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How to spot a fraudulent document

Identity documents are used as proof of identity, employment, status and access. These documents are extremely important and unique to each person. Identity documents are critical, but there are thousands of fraudulent versions out there, compromising the security and integrity of people and businesses across the UK. Identity documents include all official papers including: Passport…
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Missing Persons Part 3 – Adults

Welcome to the third instalment of my missing persons study. So far, we’ve had an overall look at what missing really means, and at vulnerable children. This time we’re looking at reasons why adults go missing. Statistically, one in every 500 adults go missing each year, under a variety of circumstances which I will outline…
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Why Are Fingerprints Unique?

Every investigation is unique, no two are ever the same and they’re a full of twists and turns – and so is this blog’s topic: a brief look at fingerprints. The skin on the underside of our hands and feet are covered with indentations known as papillary ridges. These ridges form the patterns that make…
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How social media has changed Private Investigation

Social media has changed the way the world works. From how we communicate with each other each day to how businesses operate. It’s become a part of everyday life so far that most people post everything about their lives without really thinking about it. On a personal level, this rarely causes complication, but for a…
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Missing Persons – Part 2: Children

Welcome to the second issue of my missing persons reports. In the first issue, I touched on some of the main topics of discussion and defined what it means to be ‘missing’. In this second issue, I’m looking into cases of vulnerable children, trafficking and runaways. Research by Missingpersons.org charity, aims to shed some light…
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Ethical Investigations

At its core, the role of a Private Investigator is to find information that might not otherwise come to light. Its more than likely that this information might only benefit one particular party and that the other might not want the information to be discovered. This particular role means there are certain considerations to be…
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Missing Persons, Part One – Introduction

In the UK, on average a person is reported missing every 90 seconds. The National Police Chief’s Council defines a missing person as “anyone whose whereabouts cannot be established and where the circumstances are out of character or the context suggests the person may be subject of crime or at risk of harm to themselves…
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What is a background check?

Background checks are a common task for a private investigator. There are many reasons why one might be necessary, especially in cases of missing persons or fraud. In today’s blog I’m talking about what background checks involve and why they’re important. Speaking broadly, background checks are common when applying for credit, renting a home/office and…
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Cybersafety: How to Stay Safe Online

We are living in an almost-completely digital age, so cyber safety has never been more important. You can do everything online from banking to your weekly shop. Almost every service or shop has an app, web store or at very least a basic web presence, and often you have to input your details.   Identity…
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The Modern-Day Private Investigator

When people think of a private investigator, there is still somewhat of a stigma attached in the form of trench coats, hats and sunglasses. But the modern world of private investigation is actually very different. When I tell people about my business, Miss A.M. Investigations, they often jump to the conclusion that I spy on…
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