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News Roundup: March 1, 2016

Costa Rica man arrested with 400 cloned US credit cards

Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) raided the home of a man suspected of defrauding U.S. residents and cloning as many as 400 credit cards, according to a statement. The OIJ’s fraud division received complaints from U.S. cardholders who started to see unauthorized purchases on their credit cards from stores in Costa Rica, even though they had never been to Costa Rica… [The Tico Times]


Loss Prevention Professional Charged with Theft in North Attleboro

It takes a thief to catch a thief, the old saying goes. Now, a woman hired by Macy’s to catch shoplifters faces charges she did plenty of stealing, herself. Anna L. Oliveira is accused of stealing $7,500 in merchandise and cash since December. Oliveira allegedly admitted to stealing $3,000 in clothes, jewelry and perfume, in addition to $4,436 in cash, according to police. She was apprehended after a hidden camera allegedly showed her concealing items in Macy’s bags inside the loss prevention office… [Sun Chronicle]


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UK Retail Sector Predicted to Cut 900,000 Jobs

The retail sector, one of the UK’s largest employers, is facing up to 900,000 job losses and the closure of thousands of shops in the next decade, according to a report by an industry body. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) warns that rising costs due to the “national living wage” and the apprenticeship levy – both introduced by George Osborne in last year’s budget – could increase the rate of job cuts… [The Guardian]


Data Breaches Exposed 707 Million Records During 2015

2015 was a bad time for database administrators, says Gemalto, a data security company, after compiling all of last year’s data breaches in its bi-annual Breach Level Index report. Most of the leaked records are from the government sector [307 million records], followed by healthcare [134 million records], the technology field [84 million records], retail [40 million], and education [19 million]. The most targeted country remains the US, which saw 1,222 data breaches… [Softpedia]


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Trucker Admits Stealing $100k in Wedding Rings from Dallas Military Exchange

Arthur Lee Hightower II worked as a truck driver whose duties included delivering merchandise to the Dallas Army and Air Force Exchange Service, which provides goods and services at a discount to servicemen and women and their families. But instead, scheming with his ex-wife and their two sons, Hightower stole approximately 70 wedding ring sets worth nearly $100,000 from the military exchange, according to a Department of Justice news release. [Dallas Morning News]


Cargo Crime in EMEA Countries (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) Reaches a Five-Year High

Lock up your cargo. According to the Transported Asset Protection Association’s (TAPA) incident information service, the reporting of cargo theft and crimes in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) reached a five-year high last year, with 1,515 recorded freight thefts, representing a 37.4 percent increase over 2014’s figures… [Air Cargo World]


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6 Indicted in Major Organized Retail Theft Scheme

Six people have been indicted by a grand jury in a wide-ranging organized retail theft scheme that targeted several stores throughout the Portland metro market. KOIN 6 News first reported in September that police recovered an estimated $50.000 in stolen goods. At the time, police described the evidence as “a large cache of suspected stolen property.” According to the indictment, detectives have taken 22 separate reports. Thefts are alleged to have occurred from the Nike Outlet Store, Sephora, Ulta, DSW, Midk Beauty Supply, Walgreens, Kmart, BCBG, Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, and the Children’s Place. [KOIN 6 News]

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