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Personal Private Investigator Services

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

A lot of people think of a private investigator as a guy in a trench coat and fedora staking out a place and spying on spouses on behalf of a jilted lover.  At Cape Fear Investigative Services, we don’t wear fedoras and we do a lot more than skulking in shadows taking pictures of people.  There are three general categories of services that we offer: personal, business and legal.  Below, we’ll focus on some of the personal investigative services that we provide.

Personal Investigative Services

Personal investigative services are performed for private individuals.  The most commonly thought-of service is the infidelity investigation, where we try to determine if one spouse is cheating on another and provide solid proof of the fact.  We do a lot more than just that, however.  Below are some of the person investigation services we commonly provide.

  • Alimony Surveillance Investigation – If you’re paying alimony and think your ex may have a new companion who is helping pay the bills, or they’re helping pay the bills for their new companion, we can get the evidence you need to reduce or stop your alimony payments.
  • Background Checks – There may be times in your life when you need to find out more about someone in your life, whether it’s someone you’ve begun getting serious about or someone in your child’s life.  We can make sure the person is who they say they are.
  • Child Custody Investigation – If you’re separated or divorced from your spouse and you’re worried about the new person your ex is bringing into your child’s life, we can set your mind at ease or get the evidence you need to let the authorities know that your child is not in a safe situation.
  • Civil Case Investigation – This covers a wide range of incidences, from needing to prove a neighbor’s harassment to helping reclaim property that you can’t get returned.  If you’re having a hard time getting the authorities to take an interest, we can help.
  • Criminal Case Investigation – We are experienced in working indigent criminal cases for attorneys.  If you’ve been accused of a crime or are trying to prove a crime, including homicide, rape, robbery, assault, identity theft larceny or more, we can help find the evidence you need.
  • Missing Persons – Whether a person has gone missing on purpose or accident, or you just want to reconnect with someone from your past, we can help discover where they are now.

If you’re in need of any kind of personal investigation service, give Cape Fear Investigative Services a call at (910) 762-4374 to get peace of mind, because peace of mind is priceless.

Who Do I Call to Help Find a Missing Person?

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

One of the most stressful experiences of a lifetime can be looking for a missing person. It is important to recruit as much help as you can from experts you can trust. We will discuss several factors to consider as you try to find the best people for the job.

How Much Experience do They Have?

It may seem obvious, but the first item on the list is to make sure that you enlist the help of someone that has experience. Be confident they have worked previously to find missing persons, and done so successfully, so that you can trust they will help you with your present situation.

If you are hiring a new company, then also make sure that you hire services alongside them so that you can make the most of the situation.

How Successful is Their Track Record?

It is also important to investigate the track record of the success and/or failures they have had in finding missing persons in the past. If you are contracting with a private investigator that has no history of ever accomplishing their goal in this field, perhaps you should re-think your choice. When an individual is missing you want to make sure you are using the best investigator for the job.

The thing to remember is that each company and private investigator might have different strengths and weaknesses. For example, if you are seeking a child, you will want to find people who have found lost children in the past.

How is the Payment Structured?

It may seem like one of the least important items at the time, but learning how much it costs to find missing persons can be important depending on your financial situation. You want to be sure that you are not going to be caught off guard with a large invoice that bears high interest. Take the time to look at how the company has handled late payments if you are worried about it, or ask them directly.

The bottom line is that you are going to want to find the best help that you can possibly find for your missing person issue. You want to be able to find the person as fast as possible. This is a good reason to find the ideal help, but you can’t waste time. Cape Fear Investigative Services, Inc. has experience and success. Give us a call at (910) 762-4374 so we can help you as soon as possible.

Because Peace of Mind is Priceless…

Finding Help for State & Federal Homicide & Drug Cases

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

When you are trying to find help with your criminal cases for homicides or drugs, you are going to want to be sure to talk to a legal professional who can help you to understand the situation. Here we are going to talk about how you can make the best choice for this type of situation if there is a serious charge.

These basic tips apply regardless of whether you are pressing or facing charges.

For Drug Charges: Find an Investigator or Lawyer Based on Experience

The first thing to do if possible is to find someone that has the appropriate experience. If money is not an issue, then you can find the help for your criminal homicide or drug case by looking at who has the most experience with your particular type of case.

If you are experiencing a federal drug charge, for example, find someone who has had success working such cases in the past. If you have a state drug charge, then find someone with that type of experience in your state. 

For Homicide Charges: Find the Best Person You Can Find

Homicide charges are much more serious and should be dealt with accordingly. Whether you are dealing with a federal or state homicide charge, you want to hire the best of the best. You will want to make sure that you deal with the criminal cases to the very best of your ability.

If money is a big problem for you, borrow some from a family member. Get the money you need for the best person you can find in any way you can. You will want to fully understand what you are up against so that you can make the ideal choice.

Criminal Cases: Stay Relaxed

Above all else, try to stay relaxed. The more stressed out you are, the less likely you are going to be to make a good decision or have a positive presence in court, regardless of which side you are on. Always try to be as relaxed as possible, especially as you try to find the right investigative or legal services for yourself. This will help you make a better choice in the end.

Call Cape Fear Investigative Services at (910) 762-4374 for your criminal cases. You will see that you can get pointed in the right direction whether you are facing or pressing drug or homicide charges at the federal or state level.

Insurance Investigations

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Fraud costs billions

Insurance Fraud

Here at Cape Fear Investigative Services, Inc, we can investigate deep into potential false workers compensation claims by conducting background checks, uncovering any suspicious activity involving the claimant and/or family members and review any previous medical records.  Each case is individual and may have many different levels of investigative techniques involved. These techniques by experienced investigators may consist of surveillance, conducting neighborhood canvases, medical searches, accident reconstruction, interviewing the claimant and witnesses and comparing statements or compiling and reviewing financial and asset records.
While there are many legitimate claims from injuries that do require long term care, thousands of insurance claims filed each year are questionable and potentially fraudulent. Many of these claims are just paid out by insurance or privately self insured companies due to time constraints or pressure from outside adjusters or attorneys to settle the claim quickly. Hiring Cape Fear Investigative Services, Inc. to assist the insurance adjusters, SIU or HR departments can help to produce evidence that will be admissible in court and persuade the parties involved that the claimed injuries are not as they were reported. Well documented reports and video over a period of time cannot be disputed. Life and disability fraud, property damage fraud and theft, embezzlement, false statements and other insurance related crimes are occurring every day. If you suspect any fraudulent activity within your company or with a claimant we are available to assist you. Call 910-762-4374 to speak to an investigator.

 

Find Sex Offenders

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

You can help keep your family safe by learning where sex offenders live in your community.

Search the Sex Offender Registry

Use the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry to find out where sex predators live in your area. When you search, you can view a map that pinpoints where sex offenders live within five miles of any site you choose, such as your home, your child’s school or child care center, or a local park.

Email Alerts When Offenders Move Near You

You can sign up to get e-mail alerts when a sex offender registers at an address near your home or your child’s school, or to track a specific offender.

Track an Offender

If you’ve been the victim of a sex crime and your offender is registered, you can ask to be notified when the offender moves. You can also view an offender’s NC prison record and sentence. Get Alerts by Telephone

You can also sign up to get an alert by telephone when a convicted sex offender moves into your zip code, or to get telephone alerts about a specific offender by calling NC SAVAN at 1-877-627-2826.

Fighting Against Identity Theft

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

COMMON WAYS ID THEFT HAPPENS:

Skilled identity thieves use a variety of methods to steal your personal information, including:

  1. Dumpster Diving. They rummage through trash looking for bills or other paper with your personal information on it.
  2. Skimming. They steal credit/debit card numbers by using a special storage device when processing your card.
  3. Phishing. They pretend to be financial institutions or companies and send spam or pop-up messages to get you to reveal your personal information.
  4. Changing Your Address. They divert your billing statements to another location by completing a “change of address” form.
  5. “Old-Fashioned” Stealing. They steal wallets and purses; mail, including bank and credit card statements; pre-approved credit offers; and new checks or tax information. They steal personnel records from their employers, or bribe employees who have access.

DETER

Identity theft is a serious crime. It occurs when your personal information is stolen and used without your knowledge to commit fraud or other crimes. Identity theft can cost you time and money. It can destroy your credit and ruin your good name.

Deter identity thieves by safeguarding your information.

  • Shred financial documents and paperwork with personal information before you discard them.
  • Protect your Social Security number. Don’t carry your Social Security card in your wallet or write your Social Security number on a check. Give it out only if absolutely necessary or ask to use another identifier.
  • Don’t give out personal information on the phone, through the mail, or over the Internet unless you know who you are dealing with.
  • Never click on links sent in unsolicited emails; instead, type in a web address you know. Use firewalls, anti-spyware, and anti-virus software to protect your home computer; keep them up-to-date. Visit OnGuardOnline.gov for more information.
  • Don’t use an obvious password like your birth date, your mother’s maiden name, or the last four digits of your Social Security number.
  • Keep your personal information in a secure place at home, especially if you have roommates, employ outside help, or are having work done in your house.

DETECT

Detect suspicious activity by routinely monitoring your financial accounts and billing statements.

Be alert to signs that require immediate attention:

  • Bills that do not arrive as expected
  • Unexpected credit cards or account statements
  • Denials of credit for no apparent reason
  • Calls or letters about purchases you did not make

Inspect:

  • Your credit report. Credit reports contain information about you, including what accounts you have and your bill paying history.
    • The law requires the major nationwide consumer reporting companies-Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion-to give you a free copy of your credit report each year if you ask for it.
    • Visit http://www.AnnualCreditReport.com/ or call 1-877-322-8228, a service created by these three companies, to order your free credit reports each year. You also can write: Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281.
  • Your financial statements. Review financial accounts and billing statements regularly, looking for charges you did not make.

DEFEND

Defend against ID theft as soon as you suspect it.

  • Place a “Fraud Alert” on your credit reports, and review the reports carefully. The alert tells creditors to follow certain procedures before they open new accounts in your name or make changes to your existing accounts. The three nationwide consumer reporting companies have toll-free numbers for placing an initial 90-day fraud alert; a call to one company is sufficient:
    • Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
    • Experian: 1-888-EXPERIAN (397-3742)
    • TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289

Placing a fraud alert entitles you to free copies of your credit reports. Look for inquiries from companies you haven’t
contacted, accounts you didn’t open, and debts on your accounts that you can’t explain.

  • Close accounts. Close any accounts that have been tampered with or established fraudulently.
    • Call the security or fraud departments of each company where an account was opened or changed without your okay. Follow up in writing, with copies of supporting documents.
    • Use the ID Theft Affidavit at ftc.gov/idtheft to support your written statement.
    • Ask for verification that the disputed account has been closed and the fraudulent debts discharged.
    • Keep copies of documents and records of your conversations about the theft.
  • File a police report. File a report with law enforcement officials to help you with creditors who may want proof of the crime.
  • Report the theft to the Federal Trade Commission. Your report helps law enforcement officials across the country in their investigations.
    • Online: ftc.gov/idtheft
    • By phone: 1-877-ID-THEFT (438-4338) or TTY, 1-866-653-4261
    • By mail: Identity Theft Clearinghouse, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC 20580

To learn more about ID theft and how to deter, detect, and defend against it, visit ftc.gov/idtheft. Or request copies of ID theft resources by writing to:

Consumer Response Center
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, H-130
Washington, DC 20580