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Tales From a PI: Cheating Spouses

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Back in August of last year, the Internet went crazy with the news that Ashley Madison, a website dedicated to helping married people cheat on their spouse, had been hacked. The group responsible for the hack posted the names, passwords, addresses, and phone numbers of over 32 million people online. Anyone who wanted to could access that list and discover for himself or herself who had signed up.

As Canadians, we weren’t exempt from this dramatic reveal.

Ottawa alone ranked in at number one in the country with around 189,810 users. To give you a better idea of what this means, think about it this way: 1 person out of every 5 living in Ottawa had their name on that list. While many argue that Ashley Madison hired employees to add names to their database, others aren’t as easily convinced.

The hard reality is, while there are many people who remain faithful throughout their relationship, infidelity, adultery, and cheating happens all the time – with or without the help of Ashley Madison.

Cheating Spouse Investigation Case

As a Private Investigation Agency, it’s certainly something we get approached with often. We’ve been in this line of work for a long time, which means we’ve seen it all.

One client had us follow his wife, who had told him that she was in the Caribbean on a “girls’ trip” As it turned out, what she really meant was that she was going to spend the week with a local in the area. To gather the evidence we needed for our client, we followed the couple all over the resort. From intimate dinners to underground salsa clubs, it was clear this wife wasn’t being completely honest with her husband.

Another case had us tracking a gentleman who had just recently had a baby with his wife. She felt he was being distant – and for good reason! One of our private investigation teams followed him to a university, where he picked up a young female who we believed to be a student. From there, he took her out for dinner where their body language revealed an inappropriate level of intimacy. As if to prove the point, after they ate, the two headed back to his car where they proceeded to have sex. Our team was there to obtain the evidence our client needed.

Sometimes we aren’t hired to catch a cheater in the act. Several years ago we were asked to follow a man who one day, out of the blue, told his wife he didn’t want to be with her anymore. Our client simply wanted closure. From this investigation, we discovered her spouse was sleeping with his secretary.

While most of our cases are cut and dry, there are some that put us in a difficult situation. One woman was convinced that her husband was cheating on her. We trailed him 3 times a week for over a year and couldn’t find any evidence. Our client didn’t care; she just wanted proof of his infidelity. Even though we never saw her husband doing anything to show deceit, she was convinced he was.

The lesson that the Ashley Madison leak or our private investigation cases should teach people is that eventually, cheaters get caught. The best thing to do is to just be honest with your partner to save them from heartache and yourself from the embarrassment.

Unfortunately, there are some people out there who don’t think this way. Even when they end up on a list like Ashley Madison, or get caught by a private investigator, they continue to cheat. It’s the main reason why our team will continue to provide services like this – to give our clients the answers they deserve.

If you feel your spouse may be involved in infidelity let our team of professional private investigators assist in your case. Our private eyes will obtain the information you need. The Smith Investigation Agency – Start with Trust.

*Disclaimer- private investigators are often referred to as detective, private detective, private detectives, or private detective Ottawa, Private detective Toronto, private detective Sudbury, or private detective Ontario. Our investigators, also referred to as private eyes, or private investigators are legally only allowed to describe ourselves as private investigators and not private detectives.

If you do feel your spouse is committing adultery in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Scarborough, Markham, Ajax, Oshawa, Barrie, Hamilton, Niagara Falls, Kingston, Ottawa, North Bay, Muskoka, Parry Sound, Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins, Thunder Bay, Brantford or anywhere else in Ontario, contact our team. We have offices in all major cities across Ontario.

About the Author

Whitney Joy Smith

Founder of The Smith Investigation Agency in 2014, Whitney Joy Smith’s extensive background as a private investigator is matched only by her passion for the role. A graduate of several respected institutions, including Northwest Florida State College and George Brown College, her early years in life were spent between Canada and the United States. This education, along with her formative years as a private investigator in various agencies, informed much of her knowledge of private investigative laws, regulations, and operating standards in both countries.


The recipient of numerous industry awards and accolades, including the Consumers Choice Award, Best in Ottawa, and many others, Whitney takes pride in working closely with her ever-growing agency to raise the bar, maintain compliance, and meet the investigative needs of clients. Whitney is active in various membership and supporting roles, including the CPIRC, CBN, CAPI, Canadian Women’s Chamber of Commerce, and many others. Her experience-driven, thought-provoking articles have been featured in everything from Readers Digest to Business News Daily, and she strives to continually redefine standards for those in the private investigative and security fields. Learn more about Whitney and the team at The Smith Investigation Agency today.

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