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Cell Phone Forensics Illuminates Murder

When the nearly naked dead body of a 28-year-old male was discovered in a wooded area near a lake, the local sheriff's department requested an autopsy, announced that a large amount of heroin was found in the young man's blood stream and treated the death as a drug overdose. Quickly, the case was closed.

Although the grieving family members were enraged at the actions of local authorities, they gathered to bury the young father of three. But in the weeks following the funeral, they soon discovered that they could not let go of the case. They did not believe the conclusions drawn so quickly by the Sheriff's department. After all, this young man, called Chip by family and close friends, had absolutely no history of [...]

Start Employment Process with Background Investigation

Our challenging economy has forced most business and company owners, large and small, to tighten their belts. Many business owners continue to struggle. But they certainly are not alone in the fight to keep their doors open. Many Americans continue to perfect the art of doing more with less.

In the midst of all that stress, remaining competitive in these very difficult times can sometimes feel overwhelming and exhausting, too. When a business owner feels such pressure, it can be the perfect recipe for disaster. Why? Because stress may inadvertently lead us to cut corners where we usually wouldn't. And cutting corners never leads to anything positive.

Let's say that the CFO of your company suddenly resigns, without notice. This loss throws you into a panic. [...]

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 [...]

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    Effective Investigators Keep Wide Array of Resources at Their Fingertips

Effective Investigators Keep Wide Array of Resources at Their Fingertips

Once viewed as rather mysterious types who hide behind binoculars and frequently conduct dumpster dives for clues, private investigators have finally made their professional presence in the world. The truth is that private investigators have always been persistent, highly professional and intuitive in their quest for the truth. But now, we add technological advancements, such as digital forensics.

Well-informed professionals, such as business owners, attorneys and government officials are educated about the impressive skill set offered by International Investigators. Our list of clients and referral sources has changed right along with the old stereotypes.

As necessary, we provide skills from “yesterday's investigations,” such as surveillance and the face-to-face interviews necessary to gather information. We add new skills, such as digital forensics, social media engineering and research [...]

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 [...]

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    When You Simply Must Locate Someone, the Cell Phone Ping Works Wonders

When You Simply Must Locate Someone, the Cell Phone Ping Works Wonders

Thanks to TV when the public thinks of bail bondsmen they think of Dog, the Bounty Hunter. The people who track down fugitives are more aptly called recovery agents. And International Investigators works with recovery agents as they go about their job.

The major obstacle confronting recovery agents is that the person they are seeking is trying their best to hide. And they could be hiding anywhere. But with the investigative techniques available today, International Investigators is able to locate many of the fugitives for the recovery agents. We are definitely a resource they count on to “get their man (or woman).”

One of our techniques is “Pinging cell phones.”  A ping tracks the location of a cell phone by tracking the last signal. To actuate [...]

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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 [...]

Trends in Private Investigation for 2014

Clearly the investigative world continues to evolve. At International Investigators we have taken on the latest trends.

There is no one investigative technique that is best utilized and blended investigative strategies are more the norm. Two areas where International Investigators stays on the cutting edge are cellular forensics and social media engineering.

For example, the use of digital forensics has become a critical tool in the International Investigators resource box. We could be doing a cell phone analysis for data recovery or cellular forensics for cellular location evidence. Communication modes from test to email or call logs are all records to substantiate or refute claims of guilt or innocence. Cell phone forensic tools provide facts, not claims.

In 2013, industry experts predicted a significant rise in the [...]

Insider Tips about Cell Phone Spyware

In any given day at the offices of International Investigators, the phones ring with inquiries about cell phone spying. The conversation starts out that the caller suspects someone is listening to her conversations and she wonders she needs cell phone spyware detection services.

We ask about the common signs that spyware has been installed on a mobile device:

Is the battery warm when not in use?
Is the battery life noticeably diminished each day?
Are there small pauses in audible communication when talking?
Are there noises; light beeps, tones or clicks, throughout conversations?
Is there any sign of flickering or flashing on display or change of brightness on the phone?
Is the Internet access slower than usual?
And the big question: have you opened any emails or attachments from people you did [...]