Private Investigations

Hoosier Daddy – Finding a Missing Biological Father

It happens every year around Valentine’s Day. We get a couple of calls with specific requests from a spouse in finding birth parents. And that is exactly what happened with Lorraine. Her husband wanted to know how to find a birth father. His mother was involved in a short relationship and he was the result of it. To find a biological father is a lot easier due to the surname and men rarely change their last name. All the information she had was his first name and a possible last name. She never told him their relationship produced a child. She was from a very well-to-do family and her parents hid the fact that she was pregnant from their friends and convinced her to [...]

Computer Forensics - A Powerful Tool in Investigations

Long before there were computers, internet connection and mobile phones, words were written by hand, pen/pencil and paper. If you made a mistake you would wad up the paper, throw it in the trash and start all over again, or use your trusty eraser and change the wording. Or you could use your “typewriter” and type a letter, same applied, if you made a mistake you would rip the paper out, roll in a new sheet and start all over. And if you had to research anything, you headed off to the library and conducted manual searches. If you didn’t check out a book, no one knew that you even opened up a book or copied the information.

What you did on pen and paper [...]

Finding Hidden Bank Accounts in Divorce

Tom and Carrie had been married for 18 years, had two children, lived in the “White Picket Fence” house and joined their neighborhood “Revolving Wine Parties” for the last four years.  Tom traveled a lot and Carrie was a part time stay-at-home mom and part time sales clerk at a friend’s landscaping business.  Carrie was content with her marriage, her children and her life until one day she received the following text:  “Don’t be an ostrich”.  Carrie didn’t recognize the number, so she fluffed it off as an accidental message meant for someone else.

That Friday, Tom returned home from one of his trips early as he and Carrie were hosting the Wine Party at their house.  Tom was in a rather foul mood on [...]

Past Brought Into the Present – Finding a Missing Person

There was this story about a WWII veteran who had dated a woman a few months in London before he was forced to leave for the Battle of Normandy in France.  After 7 decades they were reunited with the help of each of their children.

We receive many calls asking questions about one’s past loves here at International Investigators.  Our clients usually try to find them utilizing a people search type of database that only leaves them frustrated with the results.  These types of databases have a lot of information, yet nothing is verified and it is somewhat difficult to verify if the person you are looking for is the person that gets pulled up in your search.

Let’s take for instance a man who called [...]

Missing Person Search of a Long Lost Family Member

Missing Persons oftentimes aren’t really missing at all; they have just decided to lose contact with family members.  Take for instance the case where a female family member, Georgia, took off and never contacted anybody in her family with the exception of her cousin, who had recently died and did not provide any information to any other family member at the request of the missing person.  Georgia’s brother, who was gravely ill hired International Investigator to find her before he passed away.  He wanted to tell her how sorry he was for not standing up for her those many years ago.  Georgia had accused her uncle of inappropriate touching and nobody believed her because her uncle was a politician in a small town.  His [...]

Insurance Fraud is More Common Than You May Think

There are many kinds of insurance that individuals need to be covered for every event in life.  And here at International Investigators, we do conduct the following:  Personal Injury Investigations, slip and fall accident investigation, product liability cases, vehicle accident investigations, worker’s compensation fraud investigation and disability insurance fraud investigations and many times just fraud investigations.

We received a call from an insurance company that they had a claimant who filed a claim that his house had been broken into and his audio equipment had been stolen.  He estimated the worth to be around $35,000.00.  He had called the police and made a report and was given a police report.  In the report there were a few statements that just didn’t make sense to the [...]

Hiring an Investigative Company will Ease your Mind

Being a mom isn’t easy, being a working mom that is out of the house five days a week while someone else is taking care of your child is even more difficult.  Choosing between family and career has been a long debate for many couples who embark on career/family and childcare.

We got a call one day from a frantic woman who explained she was an attorney in a large law firm and had just gotten out of a meeting where she learned from a co-worker’s nanny that she observed Katie’s little girl and her babysitter at the museum and the babysitter was on a bench texting on her phone and Katie’s daughter was running around and had been out of sight of the babysitter [...]

Computer forensics with International Investigators Inc.

Ever accidently delete a file on your computer only to try in vain to recover it.   Usually, a simple search in the recycle bin will allow you to recover the file.  However, if you permanently deleted the file (such as using the command Ctrl+Shift+Delete) then you won’t have much luck using the recycle bin.  There are available software that the home user can install that will provide a chance to recover the file but what if you don’t feel comfortable using such software or worse, the software did not yield the results you were hoping for?  This is where the professionals come in.

International Investigators has been in the game for years and employs its own forensics lab for both cellular and computer forensics investigations.  [...]

Correct approach to Computer Forensics

More than a few clients have walked through the doors of International Investigators requesting their cell phone or laptop be analyzed by our digital forensics lab. Quite commonly the client is dealing with marital infidelity and highly suspects their spouse of a secret affair.

The first questions we tend to ask in these cases pertain to the ownership of the device in question and inform the client that computer forensic firms in the US are legally obligated to obtain permission from the owner of the device and to follow a legal process for cell records in digital forensics. The same holds true for mobile phone forensics and during a cell phone investigation. A reputable forensic investigator should always gain written permission of the device owner [...]

Can Spyware Be Installed On My Cell Phone Wirelessly?

Here at International Investigators, we routinely get asked about cellular malware and how it is installed. One of the most common questions is if cell phone spyware can be installed on a cellular device Can Spyware Be Installed On My Cell Phone Wirelessly?

Wirelessly. The answer: YES. So, how does one go about installing malware on a phone if they don’t have physical access? Well, there are several ways this can be done and one of which is an IMSI catcher. The police and some of the big three letter spooky agencies use commercially manufactured IMSI catchers such as the Stingray which is built by the Harris Corporation. We won’t get into the actual capabilities of the Stingray as there are legal ramifications in doing [...]