A private investigator’s life isn’t all stake-outs and snapping photos, often what comes before is finding the actual person. While normal people might think to first put their names through Google or one of the many sub-standard people search engines out there, they often turn up hundreds of people with the same name and wildly out-of-date information on all of them. When it comes to locating assets, a vehicle, or a person themselves, nothing is more effective than private investigator database.
It wasn’t too long ago that a catfish only had one definition – a whiskered, bottom-dwelling beauty of a fish found in most rivers and lakes. However, it was after MTV aired their show based on the award-winning documentary Catfish that it suddenly picked up another meaning – a person who hides their identity online in order to deceive another. While not all catfish online are devious, most often they are just lonely people, but sometimes it can be a good method for con artists to milk money or gifts from other lonely people.
When an insurance company looks into a claim, often they rely on statistical analysis and other data analysis techniques to flag potentially fraudulent cases. However, while this can point to potential insurance fraud, it certainly can’t prove it. Even in this digital age, the task of gathering proof for insurance fraud still falls to the investigators. However, no matter how simple or complex a case of insurance fraud may be, an investigator always has more than a few tried and true techniques for investigating at their disposal.