Handwriting Analysis

When Creepy Stalker Notes Turn Out to be Something Else

Marti found the first anonymous note lying on top of paperwork on her desk when she came back from lunch break. It was hand printed on common lined paper that was folded in half. The printing was bold and slanted slightly to the left. To Marti, it looked like a man’s writing. The note said, “I’m watching you.” At the time, Marti dismissed it as a joke by a bored co-worker and threw it away.

A few days later, Marti found the second anonymous note on her car windshield when she was leaving work for the day. This note looked just like the first one but this time it said, “Pretty in pink.” She was wearing a pink blouse that day. Marti was upset and [...]

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    Your Signature Isn’t Always as it Seems – Handwriting Forgery Analysis

Your Signature Isn’t Always as it Seems – Handwriting Forgery Analysis

The methods to detect document forgery vary based on the type of forgery committed; it requires a trained eye, a specialist to assist in the detection. For instance, attorneys will contact us to have our handwriting document specialist examine writings for qualities that may indicate a forgery. Our Handwriting expert looks for points at which the alleged forger started and stopped while writing or other evidence of a conscious formation of letters. Such a lack of fluidity is an indication of document forgery since writing is done without thinking of your next pen stroke.

This is a case where we were called upon to examine a contract that was allegedly signed by an employee, Bob, who had authorization to engage into contracts with manufacturing companies [...]

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    I Didn’t Sign That! Handwriting Analysis May be the Answer

I Didn’t Sign That! Handwriting Analysis May be the Answer

Forged signatures are not limited to the bottom of checks. Forged signatures on documents can have a much greater impact on the lives of people.

In a recent medical liability case, a device manufacturer is under scrutiny because an official of the company said she did not sign the application and documents submitted to the FDA. She said she knew the device was not ready to be released for public use.

A handwriting analysis by a forensic examiner can shed some light on the denial.

The way a handwriting analysis expert conducts a handwriting analysis is through a comparison of minute similarities and differences in signatures (or written text).

In the case of suspected forged signatures, the subject is asked to submit signature exemplars. These are not simply [...]

Using Handwriting Analysis to Prove a Forged Will

While a forged or fraudulent will may seem like a plot twist in a novel or movie, it’s a crime that happens more often than people think.

For example, a home care aide who takes care of an elderly shut-in decides she deserves more money once the family patriarch has died since she’s cared for him more than his children. She creates a new will and forges the signature of the sick man to scam his family out of some of their inheritance.

However, more often than not, document forgery of a will is committed by a relative of the deceased. The family member may feel he is entitled to more assets than what’s outlined in the will, or she may have a grievance with other [...]

Handwriting Analyst Vindicates Parents’ Beliefs

Investigators are sought out during some of the more tumultuous and trying times in people’s lives. For instance, here at International Investigators, we see…

People who have lost touch with loved ones or want to find their birth parents
Families in the midst of hostile divorces and contentious child custody cases
People whose lives have been thrown into chaos by public accusations or acts of defamation
Parents whose hearts are broken over the loss of a child, whether by their being missing or having died

Once such set of parents were devastated by the death of their only son, Paul*. The circumstance was that Paul and his girlfriend had been found dead. The police determined that Paul had murdered his girlfriend and then committed suicide. His parents did not [...]

How Does Your Attorney Get the Answers?

Early days of investigative work usually included some dumpster diving and some physical surveillance (with the identified subject usually being a cheating spouse). But those early days in a private investigator’s life have dramatically expanded.

Thanks to technology, investigators have developed an impressive variety of skills and abilities. In the International Investigators office, our research specialists, computer forensics specialists, online social media specialists and so many other professionals are absolutely some of the top professionals.

With that said, International Investigators has a close professional relationship with the courts and law enforcement officials. Our confidentiality code, coupled with trust and respect allows our investigators to very confidently take on all kinds of cases. Here are just a few ways our investigators can assist an attorney:

Locate and interview [...]

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    Intuition Speaks Loud and Clear When You Need an Investigator

Intuition Speaks Loud and Clear When You Need an Investigator

The staff at International Investigators would like to remind you of a couple of old sayings. Both are about intuition.

One of the sayings goes something like, “If you wonder if you can trust a person, you already know you can't” and the other is, “If it feels wrong, it usually is.”

There are countless ways these sayings can apply to your career.

If you are an insurance provider and your client tells you that his house just suddenly burned to the ground, you might get the feeling that your client is being dishonest and you have uncovered a case of insurance fraud. There may be red flags that pop up as you discuss the incident like the house being empty while they were away for a [...]

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    There is no Run-of-the-Mill or Routine in Good Investigative Work

There is no Run-of-the-Mill or Routine in Good Investigative Work

Ethics is a constant priority at International Investigators. Our professional reputation among law enforcement officials, government officials, lawyers and international business men remains untarnished. With every case we accept, our ethical pursuit of the truth is highly respected. Our clients never have to question the level of our confidentiality and integrity. They never have to question whether our investigative team has the skills to swiftly address the specifics of their case.

Variety is one of the reasons why International Investigators produces good results.

Some private investigators work on capital punishment and other criminal defense cases with defense attorneys.

Others investigate questionable insurance claims and overt insurance fraud.

Before the term 'no-fault divorce' entered the court system, investigators were often hired to provide evidence of extramarital affairs or other [...]

What DO Private Investigators DO?

It’s not unusual for furious people to call or visit International Investigators. They aren’t furious with us, but with a situation and that is the reason they are contacting us. And sometimes with that fury comes an intent that we cannot service.

For instance, one man recently came in with a situation that had him in a blind rage. He was red in the face and yelling. He knew an employee was stealing from his supply house and he wanted this employee stopped. He wanted us to, “threaten him with his job and intimidate him into confessing publicly.”

We let him have his say and then we told him we would not, could not do as he requested. He stopped and told us he thought that [...]

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 [...]