US dollar banknotes found under a loose pavement brick

Six myths about asset investigations

When I talk with clients about conducting an asset search on an individual or a company, whether it’s for due diligence purposes, litigation, or identifying fraud, I frequently come across several misconceptions about how these types of investigations work. Over time, I’ve noticed that these myths tend to fall into six general categories: 1. I […]

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Fact or opinion?

Making better decisions – Avoiding confirmation bias

This article originally appeared as a guest post on the Access/Information blog:   Information is power. We’ve all heard this before, but are you basing your decisions on a limited or one-sided viewpoint? Whether we’re conducting market research, due diligence investigations, strategic planning – or just keeping up on the latest topics – we rely on […]

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background investigations

True colors

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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Prevent fraud by verifying their degrees

The easiest way to catch a crook

I just received one of the best phone calls an investigator can get. A client called to say thanks and let me know that our due diligence process worked. A fund manager lied about their MBA and had even supplied a falsified degree. Apparently, he’d gotten away with this for a while – until our […]

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The challenges of people searching and background investigations

The Pesky Problem of People-Finding

At the upcoming WebSearch University conference, I’m presenting a session called “The Pesky Problem of People-Finding.” I must credit program director Marydee Ojala for the catchy title. I liked it immediately, because it really highlights how frustrating investigating people can be. So what’s so annoying about people-finding? Here are my top reasons, and I’d love […]

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