Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Forensic Statement Analysis

Forensic Statement Analysis is a tool that is highly effective in the detection of deception in a person’s written or spoken statements. The analysis involves critically examining the word choice, structure, and content of a person’s statement to determine whether it is truthful or deceptive. As people intentionally attempt to be deceitful, subconsciously they use different words, phrases, statement structure, and content in their statements.
Research by experts in the fields of language, psychology and deception detection has led to the identification of these trends in language that are referred to as "linguistic signals." Using Forensic Statement Analysis, can identify these linguistic signals that differentiate deceptive statements from truthful ones as a suspect subconsciously reveals information they did not intend for an investigator to know.
  • Recognize valid statements
  • Process required for analysis
  • Parts of speech that are used during analysis
  • Importance of balance of a statement
  • Be able to identify Linguistic Signals
  • Analysis of a written statement
  • Ability to interpret the results of an analysis
  • Knowing investigative questions to ask during analysis
Confirming truth or deception by means of body language, statement analysis, and micro expressions
Seattle, Washington  Call toll free 855-445-1742

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Sentencing Advocacy Investigator

The Sentencing Advocacy Investigator assists attorneys preparing for, and during, litigation and court proceedings.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, investigating the facts and circumstances of the alleged offense and the client’s background. The investigator is also responsible for developing personal, family and social histories, locating and interviewing potential witnesses for pretrial, trial, and post-trial proceedings, serving subpoenas, providing witness relations, and development of demonstrative exhibits. Assisting in the identification, selection, preparation, and presentation of expert witnesses, researching and writing on various issues, including mental health are also required.

Other duties include requesting, reviewing, analyzing, and summarizing records and information on clients. Developing and maintaining positive and productive working relationships with clients and other significant case participants along with the means to travel to correctional institutions within the state to visit with witnesses and incarcerated clients.

Brian Blackwell Investigations Seattle Washington

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Seattle Private Investigator

Brian Blackwell Investigations is an industry leader in providing private investigation services to the general public, insurance companies and legal community. Experienced and knowledgeable professionals in locating defendants, witnesses, heirs, long lost family members, and at solving some of the most challenging cases, with clients all over the United States and in Canada, England, India, Japan, Australia and the Philippines. Brian Blackwell has been working as a private investigator since 1993, having had agencies in Denver, Colorado, and Las Vegas, Nevada, besides Seattle, Washington.

Brian Blackwell Investigations | Seattle, Washington USA
Licensed and Bonded

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Identity Theft Help

Identity theft remains one of the top consumer complaints in the United States. An estimated 15 million identities are obtained and fraudulently used in the United States each year resulting in over $50 billion in losses.
The most effective way to respond to stolen personal information or its unauthorized use is for the victim to face the issue head on and take the necessary measures to correct damage done by the thief.
According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), a person should take the following steps in order to limit the potential damage.

1. Contact Fraud Departments

Contact the fraud departments of the companies where you know the fraud occurred. Explain that someone has stolen your identity and ask them to close or freeze your account to prevent any new charges. Change your PINS, passwords, and login information.

2. Contact Credit Bureaus

Contact the credit bureaus
Placing a fraud alert makes it more difficult for someone to open new accounts with your information.

3. Get a Credit Report

A credit report should be obtained immediately through a trusted site such ashttps://www.annualcreditreport.com/index.action or by calling 1-877-322-8228. Carefully review your credit report for any information you do not recognize.

4. Complete Online Complaint Forms

When reporting identity theft to the FTC, complete the online complaint form athttps://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/#crnt&panel1-1. Provide as many details as possible. With this information, the FTC will create your Identity Theft Affidavit. Immediately print and save your FTC Identity Theft Affidavit, as you will no longer be able to access and obtain it once you leave the page. Reports or updates to your affidavit can also be filed by calling 1-877-438-4338.

5. File a Police Report

File a report with your local police department. Go to your local police office with the following items:
  1. A copy of your FTC Identity Theft Affidavit
  2. Government issued identification that includes a photo
  3. Proof of your address
  4. The FTC’s Memo to Law Enforcement available as a PDF document at http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/sites/default/files/articles/pdf/pdf-0088-ftc-memo-law-enforcement.pdf
Inform the police that someone has stolen your identity and that you need to file a report. Your local police department is required to file a report. If they appear hesitant to file a report, present them with the FTC’s Memo to Law Enforcement. Obtain a copy of the police report for your records. Combining your Identity Theft Affidavit with the Police Report makes up your Identity Theft Report.

6. Contact Businesses with Fraudulent Accounts

Now that you have an Identity Theft Report, call the fraud department of each business where you believe a new account was opened. Explain your situation and ask to close the account and for a letter confirming that the fraudulent account is not yours, nor are you responsible for it, and that it will be removed from your credit report. Depending on the business, they may have you send a copy of the Identity Theft Report or have you complete their special dispute form. Save the confirmation letter for your own records.

7. Send Letters of Explanation to Credit Bureaus

Contact each of the three credit bureaus with a letter explaining your predicament, specifying which accounts or charges in your name came from identity theft. Note that you want them to remove (or block) this information. Be sure to include the following items with your letter:
  1. A copy of your Identity Theft Report
  2. Proof of your identity (name, address, and Social Security Number)
A sample letter is available at https://www.identitytheft.gov/sample-letters/identity-theft-credit-bureau.html. Information regarding the three credit bureaus is listed below:

Equifax

www.equifax.com
P.O. Box 105069
Atlanta, GA 30348
1-800-525-6285

Experian

www.experian.com
P.O. Box 9554
Allen, TX 75013
1-888-397-3742

TransUnion

www.transunion.com
P.O. Box 2000
Chester, PA 19022-2000
1-800-680-7289

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Hae Min Lee Case Update: Adnan Syed Headed To Court

Seattle-based Brian Blackwell Investigations, hired by "This American Life" public radio program to locate the Hae Min Lee family, provided the whereabouts of the Lee family in 2014.

Adnan Syed was convicted in 2000 of killing his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, a high school classmate. He is serving a life sentence.

The case became the subject of "Serial," a 12-episode podcast and offshoot of the "This American Life" public radio program, which revisited the evidence and Syed's defense in the case. It was downloaded millions of times, setting records for a podcast and creating a groundswell of support for a new trial.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/crime/blog/bs-md-ci-adnan-syed-hearing-granted-20151106-story.html

Brian Blackwell Investigations | Seattle, WA

Monday, October 26, 2015

Seattle WA TSCM Electronic Bug Detection

Despite the laws designed to protect us from these types of invasions of privacy, electronic bugs and wiretaps are regularly used to spy on people involved in litigation, divorce, sensitive business, and well-to-do individuals. Imagine if all of your conversations with friends, family, business associates, your lawyer, doctor or accountant were being monitored by someone.

In the age of technology we live in, it has become increasingly easy and economical for even the most conservative budgets to be able to afford to purchase and install electronic surveillance devices. These devices can be video or audio in nature and can be and usually are extremely covert in nature. Due to their relative size and intent of being undetected, they are extremely hard for the lay person to recognize, locate and remove.

Even if you are not involved in business, litigation, or divorce, ordinary people have been victimized by criminals and others who "bugged" their home, automobile and workplace, and gained access to telephone data lines using electronic bugs. The police receive too many calls from "unbalanced" people who claim that someone or the government is bugging their home to pay attention to legitimate concerns like yours, and most law enforcement agencies are not properly equipped and trained to conduct an effective sweep. Your phone service provider is also not able to help you. We suggest that you do not call your phone service provider for assistance. This set of circumstances leaves you on your own. That’s were we come in.

To ensure you haven't fallen prey to technical surveillance, Brian Blackwell Investigations conducts professional electronic counter measures to detect covert surveillance eavesdropping devices ("bugs") and hidden cameras that may have been placed in your home, your automobile, or your offices. The removal of which is known as Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM.)

Technical Surveillance Countermeasures are steps taken to detect and prevent unwanted surveillance. Technical surveillance often takes the form of eavesdropping by bugging a vehicle, home, tapping a phone line, or installing hidden cameras, with the intention of committing corporate espionage, privacy invasion, extortion, identity theft, information theft, or stalking. Being the victim of technical surveillance can endanger your personal safety, and leave you vulnerable to potential financial damages.

Did You Know?

  • A simple modification to your telephone handset can leave the microphone connected all the time allowing anyone to listen in to all conversations in the room
  • A telephone transmitter or recorder which transmits or records all of your telephone conversations may be installed in the phone, the socket or junction box, anywhere on the line, as far back or even inside the exchange
  • A bug may be installed without entering your premises
  • A socket or light switch may be replaced with an identical unit that contains a built in transmitter or SD card recorder, powered by the mains
  • Software is available for phones using the Android and iPhone operating systems that can record all room and telephone conversations, the recordings are then sent by the phones internet connection to a server where the person who has installed it can listen to the recordings on their PC. Copies of text messages, emails and conversations people are having nearby can also sent to the server.

Some Indications That You May Be A Victim Of Bugging

  • Confidential information seems to be getting out to competitor
  • Competitors seem to be just one step ahead all the time
  • Your home or premises have been broken into and very little or nothing was taken
  • Sockets or switches show signs of being moved slightly, i.e.: the wallpaper may be disturbed
  • Various vehicles parked near to your premises, that appear to be empty
  • You hear unusual sounds (crackling, clicks, volume changes) while talking on your phone
  • Repairers or unknown companies turn up to carry out work when they have not been called
  • Furniture or items appear to have been disturbed
  • Interference on your radio or television

Electronic Bug Location and "Debugging"

We use modern, advanced debugging equipment combined with investigative know-how to find bugs that may have been placed by an unsavory competitor, an insecure spouse, greedy family member, criminals.

We will do the job discreetly. No one else needs to know your concerns. All of our cases are handled in a completely confidential manner.

Brian Blackwell Investigations | Seattle, WA

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Seattle Claims Investigations

Brian Blackwell Investigations Insurance Claim Investigation Services from Seattle, Washington


Prepare for any insurance case with assistance from Brian Blackwell Investigations in Seattle, Washington. Obtaining unbiased, court-admissible evidence through insurance claim investigation services means having a solid case at trial.


Insurance Claims Investigations

With insurance fraud being the second costliest white-collar crime in America, the need for claims investigations is imperative. We have conducted hundreds of worker’s compensation investigations as well as other claims investigations for law firms and major insurance companies.

Mounting a successful insurance claims investigation is a multi-phased process that includes in-depth investigations, video and photographed surveillance, witness locating and interviewing, subpoena service. We consistently focus on your needs while maintaining the integrity of all claims investigations.

Magnifying Glass - Insurance Claim Investigation
Contact our personal investigation team in Seattle, Washington, to receive the assistance you need with your insurance claims case.

http://www.brianblackwell.biz/Insurance-Claim-Investigation-Seattle-WA.html

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Real Reasonable Rates

Professional Seattle private investigators providing services at real reasonable rates

Our fee structure is probably very different than what you are used to. We believe in performing investigations for a flat fee. We do this so our clients can get results without wondering what the final cost will be. While many private investigation agencies charge an hourly rate / daily rate, mileage, expenses, report costs, etc., you will know the exact cost of an investigation we perform because we charge one simple flat fee. With us, there are no hidden fees, no billing surprises. Our utmost concern is to help you, not to charge you for as many hours as possible until you run out of money.

This may seem like a strange way to conduct business, but we believe it is the best way to conduct business, the most honest way to conduct business. We believe in providing professional investigation services for a fair, equitable compensation. Our goal is to complete each case in a timely manner, and while there is no guarantee on how long a case will take to complete because each case comes with its own unique set of challenges you can be assured we will be working on your case continually until it is concluded.

If you need help, call toll free 855-445-1742  9 am - 9 pm Pacific Standard Time, or visit us at brianblackwell.biz . We guarantee professional, discreet, and reasonably priced Investigation services.

Brian Blackwell Investigations | Seattle, WA

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Seattle Private Investigators

Give Us Your Toughest Case

Brian Blackwell Investigations is an industry leader in providing private investigation services to the general public, insurance companies and legal community at equitable rates. Experienced and knowledgeable professionals in locating defendants, witnesses, heirs, long lost family members, persons in divorce and child support proceedings, and at solving some of the most challenging cases, with clients all over the U.S. and in Canada, England, India, Japan, Australia, and the Philippines.

Extensive experience in many areas, specializing in the following:
  • Skip Tracing / People Locate
  • Claims Investigations
  • Fraud & Litigation Cases
  • Surveillance Services

Brian Blackwell Investigations is a licensed State of Washington private investigative agency located in Seattle providing unparalleled investigative services to all of Western Washington.
  • Expert skip tracer with knowledge of advanced tracking techniques
  • Trained in the use of the most sophisticated data mining software and databases available to licensed investigators
  • Experience testifying as an expert witness
  • Clients include authors, chiefs of police, KIRO 7 News Seattle, This American Life public radio show New York, law firms of Washington state and Canada, solicitors in Taunton, Somerset, UK.

Brian Blackwell Investigations | Seattle, WA 
 
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Monday, July 20, 2015

Testimonials - Brian Blackwell Investigations

"I hired Brian after investigating the Investigators :).  I looked at reviews and blogs and found a lot of negative reviews and comments associated with the others. I liked that Brian was on Angie's list and couldn't find anyone who was unhappy with his service so I went ahead and hired him for a difficult case. I needed to find my husband to serve him with divorce papers within 6 days since a court hearing was scheduled and he had to be served 14 days in advance. My husband was off the grid so to speak living on someone's boat at a Marina. He was as underground as they come. Brian was able to locate him within 2 days. I was shocked at how fast he was able to find him ( not as shocked as my husband I'm sure :). )  Brian had called and let me know the progress on the case every day. In my opinion, Brian is a human bloodhound and I am thrilled with his service!"
— Kathleen H., Kirkland, WA


"I hired Brian Blackwell to locate a missing family member and was promptly informed that he would have results in 72 hours, but instead, it was only 24 hours. Excellent service." — Gloria M., University Place, WA

"Thank you for the professional, attentive, and pragmatic way in which you handled my case. Your persistence, ability to overcome obstacles, awareness of privacy issues, and knowledge of the law results in successful work."  — Dianne H., Seattle, WA

"We hired Brian to locate a family member no one had been in touch with for many years and could not locate. It was very simple to "get the ball rolling."  I paid at his website via PayPal, provided what info we had (birth date, ss#.) Brian emailed with follow up questions or confirmations as they came up. He located him and provide us with an address and phone number. Very professional service!" — Loree J., Seattle, WA

"I hired Brian Blackwell Investigations to locate my fiancée's missing divorce decree. Over the period of a week and a half, Brian Blackwell determined the scope of required records search and conducted a three-state record search for missing records and when that came up negative, he continued searching and was able to demonstrate that the individual in question had re-married without dissolving his previous marriage to a foreign citizen. Brian obtained exactly the information my fiancée and I needed. Brian communicated regularly with us and responded to additional questions and information provided."
— Darrel T., U.S. Navy Philippines / Poulsbo, WA

"I hired Mr. Blackwell to do a background investigation. He worked hard on my case, never gave up and always kept me up-to-date. If you need a private investigator, Brian Blackwell is the one to call." — Rafael S., Tucson, AZ

"Our son had run away from home. After days of searching, the police were unable to find him. My wife and I hired Mr. Blackwell in the hopes of finding our son, which he did. We are so grateful for Brian Blackwell and his team and their can do attitude, which resulted in bringing our son home."
— Bill E., Lakewood, WA


"Brian is the consummate business professional and private investigator. He takes great ownership of all that he does and is very detail oriented and persistent. Brian also keeps current on all new techniques and technologies. I highly recommend Brian and his company."
— Mary S., Manassas, VA

Brian Blackwell Investigations | Seattle, WA  

Thursday, July 16, 2015

New Address - Brian Blackwell Investigations

New Address
1546 56th Street
Seattle, WA 98107

The rate at which we have grown since arriving in Seattle in 2012 from Denver has been phenomenal and we are grateful to the many fine people of Western Washington and Puget Sound for their business.

I organized Brian Blackwell Investigations in Seattle to be able to provide professional investigative services at the most equitable rates by rejecting the (outdated) traditional office concept with its high overhead expenses and instead becoming a 21st Century private detective agency and using office space as needed services. Today's successful private investigator is "on the go" far too often, making the expense of a full-time office a very inefficient way to conduct business. At Brian Blackwell Investigations, we work from 1546 NW 56th Street in Seattle (Ballard district) and from home offices. Mobility is key to success in the 21st Century. Brian Blackwell operatives are located throughout Western Washington and Puget Sound to best serve you. We are old school private investigators with modern tools.

With clients all across the United States and in Canada, England, Australia, India, Japan, and the Philippines, our future looks very bright.

Thank you!


Sincerely,


D. Brian Blackwell
Principal, Brian Blackwell Investigations

Press Release: New Address

New Address
1546 56th Street
Seattle, WA 98107

The rate at which we have grown since arriving in Seattle in 2012 from Denver has been phenomenal and we are grateful to the many fine people of Western Washington and Puget Sound for their business.

I organized Brian Blackwell Investigations in Seattle to be able to provide professional investigative services at the most equitable rates by rejecting the (outdated) traditional office concept with its high overhead expenses and instead becoming a 21st Century private detective agency and using office space as needed services. Today's successful private investigator is "on the go" far too often, making the expense of a full-time office a very inefficient way to conduct business. At Brian Blackwell Investigations, we work from 1546 NW 56th Street in Seattle (Ballard district) and from home offices. Mobility is key to success in the 21st Century. Brian Blackwell operatives are located throughout Western Washington and Puget Sound to best serve you. We are old school private investigators with modern tools.

With clients all across the United States and in Canada, England, Australia, India, Japan, and the Philippines, our future looks very bright.

Thank you!


Sincerely,


D. Brian Blackwell
Principal, Brian Blackwell Investigations

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Brian Blackwell Investigations

I have worked as a private investigator providing skip tracing, surveillance, insurance and legal investigations from 1993 to the present, having had agencies in Denver, Colorado and Las Vegas, Nevada besides Seattle, Washington. I started my 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.
 
Brian Blackwell Investigations
Seattle, Washington

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Infidelity, Cheating Spouse Investigation

Cheating Spouse Private Investigator | Seattle, WA

Is Your Husband or Wife Cheating?

Even thinking that your spouse may be cheating is a difficult and painful thought, and unfortunately, if you have suspicions that your spouse is unfaithful, you may be right.

According to statistics, wives who suspect their husbands of cheating are correct 80% of the time, while husbands who suspect their wives of cheating are correct 60% of the time. Research suggests that approximately 60 percent of men and 50 percent of women will cheat at least once in their marriage. Despite the prevalence of cheating, 70 percent of married women and 54 percent of married men do not know about their spouse's infidelity.

These statistics do not even include nontraditional forms of infidelity, although these forms exist. It is estimated that 40 million Americans have virtual encounters of a sexual nature on the internet seeking out so-called "emotional affairs."

Most common signs of cheating:

  1. Changes in intimacy: A distinct increase or decrease in intimacy and affection levels or sexual preferences may hint indicate infidelity.
  2. Suspicious phone habits: A spouse that hides his or her phone or is secretive about their call logs and text messages may be cheating.
  3. Changes in appearance: A marked change in style of dress, intimate wear, and/or personal hygiene can be a clue.
  4. Suspicious internet use: Much like phone habits, a cheating spouse may be overly secretive when it comes to their browser history and general internet and computer habits.
  5. Changes in work routine: It may seem like a cliche but a husband or wife that suddenly needs to “work late” or “go to a conference” frequently is a sign of infidelity.
  6. Changes in bathing habits: A spouse that showers right when they get home, switches cologne or perfume or changes their grooming habits can be a sign of cheating.

What Does An Infidelity Investigation Involve?

Investigations will vary based upon your needs and the private investigator conducting the investigation. However, many times an investigation to catch a catching spouse may include:
  • Surveillance  A private investigator can watch your spouse through advanced surveillance methods to make sure that you have the evidence you need. Rather than relying on hearsay or your own suspicions, an investigator can help you know.
  • Evidence gathering  Seeing a cheating spouse caught on film is not pleasant, but if an investigator uncovers proof of infidelity, such evidence may help you land a better divorce settlement or can give you the tool you need to confront your mate. If a private investigator finds solid proof that your spouse is faithful, the peace of mind can help ensure that your relationship survives any suspicion.
  • Professional techniques  When you hire a professional investigator, the investigator will use professional investigative techniques to find out whether your spouse is unfaithful or not. They will have access to technology and equipment that the average person does not.

What Should I Expect from an Infidelity Investigation?

Investigations into cheating spouses can range from hours to several days. Regardless of length of time, when you talk to us about a cheating spouse, you will be treated with discretion and respect. The investigator will listen to your suspicions, take them seriously, and will ask you how you want the investigation to be shaped. You will remain in control of how the investigation proceeds and your professional investigator will investigate your spouse, on your terms, until you are completely satisfied. You will receive regular updates about the status of the investigation and only you will get to decide what to do with the information that is gathered.

Some people seek help as soon as they feel some suspicion that their spouse is cheating. Knowing for certain is important to them before they confront their partner. Others know their spouse is unfaithful and want solid evidence. If worries about your spouse are affecting your relationship or causing you stress, speaking with a private investigator can help.

For private investigation to work, you need to be willing to commit to an investigation. This means that you must be willing to speak openly with the investigator about your situation and you must be willing to find out the truth. As long as you are willing to do these things, you can take control of your situation.
www.BrianBlackwell.biz

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Thank You Western Washington

Brian Blackwell Investigations has experienced new phenomenal success and growth since moving from Denver to Seattle in 2012, and I personally wanted to take a moment to thank the many great people of Puget Sound and Western Washington for their support.

D. Brian Blackwell, Principal / Owner

Brian Blackwell Investigations


Brian Blackwell Investigations
Seattle and Tacoma, WA
www.brianblackwell.biz

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Electronic Bug Sweeps Seattle Washington

Brian Blackwell Investigations' Electronic Countermeasure Sweeps, also referred to as Debugging, Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) and Bug Sweeps — we handle all types of electronic debugging operations. We handle both cell phone and hard line tap detection, radio frequency (RF) bug detection, room testing for RF (also known as Radio Signals broadcasting), hidden microphones, and tape recorders. We inspect telephone instruments, telephone systems, all hard wiring, (including cable lines), phone lines, electrical lines and Cat5 or Cat6 wiring. In addition, we can locate and detect GPS trackers and GPS logger tracking devices on vehicles. We perform physical sweeps and audits of your home, office, and car.

We find both audio and video electronic bugs. If a electronic bug is found, it could result in a felony against the person who installed it. We will preserve all evidence collected so that the police can properly follow-up with their own investigation of the matter. Brian Blackwell Investigations offers a 3 month money back guarantee. If an electronic bug is detected within three months after we have debugged your location, we will refund your fee for service. All requests for refunds must be accompanied by a police incident report indicating that an electronic eavesdropping device was found, either audio or video, in the location where services were performed. The report must document the exact location of the device when it was found.

Eavesdropping – Privacy Laws

To listen and record conversations, where on telephone, device or in person, without the knowledge of those being recorded, certainly brings into issue state and federal privacy laws. Telecommunications and eavesdropping laws come into play as well. Title III of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act already outlaws wiretapping and other forms of electronic eavesdropping, possession of wiretapping or electronic eavesdropping equipment and use or disclosure of information obtained through illegal wiretapping or electronic eavesdropping. 18 U.S.C. § 2510et seq. In essence, this act prohibits any person from intentionally intercepting, or endeavoring to intercept wire, oral or electronic communications by using an electronic, mechanical device unless the conduct is specifically authorized or expressly not covered.
  • In Washington State, all parties to either an in-person conversation or elec­tronic communication generally must consent to its recording — a requirement that is satisfied by one party’s reasonably effective announcement, which also must be recorded, to all other parties that the conversation is about to be recorded. Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 9.73.030 (West 2012. For electronic communications, both parties must consent. It is unlaw­ful to record a "private communication transmitted by telephone, telegraph, radio, or other device between two or more indi­viduals" without first obtaining the consent of all participants in the communication. And because the statute does not differenti­ate between oral and written private com­munications transmitted electronically, the consent of all parties likewise is required to disclose the contents of text messages sent between wireless devices. Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 9.73.030.

State of Washington Statute

All parties generally must consent to the interception or recording of any private communication, whether conducted by telephone, telegraph, radio or face-to-face, to comply with state law. Wash. Rev. Code § 9.73.030. The all-party consent requirement can be satisfied if "one party has announced to all other parties engaged in the communication or conversation, in any reasonably effective manner, that such communication or conversation is about to be recorded or transmitted." In addition, if the conversation is to be recorded, the requisite announcement must be recorded as well. Wash. Rev. Code § 9.73.030.

A party is determined to have consented to recording if he is aware that the recording is taking place. Washington v. Modica, 149 P.3d 446 (Wash. Ct. App. 2006.) Consent to recording of real-time conversation using online discussion software is implicit because participants know the conversations will be recorded on the other party’s computer. Washington v. Townsend, 20 P.3d 1027 (Wash. Ct. App. 2001.) Moreover, an employee of a news organization engaged in newsgathering is deemed to have the requisite consent to record and divulge the contents of conversations "if the consent is expressly given or if the recording or transmitting device is readily apparent or obvious to the speakers." Wash. Rev. Code § 0.73.030(4). Anyone speaking to an employee of a news organization who has been deemed to have given consent cannot withdraw that consent after the communication has been made. Wash. Rev. Code § 0.73.030(4).

Statutory liability exists only for nonconsensual recording or intercepting, not divulging, of private conversations. Kearney v. Kearney. 974 P.2d 872 (Wash. Ct. App. 1999.) The statutory terms "Record" and "intercept" do not encompass the meaning of divulge.Whether a communication is considered "private" under the statute depends on the factual circumstances. Washington v. Townsend, 57 P.2d 255 (Wash. 2002.) The state Supreme Court has identified three factors bearing on the reasonable expectations and intent of the parties: (1) duration and subject matter of the conversation, (2) location of conversation and presence or potential presence of a third party, and (3) role of the non-consenting party and his or her relationship to the consenting party. Lewis v. State Dept. of Licensing, 139 P.3d 1078 (Wash. 2006.)


If you suspect you are under unwarranted electronic surveillance, we can help

Despite the laws designed to protect us from these types of invasions of privacy, electronic bugs and wiretaps are regularly used to spy on people involved in litigation, divorce, sensitive business, and well-to-do individuals. Imagine if all of your conversations with friends, family, business associates, your lawyer, doctor or accountant were being monitored by someone.

Brian Blackwell Investigations | Seattle, WA

Monday, June 8, 2015

Bug Sweeps, TSCM Debugging | Seattle WA

Despite the laws designed to protect us from these types of invasions of privacy, electronic bugs and wiretaps are regularly used to spy on people involved in litigation, divorce, sensitive business, and well-to-do individuals. Imagine if all of your conversations with friends, family, business associates, your lawyer, doctor or accountant were being monitored by someone.

In the age of technology we live in, it has become increasingly easy and economical for even the most conservative budgets to be able to afford to purchase and install electronic surveillance devices. These devices can be video or audio in nature and can be and usually are extremely covert in nature. Due to their relative size and intent of being undetected, they are extremely hard for the lay person to recognize, locate and remove.

Even if you are not involved in business, litigation, or divorce, ordinary people have been victimized by criminals and others who "bugged" their home, automobile and workplace, and gained access to telephone data lines using electronic bugs. The police receive too many calls from "unbalanced" people who claim that someone or the government is bugging their home to pay attention to legitimate concerns like yours, and most law enforcement agencies are not properly equipped and trained to conduct an effective sweep. Your phone service provider is also not able to help you. We suggest that you do not call your phone service provider for assistance. This set of circumstances leaves you on your own. That’s were we come in.

To ensure you haven't fallen prey to technical surveillance, Brian Blackwell Investigations conducts professional electronic counter measures to detect covert surveillance eavesdropping devices ("bugs") and hidden cameras that may have been placed in your home, your automobile, or your offices. The removal of which is known as Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM.)

Technical Surveillance Countermeasures are steps taken to detect and prevent unwanted surveillance. Technical surveillance often takes the form of eavesdropping by bugging a vehicle, home, tapping a phone line, or installing hidden cameras, with the intention of committing corporate espionage, privacy invasion, extortion, identity theft, information theft, or stalking. Being the victim of technical surveillance can endanger your personal safety, and leave you vulnerable to potential financial damages.

Did You Know?

  • A simple modification to your telephone handset can leave the microphone connected all the time allowing anyone to listen in to all conversations in the room
  • A telephone transmitter or recorder which transmits or records all of your telephone conversations may be installed in the phone, the socket or junction box, anywhere on the line, as far back or even inside the exchange
  • A bug may be installed without entering your premises
  • A socket or light switch may be replaced with an identical unit that contains a built in transmitter or SD card recorder, powered by the mains
  • Software is available for phones using the Android and iPhone operating systems that can record all room and telephone conversations, the recordings are then sent by the phones internet connection to a server where the person who has installed it can listen to the recordings on their PC. Copies of text messages, emails and conversations people are having nearby can also sent to the server.

Some Indications That You May Be A Victim Of Bugging

  • Confidential information seems to be getting out to competitor
  • Competitors seem to be just one step ahead all the time
  • Your home or premises have been broken into and very little or nothing was taken
  • Sockets or switches show signs of being moved slightly, i.e.: the wallpaper may be disturbed
  • Various vehicles parked near to your premises, that appear to be empty
  • You hear unusual sounds (crackling, clicks, volume changes) while talking on your phone
  • Repairers or unknown companies turn up to carry out work when they have not been called
  • Furniture or items appear to have been disturbed
  • Interference on your radio or television

Electronic Bug Location and "Debugging"

We use modern, advanced debugging equipment combined with investigative know-how to find bugs that may have been placed by an unsavory competitor, an insecure spouse, greedy family member, criminals.

We will do the job discreetly. No one else needs to know your concerns. All of our cases are handled in a completely confidential manner.

Brian Blackwell Investigations | Seattle, WA

Friday, June 5, 2015

Skip Tracing & Methods to Finding Missing Persons

Whether skip tracing or serving legal documents, private investigators cannot rely on just the Internet to locate their target

Nowadays, a people search often begins on a computer. But even though private investigators have access to professional databases the general public does not, we have to hit the streets from time to time to locate missing persons, interview witnesses, serve subpoenas, and find information that exists in the streets, not online.

I have built a reputation for locating hard to find individuals to the point where the majority of my business is now mostly skip tracing and process serving work. My success comes from dogged determination. I set goals and decide I am not going to give up until I find the person. To me, there is nothing like the excitement that comes from accomplishing something difficult. There are no words that explain the exhilaration one feels after you see someone you have just spent several days searching for.

Skip Tracing Requires Determination and Confidence — No Room For Cowards

After gathering data on the "target" online, I check their most recent address in person. If they are not there, sometimes there is someone else there I can talk to. I find that talking to people provides me with the best information. An ex-girlfriend / boyfriend or roommate; family; and neighbors can be great resources.

Never overlook a landlord. Searching for a murder suspect, I once spent an entire day
checking on different addresses, talking with his family and friends, but it was talking to a landlord at the first address that paid off. The first address had been at an apartment complex. I stopped in at the leasing office and talked with one of the property managers. She had no information on him, but asked for my phone number in case she saw him. The next day, she called me. She found out the suspect had a brother who worked at a nearby warehouse, and that the suspect drove a black pickup truck and would pick up his brother after work every evening. A lot of landlords won't give up information on a tenant for privacy reasons, but many will, especially if they don’t like their tenant very much.

If the first home does not provide any results, I go on to the next, and the next if necessary. What I have found out about checking addresses is that a family member is living at one of the addresses. Another thing is that people often give out a false address that is near their real address. Usually it is the same street, but with a different house number. If no one at the house knows your target, then knock on the neighbors’ doors. If you have a street number of 116, then check out 161.

Another technique I sometimes use is calling the target, telling him or her what was going on, and explain that it wasn’t going away. I then ask if we could meet on their schedule. Many times, people are happy they have some control over the situation, and they set a day and time to meet.


In Conclusion

While it is often true that most people feel more inclined to talk with a police officer than a private investigator, there are a few things a private investigator can do to set themselves up for a successful conversation such as never being confrontational, being polite and respectful, and dressing professionally.

And as a final thought: You can also use some elicitation interview techniques. I will sometimes talk as if I know the target, and say something like, “Did he ever get that job at the ABC Company?” The person you are talking to might respond with, "No, he is still working at Mike's Auto Shop." You never know until you try.

Brian Blackwell Investigations | Seattle, WA