Tracking corporate crimes

Tracking corporate crimes

When I need to keep up with the latest information sources, I can always count on ResearchBuzz‘s Tara Calishain , an expert on new and little-known online databases. And, thanks to Tara, I now have a great new resource to add to my due diligence investigations. This one caught my eye because it’s difficult to […]

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School board joins Due Diligence Hall of Shame

Even school boards need due diligence background checks

Recent news about student journalists investigating their new principal’s credentials – and her subsequent resignation – earns this Kansas school board a place in the Due Diligence Hall of Shame. According to reports, these students started doing some research and quickly found “some things that just didn’t quite add up.” They then published their article, […]

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Value of my AIIP membership

Association of Independent Information Professionals

I belong to several professional organizations, and none offers the value that I get from the Association of Independent Information Professionals, or AIIP. In the past, I’ve written about why I belong to AIIP, but a recent discussion on the association’s private email discussion list prompted me to write the following post: Every so often, […]

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True colors

background investigations

By definition, due diligence background investigations cover a lot of territory. We dig deep into a person’s past and present to help predict the future. By examining court filings, verifying credentials, and confirming employment history, we can determine if someone’s been involved in fraudulent activities and if they are who they say they are. Any […]

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Bernie Madoff and hot cocoa: Insights into a fraudster’s mindset

mindset of a fraudster

Due diligence background investigations provide competitive advantage and help prevent fraud. Digging into someone’s past reveals a lot of information that can be used today – and here are two reasons it works so well: 1. The past often predicts how someone will act in the future. It’s the rare instance when a con man […]

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Online investigating myths

online background checks

Using the internet for investigations, including due diligence background checks, is becoming more and more commonplace. Online works great in certain situations, such as when the client needs a quick first pass or you want to fly under the radar and can’t make calls to former co-workers. However, depending on budget, time frame, and level […]

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Aggregators or direct?

When buying information – public (and not-so-public) records, news, or legal filings – you have two choices: Buying direct from the sources or buying from information aggregators, firms that collect the data from the various sources and compile it into one database or product. I frequently use aggregated sources, including LexisNexis, Dow Jones Factiva, TracersInfo.com, […]

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My favorite social media search tools

Social search

Whether you’re conducting an investigation or gathering intelligence, it’s becoming harder and harder to ignore social media. Companies and individuals are getting on board to promote their brand, share knowledge, or stay connected. And all those posts and the links they contain may provide pieces of information that make a huge impact. Unfortunately, social media […]

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My CFE journey – Mission accomplished

CFE logo

A little over six months ago, I embarked on my journey to become a Certified Fraud Examiner, and I’m happy to announce that I’ve reached my goal. During the last week of August, I completed my application and all four sections of the exam. It took just a few days to learn that I passed, […]

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CFE credential – The final push

finish line

Since last year, I’ve been working on pursuing my CFE credential and the daunting task of studying for the required exam. As with many goals, this one is taking a lot longer than anticipated, and now I’m left to wonder why, on this beautiful Colorado summer day, I’m stuck inside studying. It’s been difficult fitting […]

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