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Eye Spy discusses Tell tale signs of a scam artist posing as a P.I.
A quick look at the tell tale signs of a scam artist posing as a P.I. The good name of private investigators has become tarnished in today’s day and age. Now a days, the majority of business owners are just looking to make a quick buck, which can make it difficult for their customers/clients to know if they are really trustworthy. In the private eye business, it’s not unheard of for investigators to take your money while giving you the impression that they will do what you’ve asked, when in reality they don’t do anything but keep your money and tell you that their investigation turned up no results. It is important to keep in mind that this sort of scam can happen in any industry, and that not all private investigators work this way. The investigators here at Eye Spy work 24/7 and do whatever it takes to get you what you need. For example there have been cases that required us to wear ghillie suits and hide in bushes, we have traveled to other states, we crawl under cars, you name it, we do it!
So how can you differentiate the good P.I.’s from the bad ones? We can help you with that, too. Here are some tell tale signs that the private investigator you’re inquiring about is actually just a scam artist:
1. They arrange your consultation anywhere besides their office. This is usually a red flag that they “work” out of their basement. There is of course the exception that you (the client) ask to meet somewhere publicly.
2. They do not have credible references. Take advantage of blogs and reviews and see what previous clients have to say about the company. If you’re seeing more negative reviews than positive ones, you should continue your search elsewhere.
3. They ask you to pay cash, and do not provide a receipt. If they can provide no record that you paid them, RUN!
4. Ask about their educational background/credentials. In order to become licensed as a private investigator in Michigan, you must have at least 3 years of full time experience as a certified police/probation officer or parole agent, or possession of a Bachelor’s degree or higher in police administration, security management, law/law enforcement, computer forensics, criminal justice, or investigations. It is also a requirement to have no felonious convictions, or a misdemeanor involving assault, controlled substances, fraud or dishonesty, illegal use or possession of a deadly weapon, impersonating an officer, or divulging of information.
5. They seem to brush you off during your consultation. A good private eye will pay close attention to gather any information that might be pertinent to the case. If you feel as though they are rushing you or not really paying attention, they probably will not be very effective.
So there you have it, 5 tell tale signs of a scam artist posing as a private investigator. If you follow these guidelines, you should be in the clear. For more information, call us 24/7 at 888-393-7799, or visit us online at www.eyespyinvestigations.com