Monday, October 31, 2011

More on online romance scammers

More alleged victims of Paul William Abbott have come forward. See article here.

60 Minutes Australia recently aired this story regarding Nigerian fraudsters running romance scams from Malaysia. Australians are losing AU$10 million per month to online fraud.

If you think you might be a victim of an online romance scam or internet fraud, call us on 0800 366 989.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Online romance scammer convicted

Paul William Abbott (28) has been convicted on three charges of obtaining by deception and one charge of unlawfully converting a vehicle from female victims met online. Abbott had met the four women on dating sites including NZ Dating.

You can read more about Abbot here.

Abbott will be sentenced at Christchurch Men's Prison next month.

This, and other recent cases, highlights the need for people to take some basic precautions when dealing with people recently met online.

As online dating is becoming more prevalent and commonplace, the trend abroad is that investigation services are increasingly in demand for vetting checks. In Australia, companies like DateScreen are well-placed to meet this demand.

Cabal Investigations has been utilised in previous enquiries verifying the personal details of individuals met online by clients, and we are considering offering a standardised set-fee service with several package options depending on the level of information sought.

If you are interested in further details regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0800 366 989 or email us directly.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Initial consultations

We have decided to make some important changes the way we conduct our initial consultations regarding our investigative services, commencing 01 November 2011.

We are happy to discuss your prospective case initially by phone or email at no cost. 

Once it is apparant whether or not our services are appropriate to your needs, the next stage is a consultation with you, in person, where your case will be discussed in greater detail outlining your specific requirements, our costs and service delivery. Initial consultations are $250.00 (inc. GST) irrespective of whether you engage our services, or not, and is payable at time of consultation (cash or personal cheque accepted).

This consultation fee only applies to investigations enquiries and NOT set-fee services such as document service. You will be informed, in advance, where it does apply.

We have considered this measure for some time, in part to counter the number of frivolous enquiries we receive as well as in recognition of the fact that our increasingly busy schedule means we have less time to waste on non-productive matters.

If you have any questions regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.