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I met a man online and have been writing, telephoning, texting, and IM with him for over a month as well as google video and skype.  I know him, and yet many things I don't know about him.  How do I find a reputable, trustworthy private investigator in South Africa?  I'd like to verify some information before I go to meet with him.    Thank you.

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Rita,

Traditionally, I would suggest checking with the Better Business Bureau, the agency that is responsible for licensing (if any) investigators for any complaints and with the states/country's private investigator associations to determine if they are a member in good standings. However, I dont know enough about South Africa to say for certain. I would suggest you do some research by googling private investigators, contact 5-7 of them and ask them if they are licensed to determine who the licensing agency is. Ask them if they've handle your type of case before and ask them how many consumer complaints they've received. You should be able to quickly determine who you want to do business with by their responses to your questions.

There is so much fraud & scams in the region, especially ROMANCE SCAMS. Here is one company that claims they conduct this type of investigation. PLEASE NOTE: This is not an endorsement of this company as I have NEVER worked with them and do not know them personally or professionally. http://www.wymoo.com/countries/southafrica-investigators/

I have also provided some links to a couple private investigator directories which may help in finding investigative firms near the man you are dating:
http://www.piengine.com/Directory/288/
http://www.icsworld.com/Find_Local_Private_Investigator/South_Africa.aspx

Hope this was helpful.

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I enjoy answering questions relating to private & general investigations including but not limited to locates, skip tracing, surveillance, stalking, child custody, criminal defense, civil, corporate security/executive protection, workplace violence/threat assessments, personal security, security surveillance systems and GPS tracking/monitoring products & services. Specifically, I answer questions regarding state laws concerning private investigation practices, as well as the best practices & standard operating procedures used by most reputable private investigative firms. I can give you state & federal references when dealing with issues that may or may not be legal in your specific state. IE- Some states have laws which conflict with federal law such as California's "2 party law" for surreptitious audio recordings. I offer tips on how to identify the right investigative firm for your particular case and what type of questions that investigative firm should be asking you. QUICK TIP #1: NEVER hire a Private Investigative firm that is not concerned about providing you a written contract that specifically outlines the agreement and responsibilities of both parties!!! A written contract should be expected & demanded by both investigative firm and client 95% of the time. I have numerous resources and will point you in the right direction. Whether it is hiring an attorney, a specialist or offering tips on conducting LEGAL investigations & research yourself. I offer advise regarding the kind of info you can legally obtain, what's not legal for you to obtain and when you need to hire a professional to obtain the info on your behalf. Lastly, I have over 20 yrs of experience as a Security Professional/Consultant and 12+ yrs within the Investigative profession. As the 2009 President of a state Private Investigation Association, I have professional knowledge, experience & established resources that supply me with the most recent legislative issues & industry trends.

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Corinthian Group experience includes but not limited to all areas of surveillance including Workers Compensation Insurance Fraud, Domestic Infidelity Cases, Computer Investigations & Forensics, Personal Injury & Automobile Liabilty, Loss Prevention, theft interviewing & interrogation techniques, Under Cover assignments, Stalking prevention & suppression, surveillance tactics & countermeasures and surveillance system & lighting consultation experience. Corinthian Group also has experience in security consultation & protective services to the corporate & private sector. These services include Bodyguard/Executive Protection, identity theft prevention, work place violence & volitale terminations, GPS tracking/monitoring services, TSCM/Debugging( Technical Surveillance Countermeasures) and security system products & diagramming experience.

Organizations
2009 PICA President (Professional Investigators of California Association) NCISS (National Council of Investigations & Security Services)-Member CALI (California Association of Licensed Investigators)-Member SCFIA (Southern California Fraud Investigators Association)-Member WAD (World Association of Detectives)-Member

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Experts.com: http://www.experts.com/Articles/Private-Investigation-Finding-and-Using-Social-Media-Evidence-in-the-Courtroom-By-Claude-Ammons Hellium: http://www.helium.com/users/edit_show_articles/387656 Blog: http://sexliesvideoviapi.blogspot.com/ and my m

Education/Credentials
PSO (Security Course) Weaponless Defense Tai Karate & MMA training Wicklander & Zulawski-Interview & Interrogation Techniques Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST)-832 Level 3 CA State licensed Private Investigator-CA PI # 23070 Law Enforcement Training Center-Computer Investigations

Awards and Honors
Elected as the Association President of PICA in 2009. PICA was an Association that focused on legislative bills that would have a negative impact on our profession if passed at the state level... PICA was a member oriented association that was positioning itselt to provide its members with resources to help them successful grow and or sustain their businesses. Awarded for presentation of GPS Tracking devices. Honored for service as the 2009 PICA President and the 2008 & 2007 PICA 2nd Vice President respectively.

Past/Present Clients
SCRMA (Southern California Risk Management Associates), Markel Insurance Corporation, Imhoff & Associations (Nationwide Criminal Defense Law Firm). Private clients are Confidential!

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