digital forensics

Free Will or Foul Play?

Twenty-year-old Sean Purcell lived in the basement of his parents’ home. His living area had its own entrance. With school and work, it wasn’t unusual for his parents not to see him every day. He also wasn’t known for returning texts or phone calls speedily, so the Purcell’s weren’t too concerned when they didn’t see him for a couple of days. They didn’t get worried until Mrs. Purcell realized their son wasn’t raiding the pantry or the refrigerator.

She immediately checked the basement. The first thing she noticed was Sean’s cell phone lying on the bed. The home screen showed some missed calls and texts from his on again - off again girlfriend Kayla. Mrs. Purcell didn’t know the password to get into the phone [...]

Hidden out of Sight, Viewed from Afar

It was just another abnormal day for Victoria.  She sat at home in her lounge chair and noticed that her smoke detector looked a bit strange.  She just ignored it at first, it was just a smoke detector and she had more than a strange smoke detector to ponder.  She had just broken up with her live in boyfriend of 5 years.  He had become a bit overbearing, demanding to know her every move, who she was with, who she talked to, even at times showing up at her place of employment.  It was just too much to deal with, and even though she cared deeply, she cared more for her emotional state of mind.

Again, she went back to that smoke detector and decided [...]

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    Is It Embezzlement if it’s a Spouse Who Steals From Your Company

Is It Embezzlement if it’s a Spouse Who Steals From Your Company

Money, Money, Money, does it make us a better person?  Does it get us through tough times?  Does it help us to help others?  Money can be a blessing and it can be a curse.  And when someone has money and someone doesn’t, then the scale of justice seems a little tilted, doesn’t it?

Mark was a prominent CEO of a rather large company.  He was kind and generous to all his employees.  He remembered his manager’s birthdays, anniversaries, their children’s names and even attended various celebrations among his staff.  He was a leader in his community, donated to various charities and well liked among his peers.  He was a stellar guy to everyone except his soon-to-be ex-wife.

The gifts and life style he afforded her [...]

Gaining Information in a Divorce Illegally

Apps regularly pop up in divorce cases, experts say. Over 80% of U.S. divorce attorneys say they’ve seen a rise in the number of cases using social networking, according to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)

Sometimes it’s not the social networking sites themselves, but how they are accessed to gain information.

With that said, let’s remember, there are legal apps that are helpful when you have an aging parent, a teenage child, or apps that allow family members to see every phone’s location.  These apps are helpful since everyone is aware they are installed on the phone.

But what if there is an app on your phone that does more than show your location?  What if the app allows someone else to see your text [...]

Knowing the Unknown is a Valuable Tool

It isn’t easy to learn the truth and sometimes the truth isn’t easy on us either.  International Investigators, clears the path of misconceptions, intuitions and gossip and focuses on facts.

Sometimes the facts do not change the situation, and then there are times the facts create clarity and we see through all the haze and come out of the situation we are currently in better prepared to fight or to just let go.  We all want to know the truth; we want to know the facts so we can move on.

There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t receive calls, an emails or a walk ins from someone lost in their life.  They cannot, by themselves, muddle through their situation without assistance from [...]

I’d Like to Phone a Friend

Friends can be a neighbor, a kid you grew up with since grade school, a co-worker, a boss and your spouse. Nobody ever thinks that a private investigator could be a friend, but in many of our cases that we work, in the end, we have acted on the same level as a friendship. We put our Client’s first, we work on their behalf, we do what is right and we stay within the law to make sure anything we find can be used in the court of law. We don’t tell our Clients we are their friends, but we act upon the same basis.

by Friends.com. If you look in the dictionary it will tell you that the definition of friendship is a state of being [...]

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, 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, never wanting to [...]

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 [...]

Dating through Social Media

In life it isn’t easy meeting the right person, the woman/man of your dreams in a chance meeting.

The one individual in the whole world that you feel completes you, gets you, loves you, and puts you above everything else.  The last face you see before you go to bed at night and the last voice you hear before you fall asleep.

The internet and social media brings these wants closer to you than you would have even been able to do on your own.  Once click and you see that perfect person posted on your screen with all the features you ever wanted, the smile that lights up your face, the eyes, the hair and finally the body; all are perfection, or are they?

We have [...]