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Get to the Truth with Digital Forensics

You’ve probably heard by now that you can’t believe everything you see and hear on the Internet, right? But what happens when there is an image that is undeniably you or taken in your business or agency location that is being circulated?

Case in point: A central Florida police department was the subject of a pornographic image that was being distributed via Twitter. Of course the police department released statements that it was a fake image, it created a PR problem.

Through computer forensics it was determined that the image had been created using computer imaging software.

What if it happens to YOU?

Organizations can often get past the situation. Not as easy for individuals.

When this sort of thing happens to private citizens, it can ruin a reputation, [...]

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    International Investigators: Where the Only Routine is Truth and Facts

International Investigators: Where the Only Routine is Truth and Facts

Most, if not all of us, have experienced situations where we felt powerless. It’s not pleasant, by any means. Feeling like you have absolutely no control over a situation is difficult. But sometimes, even when we realize that we can’t change the outcome, we do occasionally identify a need and try to get that need met. Confused? Allow International Investigators to share some examples about the variety of ways investigators assist our clients to get the best outcome possible:

Money and Infidelity.

Your spouse announces that he no longer loves you as a wife. He doesn’t want to be married to you anymore. And no, he isn’t cheating. He just simply wants a divorce. All people are different. You might accept that speech at face value, [...]

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    Regardless of Gender, Background Investigations Should be Comprehensive and Accurate on Every Subject

Regardless of Gender, Background Investigations Should be Comprehensive and Accurate on Every Subject

Statically speaking, we know that more males than females are identified as sexual predators. Regardless of gender, anyone who expresses an interest in working as substitute teachers or coaches or reading tutors, school corporations conduct thorough background investigations.

Overall, in many businesses and organizations, new employment opportunities often hinge on the results of employment background checks as well. Accountants, pilots, financial advisors and potential candidates for a CFO position for large companies are all great examples of times when employee background checks, including investigation of a person’s financial, criminal background search and employment history, must be thoroughly examined. Although reasonable, that same level of diligence is not applied to the employment background check involving a female.

That was the case when a young woman in her [...]

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    Accusations Proved False with Investigator’s Facts and Evidence

Accusations Proved False with Investigator’s Facts and Evidence

In every professional capacity, International Investigators staff gathers the truth. But quite often, the general public assumes that the majority of our time is spent finding hidden divorce assets and proving workers compensation fraud.

Because of our stellar reputation with lawyers, a defense attorney and his client appeared in our office, desperate for our assistance. The client, Jon (name changed), was a well-known professional athlete who had been arrested and charged with rape. To make the matter even worse, the victim was a minor female, age 17. As you can probably guess, the media was in a frenzy.

Jon and his defense attorney requested assistance from our office, to prove Jon’s innocence. Jon admitted that yes, he briefly attended a party where he met and spoke [...]

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    Private Investigators Play Big Role in Detecting Workers Compensation Fraud

Private Investigators Play Big Role in Detecting Workers Compensation Fraud

As professional investigators, we provide each of our clients with only the best combination of skill sets. Very proudly, we can boast that our investigators are long-time leaders in the areas of digital forensics including both forensic computer analysis and mobile phone forensics. In fact, our lab is one of only a few private, full-service forensics labs in the nation.

But along with our dedication to mastering all of the newest technology, we also pay close attention to social issues and criminal activities which, unfortunately, continue to thrive. One of the fastest growing schemes is fraudulent claims filed for workers compensation benefits.

In fact, in the most recent studies of this form of fraud, more than 45,000 active cases were active, involving employees pretending that they [...]

Investigation Evolves with Technology into Social Media

As the world of technology changes, the investigative techniques and strategies used by professionals like those at International Investigators changes as well. We are known for staying on the cutting edge of both technology and investigative methods. And we like it that way.

One of the areas that has grown, and will continue to grow, is the use of social media. Social media engineering is one investigative technique we have become proficient with, especially in our capacity as professionals who find missing persons. We were already renowned for our abilities in how to find missing person, but social media and social media engineering opens a new avenue in investigative work.

Growth of Technology

At International Investigators, our computer forensic investigators are each a certified computer examiner. Almost [...]

Background Checks Provide Safety with Online Dating

When Kate started to occasionally flirt online with a man she didn't know, she viewed it as harmless fun on boring weekends. After all, she had been widowed three years earlier. She didn't yet feel ready to date. But for some reason, Kate did not feel the least bit threatened by the chance to act rather adolescent at home alone on the computer.

As the weeks and months went by, she found herself thinking more and more about Ernesto, her online friend. In the time they had communicated, Kate learned that Ernesto was a successful architect in Chili. He was divorced, childless and two years older than Kate. He loved to travel.

In fact, Ernesto planned a trip to the United States. When he asked Kate [...]

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    International Investigators on the Case for Large and Small Clients

International Investigators on the Case for Large and Small Clients

Since 1960, International Investigators has proudly served as a professional helpmate to all types of cases. We have worked on numerous cases involving government agencies, municipalities, insurance companies, investors, business owners, bankers and bail bondsmen.

More often than not, we can track down the guy guilty of employee embezzlement for thousands of dollars. We can even find offshore bank accounts, hidden assets and even missing assets. We can prove insurance fraud in many cases involving false claims made to insurance companies.

But some private citizens might assume that our fact-finding service is set aside only for those with deep pockets. That assumption could not possibly be farther from the truth.

Our firm is filled with a unique mix of investigators with all kinds of backgrounds. Some are [...]

Investigative Industry More Than 150 Years Old and Growing

Like every other career in America, private investigation has been positively affected by technology. In fact, technology has helped International Investigators go global, literally. Our reputation and relationships with law enforcement and other investigative professionals now spans several countries. We are extremely proud of that fact. The more worldly we become, the more possible it is to meet the needs of clients with international cases.

Because International Investigators is a very well-known and well-respected firm, attorneys and judges trust out ethics when we provide evidence for the courts. And because of that very polished reputation, attorneys come to us with an immediate comfort level, knowing their clients will be well-served. They trust that we are highly confidential. We get things done.

Specialists in computer forensic investigation [...]

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 [...]