Craigslist Scams to Watch Out For

by Laura-Lee WalkerCraigslist is a vibrant marketplace brimming with deals, but it also has a dark underbelly because it’s a cesspool of scammers wanting your money.Some of the scams grossing the most money include rental and car buyer and seller scams.Rental scamsOne common rental scam involves con artists duplicating ads for properties and offering...

Terrorist Propaganda and the Sophisticated Use of Social Media

by Laura-Lee Walker“The advance of an army used to be marked by war drums. Now it’s marked by volleys of tweets”.-J.M. BergerTerrorists are increasingly using social media networks, such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, to further their message and goals because of its accessibility, global reach and affordability.CIA director, John Brennon, spoke about how...

Kusic and Kusic Recommended Book List

This week we are featuring a recommended reading list from authors that have made an impression on our staff at Kusic and Kusic Private Investigators. The books range from educational to fictional and offer good reads for the sleuths or curious onlookers in your life.Introduction to Social Media Investigation: A Hands-on Approach by Jennifer...

Christmas: It’s the Most Dangerous Time of the Year

Written by Laura-Lee WalkerThere'll be shoppers for scamming Valuables for stealing And drunk driving out in the snowThere'll be scary homicidal stories And tales of the nightmares of Christmases long, long ago It's the most dangerous time of the year-Adaptation of Andy Williams: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the YearThere’s a dark under belly to Christmas lurking...

The Unintended Consequences of Using Social Media

Written by Laura-Lee Walker (Photo Credit: Courtesy of HTSABO)“The problem is much larger than any one individual’s ability to control their personal information, because there are so many new ways every week or every month in which we can be tracked or things can be inferred about us.” –Alessandro Acquisti, privacy economistThe reasons we...

A New Era of Fraud: In Screen We Trust

Written by Laura-Lee Walker“If you control the code, you control the world. This is the future that awaits us.”—Marc Goodman, Future Crimes: Everything is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable, and What We Can Do About ItMarc Goodman, a global security advisor and futurist, wrote a book called Future Crimes and was featured on TED Talk...

Top Five Social Media Scams of 2014

“One in 10 users have fallen for a social media scam.”–Norton Cybercrime ReportLooking for love? Want to be rich? Crave celebrity gossip? The psychology of fraud hasn’t changed. What’s new is the extent fraudsters are using social media.Some scammers use a variation of a traditional scam, and others use social media to create new...

Rising Security Costs of the Olympics

“Sochi will be the safest place in the world during the Olympics.”– Gian-Franco Kaspe, President of the International Skiing Federation (FIS)The Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia is unlikely to make a profit. The cost of the Olympics is about $51 billion, that’s up from a high of $15 billion in Athens in 2004, and...

How to Spot a Counterfeit Website

“Counterfeit goods can be alluring when the prices are significantly lower than consumers would normally pay for the genuine articles... but in exchange for lower prices or the promise of delivery, consumers can end up with lower quality or non-functioning goods, often with no recourse for repair, replacement or refund.”—Jeannette Kopko, spokesperson for BBB...

The Smart Consumer and the Problem With Counterfeit Websites

“Global sales of counterfeit goods via the Internet from illegitimate retailers will reach $135 billion.”—MarkMonitor, Seven Best Practices for Fighting Counterfeit Sales OnlineThere is an increase in websites selling knock-off products online as counterfeiters move away from selling their goods locally at markets and swap parties to tapping into the global demand for counterfeits...