Las Vegas

Rod-the-Hop, three-card monte, card mechanic, slot mechanic

Three-card monte expert Rod the Hop, R.I.P.

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They’s ony three kinda men I won’t play with: That’s a po’ man, a blind man, an a police-man! Rod the Hop, my Las…

Gas pump skimmers attached in 11 seconds

Gas pump skimmers attached in 11 seconds

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Breaking news from Las Vegas Metro’s Kim Thomas, the fraud cop featured in my story on credit card skimmers hidden in gas pumps. Detective…

Las Vegas real estate business ethics

Las Vegas real estate business ethics

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Legal-but-dirty, beat-the-system, shady business is being committed by Las Vegas homeowners at the inducement of a real estate agent, as reported by Joel Stein…

Skimmers and credit card fraud (more)

Skimmers and credit card fraud (more)

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Skimmers, officially called magnetic card readers, capture the data on a card’s magnetic strip. Exactly what information is that? Credit and debit cards have…

High-tech identity theft today

High-tech identity theft today

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…¢ Identity theft is now the number one crime in the world. …¢ Las Vegas is number one in the U.S. for ID theft;…

ID theft buffet

ID theft buffet

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A former mortgage broker put 40 boxes of customers’ personal information into a Las Vegas dumpster. It was December 2006, but we all knew…

Social engineering—is it time to curtail trust?

Social engineering—is it time to curtail trust?

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A couple of scumbags have been casing neighborhoods in Las Vegas, preying on elders. They chat up residents, pretending to be a former resident…

Las Vegas’ most prolific prostitutes

Las Vegas’ most prolific prostitutes

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52-Pickup—Las Vegas police are suddenly, aggressively, picking up prostitutes in the “resort corridor” of the city. Armed with a deck—or a list, anyway—of our…

How to cut down a tree

How to cut down a tree; Requiem for a tree

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t was a mesquite, 35 or so feet tall, graceful in an awkward way. Craving light, the poor thing crooked its trunk this way…

Lock ’em up!

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Kim Thomas, a Vegas cop, posted a telling comment on crime statistics, and criminal rehabilitation vs. incarceration. Detective Thomas is the author of Vegas:…

Criminal on the loose

Criminal on the loose

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Evening. A sudden, deafening heartbeat jars my bones, and a vague anxiety revisits. The helicopter is back. Hovering low, its searchlight swings over my…