Reputational risk

Reputational risk Reputational risk is the potential risk that negative publicity regarding an institution’s business practices, whether true or not, will cause a decline in the customer base, costly litigation, … Read More

Password Recovery Tool Kit

Password Recovery Tool Kit AccessData This is an excellent software program for password recovery for DOS, NT and NETWare applications. This software is an absolute must for any person even thinking of working in … Read More

Satellite technology thief is killed

Satellite technology thief is killed A designer of electrical devices devised a new, smaller, less expensive antenna for receiving audio and video from satellites. It was — and is — a technological marvel, and … Read More

Phone mail raid compromises 27 police detectives

Phone mail raid compromises 27 police detectives In the September 1999 issue of the ÆGIS e-Journal we told and showed you how easy it was to break a phone mail system. It was a chapter and verse on how easy it is … Read More

High-end jewelry equals high-risk

High-end jewelry equals high-risk High-end jewelry and precious gems remains high on the target list of organized crime. Jewel thieves typically have excellent intelligence gathering techniques that include overt … Read More

Join with your peers.

Join with your peers. For most of us, experience comes with, well, experience. In the best of all possible words we learn not only from our own experience, but also from those who have more experience than do we. … Read More

Location of hidden assets in divorce proceedings

Location of hidden assets in divorce proceedings Divorce cases are like many other types of commercial litigation. Sometimes the parties are reasonable, and sometimes they are at each others throats. Or lower. … Read More

Undercover – 2nd Edition/ Digital Detective

Undercover – 2nd Edition Motto and June CRC Press http://www.crcpress.com/ 1-800-374-3401 This is an excellent book. It takes the reader throughout the career of Carmine Motto with his service to many communities, … Read More

Sports book scams

Sports book scams Before we get into the specifics of sport book scams, it is important to know how a sports book makes money. It makes money on the vigorish or juice. This is the difference between what they will … Read More

Securing today’s health care applications

Securing today’s health care applications Contributed by Mike Rothman,([email protected]), executive vice president of SHYM Technology, a software company that makes secure transactions using PKI less costly, … Read More

Kidnapping in Mexico

Kidnapping in Mexico Contributed by Antonio Benavide, Chief of Police, Escobedo Police Department, Nuevo Leon State, Mexico ([email protected]). Contributed articles do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of … Read More

CI for the small company or individual

CI for the small company or individual We are often asked whether a small company or an individual can make use of CI, particularly if they have limited financial resources. This question becomes self-answering if … Read More

Criminals do it…

Criminals do it… We recently worked on a metha-amphetamine production and distribution case. Several officers were sent undercover to pose as distributors and purchase large amounts of drugs. Several other … Read More

Working, by Studs Terkel/ Inside the Criminal Mind, by Stanton Samenow, PhD/ Screw the Bitch, by Dick Hart/ Occupational Fraud and Abuse, by Joseph T. Wells

Working, by Studs Terkel/ Inside the Criminal Mind, by Stanton Samenow, PhD/ Screw the Bitch, by Dick Hart/ Occupational Fraud and Abuse, by Joseph T. Wells We have received several new products and books to review … Read More

From Guadalajara, Mexico, with love

From Guadalajara, Mexico, with love On a recent training (on occupational frauds and how to investigate them) expedition to Guadalajara, Mexico, we got an ear full from the two translators. Not but two weeks ago a … Read More

A miscellany

A miscellany Siemens German digital signature chip hacked Hackers have succeeded in cracking the Siemens digital signature card used in cashless payment systems and access control systems across the country. The … Read More

Do you know whom you are hiring?

Do you know whom you are hiring? Contributed by Edward Niam, president and CEO of Corporate Solutions, inc. ([email protected]) , Hudson, Ohio, a national supplier of pre-employment background screening services. … Read More

Using the web: Don’t get rid of the librarian

Using the web: Don’t get rid of the librarian While knowledge may be power, for most of us the quest in competitive intelligence is actually for information, from which we hope to gain knowledge. In the past, … Read More

Strategic partner search: Central Europe

Strategic partner search: Central Europe Who’s looking for a partner in Central Europe these days? Well, it seems that almost everyone is. With Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic jockeying for entry to the EU … Read More

TEMPEST

TEMPEST An unmarked van slows and stops. The professional inside puts down his coffee and starts in on the day’s work: monitoring John Doe’s computer, 10 blocks away. John is busy working on his computer with … Read More

Slumlords —How they make a buck

Slumlords —How they make a buck We hear so much about slumlords and how they steal property: They get it cheap, they collect rent, and never make any repairs. Ethical issues aside, why would these people do this … Read More

The Sourcebook

The Sourcebook Edited by Michael L. Sankey and James R. Flowers, Jr. BRB Publications $169.95 CD ROM. for $299.00 http://www.brbpub.com/ 1-800-929-3811 This is the comprehensive Guide to State and Federal Records … Read More

Peruvian guano bonds

Peruvian guano bonds A client recently presented several bonds along with a request for an opinion of value. He asked, “Are these bonds for real?” If so, their value could be over $100 million dollars with … Read More

Y2K – Next to the last

Y2K – Next to the last Earlier this year we discussed global positioning systems, personal computers, and mainframes. This price of Y2K compliant equipment is increasing by the day. It will go one fire sale Jan 03, … Read More

Dealing with stalkers

Dealing with stalkers We recently had to help a client deal with a stalker. Stalking is one of a set of ultimate forms of boundary violations, where someone becomes pathologically involved with you. Stalking … Read More

Online Competitive Intelligence

Online Competitive Intelligence Helen Burwell Facts on Demand Press $25.95 http://www.brbpub.com/ 1-800-929-3811 This is a great book for the practitioner of competitive intelligence and those responsible for … Read More

Bank and the volcano

Bank and the volcano This story was relayed to one of our editors by a senior finance minister in the Caribbean. A while back, Monseratt suffered devastating eruptions from the volcano that formed the island. The … Read More

The politics of encryption / The Skimmer

The politics of encryption Although international encryption policies are restrictive and outdated, these policies may be relaxed or made obsolete in the near future. Several countries have loosened their … Read More

Getting your client to listen

Getting your client to listen Protective service often boils down to identifying a danger and doing something about it, or, as has often been said “See something, tell someone, do something.” Can surveillance … Read More

Keeping insider information off the web

Keeping insider information off the web In CI we want information. Sometimes that information is not available. This can be for any number of reasons, including the fact that, from the company’s point of view, it … Read More

Background Checks on doctors

Background Checks on doctors This article is beating a point to death about doing background checks before you hire someone. A new book, Blind Eye: How the medical establishment let a doctor get away with murder, … Read More

The Economics of Organized Crime

The Economics of Organized Crime Edited by: Gianluca Fiorentini and Sam Peltzman Centre for Economic Policy and Research Cambridge University Press The reviewer must first state that this book is fascinating but … Read More

Going undercover, and threat levels

Going undercover, and threat levels Threat levels when going undercover are directly related to three variables: Purpose, type of contact, and time. Purpose has to do with what you, the undercover person, are going … Read More

FTC vs Affordable Media (A must-read)

FTC vs Affordable Media (A must-read) The full case citation is [Federal Trade Commission vs Affordable Media LLC 9th Circuit Appeal No. 98-16378,June 15, 1999] This is also known as the “Anderson” case. Denyse … Read More

When it is time to let go

When it is time to let go Our job as protective agents is to see that no bad things happen. In real life most of the bad things that can happen involve health problems and automobile accidents, which of course end … Read More

Beware of your voicemail!

Beware of your voicemail! There are many industries and professions that are highly competitive and rely on “gold collar” workers. These are the idea people and engineers who help bring the company forward to … Read More

Checklists: Are they all they are supposed to be?

Checklists: Are they all they are supposed to be? As financial investigators we are somewhat baffled by the proliferation of due diligence check lists. These are supposed to be 100% comprehensive lists of must-do … Read More

Who Knows What?

Who Knows What? Daniel Starer Henry Holt Go purchase this book. This is as great a source on business associations as I have seen. You need to know about the Yarn Industry? 17 listings of companies, industry … Read More

Skip tracing

Skip tracing How do you find someone who doesn’t want to be found? Once you have separated the credit challenged from the credit criminal how do you find the credit criminals? It is easy: Follow their tracks. … Read More

Who can read your data?

Who can read your data? We have all heard about PGP and how it will block all eyes from our e-mail and how important it is to encrypt our disk drives, yadda, yadda yadda…. In fact, this is true, sort of. Rumor … Read More

Piracy

Piracy Piracy is alive and very dangerous. I have been persuaded to write this article after a friend nearly was – [robbed, hijacked, killed] during a pleasure sail in theCaribbean. Several shots from an old 50 … Read More

Disinformation

Disinformation The process of disinformation is the creation of a plausible set of circumstances and events to misinform a competitor as to the actual events surrounding one’s activities. When this editor was in … Read More

Some good / bad examples?

Some good / bad examples? “With Due Diligence you can determine who is the predator and who is the prey. The answer often comes as a great surprise to both parties.” A July 4th tragedy occurred when a fireworks … Read More

Federal Evidence, 1999 Courtroom Manual

Federal Evidence, 1999 Courtroom Manual Professor Weissenburger Anderson Publishing Co.$55.00 An excellent reference for all of the professionals involved in litigation, or something that might be litigated. Target … Read More

A simple tale of collections

A simple tale of collections So you grant credit and then someone abuses it and now you have to collect. But from whom and from what? The work can go from simple to difficult very quickly, but there are a few basic … Read More

Am I being bugged?

Am I being bugged? It is relatively uncommon for an individual or company to be the subject of electronic eavesdropping. This rarity is due, to a large extent, to the fact that in order for you to be bugged (a … Read More

Bait for kidnapping

Bait for kidnapping Below is an e-mail that a dear friend and a well-recognized international banker received. He forwarded it to us for our (not so) sage comments. Email begins: What I am about to reveal to you is … Read More

The Rapps on information brokerage

The Rapps on information brokerage You can search the net for many articles about one Mr. Edward James Rapp in Colorado. Recently Mr. Rapp had his information brokerage shut down by the Feds. It seems that … Read More

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor Most of you have read about Martin R. Frankel’s apparent cunning fraud, in which he appears to have stolen $350,000,000 from various organizations, including the Catholic church. Since all of … Read More

Advanced Forensic Civil Investigations

Advanced Forensic Civil Investigations Paul J. Ciolino, CLI, CFE (Compiler) and Grace Elting Castle, CLI (Editor) Lawyers and Judges Publishing Company ISBN: 0-913875-39-2 This 743 page book covers the basics for … Read More

A true-to-life set up

A true-to-life set up We have often come across a case in which someone says that he has been set up, or that the problems he is in are not his fault. Usually, we were being lied to. In this case, a man went in for … Read More

The technology of money

The technology of money Money is fascinating. The history of money is even more fascinating. The future of money is perhaps the ultimate fascination! But what is money? The best definition we have heard is … Read More

First Responder: Suspicious packages

First Responder: Suspicious packages Greek Police Defuse Citibank Explosive WashingtonTimes (03/29/99) P. A15 “Greek police defused a bomb outside an Athens Citibank branch Sunday after a warning was sent to a … Read More

Passive versus active

Passive versus active Many conversations have hashed and rehashed the issue of competitive intelligence. The objection that most often comes from technology managers and senior executive of technology firms is that … Read More

What does it cost?

What does it cost? In past journals we have discussed scope of due diligence and purpose of due diligence, but we have not discussed cost. For our example we are going to use an incident that occurred just today … Read More

China

China When in China you must remember that the Government sees all and that the military — or those closely associated with the military — are the commercial engine behind most of China. China has also received … Read More

Money Laundering, A guide for Criminal Investigations

Money Laundering, A guide for Criminal Investigations John Madinger, and Sydney A. Zalopany Published by CRC Press 1 (800) 272-7737 The authors definitely know what they are writing about, and enjoy the topic … Read More

Follow that DNA

Follow that DNA Tagent DNA is now being used as tagent in certain chemicals. A tagent is a chemical or trace element used in a product to trace the product back to its manufacturer or distributor. It was once … Read More

Melissa, the stripper and the virus. (and a little Y2K)

Melissa, the stripper and the virus. (and a little Y2K) Who — or what — is Melissa virus? To the best of our “who” understanding Melissa was a stripper in Florida: Yes it’s just another internet link to … Read More

Crossing the line

Crossing the line I recently met with a director of security at a major corporation who  mentioned that he actively resisted the establishment of a formal competitive  intelligence department within his firm. … Read More

Background check, why, and to what extent?

Background check, why, and to what extent? Should you spend the same amount of time and money on a background check for an executive of a large publicly held corporation or for a stock boy. No, of course not – but … Read More

The Economics of Organized Crime

The Economics of Organized Crime Edited by: Gianluca Fiorentini and Sam Peltzman Centre for Economic Policy and Research Cambridge University Press The reviewer must first state that this book is both fascinating … Read More

Y2K for the fun and education of us all

Y2K for the fun and education of us all In 1389, as he went to defend Kosovo against the Ottoman Turk Empire (he lost), Prince Lazar said “It is better to die in battle than it is to live in shame”. Slobodan … Read More

Internet scams: Something new. Not!

Internet scams: Something new. Not! In almost any social gathering the topic of conversation eventually drifts toward the question “.and what do you do?” When we answer “ we are financial investigators” the … Read More

Infectious disease: TB a real threat

Infectious disease: TB a real threat The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are considered by many as a blaring prophecy. In a more practical approach, since this is a practical e-journal, they are about the presence … Read More

Quo vadis?

Quo vadis? Contributed by Ira ([email protected]). Contributed articles do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of the ÆGIS e-journal. The following is the observation of someone who has been employed as a … Read More

Using reporters

Using reporters Those who have had a drivers license for more than 20 years will remember the card catalogues and periodical catalogues you had to search through to get information. Today, most of that can be … Read More

Transnational Criminal Organizations, Cybercrime, and Money Laundering

Transnational Criminal Organizations, Cybercrime, and Money Laundering James R. Richards CRC Press 1-800-272-7737 $29.00 This is an excellent book and a recommend read for the novice, the expert, and the voyeur. It … Read More

Y2K for the fun and education of us all

Y2K for the fun and education of us all More stuff on Y2K – this is just some stuff we have accumulated over the last several months for the fun and education of us all. • Swedish Taxi Meters and Gas Station … Read More

Data encryption: New stuff and links

Data encryption: New stuff and links On the 31st of December, 1998 US Commerce Department released new regulations implementing looser guidelines for cryptography exports: http://jya.com/bxa123198.txt The new rules … Read More

Back to basics

Back to basics This editor recently met a young man, interested in becoming an executive protection agent, who asked what handgun he should buy. More recently still was a brief involvement in a case where … Read More

Dumpster diving, is it worth it?

Dumpster diving, is it worth it? This is a basic article about a basic issue of trash and what we as persons and businesses throw out in the garbage or in the recycling bins. As a training exercise, this occasional … Read More

Canadian SIN numbers

Canadian SIN numbers The Canadian SIN is similar to a SSN in that the number is issued to all Canadian citizens and, just like the SSN, it was never intended to be an identifier – but it is. And, just like the … Read More

Option revaluation and the weakness it causes

Option revaluation and the weakness it causes The recent bear market prompted more than 100 companies in October 1998 to cushion the blow of their falling stock prices by repricing their stock options for … Read More

Capital flight occurs concurrent with social destabilization and executive protection opportunities / needs

Capital flight occurs concurrent with social destabilization and executive protection opportunities / needs People and capital – if you threaten them, they will leave! Around the world many countries continue to … Read More

Investing in China? Watch your assets

Investing in China? Watch your assets International Trade and Investment Companies (ITIC) in China are the only  companies allowed to borrow funds from foreigners and lend them or invest  those funds in domestic … Read More

Business tax ID number prefixes

Business tax ID number prefixes The Service Center of the Internal Revenue Service assigns business Tax ID prefix numbers. These prefixes are normally assigned according to the mailing address of the taxpayer, … Read More

SCAM – Shams, Stings and Shady Business Practices and How You Can Avoid Them

SCAM – Shams, Stings and Shady Business Practices and How You Can Avoid Them Book and Product Reviews SCAM – Shams, Stings and Shady Business Practices and How You Can Avoid Them Peter H. Engle St. Martin’s … Read More

Money laundering

Money laundering A well-known and successful businessman owned a burger franchise. He had owned this franchise for over 20 years and, yes, he was known as a pillar in the community. He was also a VERY successful … Read More

A quick $250,000 – please!

A quick $250,000 – please! A Detroit-area auto supply executive is scheduled to be arraigned this week on charges that he embezzled from his former employer. The complaint against Rafael Antonio Fernandez, 38, … Read More

The Economics of Organized Crime

The Economics of Organized Crime Fiorentini and Peltzman – Centre for Economic Policy Research – Cambridge University Press This is book is a compilation of papers presented at a conference on organized crime. … Read More

Radios and finger prints

Radios and finger prints A new company called MOBILTRAK uses advanced-technology radio frequency scanning and detection, which logs the commercial frequencies being tuned into by passing cars through detecting … Read More

Crank calls and threats

Crank calls and threats When we think of workplace violence ─ particularly workplace homicide ─ most of us imagine either crazed or incensed employees going berserk, or crazed or incensed customers running … Read More

Simple, but effective, basics

Simple, but effective, basics Some excellent places to gather intelligence on both an industry and the competition are: Trade Shows – Focus on the salesmen and discuss new technologies and upcoming news releases. … Read More

YBM Stock and cheap prevention

YBM Stock and cheap prevention Trading of YBM Magnex International shares was halted on the Toronto Stock Exchange, following the company’s failure to file audited financial statements. The investigation by US … Read More

Traveling with owner blind credit/debit cards

Traveling with owner blind credit/debit cards Our firm was recently asked if we could provide the financial portion of anonymous travel into the Zaire for a senior executive of a world-class mining company and his … Read More

Expert Economic Testimony: Reference Guide for Judges and Attorneys

Expert Economic Testimony: Reference Guide for Judges and Attorneys Thomas R. Ireland, Ph.D. et al Lawyers and Judges Publishing Co., Inc. Civil Litigation is primarily about assigning economic damages, qualifying … Read More

Casablanca, an Epic Money Laundering Story

Casablanca, an Epic Money Laundering Story Without bankers knowing it, for three years there was a time bomb ticking in a nondescript storefront export-import business 15 miles south of Los Angeles, in a city … Read More

Finding and Getting Rid of Non-Critical Data

Finding and Getting Rid of Non-Critical Data We spend a good deal of time identifying data critical to our business and protecting it. We spend very little time identifying data that we don’t need and which … Read More

New “Know Your Client” Rules Have Banks Forming Intelligence Departments

New “Know Your Client” Rules Have Banks Forming Intelligence Departments Are you a potential criminal? Are you a threat to banks or airlines, a potential spy, or perhaps an IRS tax protester? The government would … Read More

Listen to Your Gut

Listen to Your Gut A due diligence investigator had been engaged to prepare a comprehensive background report on a real-estate developer and the associated projects. The funding was for $22 Million and represented … Read More

Investigating Computer Crime

Investigating Computer Crime Frank Clark and Ken Diliberto CRC Press 228 pages This book is aimed at law enforcement and the criminal justice system, including attorneys general and prosecutors. It might also be a … Read More

A German Used Car Dealer Emigrates

A German Used Car Dealer Emigrates Some times the little things really do matter. A Used car dealer borrowed the equivalent of $3 million dollars from a German bank and left Germany with the funds. The German bank … Read More

Y2K: New and Fun Stuff

Y2K: New and Fun Stuff BSRMJ apologizes for berating this issue – but this story is a bit different.The State of Wisconsin has the National Guard on standby for Y2K problems. They are concerned about the way a … Read More

A Very Sad Story

A Very Sad Story Chechnya’s top anti-kidnapping official was executed 10/25/98 when a bomb tore his car to pieces on the very day he was to launch a major offensive on kidnappers in the breakaway rebel Chechen … Read More

Aerial Surveillance

Aerial Surveillance Recently a semiconductor manufacturer was constructing a new plant in Arizona. As the construction began the onsite management noticed a plane flying overhead several times a week. They wrote … Read More

A bad deal that kept getting worse

A bad deal that kept getting worse This is story is of a recent due diligence investigation of a proposed acquisition. The client intended to acquire the company and hire its owner. The owner was an experienced … Read More

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