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Competative Intelligence Update September 2013

Posted by Bill on October 8, 2013

One of the most popular sites for many investigators, attorneys and researchers is Sabrina I. Pacifici’s fantastic Competitive Intelligence site. See Competitive Intelligence Guide – Updated as of September 2013.

Sabrina I. Pacifici is Founder, Editor, Publisher of LLRX.Com; (established in 1996), the free web journal consistently recognized as a publisher of comprehensive, meticulously documented, non-partisan guides and content-rich resources, commentary and actionable information on Internet research and web-related current awareness issues invaluable to legal, academic, corporate, government and public interest researchers. LLRX  is a great site to keep up with all the latest in legal and technology resources.

Good reading and keep investigating and pay no attention to the forced WordPress Ads that pop up.

Bill Lowrance
Lowrance Law LLC
Attorney, Investigator and Legal Consultant

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Competitive Intelligence Update July 2012

Posted by Bill on August 26, 2012

One of the most popular sites for many investigators, attorneys and researchers is Sabrina I. Pacifici’s fantastic Competitive Intelligence site. See Competitive Intelligence Update July 2012

Sabrina I. Pacifici is Founder, Editor, Publisher of LLRX.Com; (established in 1996), the free web journal consistently recognized as a publisher of comprehensive, meticulously documented, non-partisan guides and content-rich resources, commentary and actionable information on Internet research and web-related current awareness issues invaluable to legal, academic, corporate, government and public interest researchers. LLRX  is a great site to keep up with all the latest in legal and technology resources.

Good reading and keep investigating.

Bill Lowrance
Lowrance Law LLC
Attorney, Investigator and Legal Consultant

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Competitive Intelligence & Internet Research-Update

Posted by Bill on May 5, 2011

Well, Sabrina I. Pacifici did another amazing job of updating her Competitive Intelligence resource at  Competitive Intelligence. If you want to have one resource that assists you in conducting thorough research, this site is for you. Sabrina is founder and solo Editor, Publisher of LLRX.com, a valuable site for research and resources. Check it out. Sabrina updated her guide in March of this year. The guide is a valuable resource for researching everything and anything. Private investigators, attorneys, researchers and the general public will find the guide a very useful tool.

The site has every type of search engine, people tracking resources, business resources and resources for search news, TV and radio news transcripts.

My one word explanation —- Wow!

Bill Lowrance
Attorney, private investigator, legal consultant
www.lowrancelaw.com

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Business Intelligence Online

Posted by Bill on April 11, 2010

A great online resource for business intelligence by By Marcus P. Zillman, Published on February 3, 2010, is on LLRX .com.  It lists hundreds of sites to conduct business research.  Go to http://tinyurl.com/ybm8yue and check it out.

Bill Lowrance
Attorney & Private Investigator
www.lowrancelaw.com
McLean, VA
703 506 1600

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New Competitivie Intelligence Search Tools

Posted by Bill on March 31, 2009

Excellent stuff:

Competitive Intelligence – A Selective Resource Guide – Updated and Revised March 2009 — Click  LLRX

Sabrina I. Pacifici’s completely revised and updated pathfinder focuses on leveraging selected reliable, focused, free and low cost sites and sources to effectively profile and monitor companies, markets, countries, people, and issues. This guide is a “best of list” of web, database and email alert products, services and tools, as well as links to content specific sources produced by governments, academia, NGOs, the media and various publishers.

Bill Lowrance
McLean, VA
www.informationinsightsinc.com

www.lowrancelaw.com

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Looking For A Grave?

Posted by Bill on December 17, 2008

researchSometimes private investigators conduct in depth research looking for people, family members, friends or relatives.  I ran across this site Find A Grave that was cited at that great site AltSearch Engines.

According to Find A Grave it “is a resource for finding the final resting place of family, friends, and ‘famous’ individuals. With millions of names and photos, it is an invaluable tool for the genealogist and family history buff. Find A Grave memorials can contain rich content including photos, biographies and dates.”

Jim Tipton created the Find A Grave website in 1995 because he could not find an existing site that catered to his hobby of visiting the graves of famous people. He found that there are many thousands of folks around the world who share his interests. What began as an odd hobby became a livelihood and a passion. Read about the whole staff  Here

Bill Lowrance
www.lowrancelaw.com

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Pellicano Case To Change Way Attorneys Use Private Investigators?

Posted by Bill on July 13, 2008

Attorneys are going to change the way they view hiring private investigators and what type of work is authorized for the private investigator.  This is all due to the Anthony Pellicano case in Los Angeles and the jobs he did for attorney Terry Christensen. See prior post on Pellicano Here

Los Angeles attorney Terry Christensen, managing partner at Christensen, Glaser, Fink, Jacobs, Weil & Shapiro, hired and used the private investigator services of Anthony Pellicano who was convicted several months ago for a multitude of federal crimes.  Christensen was indicted in 2006 when the federal grand jury alleged that Christensen paid Pellicano to record and report on telephone conversations in some high profile cases.  See Christensen Indicted.  Christensen was accused of paying Pellicano to illegally wiretap some individuals. 

Federal prosecutors allegedly have dozens of recordings of conversations between Pellicano and Christensen, and they intend to prove that Christensen paid Pellicano to illegally wiretap individuals in some of his high profile cases.  If convicted, Christensen could face up to 10 years in prison. U.S. v. Pellicano, No. 2:2005-cr-01046 (C.D. Calif.).

Now it is reported that many lawyers are thinking about the way they work with private investigators.

The National Law Journal published an excellent article, see Article, analyzing the Pellicano and other cases involving attorneys’ viewpoints on future use of private investigators.

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA, www.piava.org

www.informationinsightsinc.com

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How To Find Out Who Owns A Small Business

Posted by Bill on June 8, 2008

This is a great article by Genie Tyburski, Web Manager, The Virtual Chase, on how to find out who owns a small business.

“There are a number of resources and research strategies for finding business owners. I’ll outline several methods, starting with relatively easy approaches and free sources of information. Then I’ll suggest several harder-to-accomplish tactics that still utilize free sources and I’ll end by mentioning some commercial databases.

This how-to article focuses on small businesses because it’s generally harder to find information about them. However, you may use these sources and methods to find owner information for large private companies as well. In some cases, you might even find the names of officers and others in upper management.”

Click Here Finding Company Owner

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

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Great Business Research Resource

Posted by Bill on June 7, 2008

Go to the below sites for a good business research resource–Public companies, private companies, news searches and a ton more.  Check it out.

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

Rutgers Research Guides Business

Rutgers Research Guide Companies

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Private Investigator Licensing For Computer Forensics

Posted by Bill on June 7, 2008

Intersting article about private investigation licensing for computer forensics experts.

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

Summary. Some states define “private investigator” for PI licensing purposes in ways that can include digital forensics. State PI legislation invariably exempts lawyers, but the scope of that exemption may be limited to people who have an employer-employee relationship with the attorney, meaning that third-party digital forensics examiners (“DFEs”) may have to be licensed as PI’s. The limited scope of the attorney exemption could also bring what many consider as litigation support activities within the scope of state PI regulation. There can be criminal penalties for unlicensed PI’s and, in at least one state, for people who hire unlicensed PI’s.

DFEs operate in a fundamentally different manner than private investigators and PI regulation should not extend to digital forensics. To the extent there is regulation it should be consistent across the Unites States – the national and international scope of many companies and transactions means that many cases and investigations will necessarily be multi-jurisdictional and consistent rules are needed to avoid unnecessary burden and expense.

Click Here For Whole Article

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ACFE Webinar On Social Engineering

Posted by Bill on June 6, 2008

AFCE, the premier certified fraud examiners site, is having a webinar on social engineering.  Social engineering is getting information from people through various manipulative schemes–pretexting, phishing etc.  This webinar sounds like it should excellent for the professional investigator.  See AFCE Webinar

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

 

Social Engineering – The Foundation of Today’s Fraud Schemes

June 19, 2008 at 12:00 PM EDT
Duration: 100 minutes

Many fraudsters are adept at utilizing social engineering to successfully execute their schemes. The art of manipulating people, whether through pretexting, phishing, or other information-collecting techniques, is based on exploiting human weaknesses and decision-making biases to the direct benefit of the fraudster. This presentation will detail the elements and indicators of social engineering, provide examples of current social engineering schemes, review the risks entailed by these schemes and provide best practices for risk mitigation.

Learning Objectives:
• Understanding social engineering principals
• Identifying the red flags of social engineering attempts
• Possessing best practices and resources for related risk mitigation

Who Should Attend:
• Certified Fraud Examiners and other anti-fraud specialists
• Law Enforcement
• Loss prevention and security professionals
• Forensic accountants
• Internal and independent auditors
• Business managers and professionals assuming fraud deterrence or investigation responsibilities

Speaker

Jon McDowall, CFE, PCI, CIFI

Chief Executive Officer
Fraud Resource Group

Prices listed below reflect the Early Bird Discount and will end on June 12:
Member $99
Non-member $149

 

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US Supreme Court Rules In VA Case–Search & Seizure

Posted by Bill on April 23, 2008

From VA Lawyers Weekly

The Issue: “Whether VA police officer violates the Fourth Amendment by making an arrest based on probable cause but prohibited by state law.”

A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the illegality of a search under Virginia law does not require the suppression of evidence seized during the search.

Writing for the court in Virginia v. Moore, Justice Antonin Scalia said in that the high court long has held that probable cause to arrest justifies a search. Virginia is free to make exclusion of evidence seized in violation of Virginia Code Sect. 19.2-74(A)(1) a remedy for an arrest that is illegal under state law but allowed by the Fourth Amendment, Scalia said. The state has not done so, however, and the Fourth Amendment cannot be used as a remedy for an act that does not violate the constitution, he wrote.

The case from Portsmouth involved the arrest of David Lee Moore on a charge of driving without an operator’s license, a misdemeanor for which state law required his release on a summons. Although the attorney general’s office conceded that he was arrested in violation of state law, it contended that the search did not violate the Fourth Amendment because police had probable cause to search Moore. The search produced 16 grams of crack cocaine and $516 in cash. Moore was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison.

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

Information Insights Inc., McLean, VA

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Laptop Subject To Warrentless Search

Posted by Bill on April 22, 2008

  A federal appeals court, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, ruled that a search of a laptop computer’s hard drive and contents is acceptable under the fourth amendment of the US Constitution even if special agents with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had no reasonable suspicion of a crime or criminal activity. 

The unlucky defendant in this case arrived at LA International Airport after a twenty-four hour flight from the Philippines.  A Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officer saw the defendant standing in line and asked him where he traveled and the purpose of his travel.  The guy told CBP that he had been in the Philippines for three weeks visiting friends.  CBP found a laptop, flash drive, separate hard drives and several compact discs in his luggage.  Unfortunately for this guy, CBP booted the laptop and found a couple of files on the desktop labeled “Kodak Pictures” and “Kodak Memories.”  Being curious, the CBP officer opened the files finding images of what they believed was child pornography.

ICE agents were called in and they questioned the guy and examined his laptop for several hours.  ICE seized the laptop and equipment, but let the guy go on to his destination.  Two weeks later, he was indicted by a federal grand jury for various interstate child pornography charges.

The defendant argued reasonable suspicion was required to search his laptop at the border because it is distinguishable from other containers of documents based on its ability to store greater amounts of information and “its unique role in modern life.”   He argued that “laptop computers are fundamentally different from traditional closed containers,” and analogizes them to “homes” and the “human mind.” Arnold’s analogy of a laptop to a home is based on his conclusion that a laptop’s capacity allows for the storage of personal documents in an amount equivalent to that stored in one’s home. He argues that a laptop is like the “human mind” because of its ability to record ideas, e-mail, internet chats and web-surfing habits.

This was a great legal argument, but to no avail.  The Ninth Circuit did not buy it and correctly set out the law of border searches.  Almost anything goes except some bodily instrusions, but not all.

The lesson learned is “do not break the law” and more importantly know that your laptop or other storage devices are subject to search when coming into the US from overseas.  In fact, the courts have ruled that you must turn over any password to allow a search.

Read the opinion Click Here

 Read a summary of the story and case Here at Law.com

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

Information Insights Inc., McLean, VA

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DHS Contracts?

Posted by Bill on April 18, 2008

Congressman Bennie Thompson, D-MS, is chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security.  Congressman Thompson is publishing a newsletter on information for contracting opportunities with DHS.

He states:

In this edition of the newsletter, you will find information on existing opportunities with the Department,
the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR), and the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA).

 

I began this newsletter to alleviate the gap that exists between the need for information about opportunities available at the Department and the ability to locate and disseminate that information in a timely and user-friendly manner.  Similarly, my experience has taught me that the gap between need and ability also affects businesses in their quest to interact with the Department. A small business owner may have a concept for a product that will address an important homeland security need, but lack the resources necessary to bring
the product on-line. A large company may not have developed the original concept, but may possess the resources necessary to transform a prototype into an available product. The gap between concept and production can be bridged by providing each party with the type of information they need to create a product that fills a critical need.

This newsletter is intended to bridge the gaps that keep information unavailable, sidelines worthwhile businesses, discourages full participation, and permits vulnerabilities to continue.

DHS Newsletter April 08

DHS Newsletter March 08

Thanks to bespacific for this tip.

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

Information Insights, Inc. McLean, VA

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Fingerprint Evidence–Admissible?

Posted by Bill on April 8, 2008

   LLRX.Com, llrx.com, has posted a very good article on new legal challenges to fingerprint evidence.  The article is by Ken Strutin (JD, MLS) who is an experienced law librarian, criminal defense attorney, and well-known writer and speaker.  Mr. Strutin is the Director of Legal Information Services at the New York State Defenders Association.

He lists many legal resources, case law and fingerprint standards located on the Web.  The next time you are confronted with potential fingerprint evidence think about admissiblibity of such evicence.

Click here Fingerprint Evidence

See a counter view at Reliability of Fingerprint Identification

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

Information Insights Inc., McLean, VA

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RSS Feeds From Europe

Posted by Bill on March 24, 2008

europe.jpg  The European Journalism Centre provides RSS feeds from over 300 European news sources.  Many private investigation and private security companies must keep up with current events worldwide to provide security information to international clients.  At the site you will see various flags. Click on the flag to bring up the different news sources for headlines and stories.  Some are in English, some not. Click EUFeeds Here

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

Information Insights Inc.

McLean, VA

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Proving Adultery In Virginia

Posted by Bill on March 18, 2008

justice.jpg  Fairfax County, VA, Circuit Court Judge Michael P. McWeeny issued an opinion letter granting a divorce in which one of the parties alleged the other party committed adultery.  Proving adultery in Virginia is not easy, and alleging adultery as a ground for divorce in Virginia is not common.

This published opinion letter, see VA Lawyers Weekly, was issued in December 2007.  The parties in the case had been married for 35 years and the husband and wife were 65 and 60, respectively.  The court found the evidence of adultery was supported by a private investigator’s testimony and surveillance video.  The evidence reflected that the husband was observed coming and going from the home of his “friend,” grocery shopping with her and remaining until late evening in her home.  There was no direct evidence of husband spending the night with his “friend,” nor were they ever observed making displays of public affection (often proof of adultery in Virginia).

The “killer” evidence was that husband was seen coming out of his “friend’s” home on two occasions in a “state of partial undress.”  One time he was seen in pants with no shirt.  Then, he was seen coming out of the house in only his tee-shirt and boxer-style underwear.  From all of the above circumstances, the court found that husband, indeed, did commit adultery.  Read the case Here VA Lawyers Weekly

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Private Investigator Still Missing In Iran–Bob Levinson Find Him

Posted by Bill on March 13, 2008

levinson_primary.jpg  kishmap_1.jpg  Bob Levinson lived in Florida and worked as a private investigator.  On March 9, 2007, he disappeared.  Bob was working on a cases that took him to the Iranian resort island of Kish.  On March 9th, Bob checked out of his hotel, and his wife and children have not heard from him since.

Bob retired from a career as a Special Agent with the FBI in 1998.  He ran a small private investigation firm, and he often had cases involving international work.  That is why Bob was in Iran.  He was investigating a case and following leads that took him there.  The US State Department and the FBI made official inquiries to the government of Iran, but the Iranian government says they do not know anything about Bob’s disappearance.  The State Department and the FBI continue on with their investigation, but they have developed no information about Bob’s disappearance or whereabouts. 

Christine Levinson, Bob’s spouse, and the oldest of their seven children travelled to Iran a few months ago looking for Bob.  They met with government officials, passed out fliers and talked with anyone who came into contact with Bob.  All was to no avail, however, Bob is still missing. 

If anyone has information about Bob Levinson, please call the nearest FBI office.

Details about Bob and the disappearance are on a web page Click Here helpboblevinson.com.

Latest news articles Click Here and Click Here

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

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Need To Record Telephone Calls?

Posted by Bill on March 10, 2008

listening-recording-device.jpg  Some people need to record telephone calls.  Private investigators, news reporters, attorneys, law enforcement and insurance companies are just a few of the type of people who may record telephone calls.  Of course, there are laws against recording calls when you do not have permission of the parties.  In some states, one person must consent to recording a call. In other states, all parties must consent to a recording.  The laws vary from federal jurisdiction to different state jurisdictions.  You can check all state and federal laws on recording phone calls Click Here.

So, how do you record telephone calls?  There are different methods for recording depending on whether you are wireless,VOIP, land-line or using some other system.  Check out this article for details:

how-to-recording-phone-calls

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

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Colorado Private Investigator Arrested Using Tracking Device

Posted by Bill on March 7, 2008

gps_tracking_diagram.jpg  According to a news article in the Summit Daily News, a private investigator from Glenwood Springs, CO, was arrested Thursday after placing a tracking device on a car.  The tracking device was for a divorce case the investigator was working.  A witness saw the investigator crawl under an SUV and then drive away.  The witness called the police who found the device attached under the SUV. The police treated the unknown device as a bomb, evacuating the area and calling in the bomb squad.   Read the whole story Click Here See also Denver TV News

Some people use GPS tracking devices.  The devices are place in a concealed area of a vehicle.  The location of the vehicle is available via computer from a remote location–say in your office.  The use of these GPS tracking devices is questionable from a legal point of view.  PIAVA does not recommend using such devices; nor authorizes such use.

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

Information Insights Inc. McLean, VA

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