Brenda McGinley

About All In Investigations

We are an international private investigations company based in Indiana with resident agents in numerous US cities, as well as countries across the globe. All In Investigations (formerly International Investigators). 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.
  • The Importance of Employee Background Checks with Social Security Numbers
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    The Importance of Employee Background Checks with Social Security Numbers

The Importance of Employee Background Checks with Social Security Numbers

Social Security Numbers used to be issued from the state you applied and/or your parents applied for on your behalf. To file taxes, be reported as a dependent, work in the US, used as identification, open a bank account, apply for credit an SSN (Social Security Number) is required. The first three numbers of a social security number at one time represented the state it was issued.  Now, numbers are in a random pool and the first three numbers do not indicate an issuing state.  If the first three (3) digits are “000”, “666” or in the “900” series, it is an invalid social security number.  If any portion of the social security number contains all “0’s”, such as 000-12-1234, 11-00-1234 or 111-11-0000 the [...]

October 16th, 2019|Background Checks|
  • A Song Trip Though Memory Lane: How to Know When You Need a Private Investigator
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    A Song Trip Though Memory Lane: How to Know When You Need a Private Investigator

A Song Trip Though Memory Lane: How to Know When You Need a Private Investigator

The long and winding road can lead us to locating a missing person or heir.  Verifying their identity prevents us from hearing, it’ ain’t me babe, so you know when you receive our results, you have a ticket to ride straight to court or close a trust, then you can lay back and drink a beer.

I heard it through the grapevine that some people run to the hills to avoid the process of service, even a smooth criminal can’t escape the real world.   We will locate them, serve them legal documents, create an affidavit of service and justice for all.  Not all locates require serving legal documents, some searches are for lost loves, not all people are found by chasing pavements or by a [...]

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    Why would you need your phone forensically extracted and analyzed?

Why would you need your phone forensically extracted and analyzed?

Why would you need your phone forensically extracted and analyzed?  Here are a few reasons to do so.

Example 1: Deletion of Personal Information -
A Client requested a “dump” of her cellphone. Dump meaning data extraction.  Even though she had backed up the phone to the cloud some photos were not there, and she could not access text messages that she had deleted in a moment of anger from her device. The messages contained attached photos and information required by her employer.

Example 2: Evidence Needed for Court -
An attorney requested to have his Client’s phone Cloned. Cloned meaning a Forensic Extraction of Data. He was in the pre-liminary stages of representing his Client in an Employment Sexual Harassment Case. His Client’s boss was in [...]

Can “Negative Information” create a Positive Result?

It’s a familiar post on Facebook, for those of us that still have an account, that Negative Information (Not Politically incorrect), I mean Negative:  focused on what is bad or lacking is shared more often than a positive post?  What about Negative Reviews?  When someone is impacted by an act or words they cannot accept or feel they have been wronged by someone or something, it is more common for them to report negative reviews than positive?  Why do we feel the need to share negative events and situations more than positive publicly?

In business, positive reviews are helpful, oftentimes it is the path to connect with that business.  When a negative review is posted, how does that effect consumers regarding that business?  If there [...]

Investigations: Fact or Fiction

Our results are the truth: Is what we think we see or what we have heard or the way we feel fact or fiction? Investigations are conducted to uncover the truth. A Background Check to learn about an individual, Surveillance to observe activity, Polygraph or VSA for deception, Forensic Analysis for malware and extraction of data, Asset Search for hidden funds or net worth are conducted when finding the truth matters.

We want to know if our spouse, boyfriend, significant other is faithful, and if not, we want them to have the courage to be honest about their activities, but that isn’t always the case. How do we find the answers?
We want our children to be safe when we drop them off at [...]

Unreported Marital Assets and How to Find Them

Long ago, believe it or not, a housewife was given an allowance to purchase household goods and groceries. Let’s say the monthly allotment was $200.00 and the household goods and grocery shopping combined came to $185.00. The extra $15.00 was put into a secret spot to be used later for whatever reason. Years go by and the “secret savings” amounted to over a couple thousand dollars. Only she knew about the money. It was hers to be used as she pleased, maybe a new dress, the beginning of a college fund for the kids or as a luxury treat.

Fast forward decades later. This time, it’s the husband who has the “secret savings” but not tucked under a mattress or in a jar. He files [...]

When to Investigate AND When Not to Investigate

I am a firm believer in the phrase, “Life Happens”, referencing situations and events that you can and cannot control.  When decisions are made by others that personally affect you, you have two choices:  “Let it Go!” Or take “Action” How do you decide which path to take. I get that question all the time from prospective Clients. They want to know what they can do or if they should do anything. I am far from having the qualifications to provide professional legal or mental advice, but I am certain from years of being a professional investigator qualifies me to provide recommendations and share like case findings and results.

To sit back and do nothing may be the most logical option, but if it causes [...]

Handle your Clients with Care and You Will be Rewarded

I have had some pretty amazing times in the world of Investigations.  Especially when I receive calls from previous Clients to give me updates, request additional services, and some have called me to check up on how the Business is doing since I took over International Investigators and merged it with my own company, All in Investigations, Inc.  There are Clients who didn’t know the change of ownership and who currently is running the company, but they know from previous experiences who they can call for assistance.  I have been complimented on moving the business to a new location accessible from anywhere in Indianapolis and surrounding cities, better parking, more discreet and updated office, but the best compliments are the ones who come back [...]

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    How Can a Private Investigator Help in my Child Support Case?

How Can a Private Investigator Help in my Child Support Case?

Child Support is ordered by the court to assist one parent in providing for the children born in a marriage or a relationship.  In one case we investigated, the father, Jack decided to stop paying support because his ex-wife had recently started dating and he felt as if the support was being used for her entertainment.  The children still needed a roof over their heads, food on the table, tuition to school, medical care and to participate in extracurricular activities.  Jack’s lack of contributing financially wasn’t due to his being an irresponsible father, it was solely based on jealousy.  He still maintained his rights for his weekends with the kids because he knew his ex-wife could not withhold visitation due to not paying support.  [...]

  • The What, Why and How of Using A Private Investigator for Your Surveillance Needs
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    The What, Why and How of Using A Private Investigator for Your Surveillance Needs

The What, Why and How of Using A Private Investigator for Your Surveillance Needs

One of the best compliments a Client can give us is to use our services on other investigative needs and/or recommend us.  Repeat Clients know how we conduct our investigations, they are confident that we will obtain the results needed for their case. They also understand there are situations when the Subject of the investigation is not active, does not follow any kind of pattern or does not show up for scheduled appointments, which in return does not produce the expected results. For cases where there is no activity observed, we make sure to contact the Client and recommend terminating the surveillance for that particular day and reschedule so that the agreed upon hours and budget are not used during an inactive surveillance period.

Clients [...]