Thursday, February 2, 2017

Social Media Investigations | Seattle, WA

Social media today is a booming industry.  The use of social media as an investigative tool by private investigators is relatively new, since social media itself hasn't been around forever.  It is an ever-changing platform, but is here to stay, for now.  With the millions of people on social media sharing their daily activities, opinions, photos, locations, and more, it would be silly to ignore the wealth of investigative information that can be gathered.

A social media investigation involves using various forms of social media to uncover a plethora of personal information about a subject or subjects.  This typically includes, but is not limited to, photos, location information, opinions, political affiliations, friends, family, associates, events, personal details, and daily activities.  Our investigations include top sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, but also include dating sites, blogs, and hundreds of other lesser known social media networks.

A social media investigation is more than just a scan through a subject's public Facebook posts.  Sometimes, it is difficult just to locate a subject's social media profiles since they may be using an alias or aliases.  Their profiles aren't always completely public.  Maybe they've deleted incriminating content or deleted an entire profile altogether.  These are all reasons why it may behoove you to hire a social media professional to find details that would never be found otherwise.  Social media content can sometimes very well be "the smoking gun" of a case.  It can provide the one piece of evidence that clinches a case, finds a person, or keeps you from involving yourself with someone who would have likely taken advantage of you in some way.

Our investigators have spent countless hours on social media, learning the ins and outs of each site.  We can navigate quickly through numerous social media sites, collecting information on subjects of which the average social media user is oblivious.

We provide our clients with due diligence in our efforts to stay updated on the ever-changing world of social media and we make it our mission to find it if it's there.

Uses for Social Media Investigations:

  • finding missing persons
  • locating clients or witnesses
  • identifying & collecting evidence of online activity
  • developing leads
  • uncovering a person's asssets
  • piecing together a person's daily activities
  • determining an individual's connections, associations, friends, & family members
  • collecting personal information on individuals
  • proving/disproving an individual's claims
  • building a character profile
  • checking employee social media activity for company policy violations, unauthorized disclosure of company information, and/or misconduct/abuse of time
  • providing supplemental to any background, domestic, divorce, child custody, employee, workers' compensation, or other investigation
  • investigating stalking or harassment
  • uncovering probation or other court order violations
  • proving or disproving workers' compensation claims
  • researching activities of competitors
  • assisting in juror selection
  • preparing criminal or civil litigation
  • verifying claims made by customers
  • vetting aliases
  • conducting supplier/vendor/partner investigations

Social Media Investigation | Seattle, WA

Social Media Investigation

What is a Social Media Investigation?

A social media investigation looks into the social media posts, status updates, photos, and conversations of an individual. You might require a social media investigation for a court case, custody battle, or as part of a background investigation. This can be used as evidence in court cases to support alibis and provide supplementary evidence, for risk assessment, and for active monitoring.
A private investigator can pull data from:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • YouTube
  • Tumblr
  • Internet Messaging Services

Why Do I Need a Social Media Investigation?

Social media investigations are commonly used during court cases to provide information relevant to a case, to supplement evidence, establish character, support or disqualify an alibi. Social media is being used more and more in custody cases, divorces, and even criminal trials. You also might need a social media investigation as part of a background check or risk assessment.

What Happens During a Social Media Investigation?

In a social media investigation, a private investigator will search for key terms and posts relevant to the goals of the investigation. In most cases, they will use high powered software to search, monitor activity, and set up alerts for new posts and account creations.
The private investigator will walk you through the process, make sure they understand your goals, and move forward in the best way for your case.

What are You Searching For?

What you're searching for will depend on the investigation.
For the average court case, social media can be searched to establish foundation of character, verify or disqualify an alibi, and find supporting evidence. This includes looking at the location tags for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts, verifying that the posts were original, and identifying what other individuals associated with the case are involved. For some investigations, like for crimes against minors, alerts and searches can be set up for specific search terms, and it can be discovered what type and age of individuals the person is interacting with.
For a domestic investigation, you might search for photos of your partner that support your suspicions of infidelity, or check the location data on posts on Twitter to verify he or she is where they say they are. Internet messaging, Facebook messages, and Twitter direct messages can also indicate whether or not the individual is staying faithful.
custody case can involve looking at photos posted across platforms to identify who the individual is associating with. Twitter posts could indicate whether the individual is suited and trustworthy for retaining custody, and a Tumblr investigation can reveal the individual's priorities, thoughts, and intentions.
Any case involving possible drug use can mean searching for photographs and posts across platforms that would indicate potential drug use, as well as a search for Tumblr posts of images or comments, reblogs, that support drug use. This type of investigation includes searching and setting up alerts for specific terms relating to drug use. In some cases, a sting can be set up to see if, through internet messaging services, the individual is dealing or affiliated with a dealer.

Why Should I Get a Private Investigator for a Social Media Investigation?

While anyone can conduct a social media investigation, private investigators have access to high-powered software that makes for a quicker, more efficient search. Professional investigators also have a strong understanding of ethics and know what data must be pulled for evidence to be admissible in court. This means they are well-versed in metadata, MD5 hash value, what is required for provability, and the rules that dictate what level of searching, friending, and following is allowed, depending on the case. Additionally, if you conduct a social media investigation on your own you could see your evidence, or even your case thrown out of court.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The new century has brought new challenges for small businesses and corporations that haven't been seen before  international espionage, hacking; sophisticated spying at an alarming rate. The team at Brian Blackwell Investigations is prepared to help. From loss prevention, property surveillance and security consulting to cyber-security, privacy and crises management.

Brian Blackwell Investigations works with small businesses, corporations and government agencies to combat against cyber-security threats, intellectual and property thefts. Problems addressed and solutions developed to resolve: hacking, intrusions, disruptions, manipulations, theft of data and identities, and securing information technology infrastructure. Many U.S. companies have fallen victim to such threats virtually unknown just a few years ago. Throughout 2016, multiple high-profile ransomware attacks targeted hospitals and other institutions, which often paid ransoms of tens of thousands of dollars each instead of pursuing even more costly data recovery methods. The explosive growth in devices that make up the Internet of Things (IoT) has also contributed to threats, including a distributed denial of service attack using infected baby cameras and other IoT devices in 2016 that took large portions of the U.S. Internet infrastructure offline. Lax security practices make businesses and corporations of all sizes vulnerable. Cyber attacks are a key roadblock to technological advances that can have a positive societal impact.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Seattle Private Investigators

Brian Blackwell Investigations is a State of Washington licensed private investigation agency based in Seattle providing thorough private investigation services. Experienced professional with clients throughout Washington state, the U.S., and in Canada, England, Japan, Australia, Philippine Islands and India. Brian Blackwell has over 20 years experience and started this business to offer confidential services at reasonable prices that you can rely on. Many of our clients come to us via word of mouth and referrals. Let us find the truth and the evidence that you need.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016


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