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Lead Generators and how they work.
From time to time I encounter a client who has unknowingly retained a private investigator in Costa Rica via a lead generator. There are several that are online and hold themselves out to be large concerns having a plethora of qualified private investigators. Truth be known, most of these lead generators have contacted someone out of the blue and recruited them to work at a fraction of what the lead generators quote.
The quality and the experience of such hired private investigators is not verified, so, when you hire a lead generator to farm your work out you are rolling the dice. I know that their websites claim that they use only licensed private investigators and only after they have completed a rigorous background check. News Flash !! There is no licensing authority in Costa Rica and no governmental oversight. Therefore, how can these so called private investigators be vetted by the lead generators? There are only two “licensed” private investigators in Costa Rica and both hold licenses in their respective home states. The rest are scammers or at best highly questionable.
The reason I bring this to your attention is that there is something inherently unethical about misrepresenting private investigation services to a largely uninformed client. Most that I encounter are unsure of the process as they have never used the services of a private investigator. This type of misrepresentation is taking advantage of an unsuspecting client that is relying on the information they read on the internet to make an informed decision. It is similar to the guy that is in a neighboring country, that continues to hold himself out as being in Costa Rica when he, in fact, was deported and cannot return to Costa Rica.
Lead generators ethically and professionally are nothing more than marketers. No one is suggesting that they don’t have a right to advertise and attempt to promote their services, but deception and misrepresentation of the facts is just plan wrong.
8 Jan 2017 | No Comments | posted by Cody Gear | in Cheating spouse in Costa Rica, Costa Rica Private Investigator, Fraud investigations, Infidelity Surveillance, Surveillance in Costa Rica, Tips and Tricks
Caution When Searching Web for a Private Investigator in Costa Rica
Searching the web for a private investigator Costa Rica? Caution! See sites that say they are the “premier” private investigation agency in Costa Rica? Others that say, “we are the only American-owned, full-time agency located in Costa Rica? (Actually, one such claim is completely false as the principal was deported and now resides in a neighboring country, and, is forbidden to re-enter Costa Rica.) Or declaring that “our private investigator possess decades of experience in Federal Law Enforcement, Military Special Forces, Investigations, and Personal Protection?” Perhaps other sites that say “Investigations & Intelligence services in Costa Rica. … 30+ YEARS OF PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR EXPERIENCE”. All claims without substance. One such company is a referral source out of Los Angeles that does not identify the private investigators.
Searching Private Investigator Costa Rica
First of all I am an American and my full time job is being a Private Investigator Costa Rica, dedicated to private investigations in Costa Rica. Secondly, I can verify my credentials. Others can’t or won’t. Searching for a reliable, trustworthy and affordable private investigator is a challenge. First, most clients looking for these types of services have very little information upon which to make a decision. Secondly, clients usually don’t have any idea of what to ask or look for when searching for a private investigator. Thirdly, most clients are unsure what it takes to have a successful investigation and feel guilty inquiring about such services.
A Private Investigator that is Reliable and Trustworthy is Challenging
Just because someone touts his phenomenal exploits and experience, there is no clearing house to prove or disprove such outlandish claims. For example; “decades of Federal experience”, “expert witness in Federal Court”, ‘ U.S. Trained forensic expert”, all such claims are ambiguous and without foundation. Most of the former law enforcement men and women that are private investigators know that being a Federal Agent does not in any way prepare you for the real world of private investigations. First, Federal Agents have at their disposal unlimited resources and budgets. It’s nothing for the government to assign 50 or 60 agents to one case. Each branch of the Federal Law enforcement has very specialized areas of investigations and the agents assigned to those areas are not permitted to work outside their assigned division.
Thus, if an agent is assigned to forensics such as computers, blood types or fingerprints, what training and knowledge does he have to conduct a surveillance with limited resources and budget? Secondly, being an expert witness is at the sole discretion of the Court. If someone is deemed an expert witness on ballistics, what does this mean if the case being investigated is child custody?
It has been my pleasure to work with numerous Federal agents. They are professional and absolutely the best at the specialty they investigate. However, it has been my experience that they make less than average private investigators. Most Federal agents that retire find work in the corporate sector, which like the government has an abundance of resources and financial allocations to carry out their missions. Most private investigations involve individuals with limited resource and budgets.
Scam Alert Facebook Pandora Jewellery
Recently, some of my clients have suffered a scam perpetrated via Facebook of a very well done site, http://www.pandorashopus.com/. If you come across this on your Facebook you will see that it has a countdown clock giving customers one day to order the very popular Pandora Jewelry.
As you enter the website you will see the jewelry priced very cheap. In most cases less than $10.00. Which goes back to previous posts I have made about deals that are too good to be true. The fact is, if something looks, smells or taste to be too good to be true, then count on it, IT IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE.
Pandora Jewelry whose telephone number is 410-309-0200 confirmed with our office that the offer that appears on Facebook is not an authorized dealer for Pandora Jewelry. They advised that this was a scam and anyone who made a purchase via the internet should contact their financial institution immediately and stop payment.
In our case, shortly after the purchase was made by our client they received an email from from PayPal that said “You paid Reitmans,Shenzhen,CN, $27.99 USD.” This corresponded with the confirmation of the order placed to the www.pandorashopus.com website.
My recommendation for anyone who may have placed an order with this site is to contact your financial institution and give them all the information that you have received through your email.
During this time of year, especially with all of the event sales such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you as a consumer need to be wary of any and all offerings on the internet. This is the time of year that scammers hit. Looking at this website, you will find it appearing very authenticate and something you would assume Pandora would publish. But when you see a silver bracelet that normally sells for 137.99, offered for 16.99, something is wrong.
Hope your holiday shopping will go smoothly and hopefully this will help you avoid this scam.