Category Archives: P.I. News

Washington State Investigators presents P.I. News, our blog page with updated tips and stories about private Investigation.

Beware of Robocalls, Texts and Emails Promising COVID-19 Cures or Stimulus Payments

Coronavirus scams keep coming as fraudsters follow the headlinesThe COVID-19 pandemic continues to fuel a parallel outbreak of coronavirus scams, many targeting older Americans.As of mid-June, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had logged nearly 754,000 consumer complaints related to COVID-19 and stimulus payments since the start of the pandemic, 72 percent of them involving fraud…
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Ubiquitous Surveillance by ICE

Report by Georgetown’s Center on Privacy and Technology published a comprehensive report on the surprising amount of mass surveillance conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).Our two-year investigation, including hundreds of Freedom of Information Act requests and a comprehensive review of ICE’s contracting and procurement records, reveals that ICE now operates as a domestic surveillance…
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The Business of Hackers-for-Hire Threat Actors

Today's web has made hackers' tasks remarkably easy. For the most part, hackers don't even have to hide in the dark recesses of the web to take advantage of people any longer; they can be found right in plain sight on social media sites or forums, professionally advertised with their websites, and may even approach…
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Best encryption software 2022

Encryption software protects confidential and private data in transit and at rest by making it accessible only to authorized individuals. Learn about the best encryption software and techniques.ContentsWhat are file encryption techniques?What is encryption software?Best encryption softwareHow to pick the encryption software that’s right for youEncryption is the process of securing information by translating it…
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Best penetration testing tools: 2022 buyer’s guide

Security professionals need penetration testing tools to understand the security posture of every software environment. Check out our list of the best penetration testing tools in 2022.Knowing the state of the entire software system is of the utmost importance if business organizations are to operate with zero tolerance for security vulnerabilities. Although it may be…
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Almost 2,000 data breaches reported for the first half of 2022

Though the number of breaches reported in the first half of 2022 were lower than those for the same period in 2021, Flashpoint expects the final numbers to be similar.A successful data breach can impact an organization not just by compromising sensitive information but by serving as a prelude to ransomware and more devastating cyberattacks.…
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Today is Data Privacy Day. Here’s what you need to do to secure your info

Protect what little privacy you have left. There's no shortage of made-up national holidays. Among the fabricated celebrations: Houseplant Appreciation Day, Irish Coffee Day and Bubble Wrap Day. However, there is one such holiday actually worth observing: Data Privacy Day, which happens to be today. It's a good reminder to check up on the safety…
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Kwon Moo Hapkido – Self Protection

  Kwon Moo Hapkido Federation and Washington State InvestigatorsMy name is Wolfgang Grasst, principle investigator at Washington State Investigators. Years of training and experience in Kwon Moo Hapkido under Grand Master Kim has prepared me to confidently handle a variety of threats proving to be beneficial in the world of private investigation. Working in the…
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Child Custody and Custodial Protection

Child Custody in Washington State Washington State uses several types of criteria to determine child custody. Primarily, Washington State determines custody based on the best interests or welfare of the child. Washington State expects parents to present a parenting plan prior to a custody hearing. The court will either approve the plan or not. Parents…
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What is Employee or Workers’ Compensation Fraud?

Click for more information about Fraud Investigations or Workers'Comp Fraud? What is Employee or Workers' Compensation Fraud? and Why you should care about Employee Injury Fraud Employee or workers' compensation fraud costs the Washington State workers' compensation system millions of dollars each year. Employers, employees, insurance carriers and Washington consumers pay the cost of fraud…
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Surveillance Investigators

Introduction to Surveillance In the news lately, the word surveillance has a negative connotation due to accusations of its misuse by government and big business. But, for a private investigator, when surveillance is performed legally, it's a necessary and important skill set. A majority of private investigators perform surveillance on a regular basis and are…
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Seattle has been defunding the police exactly backward

A look at SPD, crime and homelessness in Seattle, WA. Local citizens experience the consequences from Seattle City Council members decision to defund the SPD budget.The problem with Seattle’s experiment in defunding the police so far isn’t that there are now fewer police. It’s that they weren’t replaced with anything.“I feel like the city is…
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Workers compensation scams

Worker's Compensation insurance protects employees who are hurt on the job. Valuable employee benefits pay for medical expenses, lost wages and other expenses while worker recovers. Most employers and their employees are very honest. Only a small number scammed this coverage for personal profit, but the damage they cause is enormous. Worker's Compensation fraud is…
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How you can Detect Hidden Cameras and Microphones

Have you ever felt like you're being watched? Just want to make sure your privacy is protected? Here are some methods to locate hidden cameras and microphones. 1 The Initial Sweep 1) Conduct a physical search of the premises. This includes a slow and meticulous sweep of the room or building you suspect his compromised.…
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About Surveillance Investigators

Introduction to Surveillance In the news lately, the word surveillance has a negative connotation due to accusations of its misuse by government and big business. But, for the private investigator, when surveillance is performed legally, is a necessary and important skill set. A majority of private investigators perform surveillance on a regular basis and are…
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Video Surveillance Investigations

In the context of insurance investigations, covert video surveillance is the observation of an individual from a hidden or unknown position to document the extent of the subject's physical activities. The insurance investigator may suspect that the individual filing an injury or disability claim may be exaggerating their injury in order to collect benefits that…
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Researchers use ride-sharing cars to sniff out secret spying tools

LAW ENFORCEMENT'S USE of the surveillance devices known as stingrays, fake cell towers that can intercept communications and track phones, remains as murky as it is controversial, hidden in non-disclosure agreements and cloak-and-dagger secrecy. But a group of Seattle researchers has found a new method to track those trackers: by recruiting ridesharing vehicles as surveillance…
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America’s gun culture in 10 charts

Students across the United States will join a national march to call for tighter gun control and to highlight the issue of school safety.The March for Our Lives was organized by pupils at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, where a former student is accused of killing 17 people last month.The shooting, one…
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