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Are You a Targeted Individual for Blackmail

Are you a TI? That is, a Targeted Individual?

A Targeted Individual is someone who is illegally or covertly harassed, abused, stalked or spied upon continuously by a group of people, an organized surveillance.

Being a Targeted Individual is more than a boyfriend, spouse or colleague who installs cell phone spyware or conducts cell phone surveillance. It is less about following and spying and more about harassment and psychological abuse, potentially physical harm as well. That being said, one of the first steps taken by International Investigators may be mobile phone hack detection or mobile phone spyware detection.

Let me explain using a scenario that is becoming more and more common and compel clients to call International Investigators.

Zach was a prominent real estate executive in a large [...]

So You Wanna Be a Private Eye

All you have to do is Google “become a private investigator” to find all sorts of blogs, books and sites dedicated to showing you how to become your own, self-employed private eye. Trouble is, most of the advice given to prospective investigators involves searching the Internet for leads and practicing following people without detection – and most of the “tips” are based on the old, outdated stereotypes.

After decades in the business, International Investigators knows there is a level of skill, knowledge and resources that separates the professionals from the wannabes.

Professional investigators have specialists and experts on call:

Personal asset search investigators
Divorce asset investigators
Child custody investigators
Infidelity investigators
Handwriting analysis experts
Forensic examiners
Computer forensics specialists
Certified computer examiners
Technical Surveillance Countermeasures experts
Social media engineers

Extensive data bases that are costly and only [...]

Private Investigators Aid in Fugitive Recovery

A couple of other bail bondsmen had warned Nick about working with the guy. They took the time to explain to Nick that, while this was a high-profile case, which would obviously provide Nick's business with a lot of attention, the bail was astronomical. And along with that point, the client, a banker named McMann, had access to loads of cash and would likely be a serious flight risk.

But Nick was new to the business and hungry for publicity. He knew that McMann would leave the jail wearing an ankle bracelet for house arrest so Nick trusted that McMann would have little opportunity to skip bail.

Nick ignored the warnings from others and put up the cash for McMann's bail. Sure enough, the seasoned colleagues [...]

Investigators Save New Business

You might be surprised how many small business owners’ attorneys contact International Investigators. It’s not just the multi-million dollar enterprises who have to be on guard against corporate espionage and theft by employees. Take this case, for example:

When Mitch and his business partners moved from the West Coast to open a second decorative concrete business in the Midwest, they obviously hoped the new venture would be as successful as the first. But none of them were prepared with just how quickly the business grew. Mitch's finishing techniques were unlike any others. The “wow” factor was immediate. Suddenly the new business was the hot topic among many well-known developers and architects.

But that instant popularity prompted jealously among competitors. Unidentified concrete businesses seemed to be trying [...]

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    Business Espionage is Not Limited to High Tech and Multi-Million Dollar Firms

Business Espionage is Not Limited to High Tech and Multi-Million Dollar Firms

When people think corporate espionage, they think high-tech and industrial secrets. They don’t realize that corporate espionage includes any product, service or client list that a company has to make money. Everything from chocolate recipes to online marketing techniques can be the subject of business espionage. Here’s a case from the International Investigator files as an example:

While attending design school in England, Beth befriended another student, Miguel. They made an elaborate plan to open a business together once they graduated. While Miguel returned to his native Peru to wait for a visa, Beth returned to her native Florida and accepted a job with an already-established designer.

After Miguel's visa was granted and he arrived in Miami, he backed out of the plan with Beth to [...]

Go to the Experts for Cell Phone Forensics

Remember the days when private investigators were depicted as the rather eccentric characters seated behind messy desks in seedy neighborhood buildings? And the majority of their clients were heartbroken wives who strongly suspected their husbands of having affairs?

Through the years, that very incorrect stereotype has slowly eroded and been replaced with a much more accurate picture. Actually the private investigator of today is very often a technologically savvy professional with an assortment of impressive skills.

Yes, there are still clients- male and female- who request surveillance and answers to their gnawing questions about fidelity. But also, a private investigator identifies the value of finding answers through the use of technology.

For example, the cell phone forensic examination of a cell phone can often be an amazing [...]

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    Look to a Private Investigator and Digital Forensics for Professional Help

Look to a Private Investigator and Digital Forensics for Professional Help

International Investigators received a call from a business owner. He said his new office manager spends an excessive amount of time on the phone. In fact, since some of her job requires her to be away from the office, her phone is company-issued. When she runs work-related errands, she is gone a lot longer than what he would deem necessary.

He had already addressed these concerns privately with his new employee. In fact, he had also reminded her that she is still on probation. A couple of weeks later, other office staff told him that the new employee has told co-workers that he made a pass at her during a meeting alone in his office. They also told him that she has plans to file [...]

Private Investigators Mine Data and Truth

Though they had some ideas about illicit activity, members of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation failed to dig up enough proof to file charges. And then, frustration led them to hire a French-speaking private investigator. His job was to test 15 offshore service providers in Canada and abroad, to find out if illegal actions were taking place regarding offshore accounts and hidden assets.

Very patiently, the private investigator built a case against several white collar criminals, such as an attorney, who was also a former employee of the Canada Revenue Agency. The investigator also snagged a former executive from the Royal Bank of Canada and several American millionaires. In an effort to duck prosecution, some of the wealthy Americans immediately dropped their US citizenship.

This isn’t the [...]

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    When Divorce Threatens Your Financial Future, an Investigation May Level the Field

When Divorce Threatens Your Financial Future, an Investigation May Level the Field

When Kimberly contacted International Investigators, she tearfully explained that she was very sure that her husband was having an affair. At first she thought, “I’ll just follow my husband,” but after a few days of the cloak and dagger, she saw she didn’t have the time or experience to do it right. And, if she did uncover more signs of infidelity, what would she do with them?

Kim and her husband resided on a 1,200-acre farm. They were surrounded by flat, open land. There was no way for a member of the International Investigators team to conduct surveillance without being easily detected. After all, if Kim’s husband was indeed a guilty guy, guilty guys constantly look over their shoulder.

In addition to the extramarital affair, Kim [...]

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    Are You Being Watched? GPS vs. Cell Phone Spyware vs. Listening Devices

Are You Being Watched? GPS vs. Cell Phone Spyware vs. Listening Devices

Debi called International Investigators to ask that her vehicle be checked for an unauthorized GPS unit. She admits that she has been sneaking around behind Tom’s back (her boyfriend) but it was because she was planning a special birthday event for him. Tom’s best friend, Ryan, let it slip that Tom told him she was at a certain location and there was no way he could have known that. Now she suspects Tom has put a GPS unit on her car and is tracking her movements.

When someone asks about bug detection, which includes GPS units, we have to ask a lot of questions. A bug sweep is technically called Technical Surveillance Countermeasures or TSCM. And, frankly, we are discovering that more often than a [...]