As a licensed private investigator and a Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist, I’m naturally well aware of identity theft and the various other crimes that accompany it. But I’m perhaps even better acquainted with these matters because I was actually a victim before I dedicated my professional life to helping others protect themselves from fraud.
A better choice may be to nip the problem in the bud during the hiring process, according to Efrat Cohen, a licensed professional investigator and certified identity theft risk management specialist at Global Intelligence Consultants, Inc.
“A pre-employment background check has become a much needed prerequisite when hiring new employees,” Cohen says, “but hire licensed investigators who know what to look for. If you obtain a background check from a generic background company, you may not get all the information about an individual.”
To catch cheaters, Cohen's firm relies on old-fashioned detective work, in combination with modern technology. "You become their shadow without them knowing," she said. "We take videos of every movement they make."
As a Private Investigator, and a Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist, I have to interview and interrogate many individuals for a variety of reasons. Some are victims, others are suspects – but in either case I need to learn the truth, and do so by placing reliance upon the one undeniable universal language as exemplified in the way our facial expressions and body language correspond.
It’s standard practice for landlords and brokers to run credit checks before approving you for an apartment, but it means offering up highly private information that you don’t want ending up in the wrong hands. Identity theft is something renters aren’t always on high-alert for, says certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist and owner of Global Intelligence Consultants, Inc. Efrat Cohen, but they should be.
“When you apply for a rental, you’re giving up all your information and, in most cases, the authority to conduct a credit check,” she points out. “Identity theft is a huge issue in rental scams. Look out for people who claim to be long-distance landlords and request other personal or financial information.”
26.“As an investigator I have acquired the right skills and knowledge to know how to bring about the right tactic for the case. I get a thrill when I have to develop a solution or a creative way to bring about the right evidence – this is my drive and why I have so much passion for my business.” –Efrat Cohen, Global Intelligence Consultants
Hiring the right individuals — Background screening is essential to safeguard organizational assets, promote safety and ensure qualified applicants are considered for key positions. — Efrat Cohen, with Global Intelligence Consultants
“Once information is posted to a social networking site, it is no longer private,” said Efrat Cohen, a private investigator and a certified identity theft risk management specialist with Global Intelligence Consultants. “The more information you post, the more vulnerable you may become. Even when using high security settings, friends or websites may inadvertently leak your information.”
If you’re thinking about having an affair, you better hope that Efrat or one of her co-workers isn’t on your tail. Efrat Cohen is a private investigator who works for Global Intelligence Consultants, a special investigation and research firm based in Florida. One of her specialties is catching people having affairs.
Efrat Cohen, who came to America with her parents from Israel when she was 12 and who is new to the surveillance business, sat beside Mr. Roberts. She investigates local white collar crime, mostly involving insurance fraud, for his company. “One day, I just thought, wouldn’t it be wonderful to be a private investigator?” Ms. Cohen said, who wore a crimson top and pointy-toed heels.