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What Does a Private Investigator Really Do?

By Brian Willingham Anytime an old colleague of mine was asked what he did for a living, he replied that he was a garbage man. It always flabbergasted me that he wouldn’t tell people what he really did. Private investigators have pretty cool jobs; at least, that is what I always thought. So I asked…

Events for Private Investigators in 2019

By PInow Staff Below is a list of upcoming events for private investigators in 2019. We update this when new events are announced, so make sure you check back for updates! If your event is not on the list, please contact us. NALI Mid-Winter Conference When: January 9th – 11th, 2019Where: San Marcos Resort1 N.…

Financial Transactions & Social Media in Investigations

By PInow Staff Social media investigations are growing tools for private investigators to get to the bottom of their clients’ cases. Almost every American can identify social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, but what about applications such as Venmo? Most people view Venmo simply as a way to easily send money to their…

California Background Checks

By ServeNow Staff Background checks are an important tool in any private investigator’s arsenal. Individuals, businesses, and employers use background checks for a variety of reasons, but the core cause often lies with the need to uncover any incriminating evidence. However, personal data protection is taking precedent in laws across the globe, as evident in…

Investigation Lessons: 6 Months and 192 Telephone Interviews Later

By Brian Willingham Since May, I have done about 192 (give or take) telephone interviews for various investigation matters. The interviews that I have done have ranged from being for massive product liability cases to in-depth vetting of a possible CEO. In every single one of these cases, the names of these individuals were developed…

Factors in Traffic Accident Investigations

By Michael Miranda (excerpt from “Accident Investigations for Private Investigators and Attorneys”) Why is it important to investigate a traffic accident? It was just an accident, right? In a 2014 study completed by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), the economic cost of traffic accidents in the United States (based on 2010 data) was…

25 Takeaways, Quotes and Tools from the 2018 OSMOSIS Conference

By Brian Willingham Last week, I attended the OSMOSIS Conference, held in Las Vegas and put on by Cynthia Hetherington of the Hetherington Group. After years of going to conferences of a large national organization (that will go unnamed) and coming back less than fulfilled, I found it fantastic to attend a conference that was…

My Favorite Detective Stories

By John A. Hoda Debuting in June 2018 with a tripleheader, My Favorite Detectives Stories is a podcast for investigators with investigators (and investigative journalists) hosted by, you guessed it, an investigator. When starting to think seriously about my encore career and what resonated most, I wanted to leave a legacy of helping other investigators…

Private Investigations on Indian Reservations

By Stephanie Irvine Private investigators’ work can span a wide range of services, from surveillance to skip tracing and researching information. For surveillance specifically, private investigators may surveil targets at their place of work, homes, and social events. While all of this is standard protocol, extra steps must be taken when handling jobs that occur…

What Is the One Quality That Every Investigator Should Have?

By Brian Willingham A few weeks back, I was on a radio show (~18:50 mark) with Los Angeles private investigator Scott Ross, where he asked me about the one quality I looked for in a private investigator. The question came up again in a PI Education webinar with Hal Humphreys titled “The Business of Investigations,”…