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Criminal records are commonly used as part of a risk management approach to hiring and other forms of engagement. They are not designed to be the “de facto” suitability test. Relying on a criminal record check will only leave you with a false sense of security.

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Finding a person can be a simple or difficult process depending on circumstances. There are many “online” resources that you may use, though many don’t work. We were once asked to find the locations of a group of military personnel assigned to a specialized unit who had worked together over 25 years ago and had long since retired to various parts of the globe. We found them all. Finding a person requires creative thinking and methodologies well beyond social media and Google searches. There are many sources of information and proprietary databases that are not common to most people. Fathom investigators can help in your search or simple provide the guidance you need

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Years of experience in the field of investigations has taught competent investigators that it pays to take the necessary time and go through the proper steps and “best practices” when conducting an investigation to a standard that withstands scrutiny. One of the greatest enemies to an effective investigation is preconceived ideas and assumptions as to the outcome of the findings. The importance of doing an investigation well, with a focus on thoroughness and objectivity makes any disputes before an adjudicator, a court, the media or public difficult. Our private investigators are professional and provide a variety of services to individuals, corporations and the legal community.

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Social media has enabled individuals and corporations to create and market very positive and sometimes unrealistic profiles. Whether used to gain employment, a position on a board, government or structured as a “investment opportunity”, a profile or promotional campaign can at times, create an “illusion”rather than a factual representation. When we like sometime, we want it and our “confirmation bias” interferes with objective thought. Authenticating the person(s) you are dealing with is crucial step to managing the risk in any investment.

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Being a victim of fraud or bad investment is a personal violation. Your trust in your own judgment, and your trust in others, is often shattered. Even though victims are not alone, they feel alone, not wanting to share their embarrassment or shame. Often, the financial loss is less important than the perception of a damaged reputation. In most cases a comprehensive examination of who you are dealing with will minimize the risk, however, when things go wrong legal and investigative professionals are your best option to minimize damage and cost recovery. http://ow.ly/X3T7w

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A professional investigator is able to find, collate and refine relevant information that is not clearly visible, providing an “added value” component that decision makers need to best assess available information. Those that wish to mis-represent a proposal or “business opportunity” will often fall short on details and hedge their bets on a lack of a proper due diligence process. Whether it involves a hiring process, investment or venture where risks exists, a proper investigation of the person(s) involved can significantly reduce catastrophic events for a fraction of the cost. Our private investigators will find the hidden information to need to make an informed decision.

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Asset identification plays a significant role in assisting lawyers, be they civil or criminal, in support or their clients. Whether corporate entities or individuals, investigative research geared to find, identify and assess assets can provide a great benefit to a legal firm. Researching known or unknown assets, regardless of location or under nominee ownership can often be found and offer opportunities for recovery of debt owed or can at least establish a stronger bargaining position to effectively resolved the case to the client’s benefit. Fathom Research Group’s investigators have over 20 years experience in asset investigations, fraud and financial crimes.

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A cursory approach to due diligence on a local or international business partner is no longer sufficient and is an important step for companies operating globally. While gathering financial and legal details is important, they are only one part of several precautions a company should take when assessing an international business partner. Identifying the potential risk and history of the person(s) behind local or international companies, trade and investments is a crucial aspect of that enquiry http://ow.ly/WVDJm

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Do those with the mandate to do right, always do the right thing? The inquiry into the indigenous and murdered women will begin soon. We will likely see many commonalities as revealed in the Picton inquiry, but on a larger scale. Police have significant discretionary powers to choose whether or not to investigate crimes. Biased, a lack of critical thinking, jurisdictional shell games and recently admitted prejudice are all factors that will likely reveal shortcomings with current police models and oversight. The new victims of crime bill has, in part, the ability for victims to hold the criminal justice system accountable and ensure a proper investigation is being conducted.

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We often hear statements made regarding the level of credible intelligence in reference to public threats. Risk management and intelligence assessments have many commonalities that depend on access to information and analysis that can establish appropriate responses to risk. Risks to corporations, governments and individuals are no different. Sources of information exists that can aid in establish a comprehensive profile of an individual’s past activities, associations and patterns of behavior. A proper background investigation or due diligence process can prevent the consequences of a bad deal.
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