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What Investigators Can and Cannot Do in Canada

What Investigators Can and Cannot Do in Canada As the owner of a private investigation agency, I often encounter many misconceptions about what private investigators (PIs) can and cannot do, especially in the context of Canadian law. This misunderstanding is not surprising, given the portrayal of PIs in popular media. Shows like “Criminal Minds” and movies often depict investigators with seemingly unlimited access …

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Importance of Surveillance in Private Investigation

Importance of Surveillance in Private Investigation Definition: Surveillance Surveillance /sərˈvāləns/ noun Close watch kept over someone or something. The importance of surveillance in private investigation cannot be overstated. Surveillance plays a pivotal role, offering a discreet and ethical method to gather crucial information. This involves monitoring behaviour, activities, or information for various purposes, including gathering …

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Scam of the Week: Toronto Parking Infraction Text Scam

Scam of the Week: Toronto Parking Infraction Text Scam In our latest installment of “Scam of the Week,” we’re highlighting a particularly deceptive text message scam that has been making the rounds. This scam involves a fake notice of a parking infraction purportedly issued by the City of Toronto. Here’s the text message that was recently sent …

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Ashley Madison: Sex, Lies, and Scandal – A Private Investigator’s Perspective

Ashley Madison: Sex, Lies, and Scandal – A Private Investigator’s Perspective   In 2015, the infamous hacking of the Ashley Madison website exposed the secret lives of millions, leading to public shaming, broken marriages, and a surge in demand for private investigators. Now, Netflix’s documentary “Ashley Madison: Sex, Lies, and Scandal” revisits the controversy, shedding light …

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25 Signs of Instagram Cheating and Ways to Manage It 

25 Signs of Instagram Cheating and Ways to Manage It In today’s digital age, Instagram isn’t just a platform for sharing photos—it has become a stage for potential infidelity. The thin line between harmless online interactions and inappropriate exchanges is easily crossed due to the platform’s immersive nature and private messaging features. Understanding what Instagram cheating entails and recognizing its signs are key steps in preserving relationship …

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Scam of the Week: Beware the Fake CRA Interac E-Transfer!

Scam of the Week: Beware the Fake CRA Interac E-Transfer! In a world where convenience often trumps caution, the appeal of a quick notification from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) stating you’ve received money sounds almost too good to pass up. But here’s why you should. What’s Happening: The $475 CRA Text Scam A recent scam involves …

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Oil Rig Romance Scam: Insights from a Private Investigator

Oil Rig Romance Scam: Insights from a Private Investigator As the owner of a private investigation company, I often find myself engaged in intriguing conversations while travelling, particularly when people inquire about my profession. It’s one of the most enjoyable aspects of being a private investigator in Canada. One topic specifically is Romance Scams. I …

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Private Investigator Insights on Paranoia & Anxiety Post-Pandemic

Private Investigator Insights on Paranoia & Anxiety Post-Pandemic Welcome to The Smith Investigation Agency Inc., where we pride ourselves on providing comprehensive and compassionate private investigation services across Canada. In the wake of the pandemic, our agency has noticed a significant uptick in calls from individuals grappling with paranoia and anxiety. In this blog, we’ll …

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A Trauma-Informed Approach to Scam Investigations

A Trauma-Informed Approach to Scam Investigations In the digital era of 2024, scams have evolved into sophisticated operations that prey on the vulnerable, weaving complex webs of deceit that can result in significant emotional and financial damage. At The Smith Investigation Agency Inc., we understand the profound impact these malicious acts have on their victims. …

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The Essential Role of TSCM Services AKA Bug Sweep

The Essential Role of TSCM Services, AKA Bug Sweep In an era where privacy often feels like a luxury, the sanctity of one’s home remains a non-negotiable pillar of personal freedom. At The Smith Investigation Agency Inc., Canada’s premier private investigative firm, we understand the fine balance between property protection and the inviolable right to …

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