Thursday, April 29, 2010

Background Checks Rise with Dating Scams & Fraud

Private investigators in Manila and Cebu, Philippines report a surge in background check and surveillance cases due to a sharp rise in internet match-making, and online scams. Online dating websites report a similar rise in volume, as people seem to be looking beyond the global economic turmoil, and thinking more about their personal lives and romance. More people online dating in the Philippines means more scam cases.

According to the largest Philippines private investigator in Manila, clients are becoming more savvy and more aware of the risk for scams. Consumers are considering a background check or pre-marital check as an insurance policy, due to the high risk in the Philippines. This is a relief for many in the industry since clients have typically contracted a private investigator after the damage has been done, and the scam complete, or the money drained or stolen completely. Having the background check or pre-marital check earlier enables clients to be informed and minimize the risk for scams which are all too common.

Philippine background check services vary greatly in prices and professionalism. As a general rule, consumers should be skeptical of "companies" or investigators based in the Philippines. When possible, consumers should consider a U.S. or Europe based private investigation company with operations in the Philippines, such as Philippine PI, which is based in the United States but has professional field investigators on the ground throughout the Philippines. Going with a Western firm ensures a more professional investigation and a higher level of customer service in most cases. While it may mean slightly higher prices, most clients quickly find they get what they pay for in the Philippines. The risk for fraud is also a problem with businesses.

Industry observers stress that although there is a high risk for scams and fraud in the Philippines, and choosing a private investigator can be a difficult process, there are many rewards for doing business in the Philippines, and many meaningful and lasting relationships have been formed with Filipinas via the Internet. Due to the high risk, investigators and dating sites agree that it is wise decision to have relationships verified.

Best of luck,

A. Hathaway
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