Episode 31

Published on:

7th Dec 2022

Don’t Get Scrooged: Mall Safety Tips for a Fraud Free Holiday Season

The holiday season is always a special time of year but also a time when busy people become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime. We can never be too careful, too prepared, or too aware.  On today's show, Mike and Mark welcome an expert on the subject, Scott Warren.  Scott is the acting Supervisor in charge of Investigations at the Oak Brook, Illinois Police Department.  He has been with the Investigations Division since 2017 and previously served as a detective from 2008 to 2012.  Scott has also been a board member of the Cook County Retail Organized Crime Task Force as lead investigator on cases involving identity theft and credit card fraud. 

'Tis the season for holiday theft.  From the minute you arrive till the second you leave the stores, Scott covers it all in our podcast. Educate yourself with Scott's essential tips and strategies to ensure a safe and happy holiday shopping experience.  Don't become a victim this Christmas!

Referenced by Mark Solomon - IAFCI Ep7: Felony Lane Gang:


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Scott Warren LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scott-warren-746a698a/

Oak Brook Police Acting Supervisor (Investigations) Scott Warren: swarren@oak-brook.org

Oak Brook Police Chief Brian Strockis: bstrockis@oak-brook.org

Oak Brook Police Deputy Chief Reid Foltyniewicz: rfoltyniewicz@oak-brook.org

Oak Brook Police Deputy Chief Mark King: mpking@oak-brook.org

Oak Brook Police Sgt Jason Wood: jwood@oak-brook.org

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About the Podcast

IAFCI Presents... The Protectors
Presented by the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators
From ATM Skimming to Human Trafficking, The Protectors Podcast takes you inside the minds of criminals from around the world with leading experts and the investigators who put them behind bars.  Presented by the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI), and hosted by International President, Mike Carroll, and International VP, Mark Solomon, The Protectors is a bi-weekly podcast that aims to educate consumers on the fraud, financial, and cybercriminal activities that are happening every second of every day.  Don’t become the next victim. The host's and guest's opinions are their own and do not reflect those of management, employers, or sponsors. Listeners are encouraged to contact local or state law enforcement if they suspect being a victim of a crime.

About your hosts

Michael Carroll

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Michael Carroll is a retired Postal Inspector after serving 29 years with the US Postal Inspection Service. Mike spent most of his career investigating financial crimes including identity theft, mail theft, credit card fraud, and scams involving the US Mail. Mike is proud to say he has returned to the Inspection Service as a Contractor/Analyst with the Chicago Division. Mike has been a long-time member of the IAFCI and held past positions as Illinois Chapter President, International Secretary, and International Vice President. Mike is currently the International President and co-chair of the Identity Crimes/Scams and Elder Exploitation and Webinar committee. Mike is also an instructor on Financial Crimes Investigations and Elder Exploitation at the Homeland Training Security Institute at College of DuPage. Mike is also a Certified Financial Crimes Investigator (CFCI)


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Mark Solomon is a Vice President for Fraud Investigations at a Financial Institution in Connecticut. Previously, he spent 26 years in law enforcement with 19 years in the Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division, with 11 of those years assigned to a Federal Law Enforcement Task Force working large scale fraud, financial and cybercrime investigations.

Mark is a recognized expert in financial and cyber-crime investigations and has spoken throughout the U.S. and Internationally on skimming, access device fraud, identity theft, elder exploitation and other financially related crimes.

In 2010, Mark was selected as the MasterCard/IAFCI International “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” recipient. In 2014 Mark was a co-recipient of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Luminary Award for Intelligence Sharing. In 2015, Mark received the Dr. John Clarke Law Enforcement of the Year Award for the Greenwich Police Department and in 2016 was awarded the Financial Crime Investigator of the Year Award from the Henry C. Lee College at the University of New Haven.
In 2011, Mark became the IAFCI CT Chapter President and held the position until 2019. Currently, Mark is the IAFCI International 1st Vice President and is a Certified Cyber Crimes Investigator (CCCI) as well as a certified instructor for the CT Municipal Police Training Council (MPTC) for identity theft and financial crimes Investigations.
Mark is also an adjunct professor with (2) Universities in Connecticut and a volunteer with the AARP’s Fraud Watch Network group.
Mark received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in the Administration of Justice from Salve Regina University in Newport, RI.