Employee Embezzlement Prevention

ST. LOUIS • Rebecca Wagstaff pleaded guilty in federal court here Wednesday to a felony mail fraud charge and admitted stealing more than $100,000 from her employer. Wagstaff, 58, of Arnold, was the office manager of a west St. Louis County optometrist and wrote $102,580 worth of company checks over roughly five years to pay her credit card … [Read more...]

Beware Of Bin Laden MalWare

With the biggest news story in the last several years, the death of Osama Bin Laden has presented a new opportunity for malware creators to take advantage of our morbid curiosity. It has been reported that some sights are putting up pictures purportedly of the deceased Osama Bin Laden that then ask viewers to update software on their computers that … [Read more...]

Beware of Text Message Scams

Have you looked carefully at your cell phone bill recently? I just did...and WOW! As an early adopter of a number of technologies, especially with teens in our house, we all have become quite adept at text messages. It didn't take long once hit with hundreds of dollars in 5¢ text charges to move myself and my teens to unlimited text messages years … [Read more...]

Opti-fun – Identity Theft

Yes we should take identify theft very seriously and make sure that we protect our optical customers information as well our own! But we still like to have some opti-fun and thank you to VisionWeb for reminding us about both! … [Read more...]

Oakey Sunwear Theft- What To Watch For

We have done several post on Shoplifting prevention. Just a reminder what to watch for. True pictures taken by hidden camera. OAKLEY, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of a man accused of stealing $1006.09 dollars in designer glasses. The theft occured at the Wing Eyecare at 3850 Paxton … [Read more...]

Top 9 Things You Should Never Reveal on Facebook

Millions of Americans are now sharing photos and personal stuff through social media, old embarassing pics from class reunions or high school have a way of coming back to haunt you through Flickr, YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and personal blogs. Despite all that sharing there are some things that should never be shared with anyone both … [Read more...]

Shoplifting Prevention 101

Every week in our alerts we get news of people shoplifting eyeglasses and it may never have happened to you, but statistically it will. That said, we are posting another article on Theft Prevention. The first thing that you have to realize that shoplifters come in all colors, all sizes all sexes, all ages and all economic backgrounds. You cannot … [Read more...]

Warning Notice From Gmail- It’s A Scam

Many of our subscribers use gmail, therefore it you received a warning letter from Gmail asking you to update your account- It Is a Scam and DO NOT  Open! More information on HubPages … [Read more...]

Social Media Eyes-Social Networks And Cyber Crime By Crystal

Social Networks and Cyber Crime As optical businesses begin to venture into social networking as a means of marketing their services and reaching out to new customers, there are many things to consider. One thing that can often be overlooked is the prevalence of cyber crime on social networking sites. This article from USA Today talks about … [Read more...]

Prevent Identity Theft With Strong Passwords= Security

Last week our Blog- Spert  got on my case about strong passwords, because our host server got hacked and malicious malware was put on Word Press Blogs. We had to go back and redo all our passwords- what a job that is! He reminded me about an article he wrote  Strong Passwords, which of course I had to review and go back again and change more … [Read more...]

Green and Save- Solar Powered Security Lights

No matter if it's daylight savings time or in the middle of winter, security lights are important for safety and theft prevention. Motion sensored security lights can save money (green) just by using energy when a motion is detected. The extra advantage, when the lights go on it attracts attention, (like a car alarm) A few recommendations: From … [Read more...]

Vandals Trashing Eyecare Offices- Theft Prevention Measures

Everyday we get news of some kind of theft or vandalism in an eyecare office: When Dayton police entered an optometrist’s office Thursday morning, April 8, in the 1200 block of South Patterson Boulevard, they found it completely ransacked with files, office furniture, eye glasses and equipment strewn throughout the office. Debris littered the … [Read more...]

Embezzler In Optometric Practice Receives 10 Year Sentence For Stealing $100,000

'A former longtime employee of a Lansing Township optometry practice, who authorities say stole more than $100,000 in cash over several years, pleaded guilty Thursday to embezzlement charges and will be ordered to pay restitution.' Read the full story at Lansing State Journal 'A student dispensing optician cautioned by police for theft from her … [Read more...]

Recent Identity Theft Scams

We would like to take the opportunity to tell our optical friends and readers about some recent identity theft scams. You can be a victim of this either an  individual or even via your optical business. The IRS frequently reminds taxpayers to beware of identity theft scams. Two of the latest phishing scams include one offering inherited funds, … [Read more...]

Eyecare and Employee Theft

Unfortunately, I have the privilege of knowing many eyecare offices that have been ripped off by employees. It is a killer, financially and emotionally devastating.  The other part that is scary-I never would have suspected any of the thieves. Technically speaking, anytime an employee takes any product from your office (even a pen) it is considered … [Read more...]