Online Dating and Catfishing Investigations

An online dating investigation is when a private investigator reveals an online romantic partner’s true identity and motives. Here at UIA, our Private Investigators will gather in-depth information by conducting comprehensive background checks, international digital account searches and reverse image searches focusing on your potential paramour. All the intelligence gathered by our cyber investigators will be formatted into clear, concise intelligence reports designed to put our client at ease and verify their potential lovers’ identity- or to uncover criminal action, prevent future fraudulent activities, and recovering our clients assets.

Millions of Americans visit online dating websites and apps like Tinder, Plenty of Fish, OkCupid or Match.comevery day hoping to find companionship, love and affection.

What most people don’t consider is that criminals are online, too – looking to make a profit.

A “catfish scam” is a common form of fraud which encompasses cash-forwarding, lonely heart, or money laundering scams by using fake online profiles to appeal to their victims romantically. These scammers use fake names, patterns, and photos to lure in their mark before exploiting them.
The scam usually begins when the victim is contacted online by someone who appears interested in them. They will begin a conversation that can last for weeks, even months. The victim may even chat back and forth with this person to develop trust and build rapport, even sending flowers or other gifts.

Ultimately however, the inevitable will happen—the person you’ve grown so fond of is going to ask you for money. It will be for what seems like a valid reason, a family member being ill or their cash card not working correctly-
however after the payment has been sent, yet another emergency will come up-
and another, and another…until eventually, when you have nothing left to give, they disappear.

Another common scam among Catfish scammers is the “cash advance” or “advance fee” scam. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) states that, “An advance fee scheme occurs when the victim pays money to someone in anticipation of receiving something of greater value—such as a loan, contract, investment, or gift—and then receives little or nothing in return.”

Lately, Catfish scammers have even employed blackmail into their ever growing repertoire of tricks: Upon the receipt of intimate photographs, messages, or personal information, these scammers will then threaten to post this private information on the internet – and will only delete or remove it after they are paid a sizeable ransom.

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Computer Forensics and Anti-Cyber Harassment Services

Through our international network of White-Hat hackers and Computer specialists, we can access almost any digital records you may need. From the location of a Cyber-Stalker to the hard drive of a destroyed computer- Our Computer Forensics specialists will extract the information you need; providing reports that are detailed and concise, covering the evidence found and the steps that were taken to find and recover it. We pride ourselves on our efficiency, cost control, and defensibility, as well as our highly trained team of experts. Using IP tracking technology as well as WiFi Drivers and old-fashioned surveillance techniques- we can do more than just identify the IP address of your cyber-stalker, bully or harasser.

We can physically locate them, document them, and provide you with a name, face, address and motive. With an in-depth and functional knowledge of Forensics, Computing, IT and Networking systems, our Digital Forensics agents, Cyber Security and Anti- Cyber Harassment Investigators offer a suite of services that are truly the best in the business. 

Cyber Security Services

Using cutting – edge equipment provided by Hak5 Industries and Paraben, Inc. alongside our own methods and tactics, our private investigators can establish a baseline of activity on your network and set up countermeasures to detect any malicious activity- alerting your security manager in real-time of any harmful or suspicious activity and tracking down its source. Whether you require our services in your business, office, home or abroad; our techniques will audit any potential weaknesses your system may have; preventing damage through proactive measures without slowing down you, your system, your organization or your business. 

Cell Phone, Computer and Tablet Data Recovery Services

Our agency can provide extraction, decoding, analysis and reporting services for both on server and mobile data (including deleted data and passwords), from almost any device- not only computers and cellphones but handheld GPS units, tablets, and all other mobile devices.

High quality, High Fidelity Data Recovery is the single most crucial aspect of any cyber-investigation. When receiving a drive that is damaged or not working, our agency will utilize the most advanced equipment available to reconstruct a hard drive and recover the data you need.

Video Forensics and CCTV Services

With our resources, Universal Investigations Agency can not only set up security cameras and CCTV systems for our clients, but we can also requisition video from existing CCTV sources such as building security, convenience stores and traffic cameras to analyze evidence of a crime. Our agents can adjust contrast, sharpness, brightness, polarization, focus, and zoom to detect any sign of editing or fabrication, as well as uncover evidence that may be hidden in the shadows of your footage.

Cyber- Risk Management 

The greatest threat to any business in today’s day and age is non-disclosure violation and employee over-sharing. This in turn leads to internal hacking, and increased liability due to activity within your organization. Our Private Investigators employ state of the art technology and techniques to perform discreet, thorough due diligence investigations to serve your organizations needs. Allow us to be an asset to your company, letting you focus on financial growth while we focus on eliminating insider and outsider threats with our industry renowned multi-faceted approach.