Thursday, November 10, 2011

Guide to prospective Clients

Given that many prospective clients ask us the same questions, we thought it might be useful to provide a short guide to cover some issues frequently raised.

I'm certain the same will be true with most other investigation agencies.

1. Be realistic in your expectations.

We are bemused by the frequent requests from prospective clients who either wish us to break the law, or think we can achieve the miraculous without the necessary information or resources required to accomplish the task. Also, directly related to this;

2. Be realistic in your budget.

Investigations are generally laborious and time-consuming activities. While we endeavour to provide a cost-effective service to our clients, nothing is as counter-productive than not setting a realistic budget to achieve desired results. See our FAQ for some guides on pricing.  

3. Be honest with us.

We are working with your interests in mind. If you are not entirely honest with us and fail to disclose some crucial information pertinent to your case, not only do you run the risk of compromising the investigation but also we are likely to terminate our investigation on your behalf entirely. We don't take kindly to being lied to by our clients. What you tell us will remain private and will not be disclosed.

4. Don't interfere.  

Once you hire us, don't jeapordise or complicate our investigation further by taking part in person, or by proxy. If we need further information from you, we will ask. Don't drive past the subject's house at night, conduct surveillance yourself or get friends to follow them around!

5. Remember, we're investigators, not counsellors.

While we can empathise with your situation, our role is essentially that of a neutral party with no vested interest in any particular outcome. Our task is to obtain the facts and sometimes that information may not necessarily provide you with the comfort or closure you seek.

With this in mind, if you have any questions or would like to discuss a matter in confidence, call us on 0800 366 989 or email us directly.

Police investigate fraud matter based on file submitted on behalf of Client

Some months ago, we were part of a complex investigation into the substantial and prolonged fraud from a family Trust and business. On behalf of our Client we submitted our investigation file to the Police who, after careful consideration, have decided there is a case to answer for and are now actively pursuing a criminal investigation into the matter.

This is welcome news as it demonstrates that our investigation was conducted in a manner that reflected our professionalism and integrity, and with a result that has withstood scrutiny.

We are pleased with this outcome.

Do you have concerns that you may be a victim of fraud?

Call us on 0800 366 989 to discuss your matter in confidence.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Have you been flirting online with this girl?

Well, in actual fact, you haven't.

'Sarah Ruddenklau' is actually one Cameron Stuart Hore, 27, of Belfast.

Hore was arrested last week and charged with eight counts of sexual exploitation of people under 18, blackmail, obtaining by deception and travelling to meet a young person after sexual grooming from his online exploits where he contacted a number of young males through Facebook and MSN Messenger and showed them nude photographs of his bogus identity, Sarah.

Hore tried to persuade his male victims into exposing themselves and to conduct sex acts on webcam.

It is also alleged that Hore, under the alias Dan McPherson, befriended some of these victims online and offered between $1000 to $4000 in exchange for performing sexual acts on them and many passed on their details including bank accounts but no money was paid.

Read more about Hore here.

Hore awaits a bail application on November 22.

If you think you might be the victim of an online scam, call us on 0800 366 989. We may be able to assist.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Lawyer commits fraud while victim of online scam

John David Rangitauira, 59, a senior Rotorua lawyer and Maori Trust chairman was found guilty of obtaining by deception after obtaining in excess of $840,000 in loans from Westpac and the Te Houoterangi Trust to help a client, Jennifer Taukamo, receive a $28.1m inheritance held by Central Bank in Burkina Faso.

Naturally, there was no inheritance and both Taukamo and Rangitauira were victims of a Nigerian 'advance fee' fraud. 

Read about it here.