social media engineering

Custody in Divorce or Change of Custody Investigation

Many times parents involved in a custody battle come to us and want us to prove their spouse is unfit to care for their children. And many times, that is the case, but we don’t report false information so that custody can be awarded to one party or the other. International Investigators, Inc only reports the facts. If you have been following our blogs, you know that we document our activity, we verify our information and we are constantly updating our software in our forensic field. We don’t for any reason report false information.

As a child custody investigator, it is imperative that our findings are reported as observed in a surveillance type investigation. Custody cases are delicate, the work conducted could possibly separate a [...]

February 22nd, 2017|Child Custody|
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    He didn’t send the emails, but they came from his computer

He didn’t send the emails, but they came from his computer

Computer forensic analysis can range in scope depending on the case.  We get cases ranging from clients wanting to find deleted emails, pictures, etc. all the way to malicious software investigations.  As with all digital forensics, forensic data recovery is the most common request that we get followed closely by mobile phone spyware detection with social media engineering being the third most common.  The key to a successful computer forensics investigation is that a competent computer forensics expert be willing to explore all conceivable possibilities while performing the investigation.

I am reminded of a case we had about a year ago where the client had an employee log into his email account from their office computer and download emails that were sent to some of [...]

Hi-Level Background Checks & Finding the Right Person

Applying for a Hi-Level Position, such as a CEO, CFO or President of a large company can be just the beginning. Before any Corporation can make a decision in hiring such an individual they will hire a private investigator with International Investigators, to have a Hi-Level Background Check conducted any perspective candidates. Private Investigators are being utilized in this capacity due to their ability to access information many businesses would not have access to and here at International Investigators we have the ability to access some of the most sophisticated databases not available to the public and many small and inexperience investigative companies.

In one such hiring, we conducted three simultaneous background checks upon three very impressive men with an equally impressive Curriculum Vitae’s. The [...]

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    Investigation Proves You Can’t Be in Two Places at One Time

Investigation Proves You Can’t Be in Two Places at One Time

In the investigative business, one day is never like the next. At International Investigators, we happen to like the fact that we might work with a few insurance companies, to find the truth about suspected insurance fraud and then go directly to a case involving suspected employee embezzlement. From there, it’s not a bit unusual for us to then help an attorney locate a missing heir or find unknown heirs.

We also frequently work with both sides of a court case. Sometimes it’s the prosecutor’s office. But on other occasions, we get a call from a defense attorney.

Not long ago, a defense attorney contacted International Investigators about a high-profile case. In many ways, the media had already got the ball rolling in regard to publicly [...]

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    Computer Investigation is More Than Forensics, Especially for the Bullied

Computer Investigation is More Than Forensics, Especially for the Bullied

Being a parent is a big job and now with bullying and cyber bullying that job has become even harder. Years ago the topic of hazing was in the news and the public became aware of the dangers and harm from it. Now, bullying is coming up in the mainstream conversation and its impact is gaining attention.

And parents are taking action. Here at International Investigators, we are seeing that parents consider private investigators a tool in helping them combat bullying in the lives of their children.

One case in Maryland caught national attention when an autistic teenager was tormented by two female schoolmates. Evidence of the mistreatment was caught on the girls’ telephones where they had videotaped horrific pranks played on the boy. Played is [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]