New Feature: ReadWriteWeb Question of the Day

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Features#web Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Next week we’re starting a new series of posts we call the ReadWriteWeb Question of the Day. In those posts we’ll answer, with the help of topical experts we know around the web, the most interesting questions submitted by readers. Just post your questions in comments on any Question of the Day post or email them to [email protected] with the word “Question” in the subject line. Our elves will start processing them immediately.We like to write how-to type posts here at ReadWriteWeb and our readers seem to like to read them. Lately we’ve show you how to…Find social media leaders on any topicPermenantly delete data from your hard-driveGet an RSS feed for a Google searchLearn how to use Greasemonkey in under 5 minutesHow to rock Flickr like a champand How to run a press embargo for your startup’s launchThose were all answers to questions you didn’t ask, though, we just thought of them ourselves! We want to know what questions you, dear readers, would like answered. We expect they’ll often be more sophisticated than the ones answered above, but they don’t have to be.Several of us on staff have experience as consultants; consider this an opportunity for free consulting plus input from other industry experts and our community of readers. What Kinds of Questions?How many developers does it take to screw in a wiki? We’re not sure about that, but if you’ve got questions about using wikis at work, uploading videos from vacation, social search for spiritual salvation or anything like that – the new ReadWriteWeb Question of the Day is going to be for you.Technical questions, strategic questions, marketing questions – we’re open to all of them. Whatever we think our readers will find interesting we’ll answer publicly and point you towards good places to learn more. Look for OPML files of the best blogs on the topic you ask about and custom search engines you can search for more. Because that’s how we roll.We’re looking forward to hearing from you. We’ll start posting answers to the most interesting questions we receive on Monday. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Online Sellers’ Red Flags Can Point to Fencing Crime

first_imgPerhaps the most widely known criminal on our radar is the fence. A fence is an individual who knowingly buys stolen property for later resale, often in a legitimate marketplace. Simply defined, a fence markets known stolen items obtained from their own ORC theft, booster crews, or other fences. Pawn shops, check-cashing businesses, and flea-market locations are common in this activity.Although any item could be at risk, there are typical “hot items” we look for. The items preferred are almost always in high demand and relatively accessible to booster crews and individual shoplifters. Investigators questioning a fencing crime suspect will find that receipts and documentation for items are sparse, fake, and are rarely provided.The proceeds of their illegal actions are turned over quickly and used to obtain additional stolen goods to resell. These fencing crime perpetrators are not brand loyal and typically sell on many online sites and physical locations. Businesses of this type often try to hide behind willful negligence, meaning they don’t feel it is their responsibility to verify sources on all the items they buy from others.- Sponsor – Following are some of the specific red flags we look for to identify fencing crime online:Pricing is typically significantly below retail or other online sellers.Savvy fences may mix in small amounts of stolen goods with legitimate products, such as combining stolen electronics with their antiques business to offset profit margins.They frequently will start eBay auction prices at $0.99 with no reserve because they don’t care about the final price.High conversion rates and/or sales ramps are common depending on frequency of listings.Immediate access of funds through ATM withdrawals is typical.Fraudsters often provide great customer service and fast shipping.Public records often show a criminal history, large liens, and association with known criminals.Social media may show life events or issues that lend to the behavior, such as frivolous spending, gambling, or drug use.Shill bidding is a common tactic used to inflate the price of merchandise and prevent items from selling too low.Check out the full article, “Joint ORC Investigations,” which appeared in the May-June 2015 issue of LP Magazine. This post was updated March 8, 2018. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more