intelius: School Directors Face Background Checks - 08/04/10 04:16 PM
When I see headlines like this I wonder what century we are in. You’d think in the year 2010 that background checks of school officials would have been implemented 20 years ago. In New Jersey background checks for school employees have been in place since 1986. But not for school officials.
Still to this day municipalities across the country are still determining who should or shouldn’t be checked.
A new bill in New Jersey would disqualify school board members from serving if they’ve been convicted of serious crimes. Further, it would require them to pay for the cost to get background … (3 comments)

intelius: Should Background Checks Be Required for Dating Sites? - 07/31/10 11:22 AM
It’s no secret that there are kooky people both online and on the ground. The problem with the online part is kooky people seem to gravitate there. My theory is that those who have ulterior motives, an agenda of sorts, may believe they can lure in their victims easier online. I can see why they’d think that. It’s easier to lie online.
There’s no body language, no intonation in ones voice, and no emotional connection to the real person. Simply put, it’s harder for a person’s sixth sense to connect with an avatar.
When communicating online a person who might normally … (1 comments)

intelius: Baseball Coach Listed as A Sex Offender - 07/21/10 09:07 PM
In Ostego Michigan a local summer baseball league coach was been removed from his position Friday after school officials found out he was listed on the Michigan State Sex Offender Registry.
He was coaching for a week when am aware parent notified the school, he was a sex offender from 1996. As a parent, you should be the one notifying school officials because you are aware of these issues. You can do a search on “sex offender registry” to locate those in your area and check out Neighborhood Watch.
The parent telling the school shows a flaw in the schools … (3 comments)

intelius: Sex Offenders and Predators and Criminals Oh My! - 07/20/10 06:51 PM
The wizard in the Wizard of Oz wasn’t so much a wizard at all. But in the end he did have some sage advice that he bestowed upon Dorothy to give her direction and guidance. I’m no wizard either. But I have enough of a clue that it might benefit you from reading these posts here and there.
Anyone who follows my posts knows I discuss numerous issues revolving around personal security. My fascination with the bad guy and what you need to do to protect yourself is what gets me out of bed every day. I don’t worry so much, … (4 comments)

intelius: Could Your Neighbor be a Grim Sleeper? - 07/18/10 07:07 AM
Serial killer “Grim Sleeper” was captured in LA. Lonnie David Franklin Jr. was at one time was an employee for the LAPD. The Los Angeles Police Department had been hunting a man who had stalked South Los Angeles since 1985, killing at least 10 women. “Franklin allegedly killed seven women between 1985 and 1988, when his crimes seemed to abruptly stop, authorities say. The slayings resumed with three more between 2002 and 2007, police said. The Grim Sleeper serial killer had a lengthy criminal history stretching over four decades but was never sent to prison despite calls by law enforcement officials … (1 comments)

intelius: Law enforcement officers keep tough watch on sex offenders - 07/15/10 08:15 PM
<p>In Colorado law enforcement officers are scouring the state to make sure sex offenders aren&#8217;t hiding from the law.</p><p>“Operation Sheperd launched into action this month. <a href="">Mesa County Sheriff&#8217;s Office Deputies and Grand Junction Police Department</a> Officers are crisscrossing Grand Junction to make sure registered sex offenders are living where they reported they are. These officials randomly visit homes of offenders, some of them convicted of molesting children. It&#8217;s all to keep strict tabs on these offenders, so that they don&#8217;t <a href="" target="_blank">escape</a> the watchful eye of police. “We do take the verification of addresses seriously, and we do continually … (0 comments)

intelius: School volunteers face background checks - 07/13/10 10:40 AM
All across the country one by one school, administrators are slowly beginning to recognize the need to perform background checks on volunteers.
In Albany County WY, “under the tentative policy, all volunteers would complete an information form when they begin their volunteer work. Additionally, volunteers would undergo screening through the Wyoming Department of Family Services and a to-be-selected national database if they volunteer more than an hour a week on average, accompany students on an overnight trip, spend more than five days working as a volunteer coach or accompany students on any off-campus activity in which they would be alone with … (3 comments)

intelius: Online Dating Liar Liar is 5’4, not 5’10 - 06/14/10 08:12 PM
But who cares? Apparently the dude with the 6 inch height difference did. And he figured the lady he was about to meet via chatting in an online dating service cared as well. Maybe she did, maybe she didn’t. Either way he started out in the relationship lying.
Many single people have been turning to the Internet for dating services. You can meet someone with the same interests, hobbies, and lifestyle. Dating services allow you to browse profile pages to shop for a potential mate while chatting it up with potential dates. In the process you are selling yourself as … (3 comments)

intelius: Summer Heat: Online Dating Scams - 06/14/10 08:03 PM
Love online. 20 years ago it wasn’t even a thought. 10 years ago it was weird. 5 years ago it was new and exciting. Today it’s as normal as milk and bread. If you are looking for a mate online you will eventually hit pay dirt. Most of my friends who tried it, succeeded at it.
When anything technology gets to the “normal stage” that’s also when scammers are well dug in. Scammers are usually much more ahead of the curve. When it was weird, they paid attention and the ones that had the foresight scammed, but when it was … (0 comments)

intelius: Sex Offender Sets Up Facebook Page Looking For Love - 06/10/10 07:36 PM
A sex offender, who spent 11 years in a court-ordered treatment program to rehabilitate him, is looking for a relationship via Facebook.
Facebook is approaching the 500 million member mark worldwide. Chances are there are a few sex offenders in there somewhere. I’d guess anywhere between 1 and 3 percent have a penchant for violating another persons sanctity. Statistically out of the 300 million people in the U.S., there are 500,000 registered sex offenders. Of those registered, thousands more aren’t and many haven’t been caught. You do the math.
He’s 29, so he was in detention since he was 18. His … (5 comments)

intelius: Mortgage Fraud and Identity Theft: Like Chocolate and Peanut Butter - 05/31/10 10:47 AM
Robert Siciliano Identity Theft Expert
You don’t need to own a house to become a victim of mortgage fraud. Heck, you don’t even need to be older than 3 to be a victim. As long as the thief has a Social Security number, they can apply for loans in your name.
Lexis-Nexis Mortgage Asset Research Institute in Chicago shows that the incidence of fraud in 2009 increased 7 percentage points over 2008’s levels. In 2008, fraud reports rose 26 percentage points from the previous year. The institute collects and provides data – suspicious-activities reports, or SARS – to subscribers, including … (0 comments)

intelius: Beware of Facebook Dangers - 05/26/10 07:45 PM
Robert Siciliano Identity Theft Expert
Danger!! How’s that for a blog title that screams fear, uncertainty and doubt!? Fact is Facebook boast 400 million users and is in so many ways seems out of the control of its founder, and is looking dangerous. This is a company that has grown faster than fast and has a (very intelligent) 20 something CEO just out of puberty calling the shots. It seems the amount they (his Board? CIO? ) lets him run at the mouth that privacy is no big deal, shows an immature lack of control over this operation. Any company that … (44 comments)

intelius: Watching Out For Criminal Hacks - 05/25/10 05:45 PM
Robert Siciliano Identity Theft Expert
We use the web to search out tons of information, to shop online and to connect with friends and family. And in the process criminals are trying to whack us over the head and steal from us. And they’ve become very proficient at their craft while most computer users know enough about protecting themselves today as they did 15 years ago. Which equates to not so much.
Back in the day, a person only had to know not to open a file in an attachment from someone they didn’t know. Maybe even not opening one … (3 comments)

intelius: Grand Jury: TSA Employee Stole Identities - 05/24/10 09:31 PM
Identity Theft Expert Robert Siciliano
A Lynn Massachusetts couple was accused of selling the identities of at least 16 Transportation Security Administration workers at Logan International Airport.
Lynn was then and is now known as “Lynn Lynn the City of Sin, you don’t go out the way you come in.”
Fox News reports “A federal grand jury accused the couple of stealing personal information including the Social Security numbers of TSA workers at Boston’s Logan International Airport. There was no indication the private information of the security screeners was given to militant groups, Reuters reported, but the case suggests federal officials … (0 comments)

intelius: Facebooks New (and only) Security Feature - 05/19/10 07:57 PM
Identity Theft Expert Robert Siciliano
So maybe you used a public PC to log into your Facebook account and you hit a button that saved your login credentials. Or maybe you received an email from what you thought was Facebook and you plugged in your username and password and got phished. Now someone other than you has your account information and they are logging in to torture you or steak from your friends.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a degree of control over that?
Facebook just introduced a security setting that sends you an email telling you someone has … (3 comments)

intelius: Phishers Ties Up Victims Phones, Killing Notification - 05/18/10 07:03 PM
Identity Theft Expert Robert Siciliano
Many of today’s automated processes are designed with security and/or convenience in mind. For example, if a credit card companies’ anomaly detection software detects irregular spending on your credit card the software may freeze your account or call you to make sure you are in-fact the one making the charge. While this may help to secure you, it also may inconvenience you if you are traveling overseas and are declined or just in a hurry and trying to catch a flight.
These same technologies may or may not involve a human at different touch points … (1 comments)

intelius: 10 Ways To Prevent Phishing - 05/17/10 07:09 PM
Identity Theft Expert Robert Siciliano
The Anti Phishing Working Group published a new report seeking to understand such trends by quantifying the scope of the global phishing problem, especially by examining domain name usage and phishing site uptimes. Phishing has always been attractive to criminals because it has low start-up costs and few barriers to entry. But by mid-2009, phishing was dominated by one player as never before—the ―Avalanche‖ phishing operation. This criminal entity is one of the most sophisticated and damaging on the Internet, and perfected a mass-production system for deploying phishing sites and ―crimeware – malware designed specifically to … (1 comments)

intelius: Mobile Phone Becoming Bigger Target For Hackers - 05/13/10 07:27 PM
Identity Theft Expert Robert Siciliano
Mobile Internet access and mobile service usage is growing rapidly and cyber criminals are expected to pay more attention to this sector. Mobile device platforms compete for innovation created by application developers and other content creators who are increasingly demanding more device access. As their requests grow in numbers and they distribute their products more widely, security breaches will be inevitable.
Mobile phones used to be bulky and cumbersome; they had to be carried in bags or briefcases. Then they became chunky, heavy bricks. Clearly, cell phones have evolved. Today’s mobile phone is a compute, that … (1 comments)

intelius: Want Privacy? On Facebook? Shut Up! - 05/12/10 07:48 PM
Identity Theft Expert Robert Siciliano
There seems to be a groundswell of people who are anti-Facebook today.
Google “Facebook” and “Privacy” and 761,000,000, that’s seven hundred and sixty-one million results come up in a quarter second. WHY? BECAUSE THERE IS AN OBVIOUS ISSUE WITH FACEBOOK AND PRIVACY. The major issue here is not that Facebook isn’t private, it’s that some people want it to be private and its not and they can’t have their cake and eat it too. Privacy has always been a hotbed media grabbing issue that sells news too, so the few privacy pundits that there are, get … (2 comments)

intelius: Criminal Hackers Had Their Best Year - 05/11/10 08:30 PM
Identity Theft Expert Robert Siciliano
The FBI reported that last year, organized criminals made double what was reported in 2008. Phishing emails containing the name and logo of the FBI were one of the top money makers for scam artists.
Successful scams included auction scams where products were bought and paid for but product was not delivered. Advanced fee scams also topped the list.
Scammers will say and do anything to get a person to part with their money.
Never automatically trust over the phone or via the internet. Unless the business is one that is well established online; … (1 comments)

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