Monthly Archives: September 2015

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    Do You Suspect Assets are Hidden or Missing as You Face Divorce?

Do You Suspect Assets are Hidden or Missing as You Face Divorce?

Sadly, statistics reveal that more and more couples in their 50s and 60s are ending their marriages. This is such a prevalent occurrence that it has now been dubbed “gray divorce.”

In many instances, the wife has spent the marriage as a stay-at-home mother, also providing emotional support for her professionally busy spouse. Very often, in gray divorce, the wife is the identified victim, suffering long-term post-divorce financial struggles. Many of the women in these divorce situations have limited work skills and limited education. Their ability to grab good-paying jobs after divorce is fairly non-existent. Lack of education and job experience work against them, as well as their age.

A level of naivety is also seen among women in their 50s and older. For most, if [...]

Surveillance Underscores the Intentions of Long Lost Uncle

Here at International Investigators we are witness to the best in people as well as the dark underside of human interactions. We have front row seats to stories and actions that some people might not ever see or be able to understand. While they are human stories filled with a wide array of emotions, we are involved in gathering facts and finding out the truth.

Often our work involves attorneys who are working with an estate. We are tasked with finding a missing heir or unknown heirs for the estate. However, sometimes estate work requires a different kind of investigation. Take this story for instance:

Soon after their mother was admitted into hospice, Janet and Kim’s long-lost uncle Scott suddenly began to visit the dying sister [...]

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Stalker Outed with Digital Forensics and Surveillance

After dealing with the very bizarre behavior of a scorned lover in another state, our female client called International Investigators. Although she had relocated, she was scared because she knew he had found her.

In her previous home, the man had stalked her; repeatedly calling her house and following her around. She had tried several times to seek assistance from law enforcement officers but was told that they could do nothing to help her. Not until a crime was committed. And by then, of course, it would be too late to protect herself.

In an attempt to protect herself, the woman moved out of state. She changed her cell phone number. Only family members and a handful of close friends knew her whereabouts. But now weird [...]

Insurance Fraud Exposed in Surveillance Recordings

Every year, billions of dollars are lost due to people filing false insurance claims. Because that kind of loss tends to trickle downward, the rest of us pay much higher premiums.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of dishonest people in the world. They are the ones who torch their own vehicles and then insist that their cars were stolen. They set fire or hire someone to set fire to their homes and businesses. And, you guessed it, they lie about it in an effort to rake in the big bucks.

Those who commit workers compensation fraud or disability insurance fraud to collect benefits also very negatively affect the rest of us and the workforce in general. Most of the time, a person files a false claim, [...]

Are You Putting Your Computer at Risk?

Recent allegations that an Arkansas police department shared “malicious software” with a defense attorney in an attempt to infiltrate his computer and disrupt his work, brings something to mind that is important for business people and companies to know. The attorney demands that a computer forensic investigation be undertaken by a computer forensic expert. It’s a shocking allegation, and the only way to determine if it’s true is to do a forensic computer analysis.

It’s not just shocking, as computer forensic investigators here at International Investigators, we have to spread the word that it is so easy to be victimized in this way. Any time you accept something into your computer system, you are taking a chance. And I mean anything:

Emails
Video files
Photos
Software
Drivers
Programs

Just, anything. That is [...]

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    Call International Investigators When a Key Witness is a Missing Person

Call International Investigators When a Key Witness is a Missing Person

One purpose of finding people is often overlooked. The average citizen doesn’t think about how attorneys find the witnesses they need for court.

International Investigators works with attorneys to find a person that might hold the key to their case.

We know how to find missing persons who have knowledge of the facts in a situation. For example, Mary* had known Joe* for only about six months on the evening they walked out of his home and he was arrested. She had no idea what he was being arrested for and she wanted nothing to do with anything that had to do with the police.

Immediately she quit taking his calls and when his attorney tried to contact her, her roommate informed him that she had moved [...]

Who’s the Fraudster in Insurance Fraud?

Insurance fraud is a huge problem and insurance companies have gotten a reputation for being hard to work with on insurance claims. They see a lot of fraud and the red flags that pop up are taken very seriously.

International Investigators is called in by insurance companies when they see red flags. We don’t make decisions on cases. Our job is to find facts. Sometimes the facts just keep compounding.

In one workers compensation fraud investigation, we were asked to surveil a claimant to determine if the patient was really disabled. Workers comp fraud is everywhere and the premiums are very expensive, in part because of the amount of fraud.

Workers compensation investigation can include documenting the claimant’s activity as well as their contact with medical providers. [...]

Disruptive Computer Hacking on the Rise

Everyone knows that businesses face risks from cyber threats. However, what isn’t realized is that the risk isn’t just a problem for BIG business, it’s a problem for EVERY business.

As leaders in computer forensic investigation and experience as spyware detectors and spyware removers, the computer forensics experts at International Investigators can tell you that the Allianz Risk Barometer 2015 is accurate in reporting that disruptive scenarios are increasing in number.

The point they want to make is that risk management must reflect this new reality and we agree.

Attacks made on servers and systems to infiltrate and steal information and data are still a prime concern, but that is not the only scenario that computer forensics companies are being called in to address.

No, there are attempts [...]

Family Secret Sets off Missing Person Investigation

International Investigators is known as the place to go when you need to find someone. That’s because we know how to find missing persons. Although not a last resort, we are often part of a slim slice of hope; a tiny sliver that someone has held on to for a long, long time.

For instance:

The mother whose son left home 20 years ago.
The child whose birth parents are a mystery.
The man whose sister was adopted 35 years ago from a tiny rural town.
The father who abandoned his wife and children.
The grandmother whose grandchild was relocated to another state after the death of her child.

We often hear an emotional story and are handed a few tattered photographs. The reasons are many that have turned a wish [...]