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Digging for Disclosure: Tactics for Protecting Your Firm’s Assets from Swindlers, Scammers, and Imposters by Joelle Scott, Kenneth S. Springer

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10. Tracking Down a Threat

It was lunchtime on a Friday at FormChem, a bustling chemical company on the West Coast. Scientists and engineers crowded into the cafeteria for their daily ingestion of sandwiches and pizza. The CEO of FormChem, Jim NoKloo, decided to pop into the cafeteria and chat with his employees. As he left one table and headed for another, his BlackBerry buzzed. He saw an email that read, “If you do not follow my instructions, I will steal the company formulas and take down your operation completely.”

At first NoKloo thought it was a joke or some deranged form of spam. Later that day, he received another email on his BlackBerry with an equally threatening statement. NoKloo quickly returned to his office and re-read the emails. ...

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