July Newsletter: Update from Online Investigations Pty Ltd

Can you believe we are already over half way into 2019? What a whirlwind of a year! There have been quite a few things happening at Online Investigations and I’ll do my best at summarising all of the recent changes. – Julia Robson, Director.

New office:

Online Investigations Pty Ltd has recently moved offices to our own dedicated space at 14/15 Earsdon Street, Yarraville.  For our regular clients, please ensure you have updated your records to reflect this.  Our phone number has not changed and you can still reach us on (03) 96877 227.

Recent cases

  • Investigation into an illegal puppy farm.  Crucial evidence was obtained, appropriate authorities were notified resulting in the farm being shut down and offending parties charged.
  • Background check into an individual extorting his employer.  An investigation into his true identity revealed this individual to have a history of aggravated kidnapping and had recently been released from prison where he had changed his name in an attempt to start a new life.
  • Management of an extended surveillance matter carried out over a three month period.
  • Investigation into a $500,000 fraud matter involving offshore accounts and Australian based money mules. 
  • Investigation into a 40-year-old cold case of a missing person.  This is an ongoing matter and current enquiries have led to new breakthroughs in the case.

In addition to the more complex matters we have also been involved in more light-hearted cases reuniting countless family members through his passion and expertise in Locates. Another recent job involved trying to convince a family in Australia they had a half-sister in Ghana as a result of their Father having a secret affair during his time in the War.  Needless to say, this took a little convincing the family that it was not an elaborate scam with a DNA test ultimately providing conclusive evidence. 

 New Services:

Our recent presentation on Open Source Intelligence (OSINT)

Recently I spent three days training 53 Victorian Government investigators in the latest open source intelligence (OSINT) techniques and resources.  As someone who is incredibly passionate about this skillset which can suit a variety of industries (eg. Insolvency, journalism, human resources and debt collectors) it was incredibly satisfying to hear such positive feedback after each session. 

When speaking with the attendees about their current approach towards online investigations and research, their typical response was a shrug of the shoulders and a “We just Google it” answer. Our presentation was designed to change their thinking and provide them with more structured methodology, as well as the best resources for finding the answers they were looking for online.

As part of the workshop, each attendee also received a tailored workbook and a years subscription to the PIToolbox.com.au.

If you are interested in how your employees could benefit from learning the latest open source and online research techniques I would be happy to discuss our tailored presentations with you

Recent cases:

Reflecting on my own case load this year, I’ve realised the first half of 2019 has provided me with a number of new opportunities but has also seen the conclusion to a long standing matter I have been working on for the past eight years.  Yes, you read that right – eight years!  As the matter is currently before the Courts I am limited in what I can share, however what I can say is that this case has seen me travel internationally, speaking with people around the world and ultimately working with authorities to capture a conman with an extensive history.

A recent matter I worked on also saw The Target of the investigation charged with 68 counts of breaching an Intervention Order issued by our Client. Our investigation proved they had been monitoring our Clients Facebook profile and using an alias account to publish details about the Client on the Internet. Police had previously turned our Client away, however were now satisfied through our investigation the breaches had occurred. This is a fantastic achievement not only for the Client and my Company but also the change in attitude by Police in treating online stalking matters. 

Lets see what the rest of 2019 brings!

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