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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…

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…

Ghost in the Wires

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…

Russian gas scam #1

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…

Phone phishing

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…

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,…

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…

A typical ATM skimmer scam

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…

Shoulder-surfers and pseudo-cops in Sweden

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….

Scams at restaurant tables

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…

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…

Bob Arno on “Lie to me”

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,…

Bob Arno on redflagging as criminal profiling

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…

Kevin Mitnick redflagged

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…

Social engineering vs. security theater

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…