Setting Expectations for Costa Rica Infidelity Cases

This is part 2 of a blog Setting Expectations for Costa Rica Infidelity Cases

Cheater photoIn part two of setting expectations for Costa Rica infidelity cases, we will examine some of the mechanical issues of carrying out such investigations.  With the arrival of high season just around the corner we here in Costa will see an increase in inquiries about infidelity investigations. I feel that one important part of taking on a new client is setting expectations, including for cost, process, outcome, and findings. Many clients do not understand the process, including associated costs and the timeframe for gathering relevant information. I find that by setting expectations for Costa Rica infidelity cases. it is best to provide the client with sufficient information prior to commencement in order to avoid misunderstandings in the future. The investigative process utilized in these types of cases is an art not a science and as such has to be flexible as theses situations are fluid and change rapidly.

Further Recomendations and Adivce

  1. Timelines are given a realistic approach in each case as it begins to gather momentum. Initialy however the client is advised that until the target is acquired, it will take an approximate 3 – 6 hours of observation; which establishes how the target interacts in their setting. Following this a briefing is conducted with the client to establish a time line on when the investigtor will be communicating with them during the operation.
  2. Fees, costs are presented on a case by case consultation basis, after the initial intake and objectives of the clients wants andneeds. The fee is agreed upon and a non refundable contract is then entered into with the aforementioned listed as a description of services to expect.
  3. No pictures of them in bed together. Just as it is in the United States, there are privacy laws here. Usually we restrict our photographic work to videos of coduct that is vlearly egrgious or suspicious. Catching them in the sack with each otehr is not going to happen. It is not like you see on television.
  4. No Guarantee on Results, we cannot manufacture indiscretions and investigators who say they have never been made in a surveillance have not done that many surveillances or are just not being truthful. A retainer is required and additional time or cost will be approved by the client. We will maintain communication with the client via a safe phone. Do they really want to know? What will they do when they find out?
  5. We explain that there are cases where their loved is not be cheating. As previously mentioned, certain cases because of the controlling nature of the client, their loved one may just be lying to spend more time with their friends. Whether to watch a football game or just hangout, aby thing is possible is possible. Every investigation begins with the idea that the person could or could not be cheating. By explaining to our infidelity clients that once we begin to see signs (evidence) of cheating, we follow up on those leads to confirm or disprove that they are directly associated with infidelity.
  6. Each assignment brings a different cost, outcome, results and findings and are different due to the client, their loved one and the paramour involved in the matter. With the matter of children and the potential of or outcome of domestic violence, this to will reflect in this answer.
  7. Suggest counseling. A report will be given with photos and or video.
  8. The more information they provide the more cost effective and best chance of providing results.
  9. Worse case scenario at the inception of the inquiry. By the time they call us they know the answer. They just want proof.
  10. Findings and end results. It has been my experience that not all clients are ready to accept the findings abd want additional surveillance. Sometimes they are in denial and have a difficult time believing their loved one would cheat on them.
  11. Our clients are told the expectations are entirely up to the target we surveil. It all depends on the activities that taregt is engaged in during the hours of surveillance. Targets do not perform on cue! We tell our clients that domestic investigations generally cost between $2,500 & $5,000 depending on the circumstances. We have had domestic cases where we have billed more and have always had good results.

 

 

Setting Expectations for Costa Rica Infidelity Cases

Setting Expectations for Costa Rica Infidelity Cases

Cheater photo 3With the high season just around the corner we here in Costa will see an increase in inquiries about infidelity investigations. I feel that one important part of taking on a new client is setting expectations, including for cost, process, outcome, and findings. Many clients do not understand the process, including associated costs and the time frame for gathering relevant information. I find that by setting expectations for Costa Rica infidelity cases. it is best to provide the client with sufficient information prior to commencement in order to avoid misunderstandings in the future. The investigative process utilized in these types of cases is an art not a science and as such has to be flexible as theses situations are fluid and change rapidly.

Recommendations from a Costa Rica Investigator

The final results are not always what a client wants or thinks it should be.

I have had cases where we followed people off and on for months and never caught them cheating. When you report this back to the client there are some that simply think you didn’t do your job. We always tell people, just because they may exhibit signs of cheating it doesn’t always mean they are and we can’t catch people that aren’t cheating, cheating!

 

The cost is always discussed up front,

Some people think you can catch a cheating partner in 1 hour and an investigation will only cost $100.00. Rarely do we encouter circumstances that allowed us to catch a cheater within the first moment of beginning a surveillance. Frequently, it’s difficult to get people to understand that when people cheat they don’t always meet with their lover daily or even every week. So sometimes it takes a little time to discover what they are doing. Time is money! Remeber a cheater never performs on cue!

 

Results to show they are or are not cheating. I am not in the bisiness of manufacturing fabrications to show someone is cheating. I have actually had clients that have requested that I set the target up with a hooker and capture the encounter on video. Obviously I am not in the extortion business either.

 

I let the client know that I will do everything in my power to bring resolution to their problem.

Sometimes they are just wrong, and there is nothing going on. PI work is 50% luck and 50% skill. I have to be in the right place at the right time and have the knowledge to do a proper and professional job once the situation presents itself. I also emphasize as I said earlier, targets of surveillance never perform on cue. It is important once the surveillance is undertaken that the client maintain a demeanor that is consistent with their normal behavior as to not alert or raise suspicion of the target

 

Depending on the signs that raised suspicion and habits 2-3 weeks. I explain our steps to provide results depending on the questionable behavior. Optional steps moving forward after confirmation such as attorneys or counseling. The majority of surveilance here is 3-6 days. It is expensive and a budget ranging from $1,200-$5,000 should be expected. Additionally there will be expenses that are not covered in the professional fees.

I generally tell my clients that it’s difficult to uncover infidelity with less than 10 hours of surveillance. Its possible, but not likely. I suggest a minimum of 20 hours of surveillance. Assuming I’m only using one investigator on the case, that will cost a client around $3000. A thorough Costa Rica infidelity investigation will run a client a minimum of $3000. We like to have a consultation with the client prior to the surveillance in order to mete out the details of the case (surveillance schedule, physical descriptions, photographs, etc). I cannot guarantee results and we take a full retainer up front.

Timeline 1-3 days of surveillance.

No guarantees that we will find anything. Will not induce the subject into making contact. Provide them with our hourly rate and mileage rates.

I let my clients know what to expect up front so as they do not get unreasonable expectations. Cost is one of the first thing we discuss.

Every client is given a realistic set of expectations as to what my inquriry can legally engage in

That is in some cases when they ask for “off the radar” information; it is explained that in the course of conducting an investigation it serves the client’s best interest in utilizing a legally sound practice and methods. This allows all information harvested to be admissible and shared between both parties.

Costa Rica and “Mickey Finn”

Coming to Costa Rica and “Mickey Finn”

A social media working girl had a lot more on her mind than friendship, Costa Rica investigators say.

A Costa Rica woman woman prowled for victims on the social networks and then arranged for an intimate rendezvous according to Costa Rica Private Investigator, Cody Gear.

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Our client as well as several others, I imagine took the bait. The woman was a “mickey finn” scammer who quickly spiked the drink of her new male victim and then clean out the apartment or house. The Judicial Investigating Organization (OIJ) suspects she obtained at least $15,000 in jewelry in one case. OIJ suspects the same woman of commiting the sane crime against another man where she took almost $10,000 in cash.

Costa Rica and “Mickey Finn”

Many who come here in search of establishing a relationship with a women are susceptable to this type of scam. The problem here is that these women are using some type of drug to incapacitate the victim in order to carry out their theft. Many of the men who visit here are older and many have health conditions that places them in peril if they are drugged with the wrong type of medication.  By taking up an ad on a person that is offering an intimate relationship, that no one knows, is like a crap shoot. You may or may not survive it.

News reports that OIJ Agents said they located some of the items when they searched the woman’s home in Desamparados Tuesday. When OIJ agents searched the woman’s home in Desamparados Tuesday, agents said they located some of the items. She faces charges of aggravated robbery and attempted murder.

This is another example in a long line of examples of scammers who prey upon the unsuspecting. More often than not the the victim is an expat. Most victims say they were overcomed by sudden drowsiness after taking one or more women to their apartment.

Costa RIca Private Investigator Log

Costa Rica Private Investigator Log;  July 2019

The Costa Rica Private Investigator log for the month of July saw several cases that came to from all over the United States. Below is a few of the cases we handled in August.

Costa Rica Private Investigator log for July 3; Domestic case involving a suspected cheating husband who had booked a vacation with his “buddies” in Jaco. Told his wife that they were going to fish for Marlin. Wife suspicious as his trips to Costa Rica were becoming more frequent and she didn’t like some of his “buddies”. Surveillance began at the airport and wound up in Jaco at the Beatle Bar which has been recently remodeled and opened for business again. The group migrated to the Cochal, a favorite watering hole for partying and shopping for the weekend girl friend. Sure enough the target wasn’t at the Cochal for more than an hour when he latched onto a stunning professional working girl probably 25 years of age and he was off to the hotel. Whole thing captured on video.

Costa Rica Private Investigator log for July 5; Bigamy/domestic case where in an American man had married a Colombian woman in the States and was going through a nasty divorce. He knew she had spent time in Costa Rica and wanted her background checked. A due diligence check revealed that the Colombian was married to a Costa Rica National. She had been married to him for over eight years and was married to the Costa Rica National at the time she married the American.

Costa Rica Private Investigator log for July 9; Land Fraud case involving a fraud in the inducement from a developer that collected money from investors on a beach front condominium development in Coco (Northwest Costa Rica). Developer took money from investor after convincing investor that his money was going for an unimpeded ocean view from the 5th floor of a 10 floor condominium in Coco. Due diligence revealed that no such development had been approved on a one story model. In Costa Rica all developments must have licenses and be approved by the government. Investors money gone but we were able to get a lien on the property in order for the investor to recapture from his loss.

Costa Rica Private Investigator log for July 17; Lottery scam reported by an elderly woman in Florida. This lady is 87 years old and was contacted by someone purporting to be an agent with the United States Department of Consumer Affairs. (No such organization) The agent told her she had won 2nd prize in a lottery and that in order for her to collect her check of $987,000 she needed to send $5,000 to Jose Gonzalez via Western Union in Costa Rica to cover the cost and expenses in transferring the winnings to her. He gave her a telephone number with a 305 exchange and when she called it a person answered the phone “United States Department of Consumer Affairs, how may help you”. She asked for the agent was transferred to the same person who called her. He assured her this was a legit. She sent the $5,000 and anothe $87,000 over a three month period. This is a SCAM. If you win the lottery no one will ever call you! I referred this nice lady to the U.S. Postal service who has agents in the United States who are working with the Costa Rica authorities to bust these miserable and despicable scammers.

These are a few of the cases we handled for the month of July. If you or if you know someone who need private investigator services in Costa Rica call or visit us at www.codygear.com 

Are you having doubts about what you are being told? Do you have that gut feeling that something is not right?

Directories Offering PI Services in Costa Rica

Beware of Directories Offering PI Services in Costa Rica

CG logoThere are several directories offering PI services in Costa Rica. These are nothing more than clearing houses for a web entrepreneur to get a percentage by referring you case to one of their members. More than often the members of such directories have to do nothing to obtain the referral except joining the directory and paying a small subscription fee. The directories in turn do no or little due diligence and refer your case to someone they know nothing about. Recently I was curious and call one that is prominently displayed in the Google organic search and learned that it was a call center located in the western United States. When I inquired as to who was the PI in Costa Rica the CSR couldn’t tell me.

Directories offering PI Services in Costa Rica look professional and glitzy

Remember all that glitters is not gold. I have seen several of these sites and they all use the same format. They advertise professional investigators in all parts of the world. Think about that. The major PI firms in the world are Pinkertons, Wakenhut, and Wells Fargo. None of these prestigous firms pass their clients to anyone that is not thouroughlyvetted.

When you have a problem that needs the attention of a tried and trued professional private investigator, you are rolling the dice when you use a directory in the selection process. Most of the directories want to be the intermediator between you and the PI. The reason? They want their cut of the fees. They know that if you deal directly with the PI they will receive nothing. What do the directories bring to the table? Nothing but names and referrals of who they know nothing about.

When your problems are such that you need a reliable and professional PI, do you due diligence and vet the PI your self. What kind of experience, education and training doe the PI have to accomplish your objecties? Are those qualifications verifiable? Last year there was a PI in Costa Rica who advertised that he was a former federal agent, a former Navy Seal along with a myriad of other unverifiable puffery. He was apprehended by the Immigration Service of Costa Rica and was deported for being in Costa Rica illegally. He is now in Nicaragua offering PI services in Costa Rica, a country he is forbidden to enter. HE IS ALSO A MEMBER OF SEVERAL OF THESE DIRECTORIES!

If you need or want aprofessional and reliable private investigator contact us. We have verifiable qualifications and references. We are available 24/7 to serve you.

 

Costa Rica Men’s Guide against Scammers!

www.codygear.com presents;  The Costa Rica Men’s Guide against Scammers!

To protect yourself against scammers and marital relationship scams, review my post and find exactly how you can prevent it. This is the Costa Rica Men’s Guide against Scammers!

CG logoNobody wish to fall victim to a rip-off, yet daily the number of individuals who have actually fallen victim is growing at a alarming rate. The Internet has actually ended up being the most effective medium that fraudsters make use of to swindle individuals. You can browse the word rip-off or scams in Google and you’ll be shocked of the long list from African inheritance rip-offs to multi-level advertising and Internet dating/marriage rip-offs.

As the amount of scams and frauds grow by the number, increasingly more individuals are ending up being vulnerable to it. The techniques utilized by these fraudsters have actually become more sophisticated over the past 2 years, makings their rip-offs much more attractive to individuals.

Why fraudsters and scams have ravaged dating/marriage websites?

Emotionally speaking, feelings are the greatest driving force that can blind individuals from being reasonable and sensible. Do you still remember exactly how you wanted to do anything for somebody you care for you? When you are in love with somebody, you end up being susceptible to do whatever it takes to be with her/him.

Fraudsters, understanding exactly what love can do to an individual; attempt to exploit this. Later in this post, you will find exactly how fraudsters successfully take advantage of individuals by benefiting from their feelings and impulses.

Who are these fraudsters or scams?

Fraudsters or scams can be practically anybody or anything. When it comes to Internet dating/marriage services, they could be the individuals included on the website obscured the guise of being another person or they could be the web designers (person/persons who run the site) themselves.

Below are the 3 vital things to bear in mind in order to avoid being scammed while looking for a true love on the Internet. When you follow these 3 steps, you are arming yourself from being avictim.

3 Most Important Rules to bear in mind in Order to Avoid Scams and Frauds

1. Never, ever send “Money” to someone you don’t know.

Avoid dating sites that need you to pay or contribute cash in order to get contact information of the individual you want. Never ever pay for registration to any dating sites. These payments are a waste of your money and time for there is no guarantee whatsoever given in exchange for your payment.

The bottom line, whatever you do to look for a partner in life on-line, NEVER EVER PAY for any services. Not that there are no reputable dating/marriage websites/agencies however this is the very best means to stay clear of frauds and scams. Keep in mind that the typical reward or intention of these fraudsters is your MONEY! Without offering them incentives/motives, there is no reason for them to exist.

2. Never ever provide information about yourself.

There have actually been numerous cases of individuals who were scammed merely due to the fact that they have actually provided complete and precise info about themselves, particularly; complete name, address, phone number, savings account and information about households, buddies and loved ones. This type of information is the most useful devices that fraudsters utilize to efficiently rip-off you. By not offering them the tools/information they require, you make them incapable of scamming individuals including yourself.

3. Keep your guard up.

Being unconvinced, though might be viewed as offending by other individuals, is another effective shield versus rip-offs or scams. Exactly what does it takes to be unconvinced? Be rational, be reasonable and utilize your good sense. The reason our brains are found higher than our hearts is for us to put reasoning above our feelings.

You find a woman from a dating internet site for whom you discovered yourself incredibly in love with. Because of the distance in between the two of you, she asked for that you subsidize her travel expenditure so that you can see each other face to face. Exactly what are you going to do? Are you going to leap right away into offering her exactly what she requested? Be cautious!

Prevention is much better than treatment

When we are sick, we look for the service of a physician. We sustain costs, which in the first place might have been prevented if we had the ability to avoid the event of the illness or if we had the ability to identify it in its early stage. Cancer cells for example is best dealt with when detected in its early stage. Being scammed is best prevented when discovered early on prior to it happening.

Below is a list that can suggest possible cases of frauds or scams and need to be managed with care.

Circumstances that could suggest possible frauds or scams are stemming from 2 possible sources.

1. The Person Featured in the Dating Site.

a) When the picture utilized in the profile is too stunning.

First. Be reasonable! If she’s stunning, why does she need or require promotion or exposure to be seen? Basically, ask yourself, does she need to advertise to find a man for herself? Generally, fraudsters will make use of images of gorgeous girls most likely acquired from modeling websites to tempt the interests of guys. Physical appeal is appealing however do not be fooled by it.

b) Any kind of money request.

For the Nth time, don’t buy any type of money request. Whatever her reasons are to ask for cash from you, no matter how genuine or credible it might appear, do not give in. These fraudsters are trained to trick individuals into thinking they are genuine.

c) Ads targeted to “Older” guys.

This might be offensive to the oldies however the reality is, many victims of dating/marriage rip-offs on the Internet are the older. The majority of fraudsters target the older men due to the fact that they are shown to be the most gullible group of guys. They also represent a group that is more financially secure with disposable income. You are for that reason extremely cautioned to stay clear of ad that specifies older men are exactly what they’re looking for.

d) Inconsistent, altering or puzzling info.

“I’m sorry I wasn’t able to email you for a long period of time due to the fact that my employer fired me from work and so I do not have access to the Internet.” (Hmm …, let me see…, I thought you just weren’t working as you told me previously that you’re a full-time student.).

This confusion and incongruity might be an outcome of the fraudster handling various victims. Scammers are liars. The problem with lying is that you forget who you told what and eventually will get caught. Someplace along the roadway, she got puzzled. Now, do not let this confused fraudster fool you!

e) Tech Savvy Asian Women.

The majority of Asian ladies showcased in dating/marriage internet sites are primarily originating from poor socio-economic households. The majority of them are ignorant, cannot manage to purchase a computer system and maintain regular monthly Internet connection. How can somebody who does not have the resorces (understanding and resource) post her profile on the web and get and respones the correspondents?

f) Well-written reply from a non-English speaking nation.

Females who are from non-English speaking nations are predisposed to have inadequate English language skills and inadequate grammar. There are exceptions to this rule; it would be safer to assume that someone from non-English speaking country should commit errors (grammar, syntax, spelling etc.) in their emails. It’s for that reason we warn that you should be wary of somebody from a non-English speaking nation to be a fraud or scammer if her replies are well composed and well structured.

g) Very Willing and Eager Ladies.

Exactly what type of woman do you think will send you lots of her photos and will then tell you that she’s succumbing to you after a couple of exchanges of messages? Exactly what are her intentions? Could it be love or something else? Beware!

h) Avoid cam chats and phone conversation.

The following is an example of how a chat or telephone conversation may go.

Con: “I’m sorry however I do not have a telephone and or a video camera”.

You: “You can make use of a pay phone infant or provide me a number and I’ll call you with it. Or you can go to a internet cafe. I’m sure they have video cameras there.”

Con: “I have another idea.”

You: “What is it honey? Tell me!”

Con: “It’s awkward.”

You: “It’s fine. Tell me what it is ?”

Right here’s the catch.

Con: “Why do not you send me some cash so I can purchase a telephone and I can also get a computer connection for my house? I’ll talk with you on-line all the time and I’ll never ever forget to Call you. I promise!”

This might seem oversimplified however it has worked in some cases. A client from Texas reported exactly how a woman from Colombia actually got him to send her money for a telephone and internet service, never to hear from her again. It was too late when he didn’t get any calls after the cash was sent.

i) Inquiries made about your financial circumstances.

What does genuine love have to do with your financial circumstances? Well, it matters a lot when she is focused on getting to your wallet, don’t you thing?

2. Social Internet Dating Agencies or Webmasters.

For agencies/match makers or internet sites that need any of the following, you should beware in signing up.

a) Registration Fee.

b) Membership Fee.

c) Introduction Fee.

d) Arrangement Fee.

e) “Mandatory” Donation.

In fact any kind of payment needed for any of their services needs to be viewed with a skeptical eye.

Although non exhaustive I hope this short article offers you with food for thought and sufficient information to be able to identify and stay clear of fraudsters. You can likewise call us or contact us at www.codygear.com.

Contrasting Costa Rica Law

Contrasting Costa Rica Law to the Common Law of the United States

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The Common Law that law is based after in the United States is in agreement to the Napoleonic Code that controls Costa Rica. Contrasting Costa Rica law (the Napoleonic Code) to that of the United States (English common law) it is understandable why numerous Americans are the victims of fraud in Costa Rica. Although this article is dry, in the sense that it offers no pizzazz, it is none the less informative of the challenges and obstacles you will face if you decide to open a business or buy property.

 

No matter the truth that the Napoleonic Code was not the very first civil code and did not stand for every one of Napoleons’ empire, it was among the most prominent. It was ratified in lots of countries inhabited by the French throughout the Napoleonic Wars and developed the basis of the individual legislation devices in Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, in addition to Poland (1808– 1946), and to Germany to the eastern of the Rhine. The Napoleonic code was used till the intro of the Gesetzbuch in 1900 as the initial civil code for all Germany.

The Napoleonic Code was additionally accepted in 1864 in Romania, and proceeds today. The Code was likewise embraced in Egypt as part of a device of the combined courts in Egypt after the autumn of Khedive Ismail. The Napoleonic Code was equated into Arabic from the French between 1881-1883. Numerous various other codes with marginal effect were the German, Swiss and Austrian, nevertheless also there some effect of the French code could be really felt, as the Napoleonic Code is taken the initial efficient codification of regulation.

The civil law devices of the countries of modern multinational Europe, with the exemption of Russia and numerous other Scandinavian Countries have, to differing degrees, been impacted by the Napoleonic Code. The lawful devices of the Great Britain other than Scotland, aside from Ireland and the Commonwealth, are based upon the English common law in contrast to from Roman equivalent. Scottish legislation, though similarly a civil law device, is un-codified; it was impacted by Romano-Dutch law concept, and by English legislation. In the Gulf nations of the Middle East, the influence of the Napoleonic code incorporated with pointers of Islamic legislation is clear, also in Saudi Arabia (which follows additional to Islamic legislation). In Kuwait as an example, house civil liberties, girls civil liberties, and the education and learning device can be deemed Islamic reenactments of the French civil code. A few of these features can be viewed in different other Gulf states, although much less obvious compared to in Kuwait, this primarily being as a result of the autonomous attributes of Kuwait, instead of the absolutist attributes of many different other Gulf nations.

Many Latin American countries, such as Costa Rica have their system of civil law founded on the principles of the Napoleonic Code. Many who come her, especially from the United States, assume that contract law and real estate law are similar to those in the States. Noting is further from the truth that is why it is necessary to hire a competent Costa Rica lawyer who can guide you through this process.

Costa Rica Money Laundering Criminals Indicted

Money LaunderingRecently I had the task of recovering  money that a client had sent to an on line Costa Rica  money laundering scheme. The same Costa Rica money laundering criminals indicted in USA.. Fortunately my client was able to recover his money prior to the closure of the scam. Not every one is so lucky. Once again, if it sounds too good to be true it is. The scam was offering an method to move money without regulators knowing where the money originated.

The New York Times reports that  this scam was “a PayPal for criminals”. The scheme embraced activities globally that allowed participants to move money with almost complete anonymity. According to the article, Liberty Reserve were responsible for criminal activity ranging from stolen identities to child pornography. In the indictment which was handed down in Manhattan, “Liberty Reserve was in fact used extensively for illegal purposes, functioning in effect as the bank of choice for the criminal underworld.”  The New York Times also reports that a “senior law enforcement official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the charges had not yet been announced, said that one undercover agent was able to register accounts under names like “Joe Bogus” and describe the purpose of the account as “for cocaine” without questioning. That no-questions-asked verification system made Liberty Reserve the premier bank for cyber-criminals, facilitating a broad range of illegal online activity.”

According to information contained in the indictment Liberty reserve is estimated to have laundered more than $6 billion dollars. The founder of Liberty Reserve, Athur Budovsky, who reportedly renounced his United States citizenship in 2011, was arrested in Spain on Friday. Budovsky formed a Costa Rica  corporation in 2006 and used it as a vehicle to promote this money laundering scheme. Previously Costa Rica law provided a method of forming corporations that were completely anonymous. They are called S.A. (Sociedad Anonima) and it is virtually impossible to pierce the corporate veil due to the structure of the S.A.. Unlike American corporations an  S.A. is owned by the person who has physical possession of the corporate books. The corporate officers that appear on the official records in most cases have no connection to the ownership.

One reason I felt it was important to post this information is fue to the high incidence of fraudulent activities here in Costa Rica. Many times unsuspecting Americans and other visitors are easy prey for the con artist. Remeber the old adage “if it’s too good to be true, then it is”? Whether it be investment offers or real estate you owe to yourself and your family to be sure before you commit any money to anything in Costa Rica.

We advise our clients that prior to sending any money to Costa Rica, especially via Western Union, they retain the professionals at Cody L. Gear and Associates to conduct a thorough due diligence. The cost of such an inquiry could prove to be pail in comparison to the loss you may suffer if you don’t. For more information call us toll free at 321*218-9209.

 

Costa Rica Real Estate Fraud

As in The U.S.- Costa Rica Real Estate Fraud Increasing

Real Estate FraudSimilar to real estate frauds in the United States, the police busted a real estate closing Monday and arrested five men suspected of a Costa Rica Real Estate Fraud. The arrests took place at a the closing agents office in Guadalupe.

According to news sources agents described an elaborate scheme in which a lot was secretly removed from a larger piece of property and the corresponding plats and other supporting documents forged. According to the Judicial Investigating Organization (OIJ) the lot was listed for sale and that at the closing detectives seized two checks of $25,000 each.

According to news sources, the unusual thing was the agents were able to move in at the closing. OIJ spokesperson said they received an anonymous tip last week and were able to contact the real owner of the property who said that his land was not for sale.

Of those arrested one is 82, and the other suspects 35 to 52, according to OIJ. OIJ did not reveal the manes of the suspects. The property in question is in Tres Ríos in the Cartago area.

ACFE Logo 2OIJ acted quickly after obtaining the tip and were successful in thwarting the fraud. Being a Certified Fraud Examiner, I know that most of these types of real estate fraud are not detected until sometime after the closing. By being proactive the OIJ and its agents should be applauded for detecting and preventing this fraud. As in the United States, typically real estate fraud cases have low priority and insufficient resources to detect, apprehend and prosecute such cases. If you are considering buying real estate in Costa Rica, call us! We know the ends and outs of Costa Rica Real Estate Fraud.

Catch a Cheater in Costa Rica

Five Step Plan to Catch a Cheater in Costa Rica

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The five step plan to catch a cheater in Costa Rica: Cheater that come to Costa Rica have often laid the groundwork for their misdeeds long before they actually arrive. The advances we have witnessed with the seemingly never ending cadre of new devices and applications have in many instances given cheaters a false sense of security. Today most cheaters think they have an advantage by using such devices and applications to communicate. In order to take advantage of this misconception I recommend the following five steps to catch a cheater in Costa Rica.

Step 1: Make a Decision

First, you should decide whether or not it’s worth knowing if your partner is cheating. I know of instances where some prefer not to know. Innocent victims of a cheater owe it to themselves and their families to know the truth. After taking into consideration all the circumstances, if you think knowing the truth is in your best interest, then you make the decision to catch the cheater.

Step 2: Be Prepared

Once the decision has been made to catch the cheater you must prepare yourself for the worst-case scenario. It is gut wrenching to have positive indisputable evidence of a person that for a number of years has been your husband or boyfriend is actually cheating on you. It is prudent to be prepared financially as well to carry out the investigation. Cheaters never perform on cue. It takes perseverance and patience to catch a cheater. The more information you supply the investigator the more effective and efficient they can be and thus save you time and money.

(Some things I will need from you; several recent photographs, his itinerary, flight number arrival date, location he is staying, travelling companions, habits, distinguishing marks such as tattoos and the length of his stay. In our pre-investigation interview I will discuss other things as well.)

Step 3: Deploy

Probably the most important thing that you will have to do is the hiring of a private investigator in Costa Rica. You want to hire a private investigator that has the experience and resources to carry out the mission. You also want a private investigator that listens to your ideas and concerns with regard to conducting the investigation. There are private investigators here in Costa Rica that will attempt to bully you and or tell you what is or what is not in your best interest. They will also ask you to send them money be a Western Union. You should exercise extreme caution with any investigator that ask you to send them money via Western Union. There are some here that can no longer receive money from Western Union in their own name and therefore ask you to send it to a third-party. This is a big red flag.

Probably, the most frequent question I get is about cost and conducting an investigation in Costa Rica. Although a third world country the cost of living and operating here is higher than that in the United States. For example, gasoline is almost $6.00 a gallon; a 2 Liter bottle of Coke is $3.00; a combo from McDonald’s is $6.50; these prices are due in part to the Costa Rica government placing taxes on all consumer goods.

Competent and experienced investigators the United States routinely charge between $60 and $100 per hour plus expenses for their services. You should expect similar rates from competent and qualified investigators in Costa Rica. When you interview investigators in Costa Rica and they tell you they have a flat rate of $200 a day, you will sadly learn that this is nothing more than a ruse to ask you for more money as the investigation progresses. Some will hold the results of their investigation as hostage until you send them more money.

Step 4:  Wait and be patient

As I mentioned earlier cheaters never perform on cue. To catch a cheater it is a matter of being in the right place at the right time to capture his/her indiscretions. This is not rocket science but it does require perseverance and patience not only on the part of the investigator that on the client as well. I know it is human nature to want to know everything that is going on during the course of an investigation. But it is extremely important that you follow my instructions during the surveillance. I will keep you informed of any relevant or important events, but will require that you keep this information to yourself until the investigation is complete. The investigation is only as good as the secrecy of the operation is maintained.

Step 5: Review the Results

 Many times, due to circumstances and or obstacles clear-cut proof cannot be obtained. For example, getting a video are photographic evidence of an intimate encounter between the cheater and his lover is rare. However, when reviewing the available evidence, and taking into consideration the totality of the circumstances to which the evidence speaks, you need to ask yourself; what a reasonable person viewing the same evidence would conclude? This is what you call circumstantial evidence and the conclusion is drawn from the preponderance of the evidence. If we obtain photographic evidence of the cheater at a bar that is known to be a meeting place for prostitutes and the cheater is captured with a woman in such a place and then leaves with that woman, what would a reasonable person to conclude?

Regrettably, these investigations lead to divorce. I recommend that prior to confronting a cheater with the evidence of his infidelity, that you sit down with a divorce attorney and allow him to advise you as to the best manner to proceed.

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