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Today’s Investigative Skills

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 [...]

Investigators Save New Business

You might be surprised how many small business owners’ attorneys contact International Investigators. It’s not just the multi-million dollar enterprises who have to be on guard against corporate espionage and theft by employees. Take this case, for example:

When Mitch and his business partners moved from the West Coast to open a second decorative concrete business in the Midwest, they obviously hoped the new venture would be as successful as the first. But none of them were prepared with just how quickly the business grew. Mitch's finishing techniques were unlike any others. The “wow” factor was immediate. Suddenly the new business was the hot topic among many well-known developers and architects.

But that instant popularity prompted jealously among competitors. Unidentified concrete businesses seemed to be trying [...]

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    Business Espionage is Not Limited to High Tech and Multi-Million Dollar Firms

Business Espionage is Not Limited to High Tech and Multi-Million Dollar Firms

When people think corporate espionage, they think high-tech and industrial secrets. They don’t realize that corporate espionage includes any product, service or client list that a company has to make money. Everything from chocolate recipes to online marketing techniques can be the subject of business espionage. Here’s a case from the International Investigator files as an example:

While attending design school in England, Beth befriended another student, Miguel. They made an elaborate plan to open a business together once they graduated. While Miguel returned to his native Peru to wait for a visa, Beth returned to her native Florida and accepted a job with an already-established designer.

After Miguel's visa was granted and he arrived in Miami, he backed out of the plan with Beth to [...]

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    Remove the Rose-Colored Glasses to See Clearly with Investigative Services

Remove the Rose-Colored Glasses to See Clearly with Investigative Services

Joan was the type of woman who pretended not to see things. In fact, Joan liked to believe that as long as she didn't talk about a terrible issue, it would somehow just magically go away.

For the last four years of her thirty-year marriage, Joan was an ostrich. She suspected her husband of being a cheating spouse. But she buried her head in the sand. She suspected him of using cocaine again, even after he successfully completely rehab ten years ago. But Joan hid her head as often as possible. She also occasionally wondered if her husband was even capable of swindling Lewis, his longtime business partner. But unfortunately, Joan chose to wear those rose-colored glasses. And in the end, Joan was penniless.

When her [...]

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    Veteran Private Investigator Rides the Cutting Edge of Cyber Sleuthing

Veteran Private Investigator Rides the Cutting Edge of Cyber Sleuthing

In a recent article in the Indianapolis Business Journal, International Investigators CEO, Tim Wilcox explains what it means to be on the cutting edge of investigative work in the new millennium.

Cyber sleuthing, something that didn’t even exist two decades ago is one of the fasting growing areas of investigation. Spying has gone digital through cell phones and computers. And, the spy doesn’t have to be anywhere near the subject.

The news reveals that governments and big business have even been accused of spying on each other through the covert installation of spyware on computers and cell phones. But digital spying is not limited to the wealthy or the deep pockets of government and business. No, individuals are getting in the game, too, by purchasing illegal [...]

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: Heed That Gut Feeling and Put Proactive Systems in Place

Business Owners: Heed That Gut Feeling and Put Proactive Systems in Place

When Brandon sat down with professionals at International Investigators, he quickly shared that he was in a very frustrating situation. After watching company inventory slowly disappear with no explanation, Brandon was convinced that he was the victim of theft in the workplace; that an employee was stealing materials.

A few months earlier, Brandon and Tony, his business partner, installed video surveillance equipment cameras around the warehouse and also in the loading dock area. Their efforts caught no one doing anything wrong. Brandon believed that he and Tony had exhausted every possible effort they felt they could to remedy the problem and still it was there.

When International Investigators accepted the case, we encouraged Brandon not to discuss the investigation with anyone. Unlike the very visible cameras [...]

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    Gut Intuition Raises Bells, Professional Investigation Delivers Evidence

Gut Intuition Raises Bells, Professional Investigation Delivers Evidence

If your gut screams that something isn't right, don't ignore it! Call on International Investigators to help you identify what that “something” is. We respect your intuition. And we will help identify that “something” that doesn't feel right. That's exactly what happened in a case involving business partners, Brett and Leo.

Three years earlier, these computer wizards launched a technology business. In the second year, the business boomed to the tune of several million dollars. Also in their second year of business, the men were rather intrigued when a new business opened in the same city. Oddly enough, the new business offered many similar products and services. This was odd, since Brett and Leo created many of their own software products.

A few months into their [...]

Social Media Posts Lead to Proof of Insurance Fraud

When International Investigators was contacted by an insurance company, we were asked to find a missing Maserati. Their customer had filed a claim, stating that this very expensive vehicle had been stolen right out of his garage. But the insurance company saw several red flags in the claim. The claims adjuster discovered the claimant was experiencing serious financial problems and suspected the claim was filed in an effort to get some quick cash.

Experience by the International Investigators teams has shown that people like to brag and show off material belongings and sometimes, illegal antics. And our investigators know what techniques to employ in pursuit of insurance fraud.

Immediately we began a background investigation accessing data bases restricted to only the highest levels of investigative teams. [...]

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    International Investigators Stay in Step with Advances in Technology

International Investigators Stay in Step with Advances in Technology

Like nearly every other career across the globe, the field of private investigation has been greatly affected by technology. In most instances, those changes are all positive. Though International Investigators still see cases where surveillance is necessary, we also see more and more clients with a need for our technological expertise.

We are highly skilled in the areas of digital forensics. Because we stay informed about every new step taken in the world of technology, we provide an amazing skill set for gathering information and truth. To offer you a more detailed description of how swiftly technology is changing the world, we offer the results of a social experiment conducted by a journalist named Adam Penenberg.

When he wrote an article for Forbes 14 years ago, [...]