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The Downfall of Trustify

By Stephanie Irvine Founded in 2015, Trustify, Inc. was a start-up company dedicated to helping people hire private investigators on-demand. In 2016, Washington Business Journal named the company one of its Startups of the Week, and Trustify amassed a lot of press in its early years for its forward-thinking business model for the private investigations…

Public Service Announcement for Fellow Private Investigators

By Brian Willingham Private investigator Scott Ross called me a few months back and relayed a story about a Florida investigator whom he had spoken with a few years ago. Scott is a nationally renowned expert on cell phone towers and has worked some really high-profile cases. The Florida investigator had called Scott a few…

When is a Confidentiality Breach Justified for Private Investigators?

By PInow Staff Why is Confidentiality Important? Confidentiality is central to the preservation of trust between an investigator and their client. As a private investigator, clients will inevitably come to you with delicate cases that sometimes require them to reveal sensitive information about their personal lives. Often, in order for you to do your job…

Open Source Intelligence for Private Investigators

By PInow Staff Whether or not you realized it at the time, you have probably collected Open Source Intelligence, (OSINT) at some point in your investigative career. True to its name, OSINT is open-source, meaning that all its information is available to the general public. Since OSINT is accessible to everyone, it might not seem…

Ronan Farrow Exposes the Dark Underbelly of Private Investigators

By Brian Willingham This week, Ronan Farrow, the investigative reporter, published a three-part series (read Part I here, Part II here, and Part III here) on the Israel-based “intelligence firm” Black Cube, whom Farrow had some run-ins with while exposing Harvey Weinstein. It’s a pretty captivating story if you are into espionage, spies, surveillance, intrigue,…

5 Lessons from Corporate Investigations Gone Bad

By Brian Willingham This has been a bad couple of weeks for private investigators. First, there was the story of Credit Suisse, which hired private investigators to follow a former top executive whom the bank thought was trying to poach employees and clients. But the former executive got into a confrontation with the investigator hired…

Making a Citizen’s Arrest

By Stephanie Irvine With a nationwide shortage of police officers, many departments across the country are running short-staffed. The effects of this shortage proliferate into communities large and small, as there are fewer “good guys” around to stop the “bad guys,” and officers are often dispatched from call to call, resulting in longer response times…

She walked

She walked into the room like a lizard on your resort ceiling in the middle of the night, haltingly smooth, with just the slightest air of what was that, shall I run. It was a sight to see, and everyone did, you couldn’t help it. Silly shoes, they tend to do that, they make you…

By the Numbers, My Wife

Still, when you work as a PI, sometimes you get one of those cases that doesn’t involve finding guys dressed up as pigs, or a wife doing things with a guy twice her age, that, well it gave me nightmares, or, yes folks this is for real, a guy with a horse and well, even…