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We are an international private investigations company based in Indiana with resident agents in numerous US cities, as well as countries across the globe. International Investigators, Inc. offers international and Indiana private investigator services for clients worldwide. Since 1960, our Indiana investigators have been trusted to gather information from all parts of the globe to help clients make informed decisions.

When a Cellphone Ping and Spyware Won't Work

Herb called International Investigators, Inc. in a panic one morning. His wife of 7 years told him she was visiting her sister again in another town approximately 200 miles away. He called her sister about an unrelated issue and that was when Herb found out that his sister-in-law had not seen his wife for quite some time.  Angry that he had been lied to, he insisted we ping her cellphone to find out where she was! We told him we only cell ping for Licensed Bail Bond Recovery Agents looking for a fugitive.  He then wanted us to remotely install spy cell phone software on her phone so he could listen to her conversations (spy on a cell phone) and know her GPS locations. [...]

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    And If Hiding Assets Wasn’t Bad Enough, He Also Bugged Her Phone

And If Hiding Assets Wasn’t Bad Enough, He Also Bugged Her Phone

It was on a rainy day in March when Cleo realized something just wasn’t right with her phone.  She had been on various websites throughout the day looking for ideas for her newest project and the phone kept getting bogged down; this was the way she described how slow the phone reacted to surfing the web.  She also stated at times the phone would get hot to the touch and the battery life kept getting shorter and shorter, even though she had made sure the battery was almost drained before charging it.

When Cleo brought the phone to our office she informed us she was in the middle of a child custody case and was sure her ex-husband had a hand in the mysterious events [...]

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    A Good Attorney Never Asks a Questions without Already knowing the Answer

A Good Attorney Never Asks a Questions without Already knowing the Answer

They depend on us, experienced private investigators, for the answers.   We are seekers of the truth, and that’s what the Judges and Juries want to know in order to make informed decisions.  Attorneys are only as good as the information they have to work with.   Sometimes their clients and the witnesses involved, have trouble providing exact accounts of pertinent circumstances involving the incident at hand.   Our databases and information sources are usually more sophisticated than the ones available to most law firm’s investigators and paralegals. In most cases, the information is obtained quickly.

Our investigators are equipped with high-tech video and audio recording equipment that can memorialize statements and activities for evidence.  We have specialists on staff that are experts in the field of computer [...]

Mrs. Merrick’s Missing Heirs

Mrs. Merrick’s attorney had a problem. She needed to find two missing heirs but had little to go on; only names with no other identifying information. Mrs. Merrick set up a living trust twenty years before her death, but never updated it, making this heir search more difficult. She left her large estate to Mary Danielson and Mitchell Roberts or their heirs. That was it; no additional information as to her relationship with Mary and Mitchell, or their ages or location. The attorney’s firm was the trustee because Mrs. Merrick’s father had dealings with the firm in years past, but no one at the firm knew anything about her other than the fact that she was a widow and had no children.

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Telling the Truth vs Living a Lie

It all started with a lie detection test at International Investigators.  It was a she said, he said situation with both parties confident their beliefs of the situation would clear the air and settle the turmoil between them.  What it turned out to be was something much deeper and emotional than either expected and the direction of their relationship took a dramatic turn towards a journey neither he nor she imagined.

First, let me explain that a detection of deception test is quite different than what is viewed on television programs.  Nobody is asked any questions during the test that have not been thoroughly discussed prior to the test, so in reality, anyone taking the test knows upfront what they are going to be asked.  [...]

Corporate Espionage: How To Stop It In Its Tracks

This article is Part 3 of a 3-part series. The purpose of the series is to familiarize the reader with the most common indicators of corporate espionage and advice on how to combat it. This advice is a compilation of our experience at International Investigators, Inc. while investigating these types of cases. For a description of the differences between corporate espionage, economic espionage and competitive intelligence, click here for Part I: WHAT IS CORPORATE ESPIONAGE? To learn more about the root causes that invite espionage, click here for PART II:  5 RED FLAGS YOU’RE A VICTIM OF CORPORATE ESPIONAGE.

Every company should have a plan or Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to combat corporate spying. Your SOP needs to be specific. It won’t help you if [...]

March 23rd, 2017|Corporate Espionage|

Did He or Did He Not Have Any Living Heirs

What happens when someone passes away and there isn’t any proof of living heirs?  The certain cases, the estate cannot be closed until this question is answered.

We at International Investigator, Inc. get many calls regarding heirs and if there are living relatives who are entitled to a portion of the estate?

You read in the papers or hear others talk about an unknown relative who passed away leaving them with money and they didn’t even know they had a rich relative.  It’s a windfall for them but for the trustee of the estate, it can be a daunting experience.  And how are these unknown heirs or relatives found? Finding people has a starting point of the Subject at hand.  A background investigation upon the Subject [...]

March 23rd, 2017|Missing Persons|

5 Red Flags You're A Victim Of Corporate Espionage

This article is Part 2 of a 3-part series. The purpose of the series is to familiarize the reader with the most common indicators of corporate espionage and advice on how to combat it. This advice is a compilation of our experience at International Investigators, Inc. while investigating these types of cases. For a description of the differences between corporate espionage, economic espionage and competitive intelligence, click here for Part I: WHAT IS CORPORATE ESPIONAGE?

For this article, we are concentrating on low-tech tactics commonly used in corporate espionage. Computer hacking, surveillance equipment, and eavesdropping devices are probably found far more in economic espionage cases; but in our experience, low-tech spying is used with a high degree of success in corporate espionage. It’s cheap, hard [...]

March 4th, 2017|Corporate Espionage|
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    Corporate Espionage: What Is It, How to Spot It and What to Do About It

Corporate Espionage: What Is It, How to Spot It and What to Do About It

Part 1: What Is Corporate Espionage?
This article is Part 1 of a 3-part series. The purpose of the series is to familiarize the reader with the most common indicators of corporate espionage and advice on how to combat it. This advice is a compilation of our experience at International Investigators, Inc. while investigating these types of cases.

Corporate espionage, also known as industrial espionage or business espionage, usually involves one company spying on another for economic gain. It is not the same as economic espionage, which involves nation-states spying on each other’s companies. For more information on economic espionage, read FBI Launches Nationwide Awareness Campaign at the FBI’s website here.

In corporate espionage, Company A gains an economic advantage over Company B by collecting private information [...]

March 1st, 2017|Corporate Espionage|