You may be over-paying for your next short term rental booking – watch out for drop-hosters!

Be careful on your next booking on AirBnB, VRBO, Flipkey or other popular short term rental website.  Why?  Because now we have drop-hosters.  Don’t believe me?  Take a look at these 2 AirBnB listings and tell me what’s different: There is nothing different about the short term rental that you’re going to get when you

Will visiting someone’s Facebook page put you on their “People You May Know” List? (Page 3)

Previous Page Second Experiment The follow on experiment was to eliminate the possibility that Irwin, the fake profile, was the cause why PYMK wasn’t triggering.  So I asked Vicky to visit some of my friends that were not her friends to see whether that would trigger PYMK.  She visited them each a different number of

Will visiting someone’s Facebook page put you on their “People You May Know” List? (Page 2)

Previous Page Anecdotes from the Blogosphere I have heard some anecdotal evidence of this phenomenon, both from word of mouth and from internet sources outlined below in screenshots: The Experiment But how can we confirm this phenomenon exists?  I set up a little experiment. I had a friend name Vicky use my fake Facebook profile

Announcing Harmari Search v2.9 Release

Announcing the new release 2.9 of Harmari Search, which includes the following features: Improved phone number collection Adjust Forensic View to new phone number collection method Fixed bug with URL-to-PDF conversion on API Balanced data collection workload across different servers Fixed bug with Other Ads – Internal Server Error Add ‘trailers’ category to CL Missing

Harmari Search v2.8 released

LTAS is proud to announce a new release for Harmari Search version 2.8.  It contains the following new features and fixes:  OfferUp now incorporated into Harmari Alert management of results Enterprise manager search for users Faster loading of wepbages on Harmari website Fixed “no results found” for car search fixed alerts bug Fixed Enterprise manager

Harmari Search v2.6 released

Harmari Search version 2.6 has been released successfully.  It contains the following new features and fixes Extended email searches via integration with PIPL Added Uber and Lyft Ridesharing searches from Facebook and LinkedIn data Added license plate and mileage column to custom columns Cleaned up more bogus phone numbers Consolidated FAQ pages for each classified

Investigating Facebook Buy Sell Trade Groups

Recently a flood of activity has emerged regarding the free classifieds marketplaces on Facebook Buy/Sell/Trade Groups.  Thousands of groups have proliferated and it is difficult for loss prevention, or brand protection investigators to contain and monitor these groups for stolen products or counterfeit products. The interface is rather limited in what can be investigated.  About

Western state takes a bite out of curbstoning

This western statehas had a most significant impact with combating curbstoning.  Harmari Curbfinder report has helped state enforcement of unlicensed motor vehicle dealers (curbstoners) with 60 cases where more than 6 vehicles were advertised for sale on free classified websites within 12 months.  The average fines imposed on each case were $8,000.  In one instance,

Ridesharing services face increasing scrutiny by regulators

For more than 2 years now, the world’s established taxi services industries have battled online ridesharing, and ride hailing mobile apps such as Uber, Lyft, GrabTaxi, Didi Dache, and others.  Both Uber and Lyft each have 100,000 drivers retained as self-employed contractors, although their status as contractors is hotly contested in California (see CNBC article). 

VIN Monitoring service for Vehicle Financing agencies

Harmari captures over 1.2 million VINs per month from classified websites such as Craigslist, AutoTrader*.  A classified ad with a VIN that matches one from your financial institution’s portfolio’s loan book can provide valuable clues for when vehicle loan payments suddenly stop and no forwarding information is found vehicle’s registered owner advertises a “lease takeover”