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Our Cyber Investigations Team is Managed by a court recognized Expert on Internet and Social Media Investigations. A 28 year veteran of the Vancouver Police Department with 12 of those years being spent in the Technological Crimes Unit. This Team of Experts have Extensive Investigative Experience with International Cyber Scams and other Online related Investigations.
Today many people turn to online dating apps or social networking sites to meet someone. But instead of finding that special someone, they end of becoming a victim of an online dating scam.
We don’t necessarily always hear about someone falling victim to an online dating scam. Usually, it is because victims remain quiet and stoic, embarrassed or ashamed that they have been scammed by someone they met online. However, this is very common and it happens to both young and old – your friends, neighbours, men, and women from all different backgrounds and professions. You may become a victim when you least expect it and it will leave you mildly annoyed, heartbroken or even in financial ruin.
A COMMON THEME OF AN ONLINE DATING / ROMANCE SCAM
They will claim that they are within close proximity or domestically, in Canada or the United States. They may say that they are presently overseas due to work, schooling, religious obligations (such as being a missionary), or another critical obligation. If they are male, they might claim to be working on an oil rig or that they are a member of the military, a contractor, or an engineer of some sort, females may work as models or travelling nurses. They may say they are in the Peace Corp or a student of some sort. Some may say that they are born abroad and claim they need help due to an oppressive government. If they want you to fall in love with them, they will cut and paste from their list of text messages saturated with hugs and kisses and all the things you want to hear. They are usually having the same chats with several other people. They will also send you photographs (of them) or, at least you think the photos are of them.
They may send you items that at first glance appear to be authentic, to convince you that they are real and do exist. Some examples are a job contract (from an oil rig or contracting job), a copy of their passport or drivers licence , professional degrees, letters from lawyers/attorneys, etc. However, are these documents real or fictitious? They might ask you for a small amount of money within a week or so of communicating back and forth or meeting with them, testing the waters and your willingness. For more significant amounts, they may wait several weeks or a month or so, once they are convinced that you trust them. They promise to pay you back, including interest. Or, provide a dream of running off together to get married.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
In order to hire a Private Investigator you need to ensure they are representing or attached to a Licensed Private Investigation Agency and not just have a Private Investigator licence. Any reputable Private investigator will have the knowledge to carry out many types of investigative undertakings. Surveillance is one of the most requested services in our industry many Private Investigation Agencies offer this service , but only a handful really have the experience and know-how to execute properly and effectively. A reputable Private Investigator will always have a solid investigative work history. Being Licensed is one thing, but knowing how to attend to most investigation is a craft and can have huge legal recourse if not handled accordingly. Make sure who ever you hire can back up their resume. Just because someone is a licensed investigator does not mean they know how to investigate.
NOTE: A google review is a great indicator, but make sure you always look a little deeper and at times read between the lines on some of these. A knowledgeable and respected Private Investigator will know how to shepherd any investigation accordingly in search of providing their clients clarity to unknown answers or a conclusion to any quandary they may be experiencing. Do your homework before you engage any Private Investigator – Investigation Agency as there are good ones, great ones and the ones you should be running the other way from.
As the saying goes “cheaper is not always better”, and that statement holds true within the Investigative industry. As you probably have noticed, there are a lot of Toronto Private Investigators and throughout the GTA and Province of Ontario. When it comes to cost, it varies greatly.
The main question is “what are you paying for?” Is it Surveillance Services, Corporate Fraud Investigation, locating a person or persons, undercover operations? Whatever the service request, it is imperative that you make sure you hire a reputable agency and not just the cheapest entity out there. In this industry, when you pay a cheap fee for anything it is usually because corners have been cut or that they are inexperienced and not as qualified as they put themselves out to be.
For example, conducting a Fraud Investigation is not as simple as some may think. It is important to note that there are a handful of Private Investigation Agencies offering this type of service that do not possess the necessary skill set, qualifications or experience to do so. The same plays out for Surveillance Services, simply following someone does not make you a qualified or skilled Surveillance Investigator. There is a lot more that goes in to a Surveillance Investigation.
Do your homework on who you are thinking about hiring. Ask them their backgrounds, meet with them at one of their offices, ask to see their license to get a good feel of their professionalism and go from there. At Haywood Hunt and Associates we pride ourselves on being subject matter experts within certain areas and employ some of the nations most reputable and qualified Investigators. All of our Investigative rates and packages are very competitive and within industry standards.
To work as a Private Investigator in Ontario and throughout Canada, you must have a valid licence and be attached to a valid licensed agency to work as a Private Investigator. Ask who ever you hire to present you with the appropriate Identification and also ensure they are representing a Licensed Agency. Attend the office and the licence should be visible for your review and inspection.
Yes. A private investigator can legally follow someone within the normal confines of the law. A skilled and properly trained private investigator will know where to draw the line and where not to tread. Make sure you hire a qualified expert and not someone posing as one. Our team of surveillance investigators are experts with several decades of surveillance experience both in the public and private sectors.
The key word is legal. If you hire a qualified team of knowledgable, professional investigators like those employed with our agency you should never encounter anything that would be deemed as illegal or unethical.
Because of privacy restrictions in place that protects those who are living in or visiting Canada, it is not legal for private investigators to seek out or obtain cell phone records. Haywood Hunt & Associates, Inc. complies to all rules set by the Canadian government and respects every individual’s right to privacy. What we can do is to use other legal methods to obtain information that can be useful for the case. These methods may involve surveillance services or fraud investigations.
At times, Private Investigators may be called upon to present evidence obtained throughout the course of their investigation. It is imperative they keep detailed notes and utilize legal and ethical methods to obtain any and all evidence. Our team of investigators have presented evidence many times throughout their decorated careers; you are in good hands with us.
All Private investigators must work within the legal perimeters of our Canadian Privacy Laws such as the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act “PIPEDA”. This act governs the use, collection, and disclosure of client data. Private investigators that are working for a reputable Private Investigation Agency will be professional, discreet, and respectful of this act as well as other rights of private individuals. Be very cautious who you hire and always ensure that they are reputable and are safeguarding your information and any and all information obtained through out the coarse of the investigation accordingly.
Any ethical and professional Private Investigation Agency you hire is not at liberty to share any of your information to anyone without your full consent. However, there are at times, very rare circumstances that can arise in which a court order can request that the investigation agency forward investigation details. Make sure you obtain as much clarity of certain possibilities like this one.
Even though there is no law against purchasing a GPS device or for owning a GPS device, it is important to note that there are a number of very serious laws regarding the utilization of them. If a GPS device is used inappropriately, or if you cannot prove that it was not used inappropriately, it is very possible that you may be subject to the same laws, fines, and penalties as any common criminal. We do not ever rent out our GPS devices to the general public as you can simply purchase your own for a very reasonable cost and save some money. We also only utilize them under lawful circumstances and on very select investigation files.
The Ministry of the Solicitor General regulates Ontario’s Private Security Industry, which includes all Private Investigators and Agencies, all Security Guards and registry employees that directly employ in-house security staff. Haywood Hunt & Associates Inc. is a fully licensed Ontario Private Investigation Agency through the Ministry of the Solicitor General.
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