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Clever Credit Card Scam

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Thief uses credit card info gained during delivery of flowers and wine to empty mark’s bank account?

Be very careful out there!  Beware of people bearing gifts. The following is a recounting of the incident from a victim.

“Last Wednesday I had a phone call late morning from Express Couriers to ask if I was going to be home as he had a delivery for me. He said he would there in roughly an hour. He turned up with a beautiful basket of flowers and wine. I expressed my surprise as I wasn’t expecting anything like this and said I was intrigued to know who was sending me such a lovely gift. He said he was only delivering the gift and the card was being sent separately (the card has never arrived).

There was a consignment note with the gift.

He went on to explain that because the gift contained alcohol he has to charge the recipient $3.50 as proof that he has actually delivered to an adult, and not left it on a door step if the recipient is out, to be stolen or taken by children.

This seemed logical and I offered to get the cash. He then said that the company required the payment to be by Eftpos (short for Electronic Funds Transfer at Point of Sale) so he’s not handling cash and everything is properly accounted for.

Frank was there and got his credit card and ‘John’ swiped the card on this small mobile machine that also had a small screen upon which Frank entered in his pin number. A receipt was printed out and given to us.

Between last Thursday and Monday $4,000 was withdrawn from our credit account at ATM machines in the north shore area. It appears a dummy credit card was made using the details in the machine and of course, they had Frank’s pin number.

The Bank has stopped our cards and I’ve been to the Police this morning, where they confirmed that it is a definite scam and many households were hit during the first 3 days of October.

So PLEASE be wary of accepting a gift you’re not expecting especially if the card is not with it. We’ve all received gifts like this and would never dream that it could be such a despicable act.”

WARNING: Be wary of accepting any “surprise gift or package”, which you neither expected nor personally ordered, especially if it involves any kind of payment as a condition of receiving the gift or package. Also, never accept anything if you do not personally know and/or there is no proper identification of who the sender is.

Credit Card Skimming

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Credit card skimming is a type of credit card theft where thieves use a small device to steal your credit card information. When a credit or debit card is swiped through a skimmer, the device captures and stores all the details in the cards magnetic strip.

Most common locations skimmers are used:

- ATM Machines
- Gas pumps
- Retail stores
- Restaurants

Read the Full Article Here

Catfishing – Online Dating Scams

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Catfishing is setting up a false personal profile on a dating site or online social media for fraudulent or deceptive purposes.

Motives for Catfishing:

- Lonely and dupe others into having online relationships they would never have in real life.
- Attention and sensation seekers who feed off the attention they receive from others and care little about who they hurt in the process.

Read the full Article Here


Monday, June 15th, 2015

Ways you can protect your identity:

At home: Keep you financial records, social security and credit cards in a safe place. Shred papers that have your personal information. Take mail out of your mailbox as soon as possible.

On the computer: Use passwords that are not easy to guess. Use numbers and symbols. Do not respond to emails or other messages that ask for personal information. Do not put personal information on a public computer.

In business: Do not give out personal information to someone who calls you on the phone.  Only give your social security number to someone you are sure is legit.

It is a good idea to check your bank, credit card statements and credit report frequently. There are companies like credit karma and credit genie that will let you check your credit as much as you like without affecting your credit score.


Thursday, January 15th, 2015

We are proud to announce that we have partnered with Choice Parenting, a childcare consulting service for expectant and new parents. Founded by Holly Flanders, she has a vision and passion for helping professional families find quality childcare.

Choice Parenting helps parents who are expecting a baby and need to create a childcare plan for their return to work. Helping to decide if daycare, nanny, nanny shares or au pairs are best suited for their families. She also offers how to search for or hire a nanny or nanny share on their own without an agency. In addition, Holly also offers childcare coaching sessions, childcare workshops, nanny training classes, nanny vetting and custom hourly services.

For more information on Holly and the services she offers, go to her website


Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Gold Shield Elite Investigations is proud to be in partnership with the Carlie Crusade Foundation. It is a not for profit organization located in Marlboro, N.Y. dedicated in memory of Carlie Brucia, a beautiful eleven year old Long Island girl, who was abducted , sexually assaulted and brutally murdered in Florida on February 1, 2004.

The program teaches children of all ages about abduction prevention, internet safety and self preservation. Over the past five years they have brought their workshops to over 75 schools in 7 counties in New York State. Anyone interested in learning more about this worthy foundation, or would like to make a donation, please go to their website at or call Dominick Magistro or Bob Fisch at 1-800-496-6720.

Malware Installed on Travelers’ Laptops Through Software Updates on Hotel Internet Connections

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Recent analysis from the FBI and other government agencies demonstrates that malicious actors are targeting travelers abroad through pop-up windows while they are establishing an Internet connection in their hotel rooms.

Recently, there have been instances of travelers’ laptops being infected with malicious software while using hotel Internet connections. In these instances, the traveler was attempting to set up the hotel room Internet connection and was presented with a pop-up window notifying the user to update a widely used software product. If the user clicked to accept and install the update, malicious software was installed on the laptop. The pop-up window appeared to be offering a routine update to a legitimate software product for which updates are frequently available.

The FBI recommends that all government, private industry, and academic personnel who travel abroad take extra caution before updating software products through their hotel Internet connection. Checking the author or digital certificate of any prompted update to see if it corresponds to the software vendor may reveal an attempted attack. The FBI also recommends that travelers perform software updates on laptops immediately before traveling, and that they download software updates directly from the software vendor’s website if updates are necessary while abroad.

Anyone who believes they have been a target of this type of attack should immediately contact their local FBI office and promptly report it to the IC3’s website at The IC3’s complaint database links complaints together to refer them to the appropriate law enforcement agency for case consideration. The complaint information is also used to identify emerging trends and patterns.

The Tender Trap

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Sean Banks was arrested this February after allegedly raping a woman he met on the widely publicized dating site In a similar case, Wade Ridley was sentenced to 70 years in prison for killing a woman he had met on the social website

Numerous cases have become public in which individuals have been courted and then swindled by persons they met through the Internet.

A hit song of the mid-1950’s, “The Tender Trap,” sung by Frank Sinatra, tells the story of romance trumping reason:

“You see a pair of laughing eyes

And suddenly you’re sighing sighs;

You’re thinking nothing’s wrong….

Those eyes, those sighs, they’re part of the tender trap.”

If you are a person who might be a tempting target for a con artist or for someone even more dangerous, it makes sense to get some background information before attraction overpowers common sense.

A private investigative firm, such as Gold Shield Elite Investigations, can perform a range of discreet inquiries on a confidential basis that can determine if the person is who he or she claims to be…and whether the life story you have been told matches up with the checkable facts.

Facts are important. Facts about finances, employment, past residences, criminal convictions, legal entanglements, marital status, etc. can either reassure you or persuade you not to become further involved.

You owe it to yourself and your family not to become ensnared in “the tender trap” with someone who is not to be trusted.


Don’t be nearly sure. Let Gold Shield Elite investigate. Be certain.

For a free initial consultation, call us: 845.561.4734 or 888.213.8881.


Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

The conclave that selected the newest Catholic Pope, Pope Francis, was protected by extensive, sophisticated security measures and devices, not only to assure the safety of the participants, but to protect the integrity of the election process by keeping the deliberations and voting secret until after the world saw the puff of white smoke emitted to signify election of the new Pontiff.

We all have secrets, few of them of such international interest, all of them of possible personal or commercial impact. To keep our written materials private, we use locked doors and file cabinets and safes …and paper-shredders.

What can we do to keep our conversations private?

For the conclave, the Vatican’s security experts used electronic instruments to “sweep” the chambers to assure there were no recording devices, no “bugs,” hidden within.

If you have reason to believe someone has installed a recording or transmitting device on your premises, you will want to employ an organization, such as Gold Shield Elite Investigations, to check your telephones and to “sweep” your rooms to detect any surveillance equipment. Such equipment would have been installed by someone trusted or by someone never considered…like a maintenance man or an “installer” of something or an “inspector” of some type.

Modern counter-electronics, in suitably trained hands, can find such devices. You decide whether to remove them or to feed the listeners misleading information.

Sometimes, we want to know a secret. Sometimes, others want to know ours.


Don’t be nearly sure. Let Gold Shield Elite investigate. Be certain.

For a free initial consultation, call us: 845.561.4734 or 888.213.8881.


Monday, August 6th, 2012

From the back cover of the book by Lenny Golino [and Douglas Winslow Cooper], a memoir  to be published in 2012 by Outskirts Press:

In The Shield of Gold, private investigator and former New York Police Department homicide detective Lenny Golino informs, amuses, and sometimes saddens the reader with real-life stories from his twenty-one years with the NYPD and from his current position as head of Gold Shield Elite Investigations, LLC. Among the chapters are “Gratitude and Attitude,” “From Kid to Cop,” “‘Street Eyes’ and ‘Street-wise,’” “World Trade Center Attack, September 11, 2001,” “Line-ups, Show-Ups, and Screw-Ups,” ”The Murderous Mom,” “One Who Got Away,” “Cache of the Day,” “Through a Cop’s Eyes,” “Who, or What, Is Bugging You?”

This candid memoir describes some of the highs and lows of being on The Job. One needs a sense of humor and a philosophical perspective not to become victim to three common hazards of police work: alcoholism, divorce, and suicide. “To serve and protect” successfully one must have insight and compassion, along with street smarts and a desire to see justice done. One cannot be too soft-boiled nor too hard-boiled…nor scrambled.

After retiring from the NYPD, Golino found that being a detective had become addictive. He established his Gold Shield Elite organization to continue his calling and to provide private investigative services in Newburgh, NY that are timely, professional, and affordable.

The Shield of Gold gives a first-hand depiction of police work and private investigating that both informs and entertains.

**********Leonard Golino is a decorated veteran of twenty-one years of service with the New York Police Department, the last seven years of which he served as a robbery-homicide unit detective, solving 46 of 57 homicide investigations he conducted. He is currently a private investigator.