Worker’s comp: How private investigators could help prevent fraud

Worker’s Comp: How Private Investigators Could Help Prevent Fraud

With the economy still on the mend, the National Insurance Crime Bureau estimates worker’s compensation claimant fraud to be the fastest growing insurance scam of the decade. Fraudulent claims have spiked nationwide and continue to gain momentum even with state agencies attempting to crack down on the defrauders. It’s not always a popular topic, but…

Hollywood myths about private investigators

Hollywood myths about private investigators

Jim Rockford. Thomas Magnum. Philip Marlowe. Each of these fictional private investigators has helped to ingrain numerous myths about private investigators in the eyes of the public. Yet, clients are often disappointed to learn that their case is more like an episode of Colombo with the drudgery of following the leads, doing hours of surveillance,…

The good, the bad, and the ugly of private investigators

The good, the bad, and the ugly of private investigators

According to PI Magazine, a trade publication for the private investigator profession, there are approximately 100,000 private investigators active in the United States. That number includes world-class investigators, the less-than-reputable operators, and the individuals who barely cling to their private investigator licenses. Over the course of my 40-plus year career as a private investigator, I…

Investigating investment opportunities and avoiding scams

Investigating investment opportunities and avoiding scams

Ponzi schemes, pyramids, and pump and dump frauds are but a few of the colorful names given to the multitude of ways to separate people from their money through investment scams. While some of these schemes have involved billions of dollars, most frauds are happy to scam smaller dollar amounts. According to the U.S. Securities…

Manti Te’o catfished: Tips to avoid being duped online

Manti Te’o catfished: Tips to avoid being duped online

In the wake of the Manti Te’o scandal, it’s easy to fear being duped by an online relationship. The Notre Dame football star, Manti Te’o, has become the center of a fierce debate in recent weeks for his either naiveté or willful deceit surrounding his fake girlfriend, Lennay Kekua. The tragic three-year romance made national…

Nanny background checks: Worth it

Nanny background checks: Worth it

Nanny background checks are simply worth it. The number of nanny service agencies has grown dramatically in the wake of dual-income households. Nannies, for many people, have become the norm for families juggling their busy lives and wanting to have their children watched. Over the past decade, agencies have sprung up offering families what appears…

Online dating: Tips from a private investigator

Online dating: Tips from a private investigator

Online dating services have grown in popularity over the past several years. From general dating websites like eHarmony.com to more specific services like ChristianMingle.com, the dating scene has taken to the Internet as the second most effective way to meet the love of your life after meeting people through friends and family, according to a…