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Jimmie Mesis Editor In Chief Of PI Magazine
Interviewing Joel Winton of the FTC

The FTC On Pretexting
Jimmie Mesis Interview with Joel Winton of the FTC.
In an effort to get a definitive definition of pretexting and understand the potential risks and penalties for conducting pretexts, PI Magazine was granted an interview with Joel Winston, Associate Director of the FTC, Division of Financial Practices. This unprecedented interview specifically details the various areas of pretexting including, personal and financial information, toll records, CNA's, utility company searches, as well as general telephone and in-person pretexting. The answers that were provided by the FTC will certainly be of interest to all. Apimagazine.com article.

Profile: Carrie Brechtelsbauer The Document Shredder Service- That Fights Identity Theft
Specialty: The Auburn Hills company operates four mobile shredding trucks around Metro Detroit that turn discarded customer records into confetti. With 10 employees the firm earns almost $1 million in revenue.

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Gathering Evidence In The Digital Age
The Age of The Computer has changed the way businesses around the world conduct their daily transactions. Almost everything they do will find its way to the computer, from a sales transaction to the purchase of paper clips. by Timothy Q.Delaney and Stephen C. Smith.

"National" Criminal History Databases
Les Rosen and Carl R. Ernst explain how criminal record databases are created and maintained and when you can use them to comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. A BRB article PDF download.

Find Anyone on the Internet... Myth or Reality?
You have heard of companies selling cyber spy-net programs — (Clue: They usually begin with the word Net or Spy) They proclaim that anyone can find out everything about anybody Don't worry your privacy will not be compromised by these guys. Here's the lowdown and the myths revealed. by Pamela Sween, Private Investigator.

Unmanipulated Photos
Why Declare That An Image Is Not Manipulated?

In many applications of photography, it is extremely important that a photograph be created through as as straight-forward a transfer as possible from what was recorded on the film or the imaging sensor of the camera to the image the viewer sees. Obvious examples would be photographs presented as evidence in a court case, as part of a medical record, with an insurance claim, or as an illustration of a news article in a newspaper or journalistic article .

Industry Trends- Business Embraces World Of Spies
Private detectives are traditionally seen as inhabiting the shadowy world of cheating husbands and estranged wives. But nowadays they are more likely to work for businesses.

Profile:Joe Tadlock Private Matters
Roseville investigator has been on the case for 30 years
The client always lies. This is the edict of Joe Tadlock, a veteran of 30 years in the business of investigating what his clients want known, but so rarely entail the full scope of.

Lipsky Says He Left FBI Early To 'Tell The Truth'
And Becomes A Private Investigator

Jon Lipsky stepped to the podium in a hot, cramped press room Wednesday and began his testimony. "I've been muzzled since 1992," he said.

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Trap lines have become a very effective investigative tool in skip tracing and other types of investigations such as when you need to find out where someone works.The idea behind using a trap line is that if you capture the telephone number that the party is dialing from, you have a fact that they were at this location at the time of the call. This could be their home address. If you set it up right and ask them to call at a certain time, they could be calling from their work number. Of course, once you get the number they call from, you need to turn the telephone number you captured into an address. By Ralph Thomas

Justice by Machine: Living With Lie Detector Tests
A former public defender recounts his first experience with a lie detector test and argues for their place in American courtrooms A Nolo Press Article

Signs of Infidelity - 30 Clues to Cheating Spouses
A cheating spouse or significant other will tend to exhibit some of the signs of infidelity listed in this article.

The Writing Specialists: More Than TNT
 If you thought handwriting analysis was for fortune telling, carnivals and parlor tricks guess again. In fact, over 8,000 U.S. corporations use it for employee screening and solving employee theft. Lawyers use it for jury selection, Investigators use it for help with cases, Genealogists use it to profile their deceased ancestors, Singles use it to screen their prospective mates and much more.

Keeping Yourself Safe from Stalkers
"The only difference between me and a stalker is intent," said private investigator Bill Vann. "I've been stalking for 9 years but I've been licensed to do so."

No Fault Divorce Vs. Fault Divorce FAQ
One can get a no fault divorce in any state, but one may want to understand "fault" grounds for divorce as well. A Nolo Press Article

How To Increase The Response You Get From Your
Lead Generating Ads

I received two postcards in the mail yesterday. One was cluttered with so much small text I had difficulty trying to read it. I gave up and trashed it. The second postcard had a total of 48 words on it including a website address listed on the bottom of the card. The card announced a new book on one of my favorite business topics. Part of one chapter was available to read free at the website listed on the card. I did... then ordered the book. by Bob Leduc

Electronic Monitoring In The Work Place.
This article deals with privacy laws pertaining to telephones, voicemail, email and Internet use. Advances in technology now make it possible for employers to keep track of virtually all workplace communications by any employee -- on the phone and in cyberspace.

Nighttime Tractor Trailer Side Underrides- (The Invisible Semi)
In 1967, near New Orleans, actress Jayne Mansfield received fatal injuries when her automobile struck the rear of a semi tractor, underrode it, causing her virtual decapitation. The remarkable aspect of that crash is that it happened over thirty years ago and received much publicity, yet very little has been accomplished in the ensuing years to prevent similar accidents. By: Robert L. Parke, CLI

Sleuth Or Consequences - How To Tell If A Person Is Lying
How to tell in five minutes or less whether someone is lying
Wouldn't it be great if everyone around us -- spouse, friends, business partners, job candidates, employees -- always told the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Well, as recent news events have made painfully dear, when confronted with an accusation of misbehavior, many people compound the problem by backpedaling, obfuscating, denying, and flat-out lying.

The War Against Retail Return Abuses
With the holiday season comes fruitcake, traffic jams and an anticipated onslaught of must-be-returned gifts from well-meaning (and possibly colorblind) friends and relatives. But sprinkled amongst those gift-receipt-clutching consumers are what the industry considers thieves: people who deliberately use return policies to steal. The tactics vary, from “free customer rentals”—where someone purchases an outfit, wears it to an event, and then returns it the next day—to those who purchase two items that look similar but are priced very differently and then switch the boxes so they return the cheaper item and get the refunded money from the higher-priced item.

The Ethics of Competitive Intelligence: the Good, the
Bad & the Gray

To many, the term "ethical CI" seems to be an oxymoron, a lot like "jumbo shrimp". But, a more thorough exam of the professional literature reveals a broad spectrum of various competitive intelligence practices, including those that might be considered unethical by many. A PDF Download- By Arik Johnson

General Rules for Proving Fault in Accidents
This article covers general rules used to decide who is at fault for an accident. A Nolo Press Article

Internet Addiction: The Emergence Of A New Disorder
This article attempts to differentiate addictive from normal use of the Internet. The paper also documents significant behavioral and functional differences between those subjects classified as addicts and non-addicts. On-line addicts in this study spent an average of 38 hours per week on-line, mostly used interactive applications such as chat rooms and MUDs, and were unable to control their Internet usage which resulted in significant marital, academic, and job related problems.by Dr. Kimberly S. Young



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This application allows the user to enter an ZIP Code and get a list of the Gas, Electric, Water and Incumbent Local Exchange Companies that serve that ZIP Code.

All FCC Licensing
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Who's A Rat
A database of police informants compiled from public records.

Who Me? The "Reverse" People Finder
Who? Me? is a Reverse People Finder website. A site where someone may be trying to find you. Is someone, somewhere, looking for you? Could an old, lost or missing friend be trying to find you?

Restaurant Inspection Reports
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Real Crimes By Stupid Criminals
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Investigators Guide to Sources of Information
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Investigative News

Security Contractor Sued Over Iraq Deaths
Raleigh- N.C. - Families of four security contractors whose bodies were burned and dragged through the streets of Fallujah, Iraq, last year sued the workers' former company Wednesday. The families contend that the company, Blackwater Security Consulting, cut corners that led to the men's death.

British Private Investigator Jeff Katz

NCISS Federal Legislative Update
The NCISS Legislative Committee, through our retained government relations expert Larry Sabbath, has been holding talks with the Washington, DC staff of Senator Dianne Feinstein regarding proposed privacy legislation.

Pssst! They're Listening When You're On Hold
Melville, NY- It is the opening line on so many phone conversations these days: This call may be monitored for quality assurance purposes. The taped message is so common that many callers might assume that no one is ever listening, let alone taking notes. But they would be wrong.


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Mafia, Masons Murder And Private Investigator Jeff Katz
Calvi's murder is one of the most intriguing mysteries of the 1980s The Italian courts are preparing to rule on whether four people should face trial for conspiracy to murder the Vatican banker, Roberto Calvi.

Secret Service Hacked?
In the heat of a monthslong hacker investigation into an extraordinary break-in at a leading wireless carrier's network, an Internet informant approached the Secret Service with startling news: The targeted hackers were reading some of the agency's own e-mails and computer files.

Private Investigators Catch Employee Stealing
$90,000 From Employer

Denise Marie, 53, was employed as a cashier at the Grange Restaurant, which is part of the Bureta Park Motor Inn. But her employer became suspicious of her expensive-looking jewellery and clothes - and employed a private investigator and installed a hidden camera to watch her work.

Pima County Anionic In Identity Theft Ring Case
Arizona Daily Sun - Flagstaff,AZ, USA
Tucsom A federal grand jury indicted a Pima County man in an identity theft ring that victimized as many as 250 people. ...

Massive T-Mobile Hacked, SSN Numbers And
Other Personal Data Taken

A California man faces felony charges of hacking into cell phone company T-Mobile's computer network to steal hundreds of names and social security numbers, according to court documents released on Wednesday.

Mass Identity Theft Reported At Mason University
Hacker Gets Into Personal Information Of Students, Faculty, - Fairfax,, Va. -- Online intruders have hacked into the personal information of more than 30,000 people affiliated with George Mason University. School officials said the victims include students, faculty and staff at the school. The victims have been told their credit and bank account information is at risk, News4 reported.

A Growing Crisis...
Mississippi Changes Driver License Info And Takes
Off SSN Numbers Because Of Massive Identity Theft

If you're a Mississippian whose Social Security number is prominently displayed on your driver's license, you're advised to report to your nearest highway patrol office and get it changed.

Four Charged With Massive Identity Theft In Colorado
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation will charge four people under Colorado's Organized Crime Control Act in hundreds of identity theft cases.

Massive Identity Theft Around Kansas City
Federal and local authorities are investigating a series of identify thefts that have victimized as many as 200 people across the metropolitan area for a loss of about $25,000.

Instant Credit Means Instant Identity Theft
Retailers, banks in a rush make things easy for imposters

A surge in personal bankruptcies isn't the only consequence of America's addiction to credit. And the problems connected to irresponsible credit card use are no longer limited to those who don't pay their bills on time. Anyone can be a victim of the radioactive fallout from the credit culture: Identity theft and ten million Americans have been victims.

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China's First All Female Investigative Agency
Shut Down By Government

China’s first all-female detective agency has been closed following allegations it broke the law and overstepped the scope of its powers, an official at the center said.

Some CIA Security Experts Saying World Safer
If Ben Laden Stays Alive And Free

THE world may be better off if Osama Bin Laden remains at large, according to the Central Intelligence Agency’s recently departed executive director.

New Behavioral Profiling Techniques, TSA Training Help Target Suspicious Subway Passengers
Metro DC police officers are using new behavioral profiling techniques as they patrol subway stations, identifying suspicious riders and pulling them aside for questioning.

Lawyer Accused Of Trying To Steal From
Fund For Indigents

Georgetown, Ky. - A Covington lawyer who has been representing a man accused of killing a Georgetown woman has been charged with trying to get an investigator to improperly bill a fund for indigent clients then split the proceeds with him.

Inauguration to Get Unprecedented Security
Security for President Bush's inauguration _ the first swearing-in since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks _ will be unprecedented with some 6,000 law enforcement personnel, canine bomb teams and close monitoring of transportation.

Privacy Group Pursues Complaint Against Data Brokers Responds To ChoicePoint , Congress And The FTC
EPIC argues that many of the data products sold by companies such as Choicepoint avoid coverage under the Fair Credit Reporting even though the content and source of these profiles on American consumers may be virtually indistinguishable from a credit report that would be covered under the federal law.

Forensic Scientist In Crime Lab Tied To Wrongful Convictions In Oregon
A forensic scientist whose testimony helped wrongfully convict two young men of murder in Oregon has been working for the Washington State Patrol crime lab since the case unraveled nine years ago.

Ca. PI Anthony Pellicano Seeks Nullification
Of His Conviction

Those computer files were seized during a raid on the Sunset Strip offices of famed private detective Anthony Pellicano. Also confiscated were two hand grenades and a quantity of C4 plastic explosives, resulting in a 30-month federal prison sentence for Pellicano.

Email Used As Weapon In Court Case
The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce has turned employee e-mails into a potent legal weapon in an acrimonious court battle with a team of top executives who left the bank last year to form a competing investment firm.

School Systems Deploy Latest Surveillance Technology
WBAL Channel.com - Baltimore,MD,USA
Several school systems in the Baltimore area are embracing the latest in surveillance technology -- adding digital video cameras that can zoom-in ...

Electronic Devices A Boon For Forensics
When forensic examiner Tim Weaver looks at the computers, cell phones and PDAs that aid and entertain people, he sees yet another purpose: evidence.

George Wackenhut, Security Industry Giant, Dead At 85
George Wackenhut, the former FBI agent who became a leader in the private security industry, died on Dec. 31 of heart failure. He was 85. Mr. Wackenhut, who retired to Vero Beach, and three former agents started a private investigation company in Miami in 1954.


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Phillies Fanatic On Trial
Philadelphia— A disgruntled sports fan is on trial, accused of sending thousands of angry e-mail messages that appeared to be from Philadelphia sportswriters.

Stun-Gun Maker Disputes Taser's Claims
Stun-Gun producer Stinger Systems Inc. is countering legal claims by Taser International Inc., which has accused the Charlotte company of making misleading statements about Stinger products.

Controversial Web Site Claims To "Out"
Would-Be Child Molesters

The people who run Perverted-Justice.com say their goal is to "out" child predators whose anonymity allows them to lurk in the shadows of the Internet. But critics say the group — whose members insist on anonymity themselves — is nothing more than an Internet lynch mob that operates in the same kinds of shadows they claim to illuminate

Corrie's Suranne To Play PI
Sky News - UK -Suranne Jones will go from soap star to private investigator in her first role since her tearful departure from Corrie. The 25-year ..

Source: Employee Of Missing Candy Heiress Says She Was Shot
Chicago,IL- ... Amendment in front of a grand jury, he failed a lie detector test and he hasn't been talked to since," said Ernie Rizzo, a private investigator who believes ...

Students Booked With Cyber Stalking
Deputies arrested three Loranger High School students Wednesday following a week-long investigation into the teenagers' Web habits and booked them with cyber stalking, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office said

Debate Arises Over Public Records Act In Ca
Santa Cruz County changes tune on access to original documents - While Santa Cruz County voters recently gave their overwhelming approval to a guarantee of access to public records, the county government has cut off that access, a local businessman said.

Sweet Wife, a Short Story by Philip Beloin, Jr.
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For these online bootleggers, who authorities say represent the top of a distribution pyramid for pirated movies, software and music, it's all about the bragging rights for being first to copy a hot title or releasing the best-quality replica.

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