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Travel Tips from a Costa Rica Private Investigator

Travel Tips from a Costa Rica Private Investigator

Frog Costa RicaAs the most trusted and reliable Costa Rica Private Investigator, The following travel tips from a Costa Rica Private Investigator will save you time and money.   During your visit to this country. By knowing these you may avoid problems. Before traveling outside your native country to another country you should prepare yourself.  Costa Rica is no different. Learning about Costa Rica before you go can prevent common problems or confusion.  Cultures vary throughout the world and sometimes a simple misunderstanding can become a big deal.  Learning about the basic life, culture and laws of a country you are traveling to can help you to be prepared and have an enjoyable vacation. The basic things you need to know include how to get around, business hours and various other points.

Once you get to Costa Rica you need to know how to get around from place to place, especially if Juan Santamaria IA photo insideyou are not within walking distance of your destination.  Buses are the main form of transportation. It is the most cost efficient and easiest way to get around.  Do be aware that the buses in Costa Rica are small and sometimes cramped.  You will not be able to take along luggage and if you need a lot of legroom you will be in trouble.  Another form of transportation is a rental car.  They are quite more expensive and you need to have insurance that will cover the rental car in case of an accident.  Also know that most rental cars are standards, so if you do not know how to drive one you may be out of luck.  Business hours in Costa Rica are much like that in the United States.  Typically, they run from 8 or 9 AM to 3 or 5 PM.  Everyday a lunch break takes place between noon and 2PM.  Also on Sundays, most places will be closed.

Costa Rica runs on Central Standard time, which means some of those traveling from the US may get to avoid jet lag all together.  The healthcare system in Costa Rica is very advanced.  They have an excellent system that offers up-to-date medical care in modern hospitals.  You can most often find doctors that speak English as well.  These basic facts will help you to get used to life in Costa Rica, but there are some more things you should get to know.

In Costa Rica there are some legal things you need to know.  If you are renting a car, be aware that Costa Rica is a good place to have an accident.  Drivers here rank low for auto accident rates. The speed limits are posted either on signs or painted on the pavement and you should always be aware of them. The speed limits range from 45 to 55 MPH in general.   Costa Rica laws require that all luggage is screened through customs and declarations must be filled out for certain items like food and anything valuable.  Alcohol is legal for those over the age of eighteen.  Also be aware that prostitution is legal in Costa Rica for those over eighteen. When you are ready to leave Costa Rica you should know you will be required to pay an exit fee approx. 27.00.  These helpful hints about legal do’s and don’ts will help you avoid problems while in Costa Rica.

All Costa Rica Hotels Are Not The Same

Hotels mapIt is always nice to know about little things that are often overlooked on travel websites or in brochures.  The water heaters in hotels in Costa Rica are not like those in the United States.  You will find they are mostly plastic tubes with an electrical gadget in the nozzle.  This means hot water may not always be hot.  The busiest time in Costa Rica is during what is called the high season.  The high season is between December and May.  You may find that getting reservations can be difficult during this time. Any Costa Rica Private Investigator that recommends a specific hotel is probably getting a kick back. Also, some of the hotels I have seen recommended by less than professional private investigators leave a lot to be desired. Generally the hotels here are clean, but many of the amenities you may be accustomed to may not be available. It has been my experience that id you stay at a branded hotel you more than likely will be satisfied. You usually do not have to tip while out in Costa Rica.  A 10% tip is added to your bill. Another good thing to know is that the sewer systems can handle toilet paper unlike those in other countries. The water system in Costa Rica is treated and safe to drink. The electricity in Costa Rica is the same as in the United States.  They do not use the grounding prong in some locations, so be aware of the need for adapters for this reason.  Dancing is big in Costa Rica and you can find dance clubs all over.  Laundry mats are not common in Costa Rica.  Most people send their laundry out to be washed. Some vacation rentals offer a washer/dryer as an amenity.  These helpful little hints can help you get through your vacation without a mishap. Costa Rica is a lovely, peaceful country.  There is a lot to see and do.  Once you have decided on Costa Rica get to know a little more about the country so you can enjoy everything it has to offer. For more information, visit or call Cody Gear.com We are the most reliable, trustworthy and affordable private investigators in Costa Rica. Call us today 321-218-9209

Searching Web for a Private Investigator Costa Rica? Caution!

Caution When Searching Web for a Private Investigator in Costa Rica

Info LogoSearching 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. 

CAUTION!

Searching Private Investigator Costa Rica

About us iconFirst 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

Handshake iconJust 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.

Mistakes Expats Make in Costa Rica

Here’s a list of Mistakes Expats Make in Costa Rica

law-firm-page-for-webThe law is can be preventive medicine, but if not used correctly, it is a devastating curative medicine.  So, please let me try and help you avoid mistakes made by those who came to Costa Rica before you, and try and keep you out ‘hot water.’

1. Do not do anything you would not do in your own home town: A lot of foreigners seem to believe they can outsmart the system when they come to a less developed country. Or, it just may be the kind way most Costa Ricans behave with ‘gringos’, which turn them into wishful thinkers.

Always bear in mind that the legal system in Costa Rica is Napoleonic, not Common Law, so things are handled very differently than in the US or Canada. Because of that, the best place to begin your investment plan is in an attorney’s office.

It is best not to try the Do it yourself’ method! Some people, in trying to save some dollars in legal fees, avoid the work of finding a good attorney to guide them through their problems. Do not do that! Do your homework. Find an attorney, you feel comfortable with and stay with him for as long as he does a good work.

2. Do not rush into the decision of hiring an attorney. If you are thinking of investing in Costa Rica, like it or not, hiring a local attorney is a must for you. It does not matter if you are just buying a car, a home or planning to set up a million dollar business. You will need an attorney. You may not like the idea of paying legal fees, who does? But accept it and live with it. The idea is to have your lawyer working for you as ‘preventive medicine’, as a kind of insurance against what ‘might happen.’

Consider the legal fees as your insurance premium, because that’s really what it is. Today, you will pay a fraction of what it will probably cost to try and fix that problem later on if you do not have an honest attorney to guide you.

3. Do not think of buying Costa Rica real estate and only follow the real estate broker’s advice! In Costa Rica, real estate brokers are not licensed in the same way they are in the United States . Some of them are real professionals, but a lot of them are just ‘enthusiastic’ sales people.

Either buying or selling real estate, you will probably have a need for a broker’s services, but even if your Costa Rica real estate agent is first class, have your attorney on board and have him supervise the process.

Real Estate Fraud 24. Do not blindly trust your own countrymen! Just because they have been here more time than you have. I have seen that US citizens being conned by US people and, Canadians by Canadians and so forth. Be careful! There are a whole lot of strange people in this country, some of them fleeing from the FBI, Interpol, ex-wives and even from mental institutions.

5. Gentlemen! Please remember that you do not, I repeat, do NOT need to marry the first beautiful ‘Tica’ (Costa Rican woman) that you meet!

6. “Old Mac Donald had a farm“: And he lost it, because never took care of it. This is a common story in Costa Rica. Again, please remember that our legal system is different.

7. South of the Border…  Not everybody here wears a big Mexican ‘sombrero’ and has a big bushy moustache and not all the ladies are named “Juanita Bonita’. South of the Río Grande,  you will find: México, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panamá, Colombia, Perú, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Brazil. All of them are different countries, with a different history, different people, and different laws.

8. “Easy comes easy goes.” I will not even waste your time on this matter. If it sounds too good to be true, then yes! It probably is too good to be true. Nobody on this earth can give you 45% per annum in a legitimate investment.

9. There is ‘risk’ even with legitimate well known and established private banks. Right now I am trying to help a client who deposited a large amount of money in CDs, in one local bank.

10. If you really want to live in Costa Rica then, please live IN Costa Rica! It was the year 335 B.C. Alexander the Great faced one of his greatest battles. When his army reached the Phoenician coasts, he realized their enemies outnumbered them by 3 to 1.

Do you know how he managed to win the battle? Quite simple! He ordered his ships to be burnt… While the ships where on fire and sinking on the ocean, he spoke to his army and told them the only way to go back home was on their enemy’s ships. It was that or else.

If you really want to become a resident in Costa Rica, you may have to burn your ships.

Hiring a Costa Rica Private Investigator

Hiring a Costa Rica private investigator

Costa Rica Private InvestigatorHiring a Costa Rica private investigator requires a thorough vetting before engaging for services. Recently, I have had several people who have written me about their bad experiences with investigations that were conducted by investigators not living in Costa Rica. I have written several blog posts as well as Facebook post advising potential clients to avoid investigators that do not live here. If retention of out of country investigator is your only option, beware, that’s what you get may cause you more heartache, grief and expense and more than likely you will not have the answers you seek.

Things to Check out before you do

information logo 1Here are a few questionable and unethical tactics employed by some investigators that have been reported to me. Scenario one; an inquiry is made into the requirements and costs of an investigation. After the initial communication, the investigator contacts you and says he has started the investigation and you owe money, although you never agreed to start the investigation. When you call this to the investigators’ attention he becomes combative and begins hurling insults and veiled threats.  Scenario two; after agreeing to have the investigator conduct an investigation, he contacts you and says that he has the information for you but you need to send more money. He says that the investigation took longer than expected and you must pay the money or he will not release the information to you. Scenario three; you learn that the investigator has contacted the target of your inquiry and has attempted to extort money from them.

The first scenario outlined is straight forward. A professional investigator will not start an investigation without receiving a retainer. He will also give you options on how to deposit the retainer via a bank or credit card company. He will not immediately demand that you send money via Western Union to a third party that you have never heard of before. If you have fallen victim to this scam, you don’t have to put up with it. If you have not sent any money, tell him to go pound sand. There is absolutely nothing he can do to you. If he threatens you simply hang up the phone. If he emails you keep, and archive the emails for future reference if the need arises. Consider yourself lucky that you escaped this unprofessional and unethical person and seek out a professional.

Money LaunderingThe second scenario is also straight forward. No professional investigator is going to conduct an investigation beyond the original agreement without first obtaining authorization from the client. Furthermore, all information developed to that point in time is your property not the investigators. Professional and ethical investigators know when an investigation is going to require more and will always contact the client before proceeding. After all, it is your money and your life could be irrevocably changed forever depending on the outcome. This type of situation is nothing more than an attempt to shake down the client for money. If he can’t demonstrate through convincing reason the need to proceed, then you should demand that he cease all further inquiries into the matter.

Perhaps the most disturbing and disgusting tactic is the playing both ends against each other.  In this case the investigator knows the target of the investigation and the circumstances surrounding the inquiry. Once they get the money from you they approach the target and tell them they have information that is vital. Information that could change the rest of their life and that for a fee they will give them the information. Imagine trusting a stranger with delicate and sensitive information and having that trust betrayed by such an unprofessional and unethical investigator.

In all of these scenarios the one common denominator is, they were all done by the same sleazy, slimy person that takes advantage of people’s desperation in getting answers to questions that will affect their lives forever. What’s more, it repeats itself from the same source with the same outcomes. These are just three instances I know factually, as I was retained after the fact to clean up the mess that was created by such unprofessional and unethical tactics.

 

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 Safety

What About Costa Rica Safety?

Crime 1Concerns about Costa Rica safety are heightened among those thinking about relocating to Costa Rica. Recent murders of American citizens, Kurt Hergis in La Fortuna in February and Stephen Rutkiewicz in Guanacaste in December have served as an impetus for the rise in concern.Unbiased responses can be challenging since many who contribute information from the English speaking community have a vested interest in bringing in expats who are liquid and looking to invest in Costa Rica. Caution needs to be exercised and a doubtful thought process should be used when listening to real estate agents or relocation agents.

According to recent statistics Costa Rica (10 murders per 10,000) is less violent than its neighboring countries in Central America (28.5 murders per 10,000). This is in comparison to the United States which has a murder rate (4.7 per 10,000). In Canada the rate is even lower (1.6 per 10,000). The statistics have been compiled globally by the United Nations in 2012.

Costa Ricans have an unrealistic view of relative criminal activity as compared to the United States since the periodic mass shooting in the United States has the tendency to dominate world news. Physical violence in the United States for the most part is focused in urban city centers, such as Detroit (54.6 murders per 100,000) or Baltimore (34.9 murders per 100,000). Total rates for murder continue to be low in the United States since it is a nation of 313 million individuals.

Costa Rica, with 4.8 million people is by per capita more dangerous than the United States. Some say that much of the physical violence is a direct result of the drug trade that exist between South and Central America and the United States. For example, neighboring Honduras (91.6 murders per 10,000) and El Salvador (69.2 murders per 10,000) are the two most violent nations in the world. The Security    Ministry furthered this opinion by reporting that immigrants and others that are difficult to account for contribute significantly to the violence in Costa Rica.

Expats tend to notice the violence as it affects their own peer group or comes into their community. There is relatively small English language coverage of the shootings and murders that take place in southern San Jose or the Caribbean coast. Objectively, the drug related violence in these areas is the kind of thing that is not likely to affect a tourist or expat directly. However, violence has a tendency to eventually cross borders and social divisions. Thus violence in places like Limon will eventually impact everyone who lives here.

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.

Is Cheating in Costa Rica Increasing ?

Recently,  I asked myself, is cheating in Costa Rica increasing?

Cheater photo 3I have noticed a spike in the number of cheating spouse surveillances. It has been so much, that I have had to increase staff to keep pace. Just recently, I have had more unfaithful partner cases than other types of investigations. Throughout the previous year the need for monitoring of Cheating partners has actually increased twofold.

According to a recent study on the subject specifying the factor(s), or, exactly what force is behind the increase, the results were inconclusive. The majority of the study indicates that this increase throughout financial difficult times is contrary to other information and current surveys suggesting, many people can ill afford an exposure to a separation or a divorce.

Factors influencing the increase of cheating in Costa Rica

Perhaps, one factor, is due to the enhanced pressure that financial tough times give the household environment. The increase might be related to the egregious partner desiring to leave the pressures associated with making ends meet. Costa Rica is a stunning nation with numerous natural resources that bring visitors from all over the world. Costa Rica is world renown for its stunning coastlines and tropical rain forest. It is likewise referred to as a fishing destination for the enthusiastic fishermen, particularly from the United States. Numerous of the cases now being examined start with the tale that the cheating partner is going to Costa Rica to fish.

This “cover story”, in a sense that holds true. The kind of fishing being done is not in the sea, it is in the many areas that have young, lovely and beautiful females who work in the sex trade. The “fishing bait” being made use of is around 6 inches long, green and is called United States currency.

The most widespread locations of the United States that experience the greatest rate of cheating partners that come to  Costa Rica originate from the bigger cities such as Atlanta, Houston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Miami. Over the previous 6 months most of extramarital relations cases have actually come higher from Atlanta area. The cases vary from a weekend spree to secretly sending money to the prostitute that the cheating partner encountered during his visit, supporting her and her family.

In those cases where the unfaithful partner has actually bought property in Costa Rica, without the knowledge or permission of the stateside other half.  Most cheaters who do this are unaware that any property they acquire in Costa Rica while their marriage exist in the United States is subject to an undivided one half with their spouse in Costa Rica without a divorce. In fact the wife in the United States only has to file a demand for her undivided one half with the Costa Rica courts and they property will be tied up until a settlement agreement is executed between the them.  Costa Rica has really distinct laws worrying such realty purchases.

Our agency in San Jose, is fully staffed and I have a associate who is a licensed Costa Rican Attorney. This is definitely an  advantage to our clients in order to recover properties that have actually been obtained surreptitiously and supply the innocent partner with equitable relief from the Costa Rican Courts. I have a law degree, I do not practice law in Costa Rica and encourage that anybody requiring a comprehensive description of the laws get in touch with somebody like my associate, a certified Costa Rica lawyer and have the law explained in detail.

Commonly I am asked, when should a suspicious partner seek my services. The simple truth he is coming Costa Rica with his “pals” that alone should prompt action. If absolutely nothing takes place then the partner in the United States can have some peace of mind knowing that her suspicions were unfounded.

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.