Smart Ways to Use Tech to Catch a Cheating Spouse

Cheating is a big problem and it is becoming more rampant with access to technology. Even in this age when people are more flexible with their definitions of relationships, people still stray and fall for temptation. Thankfully, more technologies are being developed that can be used for monitoring or finding out if a spouse is engaging in something he or she shouldn’t be engaged in. Below are some smart ways that you can use technology to catch a cheating spouse.

See if Your Spouse Has a Second Phone

Having more than one phone can be a necessity for some people but hiding the second phone or making it a secret can be suggestive of having a double life. For some people, they do away with multiple sim cards, one that they use when at home and some that they use when outside the home. If you’re a bit tech-savvy you can extract data from additional sim cards your spouse may have laying around.

Check Digital Receipts

Because a lot of purchases can be made online and via apps, it is possible to get access to copies of your spouse’s purchases via his or her online accounts. You can use the same principle when looking at accumulated flyer miles or credit card points. If your spouse has been flying out somewhere frequently or suddenly developed a liking to a certain restaurant or hotel, that could be something worth looking at to catch a cheating spouse.

Enable Find Their Phone or Location Technology

You can use this location technology as a GPS locator for finding out where your spouse is at a given time if this service is turned on in their device. With iOs devices, this is easier more so when their device is connected to a family account or if you can use Find My Friends app. With an Android phone, you can use this if their device is logged on a shared computer via Google.

Navigating GPS

You can find out where your partner has been to by looking at their GPS location history. This is usually recorded in Google Timeline or previous destinations for Google users. If your spouse has an iPhone, you can look into Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Significant Locations to see where they’ve been. The only time they won’t have what you are looking for in here is if they’ve been very consistent at disabling or turning this setting off.

Search for Secret Messages in Photos or Audio Files

A cheater who is very technology savvy could have found a way to embed racy photos and provocative messages in audio and photo files. It might take some special skills from you to detect this but there are some tools that you can use to snoop for these things. Ask us to know more!

Technology has many uses. It is true that it has made cheating a lot easier for those who are determined to cheat but at the same time, it also provided tools to catch a cheating spouse easier. If you need to know more smart ways and tips on how to catch a cheating spouse using technology, feel free to contact us and avail of our private investigation services.

 

Toronto Immigration Firm Charges $170K for Fake Jobs in Canada

Toronto is one of the best places to live not only in Canada but in the world. A lot of people want to move to Toronto and a huge number are from overseas. Unfortunately, some crooks are taking advantage of this and charging would-be Chinese immigrants exorbitant amounts for immigration opportunities.

Immigration Scam?

A Toronto immigration firm was found out to be charging as much as $170,000 to cover a would-be immigrant’s paper trail, wages, and employer’s fee as unveiled by an undercover CBC journalist. The journalist posed as a Chinese National who wants to seek permanent residence in Canada. Those who want to be an immigrant with the help of WonHoTa Consulting Inc. have to pay the $170,000 fee directly to the personal account of WonHonTa’s sole director (done to get out of paying taxes). More details about how everything worked with WonHonta was shared via WeChat by Jiacheng Song, manager of Nanjing Youtai Investment Consulting Co. Ltd, an affiliate of the immigration firm. Song wrote that they have employers who work with them in exchange for money. The employer gets paid for sponsoring clients for immigration and in turn, makes easy money while getting free labour for half a year.

Fake Jobs for Permanent Residency

Simply put, WonHonTa Consulting offers fake jobs to aspiring immigrants as shared by Vancouver immigration lawyer and policy analyst Richard Kurland. This practice is illegal and hurts the integrity of the Canadian immigration program plus also affects legitimate immigrants who follow the rules.

The truth is, real jobs are not easy to find and very few are really good opportunities. Nanjing Youtai finds Chinese nationals who want to immigrate to Canada and refers them to Toronto-based WonHonTa. For the undercover journalist, Song recommended that he consider Atlantic Canada or Saskatchewan because it is a lot easier to get to them with lower requirements and shorter waiting times. Song further shared that in the past year, he was able to get about 10 Chinese nationals to Saskatchewan and about 12 to Atlantic Canada.

WonHonTa promotes employment to a range of skilled jobs via WeChat. They mention daycare workers, sewing machine operators, welders, and more. They also claim to have a national network of headhunters who recruit willing employers and states that some of them are even government immigration officials. They claim to help a lot of people find success and so that justifies their increasing fees. They also say that without a certain fee, employers won’t want to be a part of their operations. Note that foreign workers need to prove that they are employed in a skilled profession in Canada so that they can qualify for permanent residency.

Tracking the Fraud

The people behind WonHonTai and Nanjing Youtai repeatedly told the undercover journalist that it is unlikely that their scheme will ever be uncovered. They also said that if the immigrant will choose to work in the Canadian company that sponsored them for real, they will get back some of what they paid in the form of wages. The concerning detail is that they claimed that they will also provide the necessary documentation should the immigrant choose not to work, just to make things look good on paper and make it seem like the immigrant is employed. There are more details but it took someone going undercover to flush out the truth.

Perpetrators of fraud are getting smarter. It is best to be on the lookout and be wary of offers that seem to good too be true or too easy. If in doubt about a possible fraudulent work opportunity in Toronto, it is best to stay informed and maybe consult private investigators in Toronto for help. Contact Haywood Hunt & Associates today!

 

 

 

Hiring a Private Investigator for a Child Custody Case

Child custody cases involve a lot of accusations from both sides. It is unavoidable for people to get emotional and for important details to get murky. It is best to find people who can shift through the available information and present facts that can help tilt the outcome to a favourable decision for you.

Investigations for Child Custody

Investigation for child custody involves an examination of a child’s treatment and well-being objectively. The job of the private investigator is to assess how the parents are treating the child and present the information via reporting to the court.

Private investigators can do a lot of things during the course of a child custody investigation. There may be a need for surveillance to truly find out how the parents are treating the child. The private investigator will note possible instances of neglect or abuse by taking pictures or videos and documenting everything. A private investigator’s surveillance report may include examples of negative parenting behaviour such as criminal activity, reckless driving, drug abuse, gambling, and a lot more. Other notable activities may be included, especially those that can give a picture of the parent not providing food, basic necessities, or a safe living environment for the child.

Child Custody – What It Is and What It Isn’t

There are different types of child custody. It is important that the party who hired the private investigator to understand this. Below are further information:

  • Physical custody refers to with whom the child will live, this can either be joint custody or sole custody.
  • Legal custody refers to which parent has a say for legal decisions for the child, this can also e joint custody or sole custody.

Private Investigators in Child Custody

Private investigators can help a lot with investigations for child custody. They can interview witnesses such as counselors, family friends, teachers, and neighbours to gather data about a child’s life. They can search for hidden assets more so if a parent is suspected of shirking financial responsibilities towards a child. In some cases, a private investigator can gather needed evidence to prove something or find out something. Evidence can be in the form of proof of neglect, alcohol abuse, or placing the child in a dangerous environment. Background checks is another task that a private investigator can help with for child custody. The private eye can look into a parent’s personal and criminal background as well as the background of the people one parent may have around the child.

Why Hire a PI for Child Custody?

It is clear from the above that hiring a private investigator can help a lot for child custody cases more so if you are concerned about a child’s safety. A private investigator can gather the information you need in a legal manner,  a way that is admissible as objective evidence in court. On the other hand, if you’ve been falsely accused of abusing or harming your child, a private investigator can help you gather evidence to prove the falsity of such accusations and get your life back.

Need a private investigator to help you with a child custody case? Contact us at Haywood Hunt & Associates to avail of our private investigation services. Your initial consultation is on us!

The 3 Most Common Types of Identity Theft

Identity fraud and identity theft are common occurrences these days. They happen when someone obtains and uses someone else’s personal data in a fraudulent or deceitful manner for economic gain or other reasons. The problem is becoming even more prevalent because of misinformation online and the lack of response from appropriate agencies to fix it.

The categories of identity theft include:

  • Account takeover fraud
  • Business or commercial identity theft
  • Criminal identity theft
  • Identity cloning
  • Medical identity theft
  • New account fraud

For this write-up, we will focus on just the 3 most common types of identity theft because each type above has numerous subtypes and may need an entire book to cover everything. It is important to spread awareness about the common types of identity theft because not only can they result in financial loss, some examples can really destroy lives for the long-term.

Account Takeover Fraud

The most common account takeover fraud is financial identity theft wherein the criminal uses another person’s account information such as bank account details to obtain services and products. It can also mean withdrawing money from a person’s bank account. Oftentimes, perpetrators get the data from online sources such as by phishing or can be offline sources such as lifted from purses or wallets, the mail, the phone, or even by going through the trash. Most of the time, the victim is the first person to notice discrepancies such as additional charges on a credit card, unauthorized withdrawals on a bank account, or having a few bounced checks. Oftentimes, perpetrators pose as the victim to pull off this type of identity theft.

Business or Commercial Identity Theft

Using another person’s name or business details to get products and services fall under business identity theft or commercial identity theft. The usual way this is done is by using a company’s or an individual’s social security number. Some numbers that are readily available in dumpsters, public records, and the like may also be used to commit this type of identity theft. In a lot of cases, business identity theft is an inside job or committed by ex-employees or current staff. Most victims of business identity only became aware of the crime after significant losses or until when someone notices discrepancies in the records. The reason why businesses can often lose large amounts of money to this type of identity theft is because this can go on for years without anyone noticing.

New Account Fraud                      

New account fraud is when someone else uses another person’s details and good credit standing to create a new fake account to obtain products and services. This can be done by creating a new cell phone, new credit card, or new utility bill account using the stolen details of another person. The thief will use another mailing address so the real person behind the stolen identity will not know about the fraud until much later when there’s already been a lot of debt under their name or SSN or when they get turned down from credit application because of bad debts that they know nothing about.

Were you a victim of identity fraud? Do you know that private investigators can help you uncover the people behind it as well as check for possible breaches in your privacy to prevent it from occurring again? Contact us at Haywood Hunt to know more about identity fraud prevention and what actions you can take against it!

Sentence for $41M Revenue Canada Fraud Increased to 3 Years

Kevin Plange, a Toronto man who has been found to have almost defrauded $40 million from Revenue Canada was given an increase of prison sentence. Ontario Court of Appeal said that the 18 months ruling which was initially given to Plange was too short a time for the crime he committed and so the sentence was upped to 3 years.

Appeal Court Steps In

According to the Appeal Court, the sentence initially imposed was not fit when compared to other large-scale frauds and that the sentencing judge understated the respondent’s moral blameworthiness. With this said, the court also decided that the initial time served is enough and Plange does not have to go back to jail. The court also said that his rehabilitation showed that there is no need for serving more time in jail.

On a separate note, the Appeal Court upheld the validity of serving a mandatory sentence of 2 years of jail time for fraud over $1 million. They also added that the trial judge engaged in unacceptable hypothetical exercise by determining that provision as unconstitutional.

Case Details

Plange is a University of Toronto arts graduate who has been earning well. He developed a gambling problem which resulted in huge debts. By his admission, he engaged in a year-long scam starting August 2013 in which he made 28 fake direct-deposit information forms to CRA.

Because of the above, CRA deposited millions of dollars in tax refunds and rebates owed to 12 huge corporations into bank accounts controlled by Plange. When things were discovered, CRA has already paid Plange almost $42 million. It was only due to bank diligence that Plange was only able to withdraw $15,000. Considering everything, the defrauded amount is still more than $1,000,000.

Superior Court Justice Shaun Nakatsuru considered the mandatory minimum of 2 years imprisonment as cruel and unusual although he acknowledged that it was not out of line for what Plange did. Instead of the mandatory sentence for fraud over $1,000,000, he sentenced Plange to 18 months and reduced to 13 months for pre-sentence bail conditions and time served. The Crown appealed for both and the Appeal Court agreed on both appeals. The Appeal Court stated that Nakatsuru engaged in wrong speculation and used hypothetical situations where the mandatory minimum could be seen as excessive. They also said that any future attempt to overturn the mandatory minimum will undergo an evaluation based on the facts presented and the time.

Unjust Sentencing?

Regarding the sentence given to Plange. The Appeal Court found out that the judge believed Plange’s excuses that the fraud committed was spontaneous, simple, and was a one-time act. The Appeal Court also said that this claim is incomplete and made to understate the effort made by Plange to commit fraud.

Fraud is everywhere and people will do anything to excuse the fraud they’ve committed. If you want to know the truth, you will have to dig deep with the help of professionals. If you need private investigation services such as consulting, surveillance, background checks, or more, contact us to talk to our private investigators.

What You Need to Know About Corporate Investigations

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New corporate clients often ask us a lot of questions. We’ve compiled the most commons ones along with answers straight from our team of seasoned private investigators. Sit back and get to find out why your company might be in need of a corporate investigation.

What is corporate investigation?

Corporate investigation is a deep assessment conducted by a private investigator to help organizations be protected from compromised customer information, misuse or abuse of your company network, possible damaged reputation, or any liability if your company network has been used to launch an attack on other systems.

In a nutshell, corporate investigations perform a thorough investigation of your operations and that is why it can also be referred to as business investigations.

What services are provided by private eyes for corporate investigations?

If you want to find out if embezzlement or fraud is going on, if a potential business partner is clean, or if a possible business merger will benefit you, then a corporate investigation is a service that private investigators can provide to help with that.

Private investigators can provide business investigation services for a wide range of topics such as criminal inquiries, background checks, financial searches, and intellectual property breach.

Why would a company need business investigation?

Business these days is all about being informed so you can make the best decisions. Business investigations arm you with that information and other tools for your organization’s success. Examples of this are as follows:

  • Businesses remain prosperous through brand monitoring, media monitoring, compliance audits, and internet monitoring.
  • You can be protected from your competition and those who wish to take advantage of your company with the help of intellectual property investigations.
  • Internal operations can be protected from fraud by checking up on your new partners (or third parties that you hire) and performing background checks for potential hires, more so for a crucial position.
  • Investigations on due diligence can prevent your company from heading to a lawsuit.
  • Your company can get the compensation or damages it is entitled to in the event of a deal gone sour or a partnership that has gone rogue.

What happens during a corporate investigation?

Business investigations can be performed a variety of ways and tailored to your specific needs. The private investigator you hire will guide you on what specific services you need based on your case. This is why it is crucial that you be as direct about the information you are seeking or the needs you want to be addressed so the private investigator can help resolve your situation.

What services are conducted during a business investigation?

Some of the services provided by private investigators include due diligence, integrity testing, counter measure sweeps, computer forensics, financial investigation, surveillance, and security penetration checks.

Why you need to hire a private investigator for a corporate investigation?

Let’s face it, the more you know about your competitors, your internal operations, your business partners, and your market, the more likely that you’ll succeed. It is not uncommon for companies these days to have internal corporate investigators or have some private investigators on retainer so that they can get the information they need as soon as they need them.

Being on top of what is going on means having an edge over everyone else. Businesses are complex entities, and the larger your business, the less likely that the ‘real score’ gets delivered on top. With corporate investigations, you’ll be able to see through departments that may be hiding data, partners that may also be partners with your competitors, or moles posing as job applicants.

Don’t forget, hiring experienced private investigators that knows the ins and outs of corporate law means getting data that matters, that is admissible in court, and free from corporate politics.

Contact us or use the navigation tabs above to know more about Haywood Hunt corporate investigation services and how hiring us can help your business grow. Your initial consultation is on us!

 

How a Private Investigator Can Help Win an Attorney’s Case

No matter how good an attorney’s assistant is, how many experts are willing to help, or how strong is an attorney’s track record in winning cases, there is still hidden information that private investigators can provide to make a case stronger. When you need an analytical mind, a fresh set of eyes, or just someone who loves uncovering new evidence, a private investigator is exactly the professional you need. With this said, how much help can a private investigator provide to a lawyer? After all, lawyers are usually skilled at interviewing, research, forming arguments, and presenting evidence – so will a private investigator be worth it to hire for a lawyer? Below are some things that a private investigator can do for an attorney.

A Private Eye Can Find New Leads and New Evidence

A private investigator can see things that the attorney may miss because he is looking at details with fresh eyes. Because a private eye doesn’t know the details of the case, he can review new avenues that can lead to the discovery of new leads and evidence. Examples are inconsistencies in investigation, witness statements, claims, emails and texts, medical records, and police reports.

A Private Investigator Can Help with Computer Forensics

In this digital age, uncovering information that may be hidden in computers and smartphones can be of great importance to a case. A private eye may be able to review someone’s online chats, downloads, purchases, browsing history, financial transactions, photos, emails, texts, and more to piece together helpful information. Even erased files may be retrieved and can help in cases that need to prove infidelity, theft, intellectual property theft, fraud, destruction of information, blackmail, and sexual harassment.

A Private Investigator Can Find Hidden Assets

Knowing what assets are involved is important in civil cases such as divorce. Although an attorney may know there are hidden assets, obtaining the evidence to prove this legally is a job for the private investigator. The private eye can check for offshore accounts, undisclosed income, hidden real estate, and more to help a victim claim money after a judgement.

A Private Eye Can Conduct a Social Media Check

Social media can help reveal a person’s real identity and create a comprehensive background of a person. A good private investigator can connect the dots between a social media profile and other publicly available information that can, in turn, help create stronger legal arguments that can win a case.

A Private Investigator Can Do Surveillance and Produce Video Evidence

May it be for fraud or cheating, video evidence is compelling proof that such may be happening. A strong evidence that leaves no doubts can really turn tides in a case.

One thing is clear, both lawyers and private investigators are experts in their respective fields. An attorney knows the law and how to present facts in a way that the law will favour. On the other hand, a private eye has access to techniques and skills that can uncover some very useful information in a legal manner. It just makes sense for both professionals to work together!

Are you an attorney in need of private investigation services? Contact us at Haywood Hunt today so we can discuss how we can collaborate with you as soon as possible. We can assist with in-depth background checks, private investigator help in a divorce case, finding a missing or hiding person, gathering evidence for business fraud, and more.

Hiring a Private Investigator to Run In-Depth Background Checks

If you’re thinking about conducting background checks, you might be wondering if hiring a private investigator will make a difference. That is a good question to have because private investigation services don’t usually come cheap. Is it truly worth it to hire a private investigator for running background checks?

What Background Checks Are For

Background checks are done as a preventive measure to minimize risks. Before welcoming someone as part of your organization, you’ll want to at least know that he or she is who he or she presents to be. The last thing you want is to hire someone who has a history of business fraud or is connected to a competitor. Know that once someone is part of your company, he or she will have access to a lot of information that can hurt you, your business, and your clients or customers. With this in mind, running background checks is a good investment that can save you from trouble and losses in the future.

Cost of Hiring a PI Agency for Background Checks

How much a private investigator may charge varies because of many factors. Some background checks may require more effort and resources and hence, will cost more. Some may take just a few days of work and some may need a few weeks to sort through things depending on the depth and purpose of the background check being done.

Why Use a PI Agency for Background Checks?

It is possible that you’re quite internet-savvy and can look up some data that are not readily available. However, a licensed private investigator often has access to more secure databases because they oftentimes possess a background in security, know the right people, and can legally do so. Because of this, professional private investigators can provide deeper checks and better analysis that in turn produce better results for their clients. Perhaps you or someone you know can also extract data; however, it takes years of experience and practice to know how to do proper and legal data extraction. More so, should there be data that is vague, a private investigator is capable of following up via the right avenue until clear answers are extracted.

Do it the Right Way

Perhaps one of the most commonly overlooked reasons why you need to hire a private investigator to conduct background checks is to make sure that everything remains legal. There is a fine line between stalking, invasion of privacy, and plain background check. Unless you truly know the ins and outs of everything, you might end up committing a chargeable offence by doing a DIY background check. By hiring a licensed private investigator, you can be sure of professional procedures that do not violate any law and can keep you out of trouble too.

Are you looking for reliable private investigation service providers in Toronto and Ontario? Contact us at Haywood Hunt & Associates. We’ll be happy to answer questions you may have and will be glad to assist you should you decide to hire a private investigator from our team.

The Big Cost of Small Business Fraud

Small business fraud happens across all countries and social status. Although the figures we shared in this write up is a couple of years old, the trend remains the same and it is clear that small business fraud is costing companies a huge amount of money each year.

Losing Money to Fraud

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners releases the Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse every couple of years. It showed that in 2016, business fraud for 114 countries clocked in a median loss of $150,000 per company and that it took approximately 18 months before fraud was detected. Another shocking fact is that 76% of fraud was by people from each company’s customer service, purchasing, operations, sales, management, and accounting departments.

Effect of Fraud for Small Businesses

Given the median figure lost to fraud, it isn’t difficult to imagine how much fraud affects small businesses. Generally speaking, small businesses do not have enough buffer to cover a median loss of $150,000, unlike bigger businesses. A business worth $500,000 will no doubt be crippled by a loss of $150,000 versus a business worth a couple of millions which will have an easier time bouncing back. Note too that despite fraud getting uncovered, 58.1% of all victim companies do not ever recover any of their fraud-related losses.

Now, consider too that more than 23% of victimized companies lose more than $1,000,000. A loss this huge will force a small business to close doors or downsize to the point of only operating with a skeleton crew.

It is Time to Act Against Fraud

With the scary figures shared above, there is no better time to act against small business fraud than now. There is no need to wait until you uncover fraud in your organization when you can work against preventing it now. If you are a small business owner, you may want to take a closer look into how you run your company because it is small businesses that often do not have the correct measures to prevent occupational fraud from happening, to begin with.

Try to look from the top going to the bottom. Why? Because chances are that you’ll lose more to a manager committing fraud than an employee sneaking out a few office supplies home. Optimizing your internal control is one of the best ways you can prevent fraud in your business.

You can also implement counter checks to prevent fraud. You can start with making sure that there are multiple people with separate duties who are responsible for handling accounts payable and accounts receivable. This will minimize the possibility of an individual manipulating records to pocket some of the company’s funds. If this is not feasible for you, you can make use of digital tools that you can access anywhere you may be or perhaps outsource your bookkeeping so that a third party can easily detect any suspicious activity.

There are a lot more solutions to prevent small business fraud other than the ones outlined above. If you’re keen to know more, contact us at Haywood Hunt and find out how some of our private investigation services can be used to combat fraud in your organization.

 

8 Step to Hiring the Best Private Investigator

Hiring a private investigator in Toronto, Mississauga or anywhere in the GTA isn’t as easy as placing a phone call for a number you got online or through a referral. If you’re hiring a private investigator, chances are that it is for a very serious matter that is important to you. You’ll need to give personal details as well as coordinate closely with your private investigator. Because of this, you must make sure that the private investigator you’ll be hiring is competent and can be trusted. Below are must-follow steps when hiring a private investigator.

Make Sure that the Private Investigator Has a License

Anyone can claim to be a private investigator. For professional results, you’ll have to make sure that your private eye has a verified license because this is important for any evidence they uncover to be admissible in court. A licensed private investigator has undergone the right training and education to make sure that they only obtain data in an ethical and safe manner.

Learn What Information the Private Eye Will Need from You

Private investigator can’t work without a grasp of what they need to work on. Ask which documents or information they’ll need so you can be ready with those. This will also help you determine if you’re comfortable sharing some information with your private eye.

Take a Closer Look at Their Private Investigation Services

How do they work and what private investigation services do they offer? Do they have the proper tools and equipment? Can they tell you more about how they plan to help you and explain the steps they’ll take?

Meet the Private Eye in Person

To gauge whether you will have a good working relationship, you’ll need to meet your private investigator in person. This will also allow you to ask important questions that might be easy to evade via phone call or email.

Verify the Location of their Physical Office

A private eye will handle sensitive information about you and what you want to be done. If a private eye refuses to meet in his or her office, then that is a sign that there might be issues in the future.

Discuss Confidentiality

Confidentiality is part of a private investigator’s job but it won’t hurt to have a discussion about it just to be sure that you are both in the same page. This is to ensure your safety since the private eye will likely uncover information about you and your loved ones during the course of the investigation.

Verify Experience

This isn’t to say that new private eyes are not good hires but if you want the best outcome possible, you’ll have better chances if you hire a private investigator with enough experience. You can verify this via references from past clients, feedback online, or by asking the private eye for details on his or her technical skills and education as well as samples of similar work done in the past.

Ask About Fees and Scope of Contracts

A lot of private investigators do not charge for the initial consultation but succeeding interactions may be charged no matter how brief. Ask about the fees and obtain a written copy so you would know what to expect when your bill comes.

Are you looking for private investigation services provider in Toronto? Contact us at Haywood Hunt! If you’re thinking of hiring a private investigator with a solid reputation and years of experience, give us a call today!