3 Tips to Detect Credit Card Skimmers

Recently a Suffolk County gas station found 2 card skimmers at the pumps. Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon case throughout the country. As technology continues to grow, scammers are getting more sophisticated in stealing your credit card information. Learn three tips to help protect yourself in preventing your cards from being skimmed.

Strategies for Identity Theft Protection

As I discussed in my previous blog post, identity theft is one the fastest growing crimes in modern society, and can represent substantial ongoing challenges for individuals who have fallen prey to it.  Many cases of identity theft can start with minor, easily overlooked changes to bank accounts and credit charges. However, if these things are left unaddressed, they can rapidly escalate and ruin lives.   While the threat is widespread, there are steps you can take to reduce your...

Recent Data Breaches in the News and the Threat of Identity Theft

In recent weeks, there have been news stories of high profile data breaches, in which innocent people’s personal information was made vulnerable, or deliberately accessed, by wrong-doers.  Aside from the Wikileaks issues, probably the most widespread of these data breaches occurred at Yahoo.  The online media company reported that in 2014, somewhere between 200 million and 500 million users had their accounts hacked, and the hackers obtained access to the users’ names, email addresses,...

MASTIC BEACH VILLAGE – Press Release and Mayoral Statement

PRESS RELEASE SEPTEMBER 27, 2016 More than 21 months ago, the Village Board and Village Attorney received a report alleging that a Village employee had utilized two background‑search firms (Transunion/TLO and Lexis Nexis) with one of the firms’ extensive, law-enforcement databases accessed under the pretense of the employee being the Village’s “Chief of Police”. In the latter case, this enabled the employee to undertake the most invasive searches of individuals’ backgrounds. The searches that...

The Frightening Impact of Fraud and Theft on Businesses

If you own or run a business or organization, then you need to be concerned about fraud or internal theft. Fraud is a major problem that can, and has, affected organizations of all kinds, from businesses to non-profits, from small mom-and-pop stores to multi-national corporations.

When Is The Right Time To Begin A Wrongful Arrest Investigation?

In general, the police are very careful and well equipped with the knowledge required to determine when to make an official arrest. But, unfortunately, there are always exceptions. A wrongful arrest can happen for any number of reasons–mistaken identity, being in the wrong place at the wrong time, an over zealous police officer, or even–rarely– intentionally due to malice. In any case, being the victim of a wrongful arrest is always a traumatic experience. Lasting Impact of a...

When Is Covert Surveillance Necessary?

Investigations, by definition, involve the collection of information. Depending on the type of investigation being carried out, different methods may be used to collect such information. All investigations involve the gathering of facts–usually this is done through overt interviews with witnesses and experts, review of documents or evidence, and the collection of information using reports and forms and the like. These methods often suffice in getting to the bottom of the matter at hand....

7 Warning Signs Of Workers’ Compensation Claim Fraud

States require employers to provide workers’ compensation insurance to cover an employee’s lost wages due to an injury on the job. It’s a sad fact that to some unethical workers, workers’ compensation claims look like a ticket to getting paid for not working. Whether it’s exaggerating the extent of an injury or outright faking it, it’s illegal and costly to employers, insurers and society as a whole. It raises insurance costs for all businesses. Check out this list of warning signs of workers’...

Infidelity Investigations: 5 Telltale Signs Your Spouse is Cheating

It’s a grim statistic, but infidelity investigations indicate that well over 50% of spouses or partners are unfaithful at some point in a marriage or relationship. The first sign may not be anything tangible at all, but rather a “gut feeling.” But how can you tell if your gut feeling is justified, or if it’s just your imagination? Take a look at the five signs below and see if your spouse is exhibiting any of the behaviors described–if so, it might be worth hiring a private investigator...

The Impact of Social Media in Divorce Proceeding Investigations

As the use of social media explodes, so does its use in divorce proceeding investigations. Lawyers are increasingly using content from social media and other electronic communication as evidence in divorce cases. Therefore, it is important not only to protect yourself by limiting what you communicate on social media while you are going through a divorce, but also to ensure your lawyer exploits whatever information your ex-spouse is indiscreetly making available over their social media...

Learn More About Litigation Support Services

Radius Investigations has helped many law firms involved in litigation. We excel at doing what is necessary for lawyers to succeed in court, including: finding witnesses, locating hidden assets, verifying injury claims, uncovering evidence to help criminal defendants, and more. If you’re an attorney involved in litigation and need of our help please contact us at (888)...

Could Background Checks Have Prevented the WDBJ-TV Murders?

Last month was one of great sadness for America, but a sadness which comes with a bitter sense of familiarity. With the world still reeling from news of the on air murders of a reporter and a cameraman in Virginia, people are once again asking themselves ‘How was this allowed to happen?’ In a country where gun crime is endemic, where few people want to give up the right to bear arms, is it still possible to protect ordinary people? What measures need to be put in place to make sure that people...

Make Us Your Third Part Background Check Provider

Almost every day, the news reports instances of businesses being victimized by fraud, theft, breach of computer security, or other serious problems. Many of these problems are caused by the business’s own employees. One of the best ways for businesses to help prevent themselves, and their clientele, from being victimized in this way is by conducting pre-employment background checks. Employee Background Check Provider in NY A thorough background check can help: protect against workplace...

Learn How Insurance Investigators Fight Fraud

Fudging the details of an insurance claim report – perhaps exaggerating the extent of damage, or not being entirely truthful about how exactly an accident happened – is a harmless lie, told by many people. Right? Wrong. Insurance fraud, or trying to get benefits that you aren’t entitled to from an insurance company, can be a misdemeanor or a felony crime. This offense can carry heavy fines or even prison time. At Radius Investigations, we carry out a variety of services for...

5 Reasons You Need to Conduct Employee Background Checks

For some businesses, running background checks can seem like an unnecessary expense. However, there are a variety of reasons that it’s a smart idea to always be diligent about checking your employees’ backgrounds, both before and after hiring them. 1. It Helps Weed Out Dishonest People Quite frankly, about half of the applicants you receive for any one job opening will be lying to you about something. It might be something small like dates or a job description, but it might be...

How to Deal with the Fallout from the Ashley Madison Profiles Leak

The words ‘Ashley Madison’ meant very little to most people just a few short weeks ago – or did they? This is the question which thousands of anxious spouses across America are now asking themselves. With more and more specialized tools, designed to search for names within the reams of hacked profiles, springing up every day, it is clear to see that the mass leak from this ‘dating site for married people’ has hit many families hard. The creator of one such tool claims to be receiving around...

How Private Investigators Can Protect Your Company’s Bottom Line

There are many aspects to running a business. One of them is to prevent employee fraud. Theft has been around since the beginning of time, and it is not going away any time soon. In fact, in the digital age, criminals are more sophisticated than ever before. However, by hiring private investigators, you can mitigate the risk of crime to your business, helping to protect your assets and profits. Here are some examples of how private investigators can protect your business. Loss Prevention...

Finding a Missing Person With The Help of a Private Investigator

The experience of having a missing friend or a family can be disturbingly distressing. It is understandable to be troubled especially if you shared a close bond with the person that has disappeared. However, panicking in the face of this ordeal will not help the missing person. Investigating, searching, and tracking down a missing person is not easy. Because of this, it would be wise to get the help of a professional private investigator as they are typically knowledgeable and experienced on...

Employee Background Check Basics – Due Diligence Matters to Your Business

Hire slowly and fire quickly. This is a common adage among successful entrepreneurs highlighting the importance in identifying the right staff. People can put anything on a resume. They want that job, and many will say anything to get it. This is the reason it’s not surprising that in a survey of employers, approximately 70% said they caught applicants not telling the truth. As a business owner who counts on the people you hire for the productivity of your company, do you really want an...

Private Investigators Can Help You Win Your Child Custody Battle

The breakup of a marital relationship is a difficult thing to go through. This becomes even more arduous when the issue of child custody is in dispute. Whether you are the mother or the father, you may have to fight in court so you will not lose regular contact with your children. When faced with such a situation, you will need guidance from experts to help you win the case. When it comes to the custody of children the standard in most jurisdictions is that the Court will do what is in the...

Testing Your Partner’s Fidelity With Covert Surveillance

Preparing for your wedding is exciting and overwhelming. The majority of brides and grooms go into their marriages hoping that they have found their soul mate. In fact, they hope for their marriage to last forever. The problem arises when the bride or groom suspects their partner is cheating on them. This will make them doubt whether or not this is the right person for them. This is where hiring a private investigator who can conduct covert surveillance services come in handy. These services...

The High Costs Of Not Running An Employee Background Check

Today, an estimated 90% of major employers in the country utilize employee background checks to ensure that their employees are being honest on their applications and that they’re a good fit for the business. These pre-employment screenings can look for fraudulent claims on an application, criminal history, financial history, and much more. It’s important to take a closer look at just why it’s critical to utilize employee background checks, and what it really comes down to in...

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