3 new things to know about FTC Safeguards Rule review

By: Lesley Fair

As part of its regulatory review, the FTC announced earlier this year Information Security and Financial Institutions: An FTC Workshop to Examine the Safeguards Rule. If the Safeguards Rule is of interest to you or your clients, you’ll want to know about three new developments.

First, the FTC has postponed the workshop and rescheduled it for July 13, 2020. If you’rd like to participate as a panelist on the new date, email us at safeguardsworkshop2020@ftc.gov by May 14th.


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Author: lfair

Credit Card Launderer for Tech Support Scams to Pay $6.75 Million to Settle FTC Charges

A Canadian company, RevenueWire, and its CEO, Roberta Leach, will pay $6.75 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges they laundered credit card payments for, and assisted and facilitated, two tech support scams previously sued by the FTC.

“Finding ways to get paid – without getting caught – is essential for scammers who steal money from consumers,” said Andrew Smith. “And that’s exactly what RevenueWire did for tech support scammers when it laundered their transactions through the credit card system.”,,,{more}

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Author: jwolf

$9.3 million FTC settlement suggests Mail Order Rule compliance is always in style


Lesley Fair

Trend-conscious buyers want the latest styles ASAP and online retailer Fashion Nova reinforced those expectations by promising “Fast Shipping,” “2-Day Shipping,” and “Expect Your Items Quick!” But according to the FTC, the California company’s shipment delays violated the Mail, Internet, or Telephone Order Merchandise Rule and left consumers haute under the collar. The $9.3 million settlement is the largest ever in a case of its kind….

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Author: lfair

NCTC’s Domestic Terrorism Conference Report

NCTC's Domestic Terrorism Conference

The National Counterterrorism Center, together with FBI and DHS, held a conference September 23-24, 2019, to examine the U.S. government’s approach to confronting the threat of domestic terrorism (DT) and to inform future DT policy. The conference convened stakeholders from academia, the private sector, and across the federal government, including intelligence and Non-Title 50 agencies, to explore four themes: Terminology, Authorities, Operations, and Expanding Partnerships. Click here to view the full report.

Texas Private Investigator Domestic Investigations Case – Domestic Surveillance of Cheating Wife

While investigators would rather be trying to take down a serial killer, in this case, we were hired by a husband to surveil his wife’s activities.  In this domestic investigation, we found that we were on the trail of a serial cheater.

The husband was in a tough divorce battle with his wife for primary custody of their child.  We were hired to keep track of her activities and report to the husband before their court date.  We found that this lady was really busy, and traveled a lot as well.

Most of her activities were in the Houston, TX area, but the beginning of this story was in the Austin area.  In these cases, you’re surveilling someone while trying to remain unseen.  You try to get as close as possible to get photos without your activity being spotted.  In this case, I had followed the lady to a cabin in the woods where she was meeting a policeman.

They were engaged in enthusiastic physical activity on a picnic table in the backyard.  In trying to get photos for the husband’s case, I was lying nearby as still as possible.  Apparently, I was effective at the “still” part, as suddenly I attracted the attention of some buzzards that I assume thought they had a pending meal lying there.  The policeman noticed them and asked our subject if they should go check out what they were attracted to, but luckily she wanted to stay at the table for more fun.  I got my photos and got out of there while they were distracted.

On to Idaho, where our lady subject was meeting a pilot on a military installation.  When I got to the installation main gate, the military police were not going to let me in, as it was a high-security installation.  I told them that I was there to visit a pilot friend and gave them his name.  I crossed my fingers as they tried to call him.  Luckily, he didn’t answer, but since I knew who he was and that he was there, they gave me a visitor’s pass.

Between photos of the pilot and our lady subject on base and at her hotel, I left with a lot of documentation of her activities.  I submitted my report and photos to her husband.  He wasn’t pleased with the documentation, but he was pleased with the result.  He left court with primary custody of their young child.

Domestic cases like this are not fun, and I’d rather be doing countermeasure and debugging work or following criminals.  However, they’re part of the business, and we do it well.

This is one of 30 real-world case studies with more detail in my book.   Get the free PDF download here.