One of my blog readers from Atlanta contacted me recently. She was looking for a recommendation on an investigative firm to contact in Atlanta, so I thought I would share it publicly here. If you reside in Atlanta and need help with a case of identity theft, or you have another matter to discuss with a private investigator such as a pending divorce or child custody case, you can contact:
235 Peachtree St NE #400,
Atlanta, GA 30303
As licensed private investigators, they deal with cases of identity theft (unfortunately) all the time. Atlanta seems to be a hot-spot for this kind of criminal activity. These guys can be trusted to give a fair up-front analysis of your case without charging you a dime, and if they agree to take on your case, you get a written no-hassle guarantee to go along with it. This retired old guy thinks that’s how all businesses should be run.
How do you know if you’ve been a victim of ID theft? There can be many signs, but in general, you should investigate whenever you feel that something is off:
- You receive a bill or invoice to your correct address, but the name or something else is off.
- You are declined for new credit when you know you should be approved.
- You receive collection notices by phone or mail from companies you don’t recognize.
If any of those warning signs happen to you, it’s always a good idea to look deeper. A call to a PI may not be your first choice, but at the very least you should check your credit reports from all major credit bureaus to ensure that no new credit lines have been opened without your knowledge. If that already sounds overwhelming to you, you should really be calling a PI.
An ounce of prevention…
Remember dear readers, preventative measures can easily be taken. Just by changing a few of your regular habits you can ward off most attacks. Criminals are usually quite lazy and will try to rip off the person who is least prepared. For example, when you are shopping, use a credit card instead of writing checks or using a debit card. 9 times out of 10 you’re better off because of liability limitations: banks are more strict whereas credit card companies are way more lenient.
My friends in Atlanta also specialize in computer forensic work. In case you have never heard of that before, it involves being able to collect court-admissible evidence from computers and technological devices. They are brilliant at this and have taken on some tough cases before with great results.
Ramblings of a retired detective..
That reminds me of the time I was called to investigate a matter regarding a recently terminated employee, who we’ll call “Fred” for the sake of confidentiality. It seems that Fred was publicly reprimanded at work for constantly showing up late to meetings, and he decided to get back at his boss for embarrassing him. Fred thought it would be a good idea to get his boss fired by uploading pornographic pictures to his work computer and then emailing them to women at the company. What Fred did not realize was that a digital trail was left behind that connected the dots and proved that the pictures were originally downloaded from Fred’s machine. Poor Fred. Poor, fired, Fred.