Intellicheck’s Weekly Roundup Vol 34

Enjoy our roundup of stories that piqued our interest this week.

This week we tackle the following:

  • CT Schools use new technology to combat vaping - Jonathan Law High School is using a new strategy to reduce vaping
  • Verizon asks the FCC to let it lock new smartphones for 60 days - To prevent identity theft and fraud
  • Less than one in 10 Americans take necessary steps to prevent identity theft - Most Americans think they will be victims of cyber crime
  • Warning to Spring Breakers: "You do the crime, you will do the time." - Spring break 2019 is expected to bring an influx of 200,000 people


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Principal Fran Thompson says, like in other schools, it has been a problem. Fran Thompson, principal at Jonathan Law High School said, "Jonathan Law is very typical of the high schools across Connecticut, and really across the country. We have students that are vaping and are becoming addicted to it. Though it's a small number in terms of that, it is a growing epidemic."

At Jonathan Law, bathrooms were hot spots for vaping.

CT Schools use new technology to combat vaping

Photo: Chris Welch / The Verge


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Verizon is asking the Federal Communications Commission to let it keep new smartphones locked to its network for 60 days, as part of an initiative to prevent identity theft and fraud. After the 60-day period, the phones would unlock automatically, the telecom says in a note published to its website and authored by Ronan Dunne, Verizon’s executive vice president. Verizon says it should have the authority to do this under the so-called “C-block rules” put in place following the FCC’s 2008 wireless spectrum auction.

Verizon asks the FCC to let it lock new smartphones for 60 days

ERP Maestro


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Think of all the ways you could be a victim of a crime. Do you classify any of these methods as inevitable? In almost every scenario, it is not even close to inevitability, with one major exception: Identity theft.

Plantation, Fla.-based SaaS access control company ERP Maestro surveyed 2,000 Americans ages between 18 and 82 in December 2018. It wanted to find out about their experiences and perception of cybercrime and identity theft.

The Collection 1 dump of 773 million email addresses and 22 million passwords, was part of a much larger set of databases containing over 3.5 billion user records and placed online. The largest public data breach by volume shows that you can not be too careful with your online records. 

Less than one in 10 Americans take necessary steps to prevent identity theft


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The first wave of spring breakers will arrive before you know it...

"Treat my home like your home," said Mike Adkinson, Walton County Sheriff. "If you do that, you are going to have a wonderful vacation here in Walton County."

To college students looking to go wild in South Walton, Sheriff Adkinson warns, "...it will end poorly." 

Right now, the beaches are empty but, that will change in less than two weeks. Spring breakers will take over the town but, that won't stop Walton County Sheriffs Office from enforcing their strict zero tolerance policy. 


Warning to Spring Breakers: "You do the crime, you will do the time."

Intellicheck’s Weekly Roundup Vol 33

Enjoy our roundup of stories that piqued our interest this week.

This week we tackle the following:

  • New York Yankees ban smoking, tobacco use at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa - All tobacco products need to be kept in their pockets or their cars
  • Hospital, coffee shop among Northland businesses impacted by data breach - Recent data security incident may have resulted in unauthorized access
  • Maine lawmakers push to ban sale of vaping devices - Act of vaping already banned in many public places across state
  • Houston County Sheriff's deputy: If you think your kids aren’t vaping, think again - This is a horrible epidemic 

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The New York Yankees announced Monday that Steinbrenner Field will be a smoke- and tobacco-free stadium. The policy will be enforced for all stadium events, including all Yankees spring training workouts and games, and all Tampa Tarpons games.

The use of tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes and vapor mechanisms will be prohibited in all areas of the stadium.

​New York Yankees ban smoking, tobacco use at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa


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Transactions at Memorial Medical Center in Ashland, WI and Stony Point Resort in Cass Lake, MN may have also been impacted on January 4, the company said.

Although North Country lists the Ranch Supper Club as one of the business partners whose customer data was potentially exposed, Supper Club owners say all credit card information is secure due to the restaurant having a completely separate credit card machine, processor and terminal.

Hospital, coffee shop among Northland businesses impacted by data breach

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A bipartisan group of Maine lawmakers is trying to ban the sale of liquid nicotine devices in the state.

Vaping is already banned in many public places, but the new bill would ban vaping devices from even being sold.

The bill's sponsor says electronic nicotine delivery systems are dangerous even though they're often marketed as ways to reduce nicotine use.

Maine lawmakers push to ban sale of vaping devices

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“This is a horrible epidemic and if you don’t think your kids are doing it, you’re wrong,” Houston County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Summerlin said. “They’re all doing it.”

The Houston County Sheriff’s Office estimates 60 to 75 percent of the middle school and high school student population are using e-cigarettes. Student resource officers have confiscated hundreds of devices in the hands of children as young as 11, and warned Rehobeth Elementary teachers of the possibility of the habit reaching their students as well.

JUUL pods, an interchangeable component that holds the e-liquid in JUUL vaporizers, have already been found in the parking lots of Houston County elementary schools.


Houston County Sheriff's deputy: If you think your kids aren’t vaping, think again

Intellicheck’s Weekly Roundup Vol 32

Enjoy our roundup of stories that piqued our interest this week.

This week we tackle the following:

  • Intellicheck Discusses Products, Services, Key Milestones and Growth Drivers for 2019 - Our CEO Bryan Lewis discusses 2019 initiatives
  • Bank of America issues big refund to Bay Area man after thief takes over account - It started out as an uneventful day at work for Benjamin Manley of Napa
  • Beverly Hills Considers Banning Sales Of All Tobacco Products -  The tony city could be the first in the nation to prohibit all sales of tobacco
  • District investing in vape detectors - As vaping becomes more common, two Cloverdale schools are trying to prevent it

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CEO Bryan Lewis says his company’s products provide the solution to identity theft challenges for banks and retailers. Data breaches and incidents of identity theft continue to climb with costs amounting to $16.8 Billion* last year. Intellicheck is a self-described industry leader in technology solutions that provide real-time identity authentication and age verification.

SNNLive had a wide-ranging interview with Lewis at the recent LD Micro "Main Event".  Lewis noted that his company’s technology solutions are being adopted by banks, retailers, and enforcement agencies to deal with costly impact of identity theft. Lewis gave an overview of the company and its products and services. He explained how Intellicheck’s technology solutions work and reviewed the competitive landscape as well as providing insight on key milestones and growth drivers.

​Intellicheck Discusses Products, Services, Key Milestones and Growth Drivers for 2019

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It started out as an uneventful day at work for Benjamin Manley of Napa - until the ping on his computer. It was an email from Bank of America, confirming a large transfer of funds out of his savings account he hadn't made.

Except, Manley did no such thing.

He sat up straight in the chair. "I started to panic a little,'' he says. "Then I immediately went down to the nearest Bank of America."

It was a branch in Fairfield, not far from his job at a light-fixture company.

Bank of America issues big refund to Bay Area man after thief takes over account



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The tony city could be the first in the nation to prohibit all sales of tobacco. Suzanne Marques reports.

Beverly Hills Considers Banning Sales Of All Tobacco Products


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The rise of student vaping has resulted in the Cloverdale Unified School District investing money in vape detectors — devices that will detect when someone is vaping, and send an alert to school administrators.

In a Nov. 1 Cloverdale Unified School District Board of Trustees meeting, the district voted in favor of providing funding to install detectors in the locker rooms and bathrooms at both Cloverdale High School and Washington School. Vaping — which enables users to vaporize cannabis, tobacco or flavored “juice” — has been an issue for the district for the past five years.


District investing in vape detectors

Intellicheck’s Weekly Roundup Vol 31

Enjoy our roundup of stories that piqued our interest this week.

This week we tackle the following:

  • Police: 6 people arrested in bust of bank card fraud ring - Ringleader was making his own bank cards that were linked to real accounts
  • These N.J. colleges busted the most (and least) students for alcohol - And the winner (loser) is.....
  • Amid record number of transports, a look at Stanford’s alcohol prevention initiatives -  Twelve years of data reveal trends
  • Police: Dead man's ID was used to buy BMW - Police said it’s a new low in the world of identity theft


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Jacksonville police arrested six people accused in a bank fraud ring. The bust serves as a good reminder for people to closely monitor their bank statement statements.

According to arrest reports, Louisseize learned last year how to use something called an encoder to create counterfeit bank cards. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said he told police that he obtained bank card numbers through websites, paying for them with bitcoin, and then created the bogus cards.

Police said they recovered the encoder, which is illegal to own, Monday night when they arrested him and five others, who Louisseize said he gave cards, at the Homewood Suites on Kings Avenue in San Marco.

6 people arrested in bust of bank card fraud ring


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There is little doubt there is some underage drinking going on at nearly every four-year college in New Jersey.

Whether you get busted for sneaking a beer in your dorm room or tapping a keg at a frat party depends largely on what school you go to, according to an new analysis of campus crime data.

There were 2,628 people either arrested or referred to campus officials for discipline for alcohol violations at New Jersey's four-year colleges and universities in 2017, according to an NJ Advance Media review of campus crime reports on the state's 27 residential campuses.

These N.J. colleges busted the most (and least) students for alcohol

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Allowing residential staff to shoulder the responsibility of alcohol prevention allows Stanford to maintain its legal obligations to the County without instituting a full-on alcohol ban — something both students and the University agree would only lead students to resort to drinking behind closed doors.

“Any policy approach that seeks to curtail high-risk behavior has the potential to move the behavior elsewhere,” wrote five Student Affairs administrators — including former Vice Provost for Student Affairs Greg Boardman and former Dean of ResEd Deborah Golder — in an Oct. 2016 op-ed in The Daily. The op-ed emphasized that “only by changing cultural norms” can high-risk alcohol consumption be reduced.

Part of the attempt to change “cultural norms” means that residential staff are required to keep a close watch on the drinking behavior of students and report incidents to higher officials within ResEd.

Amid record number of transports, a look at Stanford’s alcohol prevention initiatives


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Corporal Wilbert Rundles said the car crook used the dead man’s ID to co-sign another loan with an accomplice who used the stolen identity of a living man to buy a second Beamer, an X6.

Investigators said the BMW thief, who had the dead man’s social security number, created a fake license with his picture and the dead man’s ID to garner financing for the two vehicles worth tens of thousands of dollars.

No comment from the dealership on the thefts valued at more than $100,000 at the hands of two men who stooped to a new low.


Police: Dead man's ID was used to buy BMW

Intellicheck’s Weekly Roundup Vol 30

Enjoy our roundup of stories that piqued our interest this week.

This week we tackle the following:

  • Underage marijuana use and impaired driving common in Colorado and Washington where marijuana is legalized - University of Minnesota Brief
  • MCPO: Sex Assault Suspect Part Of Identity Fraud Network - Worked with his parents, relatives, and others to defraud stores and financial institutions
  • Police Cite More Than 100 for Underage Drinking at Bar -  Age ID solves this problem for bar owners
  • Proposal would ban vaping in Florida workplaces - We could see this coming from a mile away


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A new study by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, shows law enforcement agencies in Colorado and Washington—states where marijuana is legalized—report common problems with underage marijuana use (under age 21) and driving under the influence of marijuana in their communities.

“There's a general public zeitgeist that marijuana is a pretty safe drug,” said study co-author and Associate Professor Darin Erickson. “In actuality, there hasn’t been a lot of research regarding how marijuana is used, its safety or its harms.”

Research Brief: Underage marijuana use and impaired driving common in Colorado and Washington

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the New Jersey State Police, the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office and the Atlantic Highlands, Colts Neck, Freehold Borough, Jackson, Neptune Township, Marlboro Township, Neptune Township, Ocean Township, Old Bridge, and Campton (New Hampshire) police departments assisted.

The prosecutor’s office said these individuals obtained credit cards by stealing identities and opening accounts with no intention of paying the bills. Purchased items were then sold online or pawned for cash. To avoid any suspicion, deposits of less than $10,000 were made in bank accounts or invested in cryptocurrency.

MCPO: Sex Assault Suspect Part Of Identity Fraud Network

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Police have issued more than 100 citations for underage drinking at a Connecticut bar.

Authorities say they conducted a liquor compliance check at The Clubhouse Cafe in Hamden Friday night after they received several complaints about underage drinking on their tip line.

Police Capt. Ronald Smith says officers issued in excess of 100 infractions to patrons that were under 21, and the State Liquor Commission has been notified.

The bar is located near Quinnipiac University's Mt. Carmel campus.

Police Cite More Than 100 for Underage Drinking at Bar


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A new proposal would ban vaping in workplaces, like restaurants in Florida just like the cigarette ban.

One vape shop manager says vaping isn't as harmful as cigarettes and the decision should be left up to business owners.

First cigarettes and next on the chopping block could be vaping in the workplace.

Florida voters passed the amendment back in November and now a Senate committee will have the final say.


Proposal would ban vaping in Florida workplaces