Social Media Investigations
Online and social media investigations are increasingly becoming more common to collect evidence when investigating a wide range of cases involving civil, criminal and domestic matters. It simply can not be overstated the value they add to numerous types of investigations.
Social media investigations can provide a wealth of information, including, but not limited to illegal activity, location information, personal associations, habits, interests and otherwise help to assess someone’s character. When social media checks are conducted typically the focus is to find evidence specific to the type of case being investigated so the client can be provided with information useful for their matter. Importantly, they should be conducted in a legal and ethical manner.
Why use a private investigator to conduct a social media investigation?
- While you may already know one or more social network profiles of someone on a particular website, it is not uncommon for individuals to have more than one profile (some under different names) on the same social network site – one that they want to be seen by anyone, and other profiles they may be using for “other” purposes. A qualified investigator will have access and knowledge to sources and methods to help identify social media profiles that may otherwise go undiscovered.
- Evidence you collect may not contain vital supporting information, or may be inadmissible in court. Professional investigators have a strong understanding of what would be valuable evidence and understand legal considerations pertaining to how the evidence is collected.
- The small investment in a social network investigation can result in a big return on investment if profiles are found to have valuable information.
Social media investigations can be helpful in cases involving, but not limited to:
- Child Custody
- Insurance claims
- Asset checks
- Missing Persons
- Non-Compete / NDA Violations