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Surveillance on the Las Vegas strip.

22 Jul

Conducting surveillance on the Las Vegas strip is very difficult due to the extremely large number of guests on any given day, 240,000 to 250,000 and the complexity of the hotels on the strip.  Many if not most of the hotels have multiple towers and many, many ways to enter or leave the hotel property.  Add in the congestion in the casino areas and you will begin to understand how easy it is to lose a person in these conditions.  If the person under surveillance gets into a taxi line the surveillance investigator must get in the same line and then follow the subject taxi to taxi.  Not all of the taxi drivers are cooperative in following those under surveillance and many of them do not speak good English. 

Have you ever attempted to pick someone out of a crowd from a photograph that sometimes is five or more years old?  Not only has the person aged but most photographs are of persons who are smiling and in the real world people don’t walk around with a constant smile on their face.  When walking through a casino or on the busy Las Vegas strip the surveillance investigator can lose the surveillance by not paying strict attention for 10 seconds.  People vanish in a crowd in very short time periods.

 The surveillance investigator must maintain visual contact of the person he is watching but remain far enough away so the object of the investigation doesn’t observe the investigator too often.  This becomes more difficult if the surveillance continues into a nightclub or lounge. 

Surveillance projects must start at a place where the person under surveillance will be at a time certain or the surveillance never starts.  Simple proposition but sometimes very difficult to anticipate.

 
 

Las Vegas prostitutes and human trafficking

01 Mar

Is there a connecting with Las Vegas prostitutes and human trafficking? Are young girls enticed to come to Las Vegas with promises of lavish lifestyles, nice cars and lots of money? Are these young girls introduced to prostitution and then abused, threatened and forced to continue working as prostitutes by the pimps who recruited them from towns and cities across America and even foreign countries? How many of the young Asian girls who work in Las Vegas massage parlors are victims of human trafficking? The answer to all of these questions is yes!
Most people don’t have any idea of how a pimp controls their prostitutes. Why would a beautiful young female work as a prostitute and give all of the money to her pimp? Why don’t the young prostitutes just run away when they are away from the pimp and working? These young females are scared to death and afraid to runaway. They are afraid for themselves and for their families. They believe they their pimp will either harm them or their family members. They are hit by their pimps. They are abused by their pimps. They do what they are told to do by their pimps and they give their pimps all of the money they receive as prostitutes. Sad, but very true.
The pimps recruit young females from towns and cities across America. Many of the pimps bring the new recruits to Las Vegas and show them the bright lights and fast life style and then force them to become members of the oldest profession. Visitors to Las Vegas buy into the slogan “What happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas”. Check out the “Adult Entertainment” listings in the Las Vegas phone books. Prostitution thrives in Las Vegas but is illegal. There are no legal brothels in Clark County, Nevada.
I believe that there will be prosecutions of human trafficking and pimping in Clark County, Nevada in 2010.

Mike Kirkman
mike@lasvegasdetectives.com

 
 

Recording conversations in Nevada

25 Feb

In Nevada it is legal to record conversations between parties if one of the parties authorized the recording and the authorizing party participates in the conversation. In many of the States it is illegal to record conversations unless both parties agree to the recording. It is illegal in Nevada to record telephone conversations unless both parties authorize the recording.
NRS 200.650 Unauthorized, surreptitious intrusion of privacy by listening device prohibited. Except as otherwise provided in NRS 179.410 to 179.515, inclusive, and 704.195 a person shall not intrude upon the privacy of other persons by surreptitiously listening to, monitoring or recording, or attempting to listen to, monitor or record, by means of any mechanical, electronic or other listening device, any private conversation engaged in by the other persons, or disclose the existence, content, substance, purport, effect or meaning of any conversation so listened to, monitored or recorded, unless authorized to do so by one of the persons engaging in the conversation.
(Added to NRS by 1957, 335; A 1973, 1749; a989, 660)

Mike Kirkman
Mike@lasvegasdetectives.com

 
 

Prepaid phone cards, Don’t get cheated.

23 Feb

These cards, which enable you to pay for calls upfront, are very popular with US residents with families in Central and South America — though, of course, anyone can buy and use them.

Their appeal often is that they seem to offer substantial discounts on regular call charges and can be used on public phones without the need to keep pumping in coins.

But, hidden in the fine print may be all sorts of perfectly legal restrictions, surcharges and even automatic recharging if bought with a credit card. Or the cards may simply not deliver the number of minutes they claim to offer.

Of course, there are many prepaid phone cards, especially from the big telecom firms, that do deliver the savings and minutes they claim. But to people less familiar with the US marketplace, it’s easy to fall for what appears to be the best price deal but is really a scam.

The non-profit Hispanic Institute, for instance, has been reported as saying the average calling card delivers only 60 percent of the minutes promised — cheating consumers out of $1 million a day.

Best advice is to read the fine print on a card, monitor and be alert to how much time you’re actually getting and, if in doubt, stick with the big providers with established reputations.

 
 

Scam vicitm? How to avoid becoming a victim.

17 Feb

A quick-and-easy list of important things you can do to cut the risk of becoming a scam victim:

1. Surf safely: Follow the recent lead from France and Germany and stop using Internet Explorer as your browser. Firefox is much safer. Install Internet security software and keep it up to date.

2. Be wary about downloading software from unfamiliar websites or using peer-to-peer sites that swap and share files. These might install malware on your PC. Same goes for pop-up windows that offer to scan your computer or claim it is infected by a virus. Again, they will load malware to steal information.

3. Use a different password for every site and change them frequently.

4. Never reply to spam, click on links or attachments from people you don’t know or respond to emails offering you money as a prize, an advance payment or an inheritance.

5. Always check and confirm the identity of individuals and websites you are dealing with, both online and offline. Don’t give them any personal or confidential information until you have both done that and confirmed that they do need it and will protect it.

6. Be wary of dealing with companies, websites and charitable organizations you’ve never heard of.

7. Finally, be a skeptic about anything and everything that might cost you money and report any suspicions you have or scams you’ve experienced to the police and the Federal Trade Commission.

 
 

Restraurant credit card scam

12 Feb

When it comes time to pay the bill for the meal you just ate in a restaurant and seeing your credit card disappear into the hands of a restaurant server is always a worry.

What’s to stop them from noting down the number plus the crucial security code from the back?

Answer: Not a lot. It’s one of the risks we credit card users have to live with. The best we can do is to keep a vigilant eye on our accounts to ensure they’re not being abused.

But here’s a new, sneaky credit card trick that you can do something about: Credit card swapping.

In a couple of recent incidents, diners who paid their restaurant check with a card were given back the wrong one.

The cards they got turned out to be expired, while the originals disappeared and were maxed out by the thief.

It’s not clear whether the crook was a waiter on a one-night stand-in or if someone else did a back-stage swap.

The crime wasn’t discovered until some days later when the owners tried to use what they thought were their credit cards.

Action: Preventing this scam is a matter of commonsense. Check your card when it’s returned to you.

 
 

Las Vegas skip tracing

10 Feb

 

Skip tracing is part science, part instinct, part luck! As the title suggests “skip tracing” is the act of locating someone who has left their last place of residence without a forwarding address. Las Vegas, Nevada is a difficult place to trace “skips” due to the high turnover rate of residents. This frequently occurs when money is owed. Before starting on a “skip trace” project the investigator needs to gather all available information on the person he is looking for. Full name, last known place of employment, date of birth, social security number if known, any references used, who to notify in case of emergency, and any other information known by the person requesting the skip trace.
Efforts should be made to obtain forwarding addresses at the post office or the last place of employment. The Las Vegas PI will need access to several sensitive commercial data bases where he might be able to identify family members that may know where the skip is currently.
Skip trace investigations can sometimes take several months to locate the person who skipped and depending on the difficulty of obtaining information can be more expensive than originally estimated. New information regarding the skip usually takes longer than a few weeks as it takes time for the “skip” to resettle and frequently the “skip” visits with friends or family prior to re-establishing a new residence and job.

 
 

Online Survey Scams

08 Feb

Las Vegas PI, Mike Kirkman, advises everyone to be on alert when receiving email requests for online surveys.

With computers in nearly every household these days, and the economic downturn in the background, the appeal of signing up for what seem to be easy-money schemes you can do at home has lured in tens of thousands of victims. Las Vegas Detectives has received recent requests to investigate the scams and they are very difficult to resolve.

Very few of these schemes are legit and those that are don’t offer a get-rich-quick route to success.

We’ve not seen any evidence that you can earn even $10 an hour.

At their most basic, home online survey scams are usually a front for one of four tricks:

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Getting you to pay money for nothing. It’ll be a payment for a useless training kit or a fee for “membership” of a club or organization that promises to pass details to you of upcoming paid surveys. In the latter case, there may indeed be a list of legitimate surveys but you can find these on the Internet for free.
2.

Getting hold of your name and other details (like income, education etc) , which will then go on to a spamming list. You won’t get any survey forms but you will be bombarded by offers, either from the company you first contacted or by other marketing companies to which they sold your details. (This trick of collecting names to pass on to others is known as “roping.”)
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Using your personal details, acquired in either of the above survey scams, for identity theft. Survey scam artists can draw up a fairly comprehensive picture of you from the details you provide, especially if you’ve also given credit card or bank details to pay them for their service.
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A cover for an advance fee scam, in which you’re sent a fake payment check for taking part, then asked to wire part of your “payment” to someone else.

We urge you to be very cautious when responding to any unsolicited email offers.