New Year, New Goals!

Hey all!

Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been doing some rebranding.  Holmes P.I. is now my dedicated personal blog which will include a mix of professional and personal opinions and ramblings. Having always been an arm of IPCybercrime, Knockoff Report™ is now a part of the official IPC blog at https://ipcybercrime.com/blog/. So please go to that URL and sign up for the list over there. Via the IPCybercrime mailing list, Knockoff Report™ will be sent out the 1st Tuesday of every month. I’m excited to announce that we will now be publishing valuable content weekly including our usual industry Op-Eds and our newest offering, CyberSec Roundup™. CyberSec Roundup™ will be published on the 3rd Tuesday of every month and feature all of the relevant cyber security news stories for the month in one handy dandy place!

Here, on Holmes, P.I., I will be focusing on things that affect me individually, both personal and professional. So this is where to get all the juicy stuff! If you peruse the archives, you will see everything from my philosophy on life to investigative techniques. Here, you will get all of Rob. 100%. No holds barred, for better or worse!

Having said that, here is an update on what”s been going on with me:

  • Last year I hit my all time high weight of 265 lb. I decided to do something about it and dropped more than 30 lb. in 2017. I’m looking to keep it going in 2018 and, hopefully, you all will be able to experience the stud you knew in the 90s by the end of the year.
  • Life in Los Angeles has been great. Jason is still running the entire operation from our Plano, TX office. Here, I work on building business, consulting, and walking on the beach with my dog Chauncey.
  • As far as IPCybercrime, we’ve had many new developments. Namely, we are winding down our day-to-day Brand Protection work to focus on Incident Response and Physical Threats via the Internet. We’ll still be working in the Brand Protection field, but focusing mainly on consulting for major cases.

Other than that, I hope you all have been doing well and this year brings you the best fortune. Keep up to date with me here and IPC on our blog there.

Here’s to a rockin’ 2018!

Now, I’m going to finish my coffee…

Stain on blog from Rob's coffee cup

Anatomy of an Idiot or: The Case of the Counterfeit Judge

Doh!

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As I regularly search for shows on my TiVo using keywords that relate to my interests and work, I ran across a rerun of ‘Swift Justice with Nancy Grace‘ that originally aired on 2/28/11 entitled “An online rip-off; pit bull puppies”.  This was caught in my filter because the word ‘knockoff’ was in the show’s description.  In this episode, the first case was of a woman who had purchased a pair of Coach boots from a website buymerchant.com.  Upon receipt of the boots, the Plaintiff stated that she believed they were counterfeit and was entitled to a refund of $174 USD.  Whether the goods in this case were actually counterfeit is actually not even relevant to what I’m about to share.  What followed was some of the most irresponsible judiciary-slash-journalistic behavior I have ever seen.

Grace first examines the boots saying, “If these are fake, I’ll buy ’em!  I’m all about fakes!”  She then hollers backstage, “Hey, bring me out my my ‘Frauda’!”  She giggled and looked back at the camera explaining, “My fake Prada.  I love it.”  As she brings the conversation back to the case on hand, she turns to the Plaintiff and uttered in a snarky drawl, “So… you don’t like fakes?”

After picking up my jaw from the atop my Birkenstock I witness Grace call in her ‘expert’  to authenticate the boots.  This guy’s qualifications were that he was a former employee at a Coach store.  Wait, it gets better.  As he makes his unconvincing case, Grace barks again and looks offstage, “Hey, bring me back my fake!”  Then she asks her expert to authenticate her ‘Frauda’.  He explains to her that it is counterfeit and that a real handbag of this type is of higher quality and would retail for about $1,500 USD.  Then Grace starts howling like a preacher with a bellyache with, “Fifteen… hundred… dollars?!?!?!  Do you know how long I’ve had this thing?  Five years.  That’s a good quality bag!”  Just as I did, you are probably asking if this idiot actually admitted to purchasing illegal goods, defend it and then promote the behavior from her bench on national television.  Yes.  She did.  You can witness an excerpt of the event for yourself by clicking this link here: http://www.swiftjustice.com/case_files/2011-02-28

While much of the civilized world is trying to discourage this type of contraband activity, we have a nitwit like this adjudicating cases with her own television show, and doling out legal advice on CNN.  While Nancy Grace is hosting ‘Swift Justice’, what she really needs is a swift kick in the rear end.

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