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    Caustic Employees May Be as Harmful as Theft in the Workplace

Caustic Employees May Be as Harmful as Theft in the Workplace

Ed and Georgia were extremely conservative business owners. Last year, they realized a long time dream. They expanded the square footage of their business, took on a couple of new projects and hired four new employees.

But for some unknown reason, employee morale noticeably began to dwindle. Employees more frequently called in sick. Some actually left the company without providing clear reasons for why they were suddenly unhappy.

On their own, Ed and Georgia tried to interview workers about the shift in attitude. But they were unsuccessful in getting to the root of the problem.

Then in the community, Georgia heard a couple of negative rumors about their business. By that point, Ed and Georgia were more than concerned about the problem. They were panicked. Their employees [...]

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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 [...]

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    Hidden Asset Investigation and Computer Forensics Examination Reveals Many Truths

Hidden Asset Investigation and Computer Forensics Examination Reveals Many Truths

For the last year, Jennifer feared that her marriage was ending. In some ways, it was not a surprise. She was American and Laszlo, her husband of seven years, was Hungarian. Sometimes Jennifer tried to decipher whether the culture clash was the primary problem.

Other times, she wondered if she and Laszlo had simply drifted apart since the birth of Szusza, their four-year-old daughter. Jennifer worried that Laszlo was hiding money in Eastern European banks. She had not worked outside the home since Szusza was born and she knew it would be difficult to re-enter the job market and immediately earn a reasonable salary. When they argued, Laszlo threatened to leave her with nothing. Then he threatened to return to his home country and take [...]

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, [...]

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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 [...]

Insubordinate Professional Behavior Calls for Investigation

Unfortunately, some people bend rules or arrogantly break them. Insubordinate ways may be born out of a false belief that they will never be caught. Sometimes, people don't believe that rules apply to them. This was true of a case involving a police captain and one of his employees.

For months, rumors floated through the department and the community about the married captain, who was supposedly romantically involved with a married employee from the administrative office. An investigation was not about an extramarital affair. The client was not intent on finding an unfaithful husband. No, if the rumors were proven true, this activity was grounds for termination. Additional gossip accused the love birds of engaging in intimate behavior behind the captain's closed office door, on [...]

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    Traditional and Cutting Edge Investigative Techniques Required in Today’s Investigations

Traditional and Cutting Edge Investigative Techniques Required in Today’s Investigations

When you think about the various ways that some people lie, cheat and steal, certain activities make you immediately decide that a private investigator should be involved. Two examples …

When one spouse sees signs of infidelity and suspects an extramarital affair, most of us think about a private investigator.
We also think about hiring a private investigator when a business owner suspects his employee of faking a job-related injury and committing workers compensation fraud.

But the client base at International Investigators continues to broaden. We are not limited to certain scenarios where private investigators would be suggested. And so, when a well known company for designer sunglasses suspected a black market traitor in their midst, they contacted the police. But they also hired private [...]

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    Private Investigators Combine New with Old Investigative Skills

Private Investigators Combine New with Old Investigative Skills

Have you ever heard a person who has all kinds of abilities be described as a “Jack of all trades?”

That term very closely describes the skill set of a private investigator. The only correction is that more women than ever before are now entering this field, so we are careful not to describe our profession in a gender- specific manner.

The point is that both male and female private investigators bring amazing skills and abilities to this career and to their clients. Private investigators must be logical thinkers. They must be detail oriented, fast on their feet and willing to be in potentially dangerous situations. Observational skills are also important in this job.

None of this is new, of course. The role of a private investigator [...]