Locates or Human Intelligence Gathering
Open Source intelligence gathering is the gathering of information that one has put out or has out on oneself on the Internet. It is the next step beyond the typical investigator’s database searches. Our expert intelligence gatherer has been doing this since the 1980s and teaches our methods to law enforcement and government agencies in addition to teaching courses at conferences for various intelligence gathering agencies.
Level One Locate:
We use this search when a subject, claimant or witness can’t be found with the typical database searches. This is the fist step after the databases have provided nothing new. From here we spend a few hours with various engines and databases, utilizing our special search techniques to uncover information that the subject, claimant or witness has out on the Internet. This usually gets what we need with a relatively short turnaround time.
Level Two Locate:
This search is utilized when a subject, claimant or witness is being evasive. When individuals are purposely covering up their tracks or are in hiding, we charge a 4 hour minimum to go beyond the databases. In this case, we can provide further recommendations to search deeper or advocate that we discontinue the search if we have discovered that this person isn’t too active on the Internet.
Level Three Locate:
This search is Open Source Intelligence gathering at its finest. We begin with a 6 hour minimum retainer: this is the baseline that will determine where the investigation will go from there. It’s a litmus test, if you will. This search is commonly utilized on corporate theft or takeovers, embezzlement, fraud, identity theft. It is also used to gather intelligence on a subject of investigation. With this search we can usually find: “IP” addresses and the subjects’ locations, email addresses that belong to the subjects, former places of employment, Social Media chat logs, blogs, business ownerships, etc. There is a wealth of information on the Internet: you’ll be amazed at what our expert licensed-investigators can find.