We have contacts at most government agencies, we speak the language, and we have our eyes and ears on the ground in the local area to uncover evidence for our clients.
Searching public records is of limited value even in countries like the U. In Russia and the Ukraine (and nearly all developing countries), searching public records is typically of little value and in many cases must be done manually.
Investigator John Harper heads his firm’s Eastern European investigations team and answers a few questions about the challenges of due diligence in the former Soviet sphere.
Harper is lead investigator for Russia PI™—a wholly owned subsidiary of Wymoo International, a Florida-based professional private investigation company specializing in international background checks and due diligence.
To get the evidence, you need a local investigations firm or international investigation company with field investigators on the ground who speak the same language and have access to local records.
Many clients tell us the subject has never asked for money, so they don’t see how they can be a victim.
This is a common misconception, and criminals are well aware that asking for money early on is less profitable.
Scammers target the vulnerable—widows and widowers, the elderly, the lonely and isolated.
They ask their marks to send money for travel expenses, steal their identities, or even, occasionally, convince them to commit crimes.