The Egg Harbor Township Police Department is Seeking Assistance in Identifying a Man Involved in a Fraud Incident

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The Egg Harbor Township Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a subject involved in a fraud incident. On February 5th, the pictured male used a fraudulent credit card to purchase gift cards at the Shoprite at English Creek and the Shoprite in Somers Point. He also made a purchase Dunkin Donuts in Mays Landing and attempted to purchase gift cards at the Acme in Mays Landing. The male is described as a dark skinned black male approximately 40 years old with glasses and a beard. The victim reports she still has the credit card in her possession. The male also made purchases with a separate credit card, but it is unknown who the victim is at this time. The man was driving a Jeep Cherokee with an unknown registration or state. Anyone with information on this incident or that can identify the male, contact the Egg Harbor Township Police Criminal Investigation Bureau at 609.926.4051. They can also Contact Atlantic County Crime Stoppers at 609.652-1234, 1.800.658.8477(TIPS), or at www.crimestoppersatlantic.com. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to arrests and indictments in Atlantic County. source: https://snjtoday.com/the-egg-harbor-township-police-department-is-seeking-assistance-in-identifying-a-man-involved-in-a-fraud-incident79897/

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How to avoid skimmers at gas pumps

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Credit card skimming at gas stations across Florida is becoming more prevalent. To avoid having your information stolen by thieves, pay with cash, says the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. In just the past two months, the agency’s inspectors have removed eight credit card skimmers from gas station pumps across the state. These skimmers are used to steal the credit card information from consumers, and the thieves then use the card information to make purchases in someone else’s name. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services works to protect consumers from fraud and scams, and this week, March 1-7, is National Consumer Protection Week. Here are the department’s other tips about how to avoid skimmers.   Check to make sure the gas pump dispenser cabinet is closed and has not been tampered with. Many stations are now putting a piece of security tape over the cabinet to ensure it has not been opened by unauthorized individuals. Try to use a gas pump closer to the front of the store. Thieves often place skimmers at the gas pumps farther away from the store so they aren’t noticed as quickly. Use a credit card instead of a debit card. […]

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Hacker cites police brutality against Texas State student in attack on San Marcos city, police sites

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A hacker named “Bitcoin Baron” has claimed responsibility for cyberattacking the City of San Marcos and San Marcos Police Department websites in retaliation against a police officer who allegedly assaulted a Texas State University student in 2013. The websites were down as of Tuesday morning. “I am here to say you’re out of line and I’m going to attack your site nonstop until I know Palermo is going to prison for a long time for what he’s done to this lady Alexis Alpha,” the supposed hacker claims in a video posted to YouTube on Monday. Ex-San Marcos Cpl. John A. Palermo pleaded guilty in January to one charge of aggravated assault by a public servant for attacking Alpha, then a 22-year-old Texas State University student, after she walked near his police car while Palermo was conducting a traffic stop in May 2013. The encounter left her with broken teeth, bruises and a concussion. Palermo received 10 years of probation and deferred adjudication in lieu of a conviction for the second degree felony, according to Hays County court records. RELATED: Arrest of San Marcos cops called rarity At around 1:10 am. on May 29, 2013, Alpha walked by a traffic stop made by Palermo […]

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Legislation Would Criminalize Revenge Porn; Allow Search Warrants for Cyber Crimes

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[AG Harris] – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced a package of bills Monday that will increase protections for victims and provide tools for law enforcement to prosecute the growing number of cyber-exploitation cases in California. Cyber-exploitation, commonly known as revenge porn, is defined as the non-consensual distribution and publication of intimate photos and videos. The poster sometimes obtains the photos or videos during a prior relationship, or steals them by hacking into the victim’s phone, computer, or social media accounts. “Cyber-exploitation is a heinous crime that humiliates and degrades victims, while creating devastating effects on their personal and professional lives,” said Attorney General Harris. “This legislation will provide law enforcement with tools to prosecute these crimes, and provide critical support to victims suffering from the debilitating impacts.” Senate Bill 676 (Cannella, R-Ceres) would classify the intentional distribution of personal identifying information associated with the image of an intimate body part, obtained without the consent of the person depicted, as a new crime under Penal Code 647. Additionally, SB 676 would expand the forfeiture provision for possession of child pornography to include the forfeiture of cyber-exploitation images, allowing law enforcement to remove these images from unauthorized possession. “Several years ago, […]

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Crime gangs go hi-tech to target elderly people

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Elderly people will be one of the main targets of sophisticated networks that hire out their services in the criminal underworld of the future, according to a report from Europol. They will exploit the latest technology and scientific discoveries, including nanotechnology, and concentrate much of their attention on Europe’s ageing population. With a growing divide between the rich and poor, criminals will have little difficulty recruiting willing experts, offering their “crime-as-a-service” business model. EU citizens will also be more likely to be tricked and trafficked to the sex trade in emerging markets or as cheap and slave labour. The grim picture was painted by some of the best minds dealing with crime, both from the police forces of EU countries and academics and experts involved in the policing business. The traditional crime gangs with their strict hierarchy of a godfather-like figure at the top presiding over a series of networks will decline and give way to a virtual criminal underworld made up of individual criminal entrepreneurs. They will come together on a project basis, offering their expertise to whoever wishes to hire them. This model can be seen already in the area of cybercrime, the report says. It will also […]

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Lafayette looking to install crime cameras at 52 locations

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The Lafayette Police Department soon will be keeping a watchful electronic eye on some city neighborhoods. The installation of crime cameras could begin this year at 52 locations, mainly areas in north Lafayette selected through a combination of input from the City-Parish Council and a review of crime statistics to pinpoint high-risk neighborhoods, said Police Chief Jim Craft. “What area has the most need? That’s what we want to look at,” Craft told a council committee Monday in an update of the crime camera program. The council last year approved the department’s request for $700,000 to buy the cameras and related equipment.There is an additional recurring expense of about $100,000 a year to keep the system running and for the Internet connections needed to link the cameras to the Police Department. Other communities have had a mixed experience with crime cameras, some touting them as effective crime-fighting tools and others questioning their value, but Craft said he believes the money will be a wise investment in a tool to extend the reach of the city’s officers. “We see them as force multiplier,” the chief said. Councilman Jay Castille agreed. “We don’t have enough patrol officers out there, and it’s going […]

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Police launch cyber squad to target online crime in Yorkshire

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Yorkshire’s biggest force is making a number of two-year appointments for a new unit set up to target the “rapidly expanding” network of technologically-savvy fraudsters, bullies, groomers and hackers. The recruits – paid up to £28,389 and expected to be in position by the end of next month – will be responsible for providing tactical support and advice to cyber crime investigators as well as developing new technology and strategies. Detective Chief Inspector Andy Williams, West Yorkshire Police’s cyber-crime lead, said: “This area of criminality is rapidly expanding and the establishment of a cyber-crime team puts us in the best position to combat this emerging threat. “The new team will be led by a detective inspector, who’s already in place, with a detective sergeant expected to be appointed shortly and six specialist support staff. “The detailed knowledge provided by this team will significantly enhance our current expertise across all areas of cyber criminality.” The recruitment drive coincides with a week-long campaign to raise awareness over the dangers of cyber crime. It comes after a study by campaign group Get Safe Online found 58 per cent of people in Yorkshire had been victims of cyber-crime and were left feeling “violated” by […]

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Apple Pay Opens Up Floodgates For New Form Of Credit Card Fraud

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Apple Pay, touted to be a more secure and easier way to pay for things in stores, has attracted a new wave of credit card fraud. With stolen identities and credit card details, scammers are using the mobile payment system to purchase expensive items, according to a report from the Guardian. To be clear, the encryption protecting Apple Pay’s fingerprint system hasn’t been broken. Instead, scammers and thieves are adding stolen credit card information to new iPhones and calling banks to approve the card to work with the mobile payment system. Once set up, the scammers will often make pricey purchases at Apple Stores and then resell the goods for cash. When a credit card is added to Apple Pay, Apple sends that data, along with device and iTunes account information to a user’s bank.  The bank then decides whether or not to approve the card’s use with the mobile payment. But that’s where the problem comes in: each bank has its respective procedures for determining whether or not to approve a card’s use. Some will approve the card right away, while others use secondary security checks, such as sending a code to an account’s registered email address. Others have […]

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Hillary Clinton’s use of private email address while secretary of state draws scrutiny

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used a personal email account to exclusively conduct official business during her time at the State Department, a move that raises questions about access to the full archive of her correspondence, as well as the possibility that she violated federal law requiring official messages to be retained for the record. The existence of the account was discovered by the House select committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and was first reported by The New York Times. Clinton did not even have a government email address during her tenure as America’s top diplomat, which lasted from 2009 to 2013, and The Times reports that her aides took no action to preserve her emails on department servers, as required by the Federal Records Act. Instead, the paper reports, Clinton’s advisers selected which of her emails to turn over to the State Department for archival purposes after going through tens of thousands of pages of correspondence. The department said late Monday that it had received 55,000 pages of Clinton’s emails as part of a request made to previous secretaries of state to turn over any official documents they may have […]

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eGovWatch: Narendra Modi asks techies to take on cyber crime, seeks ideas for PMO mobile app

With concerns over cyber security worrying the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asked the Indian IT industry to innovate solutions to counter the global menace as well as work on path-breaking ideas like ‘cloud godowns’ and ‘cloud lockers’ to help keep data secure. “The whole world is concerned. Since I have become the PM, I have met around 50 world and political leaders and out of that, almost 25-30 have said cyber security is a concern. Can Indian youth work on solutions for cyber security” Modi said at a Nasscom event. The PM also said ideas from the public will be invited for developing a mobile app for his office (PMO) to make it mobile friendly for citizens. Stating that cyber security will be a “very big market”, Modi suggested that Nasscom should form a task force to see how this opportunity can be leveraged as Indian IT professionals can do a lot for cyber-safety of digital assets across the world. “I look forward to path breaking ideas from young talent across the country to build innovative technology solutions,” he added. The PM said if security is not provided, people will be scared of using their mobile phones […]

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