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"Double Hat Bandit" Arrested - 09/22/17

Indianapolis, Indiana -- On Thursday, September 21, 2017, the Indianapolis FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, along with the Whiteland Police Department, arrested Shayne Carson, 54, who is believed to be the "Double Hat Bandit." Carson was arrested without incident in the parking lot of a motel in Whiteland, Indiana.

Carson has been charged in a criminal complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Salt Lake City with the December 19, 2016, armed robbery of the U.S. Bank in West Valley City, Utah. According to the complaint, he is also a suspect in 13 other bank robberies throughout Utah, Washington, Oregon, Colorado and Idaho from December 19, 2016 to July 22, 2017. In these cases, the robber wore two hats. Since then, Carson has also been identified as a suspect in additional bank robberies in Colorado, Iowa and Ohio. Those cases remain under investigation.

(The Oregon robberies included one each in Milwaukie, Portland and Eugene.)

On Friday, September 22, 2017 at 1:30pm EST, Carson had his initial appearance and arraignment on the criminal complaint before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. It is anticipated he will be transferred to Utah to face the bank robbery charge filed in Salt Lake City.

The FBI would like to thank our law enforcement partners in Utah, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Iowa and Ohio who worked this case.

The Indianapolis FBI Violent Crime Task Force includes members from the FBI, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Carmel Police Department and Fishers Police Department.

A complaint is only an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Attached Media Files: Carson criminal complaint
FBI Searches for Missing 16-year-old - 09/21/17

The FBI is asking for the public's help locating 16-year-old Magdalen Pixler. Magdalen went missing from her Hagerstown, Maryland, home on August 8, 2017. Investigation has led agents to believe that there is a possibility that Magdalen may be in the Portland-metro area. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at (503) 224-4181.

Race: White
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Blue
Height: 5'4"
Weight: 153 pounds

The FBI is investigating Magdalen's disappearance in conjunction with local authorities in Maryland. The Hagerstown Police Department is the lead agency.

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*The flyer from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is attached.

FBI's Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense for College Students - Part 1 (employment) - 09/19/17

Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense for college students.

Parents -- this time of year is tough, there's no doubt about it. Your kids are headed to college, and whether you are excited or just relieved that they will finally be out of your hair, the stress is real. Beyond the emotional toll this can take, your wallet is about to take a hit, too. Tuition, books, room and board not to mention the mini-fridge, midnight pizza runs and more can break the bank.

Time for this kid to get a job, right ?! Yes -- with some caveats. College students are particularly vulnerable to getting suckered by scammers offering great jobs with good pay. They often advertise around college campuses or even send emails to their student accounts.

It's easy to apply -- simply fill out an online application, complete with personal info such as full name, date of birth and Social Security number. The scam artist now has everything he needs to steal the student's identity. He can open fraudulent bank accounts, credit cards and the like with ease.

In some cases, the fraudster will send the student a check as a signing bonus or first paycheck. The student is asked to cash the check, take a bit out for himself and send the rest to a specified vendor for supplies or needed software. The check, of course, is bogus, and the fraudster actually controls the bank account of what your student thought was a legitimate business vendor.

The bank may close your student's account due to the fraudulent activity, and he is now responsible for reimbursing the bank for the counterfeit check. His credit history takes a hit, too.

So how can a student protect himself from such a scam?

* Never accept a job that requires depositing checks into your account or wiring portions of such checks to other individuals or accounts.
* Many of the scammers who send these messages are not native English speakers. Look for poor use of the English language in e-mails such as incorrect grammar, capitalization, and tenses.
* Forward suspicious e-mails to the college's IT personnel.

Employment scams are not the only concern for college students these days. Next week, we will look at other ways fraudsters are going after your kids.

In the meantime, if you have been victimized by an online scam, report your suspicious contacts to the FBI. You can file an online report at the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your FBI local office.

FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Cyber Bullies - 09/12/17

Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense to protect your kids from cyber bullying.

Last week we talked about cell phone safety -- with some important tips on keeping your kids' devices locked down and privacy settings high.

But no matter how much care you take, that phone can serve as an open door to cyber bullies.

Here are some basic phone tips to keep your child safe:

* Talk early and often to your students about the dangers that they may find on the other end of the line. If your child is old enough to carry a phone to school, he is old enough to have a frank discussion with you. Be open and responsive. If your child does encounter a bully or other disturbing content, you want him to feel like he can come to you to for help.

* Ensure that your child is sharing every social media account and instant messaging service she has with you -- including the passwords.

* Check those accounts -- as well as instant messaging programs and texts -- for disturbing content on a regular basis. You and your kids should have a non-negotiable understanding that this access is a requirement for continued phone use.

* Make sure your child is using appropriate screen names. "Babygirl2005" and "sweet16" may sound cute and innocent -- but they can be a beacon to predators.

* Talk to your kids about what constitutes appropriate language and photos. If they would be embarrassed -- or worse -- to see what they wrote or posted on a billboard outside their home or school -- they shouldn't send it. It is crucial that they understand that just because something starts out as a private communication between two people does not mean that it can't be shared with thousands of people in mere seconds. One sexually explicit photo can change a life forever.

* Teach them to program the privacy settings on social media feeds to the highest level and to reject any "friend requests" from those they don't know and trust in a face-to-face relationship.

* Teach your kids to think about every message they send and consider whether it is dangerous, hurtful or rude before hitting send. Every kid has the potential to get swept up in the emotions of the moment and may say or do something online that they wouldn't do in real life.

Parents think of it this way: Would you let an unknown person come in through your front door? Leave hurtful messages in your front yard? Make threats against your child while she is alone in her bedroom? Of course not. Today's technology means you have to parent your child in both the real world and the virtual world, and that takes work and perseverance.

Bottom line: be aware, be involved and be educated.

If you or your child has been victimized by an online crime, make a report to the FBI. You can file an online report at the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your FBI local office.

FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense for School Kids & Cell Phone Safety - 09/05/17

Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense to protect your kids as they head back to school with cell phones.

Summer is over, and it's time to pack up the backpacks and lunch bags for another school year. And, if your kids are headed back to class with a cell phone tucked in their pockets, they are not alone. More and more kids are getting phones by the time they enter middle school -- and some are toting their phones through elementary school hallways.

It's a great way for you to keep in touch with your student through the day ... and, should you so desire, there are plenty of apps to help you keep track of your kid's movements minute by minute. But, parents and kids alike need to recognize the risks that come bundled with that device, too.

Here are some basic phone tips to keep your child safe:

* The phone should default to a locked setting. The only people who should have that access code are the child and the parent.

* Beyond that, parents should know every password to every device and every password to every app on that device. Sure you want your kids to have some privacy as they grow up, but they are still kids. You pay the bill, and as long as that child is a child, she is your responsibility.

* Check the privacy and security settings on the phone and the apps. Check regularly to make sure they are up-to-date.

* Learn about how photos are geo-tagged. Even if you are discreet about what you post, your photos could be tagged in the meta-data with your child's exact location. Do you want just anybody to know what school your child goes to or what field his team uses for soccer practice? You should be able to turn this feature off in settings.

* Teach your kids to never respond to calls, texts or emails from unknown numbers or people. Scam artists and predators are more than happy to victimize them, regardless of age.

If your child is old enough to have and carry a phone, then it's also time to have a conversation with him about potential risks.

Next week, we'll take this discussion a step further and talk about building a digital defense against cyber bullying.

If you or your child has been victimized by an online crime, make a report to the FBI. You can file an online report at the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your FBI local office.

"Double Hat"
FBI Offers Reward for the "Double Hat Bandit" (Photo) - 08/31/17

The FBI is offering a reward up to $10,000 for information leading to identification, arrest and conviction of a serial bank robber dubbed, the "Double Hat Bandit." In addition, Metro Denver Crime Stoppers is offering a separate reward up to $2,000.

The subject, who wears two hats during his crimes, is allegedly responsible for at least 13 bank robberies inside grocery stores in Utah, Washington, Oregon and Colorado and Idaho. On two occasions, he hit two banks on the same day. The man usually shows the teller a note and during four of the robberies, he displayed a small handgun in his waistband. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

On June 27, 2017, after a bank robbery in Spokane, WA, the subject was seen in a grayish/blue Malibu style vehicle with New Mexico license plates.

The "Double Hat Bandit" is believed to be responsible for the following robberies:

* December 19, 2016 - U.S. Bank, 4065 S. Redwood Rd. West Valley City, UT
* December 27, 2016 -- U.S. Bank, 7061 S. Redwood Rd. West Jordan, UT
* December 27, 2016 -- U.S. Bank 4080 W. 9000 S. West Jordan, UT
* January 3, 2017 -- Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, 933 E. Mission Ave, Spokane, WA
* January 3, 2017 Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, 2507 W. Wellesley Ave, Spokane, WA
* January 19, 2017 -- U.S. Bank, 4320 King Rd. Milwaukie, OR
* January 23, 2017 -- Wells Fargo, 4515 SE Woodstock Blvd. Portland, OR
* January 24, 2017 -- U.S. Bank, 1675 W. 18th Ave, Eugene, OR
* June 21, 2017 -- U.S. Bank, 922 E. 2100 S, Salt Lake City, UT
* June 23, 2017 -- Wells Fargo, 4515 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland, OR
* June 27, 2017 -- Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, 2507 W. Wellesley Ave, Spokane, WA
* July 10, 2017 -- First Bank, 2660 Federal Blvd, Denver, CO
* July 22, 2017 -- U.S. Bank, 7100 W. State St, Boise, ID

Numerous law enforcement agencies in Utah, Washington, Oregon and Colorado and Idaho are involved in this investigation.

If anyone has information regarding the "Double Hat Bandit," please call the FBI tipline: (801) 579-6480.

FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Charity Fraud - 08/29/17

Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense against charity fraud.

Are you a kind-hearted person who donates frequently to those in need? Someone who can be easily swayed by sad puppy-dog-eyes -- a child in need -- a community in crisis?

Legitimate charities play an important and valuable role by helping those who are most vulnerable. Schools and religious groups rely heavily on the support of donors. But, while many charities are reputable, there are scam artists out there always counting on your sympathetic nature to make a quick buck.

The definition of charity fraud is pretty simple: someone is using deception to get you to donate money to what you think is an important cause. The fraudster may ask you to help fund breast cancer research or to give to someone who has been injured in a tragic accident.

Charity fraud can happen at any time, but the instances of it often spike after a natural disaster. The news and social media are filled with photos of chaos and destruction following an earthquake or tornado or hurricane. You feel helpless, and the fraudster knows it. These criminals will create fake social media accounts and websites to make it easy for you to give. Just click the link, and you will feel like you've made a difference. Unfortunately, those most in need will likely never see your funds.

So, how can you be generous to legitimate charities and avoid getting scammed?
* Be skeptical of emails or social media posts asking for donations.
* Do not respond to an unsolicited email. Likewise, do not click on any links or open attachments from an unsolicited email.
* Make donations with credit cards or checks made out to a specific organization. Avoid using cash or pre-paid cards.
* Do not allow someone to pressure you into donating. Credible organizations won't try to guilt you.
* Check to make sure the charity is registered in your state. Often, the state will list this information on its official website.
* Check the charity's rating as posted through a reputable, independent site.

If you have been victimized by this scam or any other online scam, report your suspicious contacts to the FBI. You can file an online report at the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your FBI local office.