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Jarrod Ramos Archive

Posted on: June 29th, 2018 by BrightStar Investigations

The shooting that occurred at the Capitol Gazette in Annapolis is beyond tragic. When mass shootings and mass tragedies occur, the Social Media accounts of the perpetrators typically get taken offline. We have preserved the Twitter account and Archive.org page of Jarrod Ramos, so that anyone can examine what he posted. It is our hope […]

The Benefits of hiring a Private Investigator

Posted on: November 8th, 2017 by BrightStar Investigations

The Benefits of Hiring a Private Detective For many people, the thought of a Private Investigator brings up images of old movies, with a PI hiding in his car taking secret photos. For others, a Private Investigator is someone you would only call in an emergency. In reality, Private Investigators, also known as Private Detectives, […]

Missing Kansas City Woman’s Body Discovered After PI Investigation

Posted on: March 29th, 2017 by BrightStar Investigations

Toni Anderson was a college student and a waitress at a Kansas City strip club. After leaving work to meet a friend, she texted her boyfriend: “OMG I just got pulled over again.” It was 4:42 AM. That was the last anyone heard from the twenty-year-old. Toni Anderson, Missing: What Happened? A North Kansas City […]

Do You Know How to Conduct a Missing Person Investigation?

Posted on: March 22nd, 2017 by BrightStar Investigations

According to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, at any given time more than 90,000 people are missing in the United States. That is an overwhelming number. But it is truly the family and friends of the missing who experience the most palpable feelings of fear and despair. For family and friends of the […]

5 Secrets of Gathering Intel from Top Private Investigators

Posted on: March 15th, 2017 by BrightStar Investigations

When you think of intelligence gathering, images of agents dressed in black often come to mind. But that image is a stereotype from days gone by. Today’s private investigators are using the power of technology to gather intelligence for their clients. Private investigators are masters in the art of intelligence gathering, with a tool-box of tried-and-true tools […]

Forensic Auditing On The Rise: What you need to know

Posted on: March 8th, 2017 by BrightStar Investigations

What image does your mind conjure when thinking about the term “private investigator”? Like most people, you probably imagine a person peering through a camera lens laying in wait for their subject to do something unscrupulous. While this image is not an incorrect assumption, surveilling cheating spouses is just one of the many services private […]

The Art of Being Unseen: Easy Surveillance Tips

Posted on: March 1st, 2017 by BrightStar Investigations

Surveillance is one of the most common practices private investigators utilize to gather information for a client.  Conducting proper surveillance is an art form in itself and as any season private eye will tell you it is an art that must be perfected. At BrightStar Investigations, we know a thing or two about surveillance.  To bring your next […]

Divorce: Smart Reasons to Hire a PI

Posted on: February 28th, 2017 by BrightStar Investigations

Many people going through a divorce wonder if they should hire a private detective. Private investigators are often used to confirm suspicions of adultery, but there are other valuable services a PI can provide if you suspect your spouse is being less than truthful. Why You Should Hire a PI during a Divorce How Can […]

Making Your Case: How Private Investigators Can Assist Attorneys

Posted on: February 21st, 2017 by BrightStar Investigations

On May 5th, 2011, The Economist ran a two-page story about a sea-change facing the legal profession. Thanks in part to bankruptcy, securities litigation, and regulation issues, many law firms across the nation are discovering that the old way of conducting business is no longer conducive to the needs of their clients. Gone are the days of lucrative mergers […]

How to tell when my Spouse or Partner is Cheating

Posted on: February 16th, 2017 by BrightStar Investigations

Cheating is one of the most difficult experiences any couple can go through. The emotional stress and pain can seem unbearable. When you feel like something is amiss in your relationship, the most important thing is finding out the truth. But how? The truth is, your instincts are one of the most important senses in […]

Advice from a PI: Protecting yourself from hackers, scammers and thieves

Posted on: January 30th, 2017 by BrightStar Investigations

Even the safest, most cautious person is susceptible to cyber-attacks. You might already be prepared for computer viruses, social engineering scams, and Wi-Fi hackers. But for every thwarted hacking attempt, there are one hundred creative methods for breaking into your system. These six clever methods allow hackers to infiltrate secure devices, cameras, and even cars. […]

Advice from A PI: 10 Tips & Tricks For More Successful Surveillance

Posted on: January 27th, 2017 by BrightStar Investigations

Surveillance is one of the most important services that a private investigator performs. In my experience, surveillance is one of the best ways to get the information that the client needs.  Surveillance is a highly rewarding process if done correctly. Every private investigator has their own style and methodology. Listed below are some of the things […]

Looking To Hire a Professional Investigator: What You Need to Know

Posted on: January 23rd, 2017 by BrightStar Investigations

Whether you are conducting a background check on someone you are suspicious or suspect your significant other is cheating, there are many reasons you may want to hire a highly qualified private detective. With estimates of over 1,300 private detectives in Colorado alone, it can be difficult and time-consuming to find a world-class PI for […]

How to Become a Private investigator

Posted on: January 16th, 2017 by BrightStar Investigations

Movies and Television shows have glorified the profession of the private investigator, and rightfully so. But what the programs fail to show is the hard work it takes to become a private investigator in the first place. Becoming a private eye requires a lot of time and effort as a number of state agencies oversee how […]

Cyberbullying – How Parents Can Take Action

Posted on: October 16th, 2014 by BrightStar Investigations

Cyberbullying is a growing epidemic among our youth. In recent years we have witnessed an explosion of Social Media and the Internet as a platform by which teens (and adults) communicate. The wild frontier of the Internet and Social Media has given friends and family instant access to their loved ones. Unfortunately, that instant access […]

Why You Need Internet Intelligence Today

Posted on: July 11th, 2014 by BrightStar Investigations

During the past 10 years, we have witnessed a worldwide explosion of how information is shared, how much of it is shared, and who it is shared with. Let’s be honest–20 years ago, would you have taken a picture of your food and shared it with 1 million strangers? Why Internet Intelligence is Vital If […]

5 Scenarios Where You Should Conduct A Background Investigation

Posted on: June 26th, 2014 by BrightStar Investigations

There is nothing more interesting for me as a private investigator than getting to look into the deep dark past. In my career, I have done background investigations for clients that ranged from international banking executives to hardcore commerce executives. When people think of a background investigation, they might think of basic employment screening or […]

Taking the Mask Off of ISIS Twitter Followers

Posted on: June 24th, 2014 by BrightStar Investigations

Ever wonder who follows groups like ISIS (The Islamic State in the Sham)? For a complete Xcel spreadsheet of everyone following and being followed by the Islamic State in the Sham (ISIS) on Twiter, click the link below. The short video shows how this open source information was collected. Download the file here –> IsisFile […]

Faces of Intelligence: Craig Smith

Posted on: June 24th, 2014 by BrightStar Investigations

This article was originally posted on http://bit.ly/FOI-CSmith by Mercyhurst University. Some people dream of joining a specific business or organization when they think of their career aspirations. Others create their own position. IIS-MU graduate Craig Smith is a member of the latter group. The proud owner of BrightStar Intelligence Group and BrightStar Investigations and the […]

Attorneys Can Now Scan The Social Media of Jurors

Posted on: June 23rd, 2014 by BrightStar Investigations

                        I have great news for attorneys today. The American Bar Association (ABA) just announced that attorneys can scan the social media accounts of jurors. This includes potential jurors, sitting jurors, and even goes as far as when jurors are in deliberation! Social media […]

Why It’s Important for VIP’s & Executives to Hire a Private Investigator

Posted on: June 20th, 2014 by BrightStar Investigations

One group of individuals that need a private investigator the most are VIP’s and Executives. A common misconception is that a VIP or an Executive would only need the help of a private investigator AFTER something has gone wrong in their lives; IE, divorce, stolen assets, threats of blackmail, breach of data, unwanted photographs published […]

5 Out of the Box Things That a Private Investigator Might Do

Posted on: June 15th, 2014 by BrightStar Investigations

I have found that a common perception of a private investigator is that all that we do is sit in cars, follow people, take pictures of cheating spouses, smoke cigars and wear trench coats. Ha! This could not be further from the truth. With a new wave of younger private investigators, new technology, and a […]

The Status of TrueCrypt

Posted on: June 13th, 2014 by BrightStar Investigations

I have to admit it. I was shocked when I heard that TrueCrypt had been compromised. After working with professional hackers that have experience in top-level intelligence operations—who by the way depended on the use of TrueCrypt AND taught me how to use the software–I was floored when I heard that this software is now […]

Corporate Threat Assessment

Posted on: June 10th, 2014 by BrightStar Investigations

Headlines are all about the latest company to fall victim to hackers and catastrophic data breaches. But everyday companies give away mission-critical data for free without ever knowing. However, there are ways for corporations to identify leaks and add to their cybersecurity. One way of doing this is through BGP and route monitoring, which make […]

Background Investigations

Posted on: June 4th, 2014 by BrightStar Investigations

This is a test post. Why You Need a Background Investigator Sometimes it’s not your imagination. Your spouse or partner may be cheating on you. If you bring the question up in conversation, you may come off sounding insecure and jealous when there could be no reason. The trouble is you just don’t know!