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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Brian Blackwell Investigations | Seattle, WA

Thursday, October 27, 2016


"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 in Seattle. 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, but 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

From Award Winning Author Elizabeth Roadifer…"In a difficult situation, Brian Blackwell was able to track down my brother after months of searching and observations."
— Elizabeth Roadifer

"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

"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. 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

"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., Tacoma, WA

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

About Brian Blackwell - Brian Blackwell Investigations Seattle Washington

My Process in Becoming a Private Investigator

After being the victim of an attempted murder in June of 1993, I decided to devote my life to a career in investigation and protective services. I studied and apprenticed, taking courses in criminal and civil law, criminal investigations, legal procedures, evidence analysis and preservation, interviewing techniques, criminal justice, firearms training, security and defensive tactics.

After being (honorably) discharged from the United States Army in November of 1991, I worked in the mortgage business. Then the following occurred:

I had driven my car into the parking lot of the office building where the mortgage company was located in Tacoma on a Wednesday at about 9 p.m., and parked. I got out of my car and began walking toward the door of the office building when I heard several footsteps coming toward me from behind. I turned around and saw four young males that appeared to be in their mid-teens approaching me; one leading the way and holding a gun in his right hand. I knew I did not have time to get back in my car to escape or escape on foot without being shot. It was clear the only chance I had of surviving was to confront the situation and hope for the best. I took a defensive stance by standing with one leg forward so as to not be knocked down easily, and quickly calculated my options.

I remember thinking: the best chance I have of surviving is to disarm the gun and wrestle it out of his hand — if he can’t fire the gun, he can’t kill me. Even though there were four of them, I concentrated on the one with the gun.

The one holding the gun stood in front of me demanding money and it was clear from the look in his eyes that he had no intention of letting me live. As a diversion, I gave the impression that I was reaching into my front left pants pocket to retrieve money, which fortunately made him slightly lower the gun and move it to his left away from my body and gave me the opportunity to control the situation and get the gun away from him. I pushed it further away from my body using my right hand and began ramming my left index and middle fingers behind the trigger to jam it and prevent the gun from being able to be fired as I attempted to wrestle the weapon out of his hand.

As a side note, he was able to fire a round before I could get my fingers behind the trigger to jam the gun, but the bullet did not hit me. (Out of the corner of my right eye, I saw the brass cartridge laying on the ground from the bullet bouncing off the pavement.)

I continued ramming my fingers behind the trigger. He tried to fire the gun again several times as I was pushing my fingers behind the trigger and wrestling for control over the weapon. Fortunately, the other three did nothing but watch. He eventually gave up and released his grip on the gun’s handle and they all ran off down the street.

I pulled my sore, bloody fingers out from behind the trigger — I had cut one finger on a burr that was on the backside of the trigger. I cleared and secured the gun, and called 911; sheriff’s deputies responded. I turned over the gun to the deputies and told them what had happened. I could tell by the look on their faces they were amazed by my actions. One deputy said, “You’re lucky to be alive.” I responded, “Anyone who tries to kill me is going to have to earn it.”

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Infidelity and Cheating Spouse Investigations

You "just want to know" what is going on behind your back.
Few events in life are more painful or complex than the issues surrounding a troubled relationship.
• Affairs
• Unconfirmed Suspicions
• Conflict, Lying
• Deception
• Midlife Transition
If you are experiencing uncertainty, doubt or a sense of betrayal, contact us to privately
discuss your particular situation. Understanding the problem is the first step toward
solving it. We can help you toward a solution as you gain factual information vital to
making the correct decisions.
• Photographs, Video
• Identity
• Background Investigation
• Child Protection

Ten Signs Your Partner Is Cheating On You

1. Changing attitude toward your relationship: more argumentative, critical, distant, less affectionate, increased need for “space.”

2. Unexplained absences: frequently staying late at work, spending more time "with friends," pursuing a new hobby during evenings and weekends,
frequently running lengthy errands.

3. Increase in personal expenses: spends more money, credit card spending increases.

4. Changing phone use patterns: spends more time on the phone, anxious to be the first to answer the phone, mysterious incoming calls — hang ups
or "wrong numbers," suddenly needs a new cell phone.

5. Greater attention to personal appearance: begins a crash diet or exercise program, gets a trendy new wardrobe, new fragrance or hair style.

6. Added interest in the mail: wants to be the one who gets the mail — wants to limit your access to phone bills, bank and credit card statements,
and personal letters they get.

7. Articles of unknown origin: slips of paper with names and phone numbers; dates, times, locations stashed in their pockets; matchbooks from
unknown bars and restaurants.

8. Changing sex drive: decreased interest in sex — more aggressive and/or hostile during sex and less tender/romantic; newfound knowledge regarding unexplored techniques or positions.

9. Mysterious bite marks, bruises, scratches: can't explain how "that got there.”

10. Unexplained odor or stain: comes home smelling of cologne / perfume that is clearly not theirs; lipstick on his shirt collar.


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Confidential and affordable private investigation services in Seattle, Washington. Call 1-855-445-1742 for an unbiased consultation and visit our website for a list of our services and background.
Brian Blackwell Investigations
Seattle, Washington

Monday, June 6, 2016

Skip Tracing and Finding Missing Persons

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.

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Background Checks | Seattle, WA

Background Checks

Reports can include:

  • Address History
  • Aliases
  • High-Risk Addresses
  • Death Records
  • SSN Information
  • Date of Birth
  • Phone Numbers
  • Cell Phone Information
  • E-mail Addresses
  • Web Connections
  • Incident Logs
  • DEA Licenses
  • FAA Licenses
  • Professional Licenses
  • Neighbors
  • Roommates
  • Relatives
  • Other Occupants
  • Corporate Records
  • Fictitious Business Names
  • Business Affiliations
  • Bankruptcies
  • Tax Liens
  • Civil Judgments
  • Evictions
  • Aircraft Ownership
  • Watercraft Ownership
  • Property Records
  • Internet Domain Registrations
  • Neighborhood Facilities
  • Vehicle Ownership
  • Criminal Records
  • Sex Offender Records
  • Arrest Records
  • Wants and Warrants

Nationwide Background Checks By Professional Investigators   Call 1-855-445-1742

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Pre-Employment Background Checks

Pre-Employment Background Checks

When you are hiring employees, you might need more information on a candidate to make an informed decision.
The following list includes the types of information that employers often consult as part of a pre-employment check, and the laws governing access and use for making hiring decisions.
Credit Reports
Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), businesses must obtain an employee's written consent before seeking an employee's credit report. If you decide not to hire or promote someone based on information in the credit report, you must provide a copy of the report and let the applicant know of his or her right to challenge the report under the FCRA. Visit the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection’s website for more information.
Criminal Records
To what extent a private employer may consider an applicant's criminal history in making hiring decisions varies from state to state. Because of this variation, you should consult with a lawyer or do further legal research on the laws of your state before exploring whether or not an applicant has a criminal past.
For Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) checks, consult these resources:
Lie Detector Tests
The Employee Polygraph Protection Act prohibits most private employers from using lie detector tests, either for pre-employment screening or during the course of employment. The law includes a list of exceptions that apply to businesses that provide armored car services, alarm or guard services, or those that manufacture, distribute, or dispense pharmaceuticals.
Even though there is no federal law specifically prohibiting you from using a written honesty test on job applicants, these tests frequently violate federal and state laws that protect against discrimination and violations of privacy.
Medical Records
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, employers cannot discriminate based on a physical or mental impairment or request an employee's medical records. Businesses can, however, inquire about an applicant's ability to perform specific job duties. Some states also have stronger laws protecting the confidentiality of medical records.
Bankruptcies are a matter of public record and may appear on an individual's credit report. The Federal Bankruptcy Act prohibits employers from discriminating against applicants because they have filed for bankruptcy.
Military Service
Military service records may be released only under limited circumstances, and consent is generally required. The military may, however, disclose name, rank, salary, duty assignments, awards and duty status without the service member's consent.
School Records
Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and similar state laws, educational records such as transcripts, recommendations and financial information are confidential and will not be released by the school without a student's consent.
Workers' Compensation Records
Workers' compensation appeals are a matter of public record. Information from a workers' compensation appeal may be used in a hiring decision if the employer can show the applicant's injury might interfere with his ability perform required duties.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Loss Prevention and Mystery Shopper | Seattle WA

Loss Prevention - Mystery Shopping - Undercover Secret Shopper

We serve restaurants, retail shops, property management companies and hotels. From large national chains, to one-of-a kind boutiques, our expertise helps stores and companies proactively reduce losses and guard their assets.
• Reduce risk & save money
• Enhance customer service
• Experienced in integrity issues
• Background checks
• Quality services at affordable rates
• Mystery shopper
• Undercover secret shopper
• Evaluate employee performance
• Licensed private investigator company

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Forensic Accounting in Seattle, WA

A Forensic Accountant is often retained to analyze, interpret, summarize and present complex financial and business related issues in a manner which is both understandable and properly supported.

Forensic Accountants can work in private practice or be employed by insurance companies, private investigation firms, banks, law enforcement agencies and other government agencies.

A Forensic Accountant is often involved in the following:
  • Investigating and analyzing financial evidence
  • Developing computerized applications to assist in the analysis and presentation of financial evidence
  • Communicating their findings in the form of reports, exhibits and collections of documents
  • Assisting in legal proceedings, including testifying in court as an expert witness and preparing visual aids to support trial evidence
To properly perform these services, a Forensic Accountant must be familiar with legal concepts and procedures. In addition, a Forensic Accountant must be able to identify substance over form when dealing with an issue.

How can a Forensic Accountant be of assistance?

A Forensic Accountant can be of assistance in various ways, including:

Investigative Accounting
  • Review of the factual situation and provision of suggestions regarding possible courses of action
  • Assistance with the protection and recovery of assets
  • Coordination of other experts, including:
    • Private investigators
    • Forensic document examiners
    • Consulting engineers
  • Assistance with the recovery of assets by way of civil action or criminal prosecution

Litigation Support
  • Assistance in obtaining documentation necessary to support or refute a claim
  • Review of the relevant documentation to form an initial assessment of the case and identify areas of loss
  • Assistance with Examination for Discovery including the formulation of questions to be asked regarding the financial evidence
  • Attendance at the Examination for Discovery to review the testimony, assist with understanding the financial issues and to formulate additional questions to be asked
  • Review of the opposing expert's damages report and reporting on both the strengths and weaknesses of the positions taken
  • Assistance with settlement discussions and negotiations
  • Attendance at trial to hear the testimony of the opposing expert and to provide assistance with cross-examination

Forensic Accountants are often retained for:

Criminal Investigations

Forensic investigations often relate to criminal investigations.

Shareholder & Partnership Dispute

These assignments often involve a detailed analysis of numerous years accounting records to quantify the issues in dispute. For example, a common issue that often arises is the compensation and benefits received by each of the disputing shareholders or partners.

Personal Injury Claim & Motor Vehicle Accident

A Forensic Accountant is often asked to quantify the economic losses resulting from a motor vehicle accident. A Forensic Accountant is familiar with legislation in place that pertains to motor vehicle accidents.

Cases of medical malpractice often involve similar issues in calculating resulting economic damages.

Business Interruption & Insurance Claim

Insurance policies differ significantly as to their terms and conditions. Accordingly, these assignments involve a detailed review of the policy to investigate coverage issues and the appropriate method of calculating the loss.

A Forensic Accountant is often asked to assist from either an insured or insurer's perspective in the settlement of a case.

Examples of these types of assignments include: business interruptions, property losses and employee dishonesty (fidelity) claims.

Business & Employee Fraud Investigation

Business investigations can involve funds tracing, asset identification and recovery, forensic intelligence gathering and due diligence reviews.

Employee fraud investigations often involve procedures to determine the existence, nature and extent of fraud, and may concern the identification of a perpetrator. These investigations often entail interviews of personnel who had access to the funds and a detailed review of the documentary evidence.

Matrimonial Dispute

Matrimonial disputes from a Forensic Accounting point-of-view often involve the tracing, locating and evaluation of assets. The assets to be evaluated and valued may be businesses, property, or other assets.

Business Economic Loss

Examples of assignments involving business economic losses include: contract disputes, construction claims, expropriations, product liability claims, trademark and patent infringements, and losses stemming from a breach of a non-competition agreement.

Professional Negligence

These investigations are often approached from two different but complimentary perspectives, these being:
  • Technical -- has a breach of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles or Generally Accepted Auditing Standards or other standards of practice occurred, and
  • Loss Quantification

Often a report will be prepared which may include sections on the nature of the assignment, scope of the investigation, approach utilized, limitations of scope and findings and opinions. The report will normally include schedules and graphics necessary to properly support and explain the findings.

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Brian Blackwell Investigations is the premier Seattle, Washington private investigative agency providing professional skip tracing, surveillance services, litigation support and insurance claim investigations. We are strategically located to best serve clientele in King County (Seattle), Pierce County (Tacoma), Kitsap County (Bremerton), and Thurston County (Olympia), having offices in Seattle and Bremerton.
Attorneys and law firms frequently reach out to us to assist them with locating witnesses and obtaining statements. Insurance companies hire us to conduct surveillance operations to uncover evidence of fraud involving the filing of suspicious insurance claims.

We provide superior client relations, complete confidentiality, very competitive rates, outstanding work product, and we guarantee our focus will be to obtain the results necessary for you to win your case.

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Seattle Electronic Bug Sweep Services

Technical Surveillance Counter Measures (TSCM) a.k.a. electronic bug detection sweeps is the best way to anticipate active or passive eavesdropping attempts by 3rd parties, (i.e., GPS trackers, hidden cameras, hidden recorders, etc.)
Companies and corporations around the world are constantly in need of TSCM protection and bug sweeping services. The FBI reports that nearly 2 billion dollars annually is lost as a result from espionage.
Our equipment is state of the art and we can detect ranges on the electromagnetic spectrum from 1 megahertz to 10.5 gigahertz (military grade detection.)

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Welcome to the Blog of Seattle Private Investigators Brian Blackwell Investigations

We provide confidential, affordable private investigation services throughout Puget Sound for businesses, attorneys, law firms, insurance companies, and the general public. Call us toll free 1-855-445-1742 and visit our company website for a list of our professional services and background. We guarantee the best rates and the best service. We work with you to get to the desired goals. We have an A+ Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating and we are on Angie's list!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Insurance Claim Fraud Investigation

According to the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, an estimated $80 billion is paid out annually in fraudulent insurance claims. This affects every American, as these false insurance claims cost the average household more than $950 each year in higher premiums. Plus, false insurance claims can mean that you are held liable in a staged accident and increase your risk of being sued. The high instance of insurance fraud has meant that insurance companies are far more cautious when paying claims, which may mean that you need professional help to make your claim. An insurance fraud investigation is performed to find out if false claims are being submitted. Insurance fraud investigations are usually conducted when an adjuster has doubts about the case that they are evaluating. Don't let your insurance premiums be a waste of money. Use a private investigator to safeguard your insurance privileges.

How is an Insurance Fraud Investigation Conducted?

There are several methods and techniques used to find information in an insurance fraud investigation. Most methods are used to find whether what the claimant claims is true or false. Here are a few commonly used techniques in insurance investigations:
  • Surveillance to verify the claim
  • Medical reports/history search
  • Previous claims/accidents search
  • Insurance coverage analysis
  • Witness interviews
  • Physician's billing search and analysis
  • Claimant background check

Types of Insurance Fraud

In general terms, an investigator tries to determine whether someone has filed a false insurance claim. There are many types of insurance investigations, including:
  • Health insurance fraud investigation. This investigation tries to determine whether someone is getting paid for health care that they are not receiving or is filing health care claims and requests that are not valid or needed. Insurance claims investigators will search billing records and make sure that doctors and patients are not colluding to commit fraud.
  • Car insurance fraud investigation. Some criminals stage accidents, in which they purposely collide with another car and then try to accuse the other driver of an accident in order to file claims. Some criminals attempt vehicle theft fraud, trying to get money for a car which was not, in fact, stolen. Insurance fraud investigators uncover these schemes.
  • Home insurance fraud investigation. In this type of insurance investigation, investigators discover disaster fraud, which includes false claims of damage. Investigators will often try to find out if the claimant has upgraded their coverage before the claim was filed. They also investigate property fraud to find evidence against those who make false claims about property damage.
  • Life insurance fraud investigation. Investigators work to uncover cases of people who claim life insurance while still alive or those who claim too much in life insurance. Investigators also verify the existence of an individual who has life insurance being collected on them.
  • Workers compensation fraud investigation. Investigators work to find evidence of workers who claim compensation when not as injured as they claim. Investigators will verify the severity of the injury and whether the injury occurred while the person was working.
Seattle, Washington
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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Confidential and affordable private investigation services in Seattle, Washington. Call toll free 1-855-445-1742 for a free, unbiased consultation, or visit our agency website for a list of our services and background.

Brian Blackwell Investigations
Seattle, Washington

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Seattle Investigation Resources

Useful Links

Washington State Department of Licensing for Private Investigators

Washington State Government Information Site

Washington State Patrol WATCH

Washington State Court Directory

Washington Statewide Court Searches

Washington State Driver’s License Status Check

Deep Web People Search (social media - search by email) (pay site)

Locate Search

Public Records Directories

Image Search

Internet Website Archive Search (The Wayback Machine)

Federal Inmate Locator

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Seattle, Washington
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