Chapter

18

Background Investigations: Uncovering the Dirt

In This Chapter

Uncovering personal identifiers

Finding criminal records

Verifying applicants’ educational backgrounds

Adhering to the rules of the Fair Credit Reporting Act

Using a web-based client interface

Every third inquiry for services a private investigator receives is a request for some type of a background investigation. Generally, the new caller has no idea what she’s looking for—only that she needs somebody checked out, doesn’t have a clue how to do it herself, and has no idea really of what a background investigation encompasses. As a professional investigator, you have to determine the actual needs of the client and then educate her about what is possible and what ...

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