacEwan a $25,000
prize in recognition of its leading proposal.
Store ATM Placement is Key to Crime Prevention
RCMP promotes ATM security in businesses
Alberta RCMP is encouraging business owners to keep ATM security top of mind
to statistics from Alberta RCMP,
there were nearly 40 ATM
thefts and more than 40 ATM theft attempts in the province in 2019.
September 2019 saw six ATM
thefts as well as six attempted thefts.
placement within a store is important to prevent theft from occurring,
Kee said. Putting a machine at the back of the business is not ideal as it can
be hidden from the view of employees, but putting it near the front of the store
creates other risks.
“If you have a store which has a window front,
we’re asking you to not put
your ATM right by the front of the store,”
she said. “That is encouraging the behaviour of ramming the front of the store,
hooking up the ATM and driving it through.
“You want to put it somewhere that’s
easily accessible to the
public, but also in sight of the employees
so they can see what’s going on around the ATM.”
Mask Rage & COVID Conspiracies
Video of anti-mask woman in Calgary fabric store goes viral
video of a woman berating employees who
asked her to wear a
mask at a Calgary store
has gone viral on the
manager at the
the incident happened in that store on Sunday, but declined to speak further on
The video shows a woman with pink glasses pointing her finger at an employee who
is speaking with her about the
need to wear a mask.
Throughout the video, the woman speaks to several people in a mocking, childish
voice while arguing that the
COVID-19 pandemic is a
“You are a sheep, just like the rest of them,” says the unidentified woman. “Why
don’t you people educate yourself?” She then mocks another person who was
filming the exchange. “Are you afraid? You should run away. But you have your
super mask on.”
New consumer research shows that some Canadians think COVID-19 is similar to the
flu, the government is 'exaggerating' the threat
Every week, Leger 360 surveys Canadians and Americans to explore their
perspectives on COVID-19 and other current events. This survey is conducted
using Leger 360’s representative LEO (Leger Opinion) panel, in partnership with
the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS), and published in The Canadian Press.
Download the full report
What Rights do Retail Employees Have in COVID-19?
Canada July retail & wholesale trade both rise; now above pre-pandemic levels
Canadian retail and wholesale sales both rose in July and
were higher than before the
coronavirus pandemic struck,
Statistics Canada said on Friday, pointing to further evidence of economic
Canadian retail and wholesale sales both rose in July and were higher than
before the coronavirus pandemic struck, Statistics Canada said on Friday,
pointing to further evidence of a partial economic recovery.
Canadian e-grocery surges, Amazon Prime memberships jump: SRG
Big River, SK: Break-and-enter turns into shooting as three men open fire
on pawn shop employee
Big River RCMP are investigating after a break and enter at a local business in
Debden after which the suspects fired a gun. According to a media release, at 6
a.m. this morning, police attended a call about the alleged incident at a pawn
shop. Police say an employee saw three men dressed in black wearing masks leave
the backdoor with merchandise stolen from the store.
One of the three men shot the
employee’s vehicle twice with a sawed-off firearm.
The employee escaped the situation unharmed. The investigation is ongoing and
police are trying to find the suspects vehicle and the three men responsible.
Comox, BC: RCMP looking for man who stabbed employee, robbed store
Vancouver, BC: Man pleads guilty to robbery where downtown shop owner was
Kirkland Lake, ON: Police respond to shoplifting incident
Online thieves scam Toronto couple out of more than $1,000 in PC Optimum points
Robberies & Burglaries
- Eastern Passage, NS - Armed Robbery
- Cambridge, ON - Armed Robbery
Shop - Big River, SK - Burglary/Shooting
Store - Bells Corners, ON - Armed Robbery
Store - Comox, BC - Armed Robbery/Stabbing
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Over $140 Million in
Consumer Fraud Complaints About COVID-19 Fraud Pass 200,000
Consumer complaints to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) related to the
coronavirus exceeded 200,000 on Thursday, Sept. 17, with
a total of more than
$140 million in fraud losses.
Since the novel coronavirus outbreak began, the top complaint categories have
been related to
travel, credit cards, banks and lenders, and credit bureaus.
The New York Times coronavirus tracker says May 27 -- the peak of daily scam
complaints -- was in the middle of a relative lull in new infections. Case
numbers started to rise again in late June and early July.
“Since the onset of the pandemic, news outlets, government agencies (such as the
FDA, with its Quack Hack campaign), and organizations including ours and AARP
have warned the public and/or published guides on how to avoid scams related to
COVID-19 and in general. That could have made Americans more wary of a variety
of common cons such as suspicious phone calls or promises of 'fast stimulus
money' which only leads them to a used car salesman.
The government should wield every tool at its disposal against scammers.
Department of Justice (DOJ) press releases have touted both criminal and civil
legal actions brought against parties accused of
fraud related to
COVID-19 products and services.
That includes health care benefits fraud, fake disease treatments and the
sale of nonexistent
Walmart: Hiring 20,000 to staff e-commerce fulfillment centers for holidays
Amazon puts out call for gig workers to pick orders at Whole Foods
Amazon's Prime Day 2020 will start on Oct. 13
Update: Jacksonville Beach, FL: Close to $40,000 in merchandise was stolen from
ULTA Beauty stores across the Northeast Florida area
many as 13 different incidents took place where products were stolen according
to police in a three-month period. Some local stores were hit multiple times.
Documents reveal in some instances the suspects would use pepper spray on
employees in order to get away. A new report reveals “the total loss of
merchandise from this organized retail theft group was $37,756.59.”
Myra Curry, Shatreveya Robinson and Slivya Thomas were arrested and charged in
connection to the fragrance heist. They were arrested following a short police
chase in Jacksonville Beach after reportingly stealing $5000 in product from
ULTA. Action News Jax law and safety expert Dale Carson said fragrance is easy
to steal and resell because it cannot be tracked. Police say multiple social
media accounts were used to sell the perfumes.
Riviera Beach, FL: Two women arrested in $30,000 Coupon Fraud scheme targeting
drug stores across Florida
Riviera Beach women were arrested this month for their alleged roles in a coupon
scam that resulted in more than $30,000 worth of merchandise being stolen from
drug stores in South, Central and Southwest Florida, state authorities said
Tuesday. Thelma Flint, 26, and Kenya Morris, 25, were each arrested Sept. 10 on
charges that include grand theft and conspiracy to commit grand theft of $20,000
or more but less than $100,000. Morris remained in custody at the Palm Beach
County Jail on Tuesday in lieu of a $90,500 bail bond. Flint was released early
Tuesday on a $20,000 bond.
Authorities also arrested Ramona Foster of Texas. The case is being prosecuted
by the Office of Statewide Prosecution in Fort Myers.
Prosecutors allege that Foster
produced fraudulent paper and digital coupons that Flint and Morris used to
purchase gift cards and other items at little or no cost to them.
Flint and Morris reportedly then gave half of the stolen gift cards to Foster as
payment for creating the fraudulent coupons. The two would then use social media
to sell the items they purchased for cash, the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement said. They allegedly targeted drug stores in Broward County, in
DeSoto, Charlotte, Lee counties in Southwest Florida, and in Brevard and Volusia
counties in Central Florida.
FDLE’s Sebring Field Office
began investigating after being contacted by Walgreens Loss Prevention.
Kosciusko County, IN: Warby Parker Loss Prevention closes $20k theft of eyewear
A Nappanee woman was arrested for allegedly receiving $20,000 of designer
eyeglass frames then selling them online. Charlotte Megan Raab, was booked in
the Kosciusko County Jail at 9:24 p.m. Thursday and faces a Level 6 felony theft
charge. According to the probable cause affidavit filed June 19, 2019, in
Kosciusko Superior Court II, on Feb. 25, 2019, Nappanee police received
information from Warby
Parker Inc.’s loss prevention investigator Ron Clark.
Clark told police that Raab
obtained approximately $20,000 worth of designer eyeglass frames from the
company and has been selling them online
through two sales sites – Poshmark.com and Depop.com. According to Warby
Parker’s investigation, Raab profited $2,475.81 from selling the frames online.
When police asked Raab about it, according to the affidavit, she said, “Yeah, I
Lancaster County, PA: C-Store Burglars flee with over $13,000 of Cigarettes
Ogdensburg, NY: Family Dollar Employee charged with theft of $5,000 of
East Marlborough Township, PA: Pennsylvania State Police investigating a retail
theft at the Walmart; 2 women concealed merchandise in a storage tote
Shootings & Deaths
Bradenton, FL: Manager of Walmart shot in attempted robbery at store
shot a Walmart manager in the leg during an attempted robbery on Tuesday night,
according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. At about 9:40 p.m., a man
tried to rob the Walmart at 6225 State Road 64 E. in Bradenton, where he
encountered a store manager, Lt. Sean Felton said. “The manager ended up going
to the customer service area, where he was speaking with the suspect and refused
to give him money,” he said. “Ultimately, as he was chasing the suspect out of
the store, the suspect turned and shot him.” The manager was in stable condition
at a local hospital. Felton continued.
South Lake Tahoe, CA: Man to face murder charges in 2013 killing of Tahoe gas
Fresno, CA: Police see dramatic rise in shootings, homicides
Robberies, Incidents & Thefts
Salt Lake City, UT: C- store clerk arrested after allegedly runningover
suspected shoplifter with car
Tuesday morning, Ronald James Kirkham, 60, was working at a Salt Lake City
7-Eleven when he ran after an alleged shoplifter, according to a police
affidavit. Kirkham got into his car and followed the suspect and then attempted
to detain him for police, the affidavit states. “During this process, (Kirkham)
struck the retail theft suspect with his vehicle, driving over his legs, and
then proceeded to crash the vehicle into the neighboring home. Kirkham left the
crash scene and called 911. He was later arrested and booked for investigation
of aggravated assault resulting in serious injury, failing to remain at the
scene of an accident resulting in serious injury and leaving the scene of a
crash. An updated condition of the man hit by the car was not immediately
Manatee County, FL: Deputies search for armed suspects involved in violent
robberies at Walmart, Publix and Dollar General
C-Store – Lyon County,
KY – Robbery
C-Store – Bozeman, MT
Cellphones – Waco, TX
– Armed Robbery
Dollar General –
Bradenton, FL – Armed Robbery
Family Dollar – St
Louis, MO – Burglary
Gas Station – Kenosha,
WI – Armed Robbery
Gas Station – Mobile,
AL – Burglary
Gas Station –
Lancaster County, PA - Burglary
Grocery – Palmetto, FL
– Armed Robbery
Grocery – Springfield,
IL – Robbery
Jewelry – Tampa , Fl – Robbery
Jewelry – Houston, TX –
Jewelry – Trumbull, CT –
Jewelry – Cedar Rapids, IA –
Jewelry – Elizabeth, NJ –
Pilates – Seattle, WA
Restaurant – Sioux
Falls, SD – Armed Robbery
Restaurant – Troy, MI
– Armed Robbery (Chipotle)
Tobacco – San Diego,
CA – Robbery
Vape – Suffolk, VA –
7-Eleven – Elkhart, IN
• 17 robberies
• 4 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed
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