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Seminar Title:  
Internet Crimes: Surface and Dark Web Tools for Investigators

DATES:  4/17/2023 through 4/18/2023

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Melissa Maranville

LOCATION:  Mississippi Cyber Initiative - 2226 Switzer Road., Building V104, Gulfport, MS  39503

HOTEL:  Hilton Garden Inn Gulfport Airport - Gulfport, MS  228-863-4996
Contact Hotel for Per Diem Rate

COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $350.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio


Melissa is the Founder/CEO of DeVille and Associates, LLC, located in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. DeVille offers Forensic Consulting and Training to law enforcement and other criminal justice professionals. DeVille consults, develops content, and trains on complex topics such as cryptocurrency, surface/dark webs, bots, AI, social media, cybercrime, predator behavior, OSINT, and linkage analysis. Melissa has partnered with many linkage analysis and OSINT companies offering trainees insight and access.


Melissa began her criminal justice career as a booking and intake officer at Knox County Sheriff’s Department in Knoxville, TN, and a student of Dr. Bass of the“Body Farm,” Forensic Anthropological Research Facility, and since has dedicated her career to researching and developing content for criminal justice education and training for over 30 years. In addition, she provides education and training to social media and gaming moderators investigating cyber predators, CSAM, and violent content for blue chip companies. Lastly, Melissa is also a forensic consultant for human trafficking divisions within law firms.


Melissa's education includes bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN, and a Ph.D. (candidate) Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. Her dissertation topic is "A Case Study of Ineffective Legislation: Moral Panic and the Sex Offender Registry." When she concludes her Ph.D., she hopes to influence new sex offender legislation in tracking and tracing registered and non-registered sex offenders.

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


Course Objectives

Course Overview:


The criminal mind never sleeps and is constantly advancing with technology. This course will review the use of internet crimes in looking at surface and dark web tools for conducting criminal investigations. The internet has an abundance of investigative tools that could assist in a criminal investigation, especially with an online component to crime.

This course is packed with hands-on learning and case studies.

We recommend that participants bring a PC-based laptop, although it is not mandatory.  (2-day event)

Upon Completion:

Participants will be able to:


  1. Explain and understand IP addresses, both surface and dark web.

    1. Approximate suspect location

    2. Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)

  2. Explain the email system.

    1. Traced and intercepted.

    2. Search and seizure

  3. Discuss online fraud methods.

    1. Identity theft.

  4. Discuss the dark web and its functions.

    1. Common crimes

  5. Discuss social media sites.

    1. Common sites for common crimes.

    2. Artifacts sites leave on computers for investigation.

  6. Discuss how criminals locate victims!

    1. Fraud/Financial Crimes

    2. Children and grooming

    3. Stalking and Sextortion

  7. Understand rules and procedures for conducting proactive chat investigations.

    1. Surface and Dark Web

  8. Explain how anonymizers, TOR, and proxy server’s work.

    1. Surface and Dark Web

  9. Describe basic forms of hacking.

  10. Understand federal rules of electronic discovery, and search/seizure.

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