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Our Interesting Expert of the Week is Linda Webb, aka The Fraud Dog.
Webb, who ran AIG’s Global Fraud operations, is president of Contego Services Group, a provider of insurance services, including fraud investigations and cost-containment solutions.
Webb specializes in the most complex organized crime rings and anti-money laundering, including insurance fraud, mortgage and financial fraud, and Medicare and healthcare fraud. She has managed more than 20,000 investigations and over $1.2 billion in exposure.
Some of Webb’s complex investigative cases include: an organized crime ring involving doctors, attorneys and clinics; a counterfeit retail product crime ring; a $300 million fake insurance ring; a $10 million fake death ring; and a money laundering case, with D&O exposure to a U.S. company.
Webb is also a frequent speaker on fraud and the investigative industry, and travels with her canine sidekick, Buster, to help increase fraud awareness.
We asked Webb to tell us more about her job – and, of course, Buster:
How did "The Fraud Dog" become your nickname?
You have to be “tough as nails” to fight the fraudster. I’ve had a gun put to my head and a knife put to my throat in fighting criminals my whole life. I’ve been fighting fraud around the world 30+ years. Fighting fraud is my life. People tell me I chase criminals like a dog with a bone. I don’t stop until I catch the fraudster.
What is your most memorable fraud case?
I am compassionate about helping children and the elderly. The faceless fraudster preys upon all ages, including the elderly and the young. For teenagers, it is the Craigslist babysitting scam (reverse sell scam), and for the elderly, it’s viatical life insurance fraud.
Viatical life insurance fraud targeting the elderly is my most passionate case, because any time I can stop a crooked insurance agent who tries to sell viatical life insurance fraud scams in an elderly community, it could very well save lives. In this scam, if the insured (i.e., the elderly person) doesn’t die soon enough, they are murdered. In most cases, this goes undetected because people think they just died of old age, and the relatives don’t know about the viatical fraud life insurance policy, because the agent made the benefactors a bunch of investors, organized crime rings or modern day mobsters.
What is it like being a woman leader in a male-dominated industry? Have you ever felt your personal safety was at risk?
I would be the first to admit that being a woman in this investigative field wasn’t easy when I first started, but that is nothing compared to being face-to-face with a leader of an organized crime ring who has stolen millions from people due to fraud. I don’t have time to think about fear when fighting the fraudster. I do not fear death. My legacy is to stop fraud around the world – end of story.
What's the most rewarding part of your job?
Saving someone from getting killed is always first and foremost. Fraud can result in people getting killed, getting hurt, and losing their life savings. For every faceless fraudster I stop, I have hopefully saved a few lives, prevented people from getting hurt, and stopped someone from taking another person's life savings.
What's the most frustrating part of your job?
When I was in Times Square, two elderly ladies told me some horrific stories about how their life savings got stolen from a fraudster. Imagine: You work your whole life to finally retire, and then a fraudster steals your retirement money. Wake up, America! This is happening and we need to get the word out. When we educate the public, they become aware and cannot be victimized. Fraud awareness must be a priority, hence the reason for “The Fraud Dog” television show: to inform the public about the latest fraud scams.
How does fraud affect us as a society/nation?
Within the next two years, every person will experience some form of fraud. One in three people per year will experience some form of identity theft. Every child in America will be victimized by some form of fraud. Fraud is here to stay, and cyber fraud will consume our business industry in the next five years. We cannot afford to sit back. We need to educate the public as the most preventive way to stop the fraudster.
How can we, as individuals, protect ourselves from fraud?
If someone tells you, “Pay me cash today for services tomorrow,” beware! During catastrophic fraud, the fraudster loves to prey upon those victims in areas stricken by hurricanes, floods and tornadoes. Don’t be victimized twice. Do your due diligence. Turn to the Internet. Ask for references. Ask friends, neighbors, the Better Business Bureau. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
Are there any telltale signs?
Faceless fraudsters do not want to be identified, so if you feel you are confronted by a fraudster, take the fraudster’s picture with your cellphone! Be sure to ask the fraudster for identification. If the fraudster does not want to be identified, or tries to hide their identity, then something is not right. Fight back, America! Be proactive and fight against the fraudster!
Buster is a cutie. Can you tell us more her? What’s her role?
Buster is my sidekick when fighting the fraudster out in the field. Buster’s amazing agility and Fraud Dog senses helps the Fraud Dog team in fighting fraud.
Buster also wants to teach children fraud awareness around the world. Buster will help kids understand that they can also be victims of fraud scams like cellphone texting, social-media fraud scams and Internets scams. Buster asks parents, families and communities to teach our kids to also become Fraud Dogs when they grow up.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Help us stop fraud by reporting fraud scams to 855-FRAUD-DOG. The more scams we learn about, the faster we can tell the public.
This week’s Interesting Expert of the Week is Sensei John Mirrione, current holder of the world record for the slowest one-arm push-up.
Mirrione was hurt by a bully when he was 8 years old. Today, he is a renowned leader in the martial-arts world, author of “Philosophy of the Week,” karate and fitness expert and founding director of the Harmony by Karate program at Reebok Sports Club/NY, and a Gulf War veteran.
In 1997, Mirrione created the Universal Harmony Day, a day of giving and celebration of humanity, observed every Sept. 11. In 2010, he created the National Stop Bullying Campaign to motivate Americans to take control of the crisis.
We sat down with Mirrione to ask him a few questions about bullying, his campaign and, of course, his world record:
You were bullied as a youngster, which motivated you to become a martial-arts expert. How does karate help bullied children?
It's the "harmony" aspect of martial arts that helps bullied children. That's why I call my program "Harmony by Karate." It's the deep breathing, philosophy instruction and meditation. When a child understands that, they get a taste of it and start to feel the harmony. That's more of a proactive way of dealing with the bullying problem than the reactive measures the United States is producing these days. I believe that if you're proactive, you don't have to be reactive.
Has bullying gotten worse in recent years, or is it that we're just more aware of what's happening?
I think both are true. Bullying -- except for cyberbullying -- has been happening with probably the same frequency for some time. Humanity now knows it's not OK to bully. And I think that's a good thing. There's a real strong stance against bullying in most places in America, and everyone seems to want to do something about it.
What impact has the Internet had?
Cyberbullying just adds to the problem. Computers and the Internet can give children tools to hurt each other. And that's the only difference between now and, let's say, 20 years ago.
Can bulling be prevented? If so, what's the best way (punishment vs. social programs, etc.)?
The first thing children need to learn how to do is to use their voices. Be verbal: Say, "STOP!" By yelling the word "stop" as loud they can, they learn how to stand up for themselves individually. Collectively, children, as well as teachers, have to stop what they're doing and address the situation. And with that concept -- I call it the "STOP!" Policy, which should and can be implemented cost-effectively in schools nationwide -- this is a very powerful, proactive measure that could save children's lives.
I would like to see each state in America implement in its schools the anti-bullying "STOP!" Policy I've described. I'd also recommend that states integrate into their school curriculum tools like my book, which is already a part of the curriculums or guidance programs of schools in Chicago, New Jersey and Connecticut. If educators use these tools as proactive measures, we could literally stop bullying -- really make a huge difference -- in schools throughout the country.
What is the most memorable story related to your Stop Bullying campaign?
The most memorable story comes out of Mount Holly, N.J.’s H. W. Holbein [Middle] School. I've never been to a school that not only had such diversity but also has a unity within their diversity. Holbein's students don't hang out in cliques, like black kids with black kids, Hispanics with Hispanics, whites with whites. They're all spending time together -- as one. And this is something I'll never forget.
Tell us about the push-up you did to set the world record.
It was the slowest, one-arm push-up performed on a stone block. I accomplished that world record in April 2011, and I just completed another one this October. But that push-up was harder to achieve, because it was performed on one arm, on my knuckles on a stone block. And I was positioned at a 90-degree angle with one leg off the floor. That's an enormous amount of body weight! And having performed that push-up for an extended period [one minute], I've now set another world record.
But really, the whole point of my performing these world-record push-ups is to attract attention to Harmony by Karate's Stop Bullying Campaign, to demonstrate how inner strength can enhance all endeavors. As a tribute to each campaign push-up (I do a similar one at each school assembly we provide), I donate my services to auctions of New York City charities that empower children. And by demonstrating such an amazing, spiritual feat of strength, I encourage everyone to do at least one amazing act for another person or charity, such as an anti-bullying or child-empowerment charity.
How does one become a Sensei? Is it based on training?
Here's my definition: A "sensei" is someone who has the ability to take what she or he has learned from martial arts and transform other people's lives. That's what makes you a "sensei."
What's next for the campaign?
More assemblies -- our goal is to visit schools in as many states as possible.
This month, the campaign premiered our anti-bullying, video public-service announcements, “Punch” and “Evolve.” Already, Portsmouth, Va.’s WAVY-TV (NBC) station is scheduled to air the “Punch” video PSA starting Saturday, Oct. 15.
The Stop Bullying Campaign's incredible video PSAs were produced by some of New York City's top media professionals, who heard of the campaign and collaborated (donating their time and talent) to support the campaign, open the minds of children and empower them.
What's more, hip-hop music artist Brick Casey heard about our campaign on Sirius XM's Oprah Radio and dedicated his recent, anti-bullying-themed “Supa Bad” music video, in itself a PSA, in support of the campaign. There will be more of this kind of endorsement to come, and this kind of support can help turn the problem of bullying around.
I've come to realize a very important factor. We (at virtually no cost to educational institutions) have been bringing the Stop Bullying Campaign's assembly to schools across the country and confronting the nation's bullying problem head on, in a very human way, making direct, human connections with children. What I've learned is that a lot of children bully because of hatred inside themselves, and they hate each other for their human differences -- race, color, creed, sexual orientation. It seems that far too many children have a lack of understanding about how we're all truly equal as human beings. The ultimate goal for the Stop Bullying Campaign is to help people celebrate each other's differences. We should be celebrating our differences, not hurting each other because of those differences.
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With the continued rapid proliferation of social media, the legal implications of instant, online communication are a growing issue for companies wanting to maintain control of their brands online.
That was the topic of our recent #ConnectChat, which took place Tuesday, Oct. 11, on Twitter. Darin Klemchuk, senior partner with Klemchuk Kubasta, a leading intellectual property and trademark law firm in Dallas, discussed how companies can protect their brands on social media, how brand owners can monitor social media, social media policies for employers, and more.
Following is a recap of the chat:
ProfNet: Hello, and welcome to #ConnectChat! Our topic today is the legal implications of social media for brands and employers. Our guest speaker is Darin Klemchuk (@KK_LLP), senior partner with Klemchuk Kubasta, a leading IP and trademark firm in Dallas. Darin, thanks for joining us today!
Klemchuk: Thank you for having me and indulging me in my first Twitter chat
ProfNet: I’ll start off with a few questions, and then I’ll open it up to everyone else. We know most brands should have some sort of social media presence, but most don’t consider the legal implications. What are some of the issues they need to consider?
Klemchuk: One of the key things to consider is proactive registration of brand names in social media to prevent third-party use. It is often far easier to register and stake a claim to a user name or handle that incorporates a brand's trademarks than it is to fight about the user name or handle after a third party has registered one. If a third party hijacks a brand, the results can be disastrous and the damage can be done before the legal action is taken.
ProfNet: So it really requires a lot of foresight on the brand's part, even if they're not currently involved in social media, right?
Klemchuk: Yes, part of a product launch or branding strategy should include searching social media and staking out usernames before launch.
ProfNet: What else should brands consider when using social media?
Klemchuk: Monitoring others' uses of a company's key trademarks and brands is very important. The enormous numbers of users provides an unprecedented opportunity for confusion as a result of trademark infringement. The large number of social media users heightens the damage that can be caused by trademark infringement. This is made worse by the quick and uncensored communications in social media through which one company can pass itself off as another. The speed of communicating makes it easier for one company to pass itself off as another via social media and confuse the public. It is better to monitor your key marks and brands so you can take quick proactive action.
ProfNet: Whose responsibility is it to monitor social media for trademark/brand use: the legal department? PR? Marketing?
Klemchuk: It’s best to start with the marketing or PR department, since they are likely already monitoring social media activity. Obviously, trademark monitoring is a function of the legal department. Some companies outsource this responsibility to their outside counsel. That is a good option, as well.
ProfNet: What are some of the ways companies can monitor social media for trademarks and brand mentions?
Klemchuk: An automated Google or other search-engine search is one way to monitor use. Searching the various social media is another way it can be done.
ProfNet: What about promotions and contests? We see a lot of those on social media. What are some concerns there?
Klemchuk: A couple big ones. The first has to do with state laws. Many states have specific rules on sweepstakes and promotions that could include simple giveaways. Because social media is national, you need to be careful that giveaway programs don't violate one of these laws. Another concern with promotions and contests is who owns fan-developed content. Some companies have run promotions inviting fans to create ad campaigns or other marketing materials. Without a written document from the fan assigning copyrights to those materials, there can be an issue of use/ownership. Care should also be taken not to include any third-party authored materials in promotions. That can cause copyright problems as well.
Klemchuk: I recommend finding an attorney that specializes in that area. They will be up-to-speed on those developments and can quickly review materials. There are treatises on this area of state law that are helpful. But I usually ask a specialist in this area.
ProfNet: If someone needs a specialist, what should they look for?
Klemchuk: I would ask the lawyer point blank if they specialize in this area and how much time it will take to review a promotion. Someone that specializes in this area should only take 2-5 hours to review an average sweepstakes rules document. More than that and they need to get up-to-speed as part of the project. It’s best to find someone who is a true specialist. Googling for specific terms like "sweepstakes lawyer" or the like is probably the best starting point. Important caveat: This is for discussion purposes only and I am not giving out legal advice.
@Emily_Summey: Should small businesses weigh the risk of attorney fees vs. potential violation consequences for running promotions? Or just skip the promotion?
Klemchuk: Emily, you are right on. Costs must be weighed against risk. But it is a chicken-and-egg problem. Without talking to a lawyer, it is hard to know the risk to weigh against the cost.
ProfNet: Another issue for companies is when their employees are active on social media. What are some of the concerns there?
Klemchuk: One concern is retaliatory firing claims based on employee posts in social media. Example: Employees complain about working conditions and safety in an online posting; the company finds it and fires them. The National Labor Relations Board has taken a number of employers to task over that type of firing. Other problems include the same type of potential problems that workplaces have traditionally had. With social media, that awkward comment at a company picnic or private conduct in the workplace can be exposed to the world. Also consider that the hostile work environment can be expanded to social media, raising more concerns for employers.
@dfwbrett As a blogger, I'm concerned about citing sources. Do I have to link, or can I just reference the author/publication/article?
Klemchuk: You point out a sticky issue. There have been a number of lawsuits against bloggers for copying others materials. Some of those cases involved attribution to the author. I would be very careful with that.
@dfwbrett Even if they reference the article -- "so-and-so from smashing magazine said in July that..."? So where's the line?
Klemchuk: Generally, the less you quote, the less chance of a problem. Keep in mind I tend to be a pessimist about risk.
@JenMBAPR: Where can I get information that should be included in employee manuals on social media communications?
Klemchuk: Shameless self-promotion alert: A great place to find materials on social media policy is lawyers like our firm. Another good resource is the Word of Mouth Marketing Association, which has a model social media policy.
@JenMBAPR What concerns should an employer have when an employee tweets or posts on Facebook?
Klemchuk: Common ones include misstatements or puffery. Many will be surprised that the FTC regulates certain statements. Employee posts/tweets regarding a company's products can be considered endorsements by the FTC, which are regulated. False endorsements/puffed-up reviews have led to some companies being sued for false advertising/trade practices. Both these problems, as with others I mentioned, can be managed through a social policy as part of the overall employment manual.
ProfNet: That’s all the time we have today. Darin, thanks so much for being our guest, and for all the great info!
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Cardone is a frequent speaker and regular television guest on Fox TV, MSNBC and CNBC. He also writes weekly for multiple magazines, including Entrepreneur, Business Exchange, Huffington Post and others.
Grant, thank you for agreeing to share your expertise with us. On “Turnaround King,” you help people improve their businesses, incomes and lives. What advice do you have for the average person who’s struggling to get through in the current economy?
The average American has to give up any concept of average. Most of the population has yet to fully adjust to the new economy and still underestimates the severity of the current situation. Complaining will not change the condition, only massive amounts of action will. This is not a normal time when there is certainty, job growth and hope, and it won't return to normal for years to come. What that means is that people must drop any concept of normal. This isn't a normal condition. It is much more like an emergency of extended duration.
Can you imagine if your kitchen caught on fire and you couldn't put it out? You would throw all your energy into putting that fire out, which would take a lot of effort and persistence, or you would surrender to the fire and lose your kitchen. In this case, the economy's fire went out and you can't get it started. It is going to take a lot of effort, persistence and creativity to restart it, and no one can do it for you. My personal economy is going to improve long before the overall economy will improve. When that happens with enough people, the economy will finally improve back to what we think of as normal.
Emergencies mean you immediately stop and priorities shift hard and fast -- all attention goes to handling the situation. The average American has yet to do that. It's like they are watching the kitchen burn down and looking for someone to blame. Who cares? Put the fire out!
When Lehman collapsed, I immediately labeled it an emergency. I informed my wife that to handle the current situation, I was taking emergency actions -- I would be working 40 percent more, promoting more, speaking more, traveling more, and I would even be spending more. I immediately adjusted my effort activity in direct relationship to the contraction. If the market contracts 40 percent, then I have to add 40 percent more effort, energy, and resources in order to keep my personal economy lit or get it restarted. If you do this aggressively enough, you won't just restart, you will conquer market share from those that just contract.
Difficult times are opportunities and should be treated as such. It is easier to get market share during a contraction than during expansion, but wishing, praying, hoping, blaming and bellyaching will not restart your economy. The government can't improve the condition of the economy; only entrepreneurs and sales organizations recover economies, and the overall economy should not be your focus. Just recover your own economy!
Normal levels will not work at this time. Normal thinking, normal activity -- if it is normal, it will fail! Think in massive amounts now, whether it be creativity and action, customer contact, mail, social media, personal visits. Think massive as the correction. The economy is not actually the problem; it is how you are responding to the economy that is the problem. The average person spends too much energy complaining and blaming, when they should be spending that same energy finding and taking care of customers. This economy will be sluggish for years, and the only winners will be those that focus all their energy, time and creativity on being the solution.
Easy days are gone for years to come. Now it really comes down to who can push the hardest and the furthest. Making excuses and finding someone to blame will not improve your conditions.
What has been your biggest or most exciting success story to date?
The biggest and most exciting success stories are when I spend a week with a company and see the management team shift from problem to solution, from “Woe is me” to “Wow, it's me!” A company in New York called me and told me, "I want to be No. 1 in the U.S. Right now. I am 17th." I flew into the group, got them focused on the solution, and within six months they were No. 1 with everyone in the industry talking about them. They are proud, riding high, aggressively attacking their market place, hiring people, spending money and doing what all entrepreneurs must do at this time. They also give hope to other companies.
Today I received an email saying, "I was broke and suicidal. I bought your book and it lit a fire in me. I realized that success is my duty, obligation and responsibility, not only to myself and my kids, but also to my owner, our subcontractors, their families, etc. I also realized that it doesn't benefit my kids to have them see me fail."
So, what’s the solution?
No government can solve the current situation, only you and I can. America is dependent upon the prosperity of small businesses. The overall economy will not recover until enough of us recover our personal economies, not the other way around. Success is your duty, obligation – hell, it is your patriotic duty to create success. It is vital to saving America that small-business owners become the solution you seek from others.
Warning about average: The middle class is being crushed today because it utilized the wrong business and finance policies based on average savings, average income, and average thinking and actions. Average only appears to work when conditions are improving, but then fails the group when conditions shift. The people that are winning right now have made a decision to assume full responsibility for their turnaround, fully embraced the reality of the situation, and then adapted their thinking, creativity, and activity levels to ensure them not just their fair share, but even the share of those that refuse to adjust.
Confront the reality of the situation.
Treat it like an emergency.
Get family and employees on the same page as you.
Increase activity levels to amounts necessary counter the contraction.
Decide to create success regardless of the overall scene.
With the continued rapid growth of social networking sites, the legal implications of instant, online communication are becoming an issue for companies wanting to maintain control of their brands online.
That will be the topic of our next #ConnectChat, which will take place Tuesday, Oct. 11, and will feature Darin Klemchuk, senior partner with Klemchuk Kubasta, a leading intellectual property and trademark law firm in Dallas.
Klemchuk, whose firm recently added a social media practice group to help clients handle the onslaught of social networking issues, will discuss the legal implications of social media, including:
How to protect a brand in social media
How brand owners can monitor social media
Social media policies for employees
To join the chat, just follow the #ConnectChat hashtag to view all updates from @KK_LLP, @ProfNet and the rest of the chat participants. We'll start off the chat with a few questions for Klemchuk to get the conversation going, but feel free to ask away!
If you do not have a Twitter account or won’t be able to make it to the chat, you can find a recap on ProfNet Connect the following day. To view past #ConnectChat recaps, click here.
Klemchuk’s practice includes all aspects of intellectual property, with emphasis on patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation. He has handled over 200 intellectual property disputes, including approximately 20 patent infringement cases, many as local counsel. His practice also includes assisting companies with increasing their market share and protecting their competitive advantage by identifying and protecting valuable branding, technological innovation, software and other property, and by procuring patent, trademark, and copyright registrations and through employment agreements and non-compete agreements. He also advises clients on licensing, acquisitions, due diligence and e-commerce, including the emerging field of branding in cyberspace and trademark issues related to the Internet, which includes assisting clients in recovering domain names taken by cybersquatters. Klembhuk started two new practice groups to accommodate the growing Internet space: E-Commerce and Social Media, and he heads up the Social Media practice.
While he has represented a number of Fortune 500 corporations, his focus is on growing companies, which benefit from broad intellectual property counseling. He also represents a number of solo inventors and startup companies, from inception of their business plan through their first couple rounds of funding. He also serves as virtual general counsel and virtual IP counsel for companies that require in-house counsel but have not grown to that level.
In addition to intellectual property, Klemchuk has significant experience litigating commercial and business disputes, including non-compete, partnership, fiduciary duty, and breach of contract disputes, seven of which he has tried to a verdict, judgment or arbitration award. He has represented a number of clients in obtaining and resisting requests for injunctive relief in cases involving non-competes, trade secrets, trademarks and patents.
Klemchuk’s practice also includes serving as local counsel to out of state parties involved in patent, trademark, copyright, IP, and commercial litigation in state and federal courts in Dallas and the Northern and Eastern District of Texas federal courts. His local counsel practice includes representing both plaintiffs and defendants. The firm has successfully achieved dismissals, as local counsel, for out-of-state defendants on venue and lack of personal jurisdiction grounds, and recently obtained a voluntary dismissal in a trademark case on those grounds and won an appeal at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals affirming a dismissal in a patent case under the first to file rule. For more, visit kk-llp.com