Computer Forensics

My Husband is in Love with an Avatar

An avatar is an icon or figure representing a particular person in computer games, Internet forums, etc. and that is exactly how some Client’s relationships end.  The computer is a gateway to be whatever you want to be, to represent yourself in a manner you could never do face to face.  It’s a make believe world that many people engage upon to express in words what they cannot say.

Take for instance our Client who came to International Investigators, All In Investigations, Inc. to discuss a very personal situation with her husband.  They have been married for over 10 years, have two small children and both are employed with good incomes.  She is the extrovert in their marriage and he is more of the introvert, [...]

No One is Ever Going to Hear My Conversations, Or are They?

Social Media: There are so many ways to communicate with social media, but if you break it down, your communication is either by word of mouth or the written word (picture). When you verbally communicate, your message is delivered and heard, then responded to or ignored, but you know right then whether your point was taken or rejected.

In the written form, usually by e-mail, text, or some form of social media, it is derived from a device, a cell phone, a tablet, a laptop or a tower computer. Your personal information is stored in these devices, and sometimes the cloud…and no matter what you write, text, post somebody somewhere that you don’t even know may have access it. That’s the chance we take when [...]

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    They Thought They Permanently Deleted Files From Their Computer

They Thought They Permanently Deleted Files From Their Computer

Before writing this blog, I did some research on what computer users perceive when they delete a file from their computer.

Instructions on how to delete.

When you delete a file, it's usually moved to the Recycle Bin so that you can restore the file later if necessary. For information about recovering a file, see Recover files from the Recycle Bin.

To permanently remove files from your computer and reclaim any hard disk space they were using, you need to delete the files from the Recycle Bin. You can delete individual files from the Recycle Bin or empty the entire Recycle Bin at once.

Open the Recycle Bin by double-clicking the Recycle Binon the desktop.
Do one of the following:

To permanently delete one file, click it, press Delete, and then click Yes.
To [...]

Discovery, Depositions and Findings

We had a Client, James who started and built a booming business with his longtime friend, Bill.  Bill was outgoing, charismatic while James was more laid back and book smart, while both had the desire and knowledge to start a company.  For years, growing up, through high school and college, they knew they wanted to work for themselves, didn’t want to report to a boss, wanted to have choices and full control over their own destiny and livelihood.

After graduating with degrees in two different fields, they merged their knowledge and started a much needed consulting business in their hometown, just 30 minutes outside of Indianapolis.  Twenty years later, they had talked about selling the business someday to spend more time with their families and [...]

Investments aren’t always Investments

We have all thought “What would have happened….if”, and never gave it a second thought. But in our business, we never wonder “what would have happened” we think “what did happen”.

We had a Client whose best friend recommended an unusual investment opportunity to her. She had dabbled in gold dust outside of the US, specifically in Africa with a small Investment Company out of California and had some pretty good returns. She had been bragging about getting a 35% return on her initial investment of $20,000 and then a 20% return on her second investment as well. When she received her second check, she was asked if she knew anybody who would be interested in turning their dollars into gold, and of course she [...]

Is Communication Really Safe

In today’s world, there are so many avenues of communication.  We think face to face is the safest, as there are no footprints of the words we speak.  We fax because there isn’t a written line of communication, we talk on our cell phones without ever thinking someone else is listening.  We email without fear because it’s all done electronically.  We text our family, our work, our friends, even businesses private information we think is safe and only that person is receiving it.  Once we hang up, hit send or end button we walk away thinking our communication is safe and secure.

That safe and secure world is behind us, we are in the 21st century and technology improves every day.  The same technology that [...]

When I Say I Do!

Marriage:

1 a (1) : the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law (2) : the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage.

Above is the definition of marriage, and into today’s society marriage can be between a man and a woman, a woman and a woman and a man and a man.  The definition doesn’t define each person who enters into a contractual relationship; it just explains the participants and nothing else.  Marriage is more than a contract, it is a relationship between two people who come together believing they know each other, that the words [...]

Insurance Beneficiaries and Forensics Data Recovery

Insurance Companies and Law Firms deal with very controversial subject matters.  And usually when we are asked to conduct an Investigation for an Insurance Company, we can be assured there is an attorney on the other side.

We were contacted by a Major Insurance Company regarding an apparent suicide, the coroner and the police department both stated the insured committed suicide, but yet the family couldn’t believe he would take his own life.  There was just too much, they felt, he had to live for.  There was no suicide note, no indication that he was depressed and he was supposed to announce his engagement in less than a week.  He and his girlfriend had recently returned from a Caribbean vacation and become engaged during the [...]

I Now Pronounce You Husband and Ex-Wife

Statistics claim that more people are not getting married for fear of divorce and further state that 50% of marriages end in divorce. That means that one out of every two people will find themselves in divorce court or one of two people will know someone that has gone through a divorce or going through a divorce.

Legal ways to track a cheater

After the “I Do’s”, come the “I Can’t Believe He Would Do That To Me”. We hear that a lot here at International Investigators. The ”I can’t believe” is always followed by financial woes. Having been left is hard; having been left with no financial security is difficult. Many times we hear how the wife has to succumb to these facts. Our Client was unaware of their finances [...]

Not Only Do I Hear What You Are Saying, So Is Someone Else

We had a gentleman who was on the verge of selling his multi-million dollar company.  He had a qualified buyer who he had been working with for several months and he was excited about the prospect of walking away from the hustle and bustle of owning a company to the sandy shores of some tropical island.  In order to accomplish this, he would have to open his company finances to the buyer’s agent to verify his company was in fact viable.  The buyer now showed some hesitation and didn’t appear to be as excited as in previous meetings.  He had this feeling that something wasn’t right and he came to International Investigators to hash over his suspicions to determine if that nagging warning was [...]