Active Shooter awareness training

Active shooter situations have become all too frequent in our communities. Whether it is in the workplace, nursing home, movie theater, or shopping mall, everyone should prepare themselves for a possible confrontation. The active shooter is determined to cause maximum damage to as many individuals as possible. The incidents usually are not predictable, and come without warning.

In most cases, law enforcement arrives on scene after numerous deaths have occurred.

Whether it is a firearm, a knife, car, truck, or other weapon, the outcome is sadly the same, loss of human life.

Situational awareness is key to survival. Our ancestors learned to survive by being aware of what was going on around them. Unfortunately we seem to ignore persons and events around us. Many times that is how victims are selected. They are inattentive, occupied with gadgets, and not paying attention to the actions of others. The elderly have become targets of thugs playing “Knock Out”, strong armed robbery, or simple assaults.

In law enforcement, you learn to stay in a heightened, highly vigilant state as a self-protection mechanism. In today’s society we must all be aware of our surroundings, alert to individuals in our area, and be ready to respond to potential threats.

While many businesses and elderly care facilities may have Active Shooter classes for their managers and staff, they need to also assure those in their care are also versed in emergency planning to increase their odds of survival in critical incidents.

The Department of Homeland Security has a website with an Active Shooter Preparedness guide ( https://www.dhs.gov/active-shooter-preparedness ) that is a beginning introduction to the subject matter. For further information or instruction on this matter feel free to contact me, don@bambenekinvestigations.com or call (253) 255-6910, in the Gig Harbor area.

Donald A. Bambenek II
Bambenek Investigative Group
4810 Pt. Fosdick Drive NW, 200
Gig Harbor, Washington 98335-1711
(253) 255-6910
don@bambenekinvestigations.com
www.bambenekinvestigations.com

Member:
Association of Former Customs Special Agents (AFCSA)
Federal Law Enforcement Officer’s Association (FLEOA)
Intellenet
Oregon Association of Licensed Investigators
Pacific Northwest Association of Investigators (PNAI)
Pacific Northwest License, Tax, and Fraud Association (PNLTFA)

Fraud against seniors

The FBI’s Common Fraud Schemes webpage provides tips on how you can protect yourself and your family from fraud. Senior citizens especially should be aware of fraud schemes for the following reasons:

  • Senior citizens are most likely to have a “nest egg,” to own their home, and/or to have excellent credit—all of which make them attractive to con artists.
  • People who grew up in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s were generally raised to be polite and trusting. Con artists exploit these traits, knowing that it is difficult or impossible for these individuals to say “no” or just hang up the telephone.
  • Older Americans are less likely to report a fraud because they don’t know who to report it to, are too ashamed at having been scammed, or don’t know they have been scammed. Elderly victims may not report crimes, for example, because they are concerned that relatives may think the victims no longer have the mental capacity to take care of their own financial affairs.
  • When an elderly victim does report the crime, they often make poor witnesses. Con artists know the effects of age on memory, and they are counting on elderly victims not being able to supply enough detailed information to investigators. In addition, the victims’ realization that they have been swindled may take weeks—or more likely, months—after contact with the fraudster. This extended time frame makes it even more difficult to remember details from the events.
  • Senior citizens are more interested in and susceptible to products promising increased cognitive function, virility, physical conditioning, anti-cancer properties, and so on. In a country where new cures and vaccinations for old diseases have given every American hope for a long and fruitful life, it is not so unbelievable that the con artists’ products can do what they claim.

    Telemarketing Fraud for Seniors

    If you are age 60 or older—and especially if you are an older woman living alone—you may be a special target of people who sell bogus products and services by telephone. Telemarketing scams often involve offers of free prizes, low-cost vitamins and health care products, and inexpensive vacations. For more information and tips to avoid these scams please visit the Telemarketing Fraud webpage.

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FTC Efforts to combat fraud affecting older Americans

In testimony before Congress today, the Federal Trade Commission described the current trends relating to fraud affecting older Americans, and how the FTC uses law enforcement and other tools at its disposal to combat these frauds.

Testifying on behalf of the Commission before the Senate Special Committee on Aging, Lois Greisman, Associate Director of the FTC’s Division of Marketing Practices, said certain types of scams are more likely to affect older Americans, such as fraudulent prize promotion schemes. The Commission’s efforts to identify and stop illegal marketing affecting seniors has become increasingly vital as the population of older Americans is growing rapidly, the testimony states.

“To protect seniors, the Commission has implemented a multi-faceted approach that encompasses robust law enforcement, strategic policy initiatives, and vigorous consumer education and outreach,” the testimony states.

The Commission has identified several varieties of fraudulent and deceptive schemes that affect seniors, including: (1) sweepstakes, prize promotions and lotteries, (2) timeshare sales and re-sales, (3) health care products and services, (4) investments, business opportunities and work-from-home programs, (5) technical support services, and (6) charitable donations.

The Commission has filed 45 cases against 163 companies and 121 individuals responsible for billions of illegal robocalls, as well as numerous Do-Not-Call violations, many targeting older Americans, and it has brought 25 cases involving conduct that specifically targeted or disproportionately harmed older adults.

For example, the FTC has aggressively pursued the money transfer services commonly used in scams targeting older Americans. Just two weeks ago, Western Union agreed to historic settlements with the FTC and the Department of Justice. The FTC’s action alleged that despite knowing its service was used by scammers, including some who were using the so-called “grandparent” scam, Western Union failed to take reasonable steps to stop the frauds. As part of the FTC’s case, as well as a deferred prosecution agreement Western Union entered into with the Department of Justice, the company has agreed to pay $586 million to redress victims.

The Federal Trade Commission works to promote competition, and protect and educate consumers. You can learn more about consumer topics and file a consumer complaint online or by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP (382-4357). Like the FTC on Facebook (link is external), follow us on Twitter (link is external), read our blogs and subscribe to press releases for the latest FTC news and resources.

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Bambenek Investigative Group
4810 Pt. Fosdick Drive NW,  200
Gig Harbor, Washington 98335-1711
(253) 255-6910
don@bambenekinvestigations.com
www.bambenekinvestigations.com

Member:
Association of Former Customs Special Agents (AFCSA)
Federal Law Enforcement Officer’s Association (FLEOA)
Intellenet
Pacific Northwest Association of Investigators (PNAI)
Pacific Northwest License, Tax, and Fraud Association (PNLTFA)

Can you hear me, phone scam makes you a victim with one word (King 5 news)

King 5 news:

A growing “can you hear me” phone scam may be the scariest scam yet because it can make you a victim if you say just one word.

“Yes.”

This is how it works, according to the Better Business Bureau.

You receive a recorded call from someone who provides an introduction and identifies the business or agency they supposedly represent. After the introduction, the recording will ask if you can hear the caller clearly. If you answer “yes” there’s a possibility that the scam artist behind the phone call has recorded you and will use your agreement to sign you up for a product or service and then demand payment. If you refuse, the caller may produce your recorded “yes” response to confirm your purchase agreement.

What to do? BBB suggests the following:

• If you receive an unsolicited robocall from an organization or business, just hang up. If you are on the Do Not Call List and a company calls out of the blue to ask questions, it’s likely a scam. Avoid responding with “yes, sure or ok.”

• If you are asked a similar question in a phone call or are asked to press a button to be placed on the Do Not Call Registry, just hang up the phone. Saying anything or pressing buttons when prompted may help the scam artists identify that you have an active phone number. Remember that no government agency will ever solicit for the Do Not Call Registry.

• Write down the phone number of those callers violating the Do Not Call Registry and file a scam report with BBB Scam Tracker and the FTC’s Do Not Call List. Remember that Pennsylvania’s wiretapping law is a “two-party consent” law, making it a crime to intercept or record a telephone call or conversation unless all parties to the conversation consent.

 

http://www.king5.com/money/consumer/can-you-hear-me-phone-scam-makes-you-a-victim-with-one-word/393891758

 

Donald A. Bambenek II
Bambenek Investigative Group
4810 Pt. Fosdick Drive NW,  200
Gig Harbor, Washington 98335-1711
(253) 255-6910
don@bambenekinvestigations.com
www.bambenekinvestigations.com

Member:
Association of Former Customs Special Agents (AFCSA)
Federal Law Enforcement Officer’s Association (FLEOA)
Intellenet
Pacific Northwest Association of Investigators (PNAI)
Pacific Northwest License, Tax, and Fraud Association (PNLTFA)

What is Stalking?

Stalking refers to repeated harassing or threatening behavior by an individual, such as following a person, appearing at a person’s home or place of business, making harassing phone calls, leaving written messages or objects, or vandalizing a person’s property, according to the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime (OVC).

Any unwanted contact between two people that directly or indirectly communicates a threat or places the victim in fear can be considered stalking, but the actual legal definition of stalking varies from state to state according to each state’s laws.

Washington State RCW 9a.46.110 defines Stalking, Read More…

Donald A. Bambenek II
Bambenek Investigative Group
4810 Pt. Fosdick Drive NW,  200
Gig Harbor, Washington 98335-1711
(253) 255-6910
don@bambenekinvestigations.com
www.bambenekinvestigations.com

Member:
Association of Former Customs Special Agents (AFCSA)
Federal Law Enforcement Officer’s Association (FLEOA)
Intellenet
Pacific Northwest Association of Investigators (PNAI)
Pacific Northwest License, Tax, and Fraud Association (PNLTFA)
Washington Association of Legal Investigators (WALI)

Louis Vuitton sues counterfeit online sellers in China

French luxury goods firm Louis Vuitton is seeking damages from three people convicted of offering counterfeit versions of its clothing, shoes and handbags on Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s popular Taobao shopping website, a Beijing court said.

A district court in Beijing accepted the lawsuit filed by Louis Vuitton, owned by LVMH, the world’s biggest luxury group, last Monday, according to a statement on the court’s website.

The company is taking the three defendants, two of them surnamed Liang and the other surnamed Han, to court, “asking them to stop infringing on its trademark and is seeking compensation of economic losses of 250,000 yuan ($37,900)”, according to the court statement.

 

 

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Donald A. Bambenek II
Bambenek Investigative Group
4810 Pt. Fosdick Drive NW,  200
Gig Harbor, Washington 98335-1711
(253) 255-6910
don@bambenekinvestigations.com

Private Investigators in California indicted

Two private detectives in California are accused in a federal indictment of hiring computer hackers to obtain information from litigants in civil lawsuits.

The ABA Journal, reports that two private detectives are accused of hiring computer experts to hack into computers, email and Skype accounts. In one case, the indictment (PDF) says, hackers installed a keylogger to record the keys struck on a keyboard. The San Jose Mercury News and a press release summarize the allegations.

The information was designed to help clients of Moser and Siragusa, who had separate businesses but sometimes worked together, the press release says.

Moser and Siragusa are charged, along with one of Moser’s clients and two hackers, with conspiracy, accessing a protected computer, interception of private communications, and aiding and abetting.

The client, Carlo Pacileo, was director of security for network marketing company ViSalus. He hired Moser for help in a suit involving rival company Ocean Avenue, which had hired several ViSalus employees, the indictment says. Moser then enlisted Siragusa’s help, and together they hired the hackers, the press release alleges.

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Donald A. Bambenek II

Bambenek Investigative Group

4810 Pt. Fosdick Drive NW,  200

Gig Harbor, Washington 98335-1711

(253) 255-6910

Email: don@bambenekinvestigations.com

Website: www.bambenekinvestigations.com

Member:

Association of Former Customs Special Agents

Intellenet

Pacific Northwest Association of Investigators

Pacific Northwest License, Tax, and Fraud Association

Washington Association of Legal Investigators

Professional Protection

Bambenek Investigative Group has provided residential, business, and personal protection, for a variety of clients. We have covered special events, domestic travel, guest appearance protection, and conducted client vulnerability investigations.

Whether it is protection for a Corporate Executive, professional athletes, a television or radio personality, or any client who feels the need for this service, we have provided the level of protection they have required.

Concert Tour
Special Events
Film or Television
Corporate Executive Protection

Executive & Personal Protection
Armed and Unarmed Private Investigators
Premise Protection
Stalking issues
Corporate Executives, Family members, and Staff
Termination – Work Place Violence – Asset recovery
Corporate Special Events
Domestic Violence
Surveillance and Counter-Surveillance
Music and Film Industry
Professional Athletes
Jewelry Escort
Security Consultant

Donald Bambenek has 26 years experience with the United States Treasury and the Department of Defense, which includes dignitary and witness protection in the United States and abroad. Mr. Bambenek utilizes a team of licensed private investigators, who are former federal agents, state and local law enforcement officers, and government employees.  This team has provided professional, high quality protection and investigative services, and continues to offer the type of services high profile clients require. He has extensive experience with Personal and Executive Protection that include high profile celebrities, corporate executives, government officials, and witnesses.

Utilizing retired federal agents and former law enforcement officers, who have trained, and worked together as a team has been very beneficial to our clients.
Having traveled extensively throughout the United States, and abroad, we have developed law enforcement contacts and private investigative contacts in most major cities. Contact don@bambenekinvestigations.com for further information.

Private investigators-Los Angeles Times

Residents across cash-strapped states are increasingly turning to private detectives as cities and towns cut police forces to contend with deep budget cuts.

“Private detectives and security firms are often taking on the roles that police once did, investigating robberies, checking out alibis, looking into threats.”

A very interesting read.

 

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How Private Investigators Help Patent Litigators

An excellent article about how Private Investigators could help in patent litigation investigations. written by James Mintz and Staci Dresher of The Mintz Group.

Patent litigation often turns on obscure and long-buried facts, and some private investigative firms are developing expertise that can help patent counsel – on both the defendant and plaintiff sides – find information to support and even shape litigation strategy. Read more