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Sunday, August 24th

UK Private Investigator Blog - "Madeline P.I. Search costs £500K"


Hi,

There was an article in the Independent this week that was passed around UK Investigator Associations. Apparently the Madeline McCann fund paid a US-based detective agency £500,000 (roughly $1 Million) for it’s services to try and locate the missing toddler.

The detective company searched through CCTV footage, manned the phone lines waiting for tips and carried out an array of P.I. work over a 6 month period. The British millionaire funding the charity decided not to renew the agency’s contract stating that the monthly bills of £80,000 were “disproportionately high given its results”.

The parents issued a statement saying they were interested in employing the best persons and resources to find their daughter and won’t comment on personal, financial or operational details of the search.

My heart still goes out to Gerry and Kate, and I knew as soon as it was announced they were hiring private investigators the cost of conducting this search for Madeline would be very complex. In such cases the bill was always going to be very high.

Thanks,
Andy
Andy on 08.24.08 @ 08:57 AM CST [link]

Saturday, August 9th

UK Private Investigator Blog - "New email scams"


Hi,

A new type of internet email scam has come to light recently – Vishing scams. It sounds like a phising scam, and it is but with a new twist. The standard phishing scam is an email sent to you (and a million other people) pretending to be from your bank or Paypal saying that your account has been suspended and you must follow the link they provided and log into your account to sort he mess out. Of course then the link you click takes you to a dummy website that looks like it’s from your bank but when you log into the account you give them your details.

The new Vishing scam is an email sent to millions of people as a spam email, also pretending to be from your bank but instead of giving you a link to click to go to a dummy website they provide a phone number to call. When you call the number the smooth talking criminal on the other end tries to get you to give your account information so they can “fix the problem”.

Here’s some tips to avoid Phishing and Vishing scams:-

Phishing Scam Tips
1) Never follow any links in emails, just open a new web browser and type in your banks web address as normal, that way you’ll go to the legitimate website.
2) You’ll notice that when you hover your cursor over the link in the email that it comes up as not being from the bank’s website if you look at the bottom left corner of your browser screen.

Vishing Scam Tips
1) Don’t call any phone numbers given in your emails. Log onto your bank’s website and then look up their standard call number from there.
2) Type the number given to you into Google, Yahoo or MSN, if it comes up on your bank’s website then it’s a legitimate number. There could also be posts from newsgroups and other people warning that the number is a scam that they were also emailed with.

Thanks,
Andy

Andy on 08.09.08 @ 04:05 AM CST [link]