OSINT Private Investigators
Your Full Service Private Investigation Agency Serving Toronto, the GTA & All of Ontario.
We are Fully Licensed, Insured & Bonded. 100% Confidentiality Guaranteed.
Social Media Investigations | OSINT | Open Source Intelligence Investigations
Our OSINT Intelligence Division (OID) is led 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.
As well as assisting municipal law enforcement agencies across Canada and the United States he has also worked closely with the RCMP, the FBI, the United States Secret Service, the United States Postal Inspectors and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of Nigeria. He has assisted the top 7 financial institutions in Canada, a number of large U.S banks and the 4 main North American credit card companies in recovering millions of dollars’ worth of compromised data.
The OSINT Intelligence Division of our private investigation agency utilizes the full depth of open source digital information, with its ever expanding sources, methods and wealth of valuable data. OSINT or Open Sources for Intelligence is a vast, complex and ever changing network, which involves traditional media, web-based communities and social networks, public data, professional and academic digital sources, geospatial methods and the deep web.
These methods are becoming invaluable to investigators as intelligence analysts are able to uncover information using methods that were once thought impossible.
At Haywood Hunt OSINT is often critical in the collection, collation and analysis of evidence allowing us to offer intelligence that is beyond the scope and capabilities of the vast majority of private investigation agencies. All of our methods are legally sound and we utilize processes that the courts will accept.
This specialized Team of court recognized experts are able to provide the Corporate and Legal communities, as well as the general public, with premier OSINT Investigative support. Some common uses for OSINT include:
- Online Social Media Investigations
- Phishing Scams
- Cyber Extortion | Exploitation
- Identity theft
- Corporate Online Reputation
- Pre Employment Screening
- Merger & Acquisition Due Diligence
- Corporate Intelligence
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Criminal Investigations | Civil Investigations | Corporate Investigations | Workplace Investigations | Insurance Investigations | Cheating Spouse Investigations | OSINT Investigations | Online Dating Investigations | Online Investment Scam Investigations | Surveillance Services | Risk Management | Undercover Investigations | Missing Persons | Cold Case Review | Consulting Services
We are Fully Licensed, Insured & Bonded
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 Private Investigation Agencies within Toronto 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.
THE LATEST NEWS FROM OUR BLOG
Online dating has been one of the most popular ways to find lasting love or a romantic interest in the past several years. And like any good thing that has become popular, it has created opportunities for scammers. In fact, people have reported losing around $1.3 billion to romance scams in the past five years and it reached an astounding record of $547 million in 2021.
Haywood Hunt & Associates Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Don Panchuk (BA MA CFE CRM) to our Corporate Investigations Division. Don served for 31 years in the RCMP, retiring as the Superintendent in Charge of the Integrated Market Enforcement Team in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
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