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Holiday Phishing

Holiday Phishing by Marc Hurwitz Crossroads Investigations has seen an uptick of identity theft cases.  In one recent case, a fraudster used a client’s personal information to create corporate entities and purchase properties.  It should come as no surprise, since the Federal Trade Commission has given Florida the top prize in highest per capita rate of …

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Lunch is On Me

Lunch is On Me by Marc Hurwitz As many of you know, Crossroads Investigations is more than just a private investigation agency.  Our Due Diligence practice produces studies on par with the top consulting firms – we subscribe to the same restricted databases, and the Crossroads analysis team is comprised of former federal intelligence officers whose expertise …

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Who’s Working For You?

Who’s Working For You? by Marc Hurwitz As a former CIA officer, who has seen his fair share of sketchy behavior, I am NOT a very trusting person. But even if you are, there are some people you really shouldn’t be afraid of knowing absolutely everything about. The nanny or babysitter who watches your children, …

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Interview Tips

Interview Tips by Marc Hurwitz As a Private Investigator, I get asked a lot to check into the backgrounds of potential employees. But whether you’re that potential employee or an employer, there’s some simple advice I always pass along. When conducting a job interview, make sure to ask, “Are there any individuals or any records …

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Due Diligence: Do Your Homework

Due Diligence: Do Your Homework by Marc Hurwitz

SURVEILLANCEDriving out of a dealership with a brand new car can be pretty exciting. That new car smell and feel is memorable. But before even signing any paperwork or putting money down, most of us research, comparison shop and go for a test ride. Then why is it that when it comes to business, we fail to test drive or conduct due diligence on a potential acquisition, a new business partner or a new product?

Due Diligence is a detailed investigation or audit of a person or business. During my years at the CIA, it was standard procedure to look into a person’s past, which included not only an extensive background check, but also a very detailed analysis of the company they kept. Now, at Crossroads Investigations we help you find out everything and anything about a subject or business through an extensive Due Diligence process.

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Surveillance: Somebody’s Watching You

Surveillance: Somebody’s Watching You by Marc Hurwitz

Have you ever had the feeling that someone’s watching you? You look over your shoulder, walk a little faster or duck into a crowd just in case. Oh wait a minute, that’s just your imagination thinking back to the movie you watched last weekend.

Well, if it’s done right, surveillance is something you would never even know is taking place. Surveillance work includes either mobile surveillance, like shadowing or tailing someone, or fixed surveillance, such as a stakeout. The best surveillants blend in as someone you would never suspect of following you. A lot of government and law enforcement agencies do it. As a former CIA officer, I can tell you first-hand that surveillance detection is a key component of surviving in a potentially hostile environment.

 

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Asset Searches: Finding a Penny in a Haystack

Asset Searches: Finding a Penny in a Haystack by Marc Hurwitz

Criminals are crafty. From my days with the CIA and the U.S. Department of State, I can say I’ve seen the bad guys try it all. But they also make mistakes, and that’s why bad guys almost always get caught. The hard part can be finding them.

Recently, an attorney hired us to find someone who owed his client a lot of money. He needed papers served on that person, but the subject relocated without leaving a forwarding address. So we conducted a “Skip Trace”, the industry term locating a person’s whereabouts. The term comes from the phrase, “skipping town.”

Skip tracing is a great way for law firms and process servers to find someone they need to appear in court. But we’ve also used it to help a client locate a relative with psychological problems, and it’s a major tool in locating missing persons.

 

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Skip Tracing: How to Find People in Miami and Elsewhere

Skip Tracing: How to Find People by Marc Hurwitz
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Criminals are crafty. From my days with the CIA and the U.S. Department of State, I can say I’ve seen the bad guys try it all. But they also make mistakes, and that’s why bad guys almost always get caught. The hard part can be finding them.

Recently, an attorney hired us to find someone in Miami who owed his client a lot of money. He needed papers served on that person, but the subject relocated without leaving a forwarding address. So we conducted a “Skip Trace”, the industry term locating a person’s whereabouts. The term comes from the phrase, “skipping town.”

Skip tracing is a great way for law firms and process servers to find someone they need to appear in court. But we’ve also used it to help a client locate a relative with psychological problems, and it’s a major tool in locating missing persons.

 

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