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…

Your husband or boyfriend is not in the CIA or a Navy Seal

Your husband or boyfriend is not in the CIA or a Navy Seal

In my line of work, I often get requests from clients wanting to confirm whether or not their significant other is a Navy Seal or an agent with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Many of these inquiries are from spouses attempting to uncover where their husbands or wives disappear to on their supposed clandestine business trips or secret rendezvous.

Let me spell this out clearly: If your spouse claims to be a CIA agent, I guarantee you: he or she most certainly is not.

888USUNITE: The free resource to locate friends and family

888USUNITE: The free resource to locate friends and family

My firm receives between 10 and 15 calls per day from people looking to locate friends, a missing family member, or reunite with a lost love. Whatever the circumstances are the decision to find someone is an important step. Over 15 years ago, we launched 888USUNITE as an alternative to conducting an individual’s own personal…

Investigator Confidential A free, online e-book. This site is the full text of Thomas Martin’s book, If You Only Knew, now online for free. This book teaches you how to find lost people, prove and disprove infidelity, avoid scams, and more.

Investigator Confidential: The free online e-book

Fifteen years ago, I wrote a book on being a private investigator called “If You Only Knew…” as a reference guide for people with questions about private investigation. This book contained my advice from over the years on how to feel safer, live smarter and succeed in relationships at home and at work. Writing the…