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Cyber-stalking – Anti-Stalking: How to Protect Yourself from Harm

Stalking / Anti-Stalking: How to Protect Yourself from Harm What is Stalking? Stalking is defined as a repetitive pattern of unwanted, harassing or threatening behavior that is committed by one person against another.  Acts that could be considered stalking include: being physically followed, harassment via telephone, receiving unwanted gifts, and other similar forms of intrusive…
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Police 10 Codes for Law Enforcement Officer Radio Communication

What are Police 10 Codes and Scanner Codes? Ten-codes, 10-codes, police codes and sometimes “police scanner codes” are signals that are used by law enforcement and government agencies in two-way voice radio communication as numeric code words for frequently used messages. Ten-codes are also used by private citizens in Citizen’s Band (CB) radio transmissions. 10…
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Business Email Compromise

Alert Number: I-012215-PSA The Business Email Compromise (BEC) is a sophisticated scam targeting businesses working with foreign suppliers and/or businesses that regularly perform wire transfer payments. Formerly known as the Man-in-the-Email Scam, the BEC was renamed to focus on the “business angle” of this scam and to avoid confusion with another unrelated scam. The fraudulent…
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Fictitious – Work from Home – Scam Targeting University Students

FBI Warns of Fictitious - Work from home - Scam Targets University Students Alert Number: I-011315a-PSA College students across the United States have been targeted to participate in -work from home- scams. Students have been receiving e-mails to their school accounts recruiting them for payroll and/or human resource positions with fictitious companies. The “position” simply…
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Be Crime Smart

Do yourself a favor: Be Crime Smart. Getting educated and taking a few basic steps may well keep you from becoming a victim of crime and fraud—and save you a great deal of time and trouble. You can also help us protect your families and communities by reporting suspicious activities and helping find wanted fugitives…
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The Cyber Action Team

Rapidly Responding to Major Computer Intrusions It can be a company’s worst nightmare—the discovery that hackers have infiltrated their computer networks and made off with trade secrets, customers’ personal information, and other critical data. When such intrusions happen—and unfortunately, they occur frequently—the FBI can respond with a range of investigative assets, including the little-known Cyber…
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Ransomware on the Rise

FBI and Partners Working to Combat This Cyber Threat Your computer screen freezes with a pop-up message—supposedly from the FBI or another federal agency—saying that because you violated some sort of federal law your computer will remain locked until you pay a fine. Or you get a pop-up message telling you that your personal files…
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Guide for Requesting Military Records

Requesting military records? What is the turn-around time and what is available? Current Status for Active Members First, what if you need to check the status of a current service member? These questions come up frequently for investigators. For current status, visit https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/scra/single_record.xhtml. Veteran Records For veteran records, its not so simple, but it has…
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How Technology is Used to Prevent Counterfeiting

How Technology is Used to Prevent Counterfeiting Counterfeiters produce $700 billion in fake products every year. This criminal activity makes it difficult for consumers to identify genuine products. Counterfeiting is also problematic because it negatively affects a brand’s image, and often funds organized crime. Product markings, apps, websites and mobile surveillance devices are used as…
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Things You Should Never Share Online

10 years ago, if someone you barely knew asked how your holiday was or what the new job is like, you’d have either wondered how much you’d had to drink last night or alerted the police that you were the latest victim of stalking. Things You Should Never Share Online Yes, social media has meant…
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How to Stop Online Tracking and Protect Your Identity

Technology has become an integral part of our lives, and in most respects, it has enriched our daily existence, helping make the world smaller, more informed and connected. The problem with networked technology, however, is that everything can be tracked down. Stop Online Tracking and Protect Your Identity Unbeknownst to some of you, every move…
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Video Surveillance Camera Use on the Rise

Before conducting video surveillance, be sure to check the laws in your state. Video surveillance continues to rise in frequency and numbers across the globe. Government agencies, institutional organizations and privately-owned corporations are increasing the use of surveillance cameras, and the use of video cameras in private investigations is on the upswing as well. A…
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Capital Hill Times Newspaper interviews Washington State Investigators

Read an interview by Seattle News Tribune - Capital Hill Times Meet Wolfgang Grasst: A local Private Investigator Interview by Jenny Kuglin Capital Hill Times and Photo by Sonya Wallace When I scheduled my interview with Wolfgang Grasst, Private Investigator, I accidentally told him the wrong address to the coffee shop where we meeting. But…
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