FBI warns on dating, romance Internet scams. Dating and romance fraud is more rampant than ever.

This warning by the FBI is a constant reminder about the predators exploiting people looking for legitimate relationships through the use of social media. In many cases, a discreet background check by a reputable, licensed private investigation firm like Private Investigation Services Group in the South Carolina Low Country will help identify fraudsters. The dating …

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Nearly 800 accuse Boy Scouts of failing to protect them from sex abuse as new lawsuit is filed

Another example of our children being placed in seemingly respected and trusted organizations without proper background checks. This very disappointing story today illustrates the need for parents to take every precaution possible to protect their children.   As a former Boy Scout, it is very disheartening to read this story. Over the years, the Scouts were …

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Why Romance Fraud is a Serious Matter

While not striking some as a serious concern, the victims in this article are proof that romance fraud can be both financially and psychologically debilitating. Though this example is in the UK, it can, and does happen globally. Our client experience at Private Investigation Services Group in Bluffton, SC, suggests that early suspicions regarding a budding …

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Seeking Victims in Indonesia Showbiz Scam Investigation

This recent posting from the FBI identifies a business related scam of substantially more complexity than your normal every day fraud. The international nature of the scam and extraordinary suspension of caution by otherwise smart and well intended people only reinforces the value conducting due diligence for any type of business venture. Reputable firms like …

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10 Ways an Attorney Can Effectively Use a Private Investigator

APRIL 19, 2010 BY BRIAN WILLINGHAM. Although law school and career experience provide an attorney with a number of useful research techniques and litigation skill, they do have limits. Consulting with a professional private investigator can help attorney’s to leverage your position and find creative and efficient ways to come out ahead of your adversary. Here are 10 …

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Keith Raniere, Founder of Cultlike Group, Convicted of Racketeering, Sex Trafficking

This article in the Wall Street Journal brings to a (judicial) conclusion the sad story of a fraudulent business purporting to be a self-improvement organization. Its underlying focus on financial, personal, and sexual manipulation of members is revealed rather quickly, though seemingly is unreported early on. Unfortunately, law enforcement would have likely declined any investigative …

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Fake German heiress convicted of bilking banks, businesses

  Unfortunately, revelations of this kind of business and personal fraud are not rare. Even in the face of some common sense indicators, businesses, banks, and individuals were taken in by the fake heiress. Sadly, a business and personal due diligence investigation may well have identified her as a fraud before they were taken in. …

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Woman scammed out of $273K by fake internet boyfriend: ‘I fell in love with him quickly’

  This is another sad story regarding “Romance Fraud” that might have been prevented. Of course, law enforcement will respond once the fraud or loss is perpetuated, but a good Private Investigator would likely have identified common romance fraud patterns, and anomalies in the fraudsters history, helping the romance partner avoid becoming a victim. While …

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Man Sentenced to Prison for Vending Machine Scam

  In this story from the FBI, dishonest people took advantage of both unsuspecting consumers and business associates by defrauding them. One unfortunate aspect of this story is that their business partners appear to have been unaware of their previous criminal history. While background checks and due diligence analysis can’t always guarantee a deception-free transaction, …

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FBI warns college students to avoid employment scams

This warning from the FBI regarding phony job opportunities identifies one of the many challenges a new college graduate faces. Never be taken in by persons or companies requesting “up front,” administrative, or other various fees prior to being selected for a job. In those instances where you may not find any suspicious activity that should be reported to the FBI, …

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