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Pickpocket in Naples, Italy

Deception in Thievery

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Trust me…  The gentlemen thief of the strategist variety is a consummate con man. By design, he thwarts suspicion and earns his intended victim’s…

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Beggars in Stockholm; organized crime, organized begging

Beggars in Stockholm

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Beggars in Stockholm—everywhere! Just a few years ago, one never saw beggars in Stockholm. Today, one never sees Swedish beggars, but beggars from Romania…

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Ghost in the Wires

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I thought Kevin Mitnick was a friend of mine—but that was before I read his forthcoming book, Ghost in the Wires. Kevin’s the consummate…

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Russian gas scam #1

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In 50s Russia, men used to go through the enormous apartment buildings, knocking on thousands of apartment doors. They claimed to be from the…

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Phone phishing

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If you read this blog, you’re probably already security-conscious. But this reminder is worth repeating. Don’t trust anyone. Sorry. It’s a shame that’s what…

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hotel safe theft

Hotel room safe thefts

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How safe is the safe in your hotel room? Not safe at all, it turns out, unless you factor in the odds. Odds are,…

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hotel phone scam

Beware hotel phone scam

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Heads up, travelers. Beware the clever new scam happening in hotels now. In order to thwart it, proactive properties are placing notes like this…

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A typical ATM skimmer scam

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A reader wrote of an ATM experience which, soon after, led to $9,000 in fraudulent withdrawals. He was abroad, but this happens at ATMs…

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Shoulder-surfers and pseudo-cops in Sweden

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I want to wail even in Sweden, because the country has long been perceived as enjoying a relatively low crime rate. And it did….

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Scams at restaurant tables

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A restaurant table is a good place to be had. The latest in low-tech scams happened last month in Hoboken, NJ, when a man…

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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…

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Bob Arno on “Lie to me”

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I watched the first two episodes of Fox Network’s new television program Lie to Me, whose main character is loosely based on Paul Ekman,…

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Bob Arno on redflagging as criminal profiling

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[Finally, a few words from Bob Arno.] As we travel the world every year, we interact with organized crime figures, street criminals, and security…

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Kevin Mitnick redflagged

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At the Atlanta airport last week, a limo driver stood holding a sign marked “Bob Arno.” Next to him stood another driver holding a…

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Social engineering vs. security theater

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For a cross-country flight, I packed a lunch of deconstructed sandwiches. Slices of homemade walnut bread, a handful of arugula, a tomato, and a…

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