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Seminar Title:  
Linkage Investigations: Cryptocurrency, Dark Web and Social Media

DATES:  5/22/2023 through 5/26/2023

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Melissa Maranville

LOCATION:  2 West Training Rooms (North Jail Complex) - 2110 "O" Street, Greeley, CO  80631

HOTEL:  Homewood Suites by Hilton Greeley - Greeley, CO  970-330-1706
Contact Hotel for State Govt. Rate

COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $595.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Melissa comes with almost 30 years of experience in the criminal justice field, either working, researching, developing, or delivering education and training. Her employment history includes a paralegal in criminal law, a booking, and intake officer cross-trained in forensic crime scene investigation, and a former criminal justice and criminology professor for almost 15 years. In 2000, Melissa assisted in training and educating the FBI's Evidence Response Team in crime scene collection of human remains and time since death at the University of Tennessee's Forensic Anthropological Research Facility, the Body Farm. Her experience also includes developing and delivering mass fatalities and counter-terrorism education content at the Department of Homeland Security training division and the College of Forensic Psychology on expert witness courtroom testimony regarding Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking.

Melissa researched, developed, and taught many criminal justice and behavior courses as a college professor and developed a SACS accredited "military accepted" college degree program for an online associate degree in Homeland Security and Criminal Justice. With a continued passion for understanding the criminal mind ,Melissa developed and presented training content for the International IP Crime Investigator's College (IIPCIC), a UL and INTERPOL initiative on the topics "The  Future of the Criminal Mind: Cryptocurrency and the Dark Web," and "Illicit  Activity in the Free Trade Zones." Melissa participated in expert panel discussions on cybercrime and criminal behavior.

In continuing her work, she DeVille and Associates, a forensic consulting and interagency training firm. She has been consulting and training focusing on illicit topics such as cryptocurrency and dark web, cyber forensic psychology, cognitive and dark psychology, cybersex predators, sexual deviance, and human trafficking. She has also been developing content and training online social media moderators on combating violence and predator behavior on social media and gaming platforms, as well as gathering cyber data on sex trafficking cases.

Melissa is a Ph.D. candidate in Cognitive Psychology at Grand Canyon University. Her dissertation topic is "A Case Study of Ineffective Legislation: Moral Panic and the Sex Offender Registry." Melissa also holds a master's degree in Safety Management with an additional emphasis in Criminology and a bachelorette degree in Criminology with a minor in abnormal psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Lastly, Melissa holds many recognitions, Psi Chi National Honorary Society (Ph.D. level),Alpha Chi National Honor Society (Ph.D. level), recognition of research on "Violence Against Women in the South," nomination for a distinguished faculty member for five consecutive years, and a letter of commendation for dedicated work that resulted in the capture and expedition of a repeat sex offender.  



Pre-Payment is not required to register or attend IN-PERSON seminars. Pre-payment is required for WEBINARS and ONLINE COURSES.


Course Objectives


With the development of the internet came a new tool for criminals to conduct illegal activity. With the emergence of the dark web and cryptocurrency, criminals gained anonymity from their illicit transactions, making it more challenging to detect by law enforcement agencies. Social media and gaming platforms have crossed the deep and dark web barrier. This introductory course and workshop will focus on criminal case studies, the different webs and social networking sites, and how they have expanded cyber crimes and created new channels for sharing information. We will review the use of cyber technology looking at cryptocurrency, surface and dark web platforms, and social networking and gaming sites such as Facebook,  Instagram, Twitter, Google+, Telegram, Omegle, Twitch, and those that are on the dark web. This course includes over 280 warrant templates for most social media sites and applications, learning about metadata, capturing IP and URL addresses, artificial intelligence, bot intelligence, reviewing a router interrogation, and other digital data.

Investigators will learn how the dark web and cryptocurrency function and are linked. Different case studies will be offered to understand and learn about cryptocurrency and dark web criminal activities and the many different social media sites that are only available on the dark web. This course discusses a lot of OSINTS and will include two free software intelligence licenses, explicitly created for LEO training on investigative software programs, Hunchly and Maltego. The workshops will be hands-on learning, including touring the dark web safely, using OSINT linkage software that will take you to the surface and dark web, and linking investigators to social media accounts and many forms of identifiers.

A laptop is required to participate in the workshops. Please bring a computer that will not be restricted by your IT Department so OSINT can be downloaded, including virtual private networksand the TOR browser, to access the dark web. (4.5-day event)

Upon Completion, Participants will be able to:


  1. Gain general education on cryptocurrency and the dark web

    1. Centralized and decentralized platforms

    2. Block chain function

    3. Tracing and tracking cryptocurrency

  2. Understand the technological criminal and their victims

    1. Cyber-criminal typologies, victimology, and case studies

    2. IP and URL addresses, metadata, and other digital identifying data

  3. Understand cryptocurrency and technology

    1. Crypto typologies, Bitcoin, Ether, Monero, and more

  4. Understand the different levels and history of the internet

    1. The beginning of online money to current data

    2. Surface, dark web, and web 3

  5. Understand and demonstrate the linkage of policing and investigations of cryptocurrency, dark web, and social media platforms

    1. What to look for amongst how they are connected (linkage)

    2. Access to OSINT with hands-on training

    3. Free trial access to paid-for linkages software programs such as Hunchly and Maltego

  6. Understand innovative technology and digital evidence

    1. Cyber contracts, tracking software, surface web tools for investigations (OSINT)

    2. Artificial intelligence and bots connected to the webs and social media sites

    3. How to conduct a router interrogation

  7. Understand and write search and seizure warrants and subpoenas amongst social media sites and applications

    1. Template examples of over 180 social media sites and applications

  8. Understand hackers, scams, and how organized crime plays a crucial role in the dark web and social media sites

  9. Compare a lot of case studies and examples to other cases

  10. Know cyber criminals’ future and build bridges amongst police, academics, andagencies.

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