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9 Simple Rules of a Private Investigator, That You Won’t See on TV

By Brian Willingham 1Don’t waiver from your ethical core values. 2Don’t impersonate another human being. 3Don’t do anything that is illegal or something that falls within the “grey area” of legality. 4Your reputation and your word are all you have; use them wisely. 5Don’t take on anything just for the money. 6Situations dictate tactics. 7If…

What to do if Someone is Impersonating you Online?

By Brian Willingham Yesterday, I was messing around with some online tools to identify social media profiles and came across Followerwonk, a tool created by the folks over at Moz to analyze Twitter followers. They have a tool where you can search Twitter bios by their “real name” or by keywords in the bio. It’s…

Goodbye 2017: Here’s to Kick-A$$ 2018!

By Brian Willingham 2017 is (finally) over. I know that people like to think of a new year as a blank slate for a new set of dreams, goals and possibilities. I’ve never been one to think that way. But this year, I hope those people are right. There were a lot of good things…

3 Reasons Why Investigators Need to Master Online Research

By Brian Willingham Investigators often debate the value of online research, and their opinions are varied, ranging from the it’s a “disgusting and unethical practice” to “applause” from a newer generation of investigators who think that any investigation can be solved with a few clicks. The truth lies somewhere in between, but I am here…

How to Be an Expert in Finding People

By Brian Willingham After 15 years as a private investigator, I have become an expert in finding people. Long-lost relatives, hard-to-find witnesses, biological fathers, ex-boyfriends – you name it, I have found them. I don’t say this lightly either. I think that people who call themselves experts at anything are idiots. So I guess I…

Being the Best Private Investigator You Can Be

By Brian Willingham Last week, I read Eamon Javers’ article on BuzzFeed about Tom Corbally, “a private investigator whose career crisscrossed continents and spanned decades.” It’s an absolutely fascinating read. It’s literally a story straight out of Hollywood. Corbally was the “original most interesting man in the world.” He rubbed elbows with Hollywood types, flew…

In-Person Vs. Telephone Investigative Interview

By Brian Willingham We have recently been working on a case for a California-based firm in which we are conducting a number of in-person interviews. In this particular case, we are interviewing individuals who may have some knowledge of a fraud involving upward of several hundred million dollars. As my colleague and I were driving…

A “Background Check” vs. a Thorough Background Check

By Brian Willingham A North Carolina woman called a few weeks ago. She had paid a local investigator $2,500 to do some surveillance on her ex-husband’s new live-in friend. She had also asked the investigator to conduct a background check on the friend to see if he had any criminal history. After meeting the friend…

Starting Tips for Private Investigators

By Steven Gonzales – ACES of Dallas Even after three years as private investigators, we at ACES Private Investigations of Dallas are continually learning about this industry and expanding our knowledge. However, there are 10 tips that helped us get started and become successful. As with any business, you tend to learn as you grow,…

A Mini Guide to Corporate Investigations

By Haywood Hunt & Associates Inc Often corporate investigations are conducted to determine whether a company is safe or not to do business with. By conducting an in-depth analysis, companies are kept safe from: Damaged reputation Misuse or abuse of network and resources Compromised customer information Theft or loss or proprietary information Problems that may…