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Unfortunately, some people continue to hold onto old stereotypes. Uninformed members of the general public still envision a private investigator as a trench coat-wearing figure, hiding behind a newspaper in a motel lobby. Of course, more informed members of the community, those who actually stay in touch with the times, know better. They not only know, they deeply respect the fact that many private investigators are amazingly talented researchers.

We have many resources at our fingertips. We also have the ability to think fast on our feet. The investigators in this firm are all of those things plus a lot more. Intellectually, we are at the top. At International Investigators, we take great pride in our skill sets and our track record. Most of the [...]

Missing Person Investigation is Search for Identity Thief

Until Maria was denied a marriage license, she had no idea that someone had stolen her identity. For sure she never imagined a need for a private investigator like International Investigators.

According to Maria, detectives from the local police department moved too slowly when she reported the alleged crime. Identity theft is often put at the bottom of the case load due to so many other more violent crimes. The authorities didn’t devote much time to investigating her case. And because of that, Maria worried that she and her fiance would be forced to cancel their wedding and lose the large deposit already paid to the reception hall.

Trying to assist a client with identity theft is very similar in many ways to a missing person [...]

Investigation Doesn’t Mend Broken Heart, But Finds Truth

When he and his first wife divorced, Kevin struggled to accept his new life as a single guy. After nearly 30 years together, his first wife left the marriage with no warning. Their children were grown and gone, busy building their own lives. Kevin spent a couple of miserable years alone, trying to make sense of how to be suddenly alone in his mid fifties.

Then he met a great woman. For Kevin, it was love at first sight. Within three months, he and his new love, Anna, were married. Six months later, Kevin came in from work one afternoon to an empty house. Literally. Every single piece of furniture, even the kitchen appliances, everything was gone. Anna had left him, right in the middle of [...]

Mom’s Missing!

Private investigators are well aware that not all families are like the Walton's '3/28 – or even the Musketeers. It’s not always all for one and one for all. In fact, here at International Investigators we see many families in situations like this:

Caroline and her sister Laura stopped by to visit their mother, who suffered for the last decade with dementia and had been living in an upscale memory care unit. When they arrived, they learned that Roger, their youngest brother, had signed their mother out of the facility. He explained to the nursing staff that he was driving her over to Caroline's house for a meal. But Roger left with his mother and never returned. He told nurses that his sisters would return [...]

Love and the Missing Person Investigation

When Adam joined the military and left home as a member of the U.S. Navy, he was fresh out of high school. After he received a favorable discharge, Adam moved back to the area where his family resided. But this time, barely old enough to legally order a beer, he was a married man.

Adam had fallen in love and tied the knot with a woman who had also joined the Navy fresh out of high school in Seattle. When he brought her to Georgia, there were immediately problems in the marriage. Adam's young wife was homesick for her own family. She was overwhelmed by the culture shock of trying to adjust to life in such a different part of the country with new in-laws [...]

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    Hurrying Through Hiring and Skipping Background Investigation Has Consequences

Hurrying Through Hiring and Skipping Background Investigation Has Consequences

Years ago, Bill learned his lesson, which is the fact that you just can't take anything at face value, especially people. Like all of those lessons that last a lifetime, Bill learned this information the hard way.

It happened when he hired two new employees for the city courts system. There had not been enough time to adequately complete the HR due diligence checklist including background investigations, as Bill and his staff would normally do with new hires. At the time, the offices for the heavily populated city were grossly understaffed. The employees were all stressed out and overworked. All anybody wanted, at that time, were a couple of warm bodies to sit in front of the telephones and computers.

As luck would have it, one [...]

Is it Stress or Is It Insurance Fraud?

By the time Hal met with International Investigators, he looked downright exhausted, not to mention angry. Nothing in life had been easy since the situation at his company had spun out of control.

By the way, “the situation” involved Hal's very successful real estate company and Gwen, his very difficult employee. Gwen was hired to be an administrative assistant after Hal explained that the role could be busy and stressful. Gwen had assured her new employer that she could very confidently complete all of the tasks. Hal was so impressed with Gwen that he did not follow through with the routine background investigation.

Five months after Gwen's probationary period ended, she began to frequently call in sick. Her absences gradually increased to once or even twice [...]

Investigators Foil Psychic Scam

The variety of personal stories we hear at International Investigators is endless, probably because humans are fallible and gullible. Unless you have been very down on your luck, depressed and worried about your future, you might not understand how a grown adult could be swindled by a wanna-be psychic. But Eric, a struggling actor, was not only conned by a psychic prankster, he was ripped off, to the tune of $30,000.00.

In Eric's defense, he saved money for a long time in order to pursue acting. He also moved across the country to be amongst agents and producers. For a couple of years, Eric found work. He was cast in a short-lived sitcom and a few commercials. But then, Eric's luck dried up. In a [...]

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    Business Owners, Insurance Companies and Private Investigators Work Together to Eliminate Insurance Fraud

Business Owners, Insurance Companies and Private Investigators Work Together to Eliminate Insurance Fraud

As our clients know, International Investigators earned our excellent reputation because we are results oriented. Definitely, we think outside the box, approaching every case with a willingness to use whatever skills and resources necessary to gather evidence. Even the best of scam operators can't slide past our investigative tools since those tools and research skills are also mixed with persistence and the highest level of confidentiality.

These facts about our agency bring insurance companies to our door. Recently a claims agent called because one of the business owners the company insures came to them with some concerns. He was certain that at least one of his employees was fraudulently collecting workers compensation benefits. But he had recently heard gossip about a second employee who was [...]

Beware of Growing Trend in Online Dating

As investigators, our clients range from being business owners requesting background investigations on potential employees to investors needing thorough investigation of overseas investment opportunities to husbands or wives who suspect their spouses of marital infidelity.

However we are seeing a growing trend in recent years in the incidence of victims of romance scams. When adults find themselves alone, ether by divorce or death of a spouse, many yearn for the company of a loving companion. In today's society, singles turn to dating websites. In fact, research shows that 87% of single adults view online dating as a positive option.

The perks of online dating include surfing when you want to, in your pajamas, with bed head. There's no pressure. You can delete who you no longer [...]