February 22, 2016
Background checks essential for babysitters and beyond

Not Quite the Help She Was After | Babysitters from Hell Adelaide

Not Quite the Help She Was After: Nick and Grace Wellington and their four-year-old daughter just moved into a new neighbourhood in Adelaide’s Eastern suburbs. Grace used to be a Real Estate Agent, but left work after Kathy was born so that she could become […]
February 17, 2016
Child Custody and Domestic Violence

Child Custody Battle Begins and Ends with Abuse | Child and Spousal Abuse Sydney

Abuse Before and After Child Custody Battle: Helen Basingstoke is a seven-year-old girl who lost both her parents before she’d even had the chance to understand who they were. Her mother, Karen died giving birth to Helen and her father, Nick committed suicide just a […]
February 15, 2016
15 Ways to spot a PI

15 Ways to Spot a Private Eye | Insights into Private Investigators

15 Ways to Spot a Private Investigator: Done something wrong and fear that your actions might be followed up with the services of a professional Private Investigator? Perhaps you overheard something you weren’t supposed to or you did something that wasn’t exactly “fair play.” Either […]
February 10, 2016
Receptionist on the Run - Escape to NT

Receptionist on the Run | Employee Misconduct Melbourne

Receptionist on the Run: We were recently called by a leading Event Management company, based in Melbourne, after the receptionist went missing. Now as sinister or worrying as that may sound, she didn’t simply up and vanish; instead she decided to make a runner after […]
February 8, 2016

Can Your Computer Keep a Secret? | Data Leaks and Online Privacy

Can Your Computer Keep a Secret? Precise Investigation, like many private investigation firms, is generally considered to be a field player; taking to the streets in a plain car, with a camera in tow. Now, while that might be true in the majority of our […]
February 3, 2016

Law Firm Loses Hundreds of Thousands | Sydney Law Firms and Investigations

Law Firm Loses Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars: A Sydney-based Law firm, specialising in injury and insurance claims had been running a successful practice for over twenty years, from the city’s central business district. While most firms abide by the law, there are often cases […]
February 1, 2016

Bad News For a Sugar Daddy | Relationships Sydney

Sugar Daddy Gets Some Bad News: Two weeks ago, Melvin Star, a wealthy property investor, got in touch with us after his then boyfriend, Charlie Pollock, told him that he’d like to spend some time alone for a week, “to get his head straight.” The […]
January 27, 2016
9 Ways to Spot a Fake email from Paypal

9 Ways To Spot A Fake Paypal Email | Fake Paypal Emails

9 Ways To Spot A Fake Paypal Email: We’re sharing this information because this one nearly had us fooled. Paypal, as most of you will know, is one of the world’s leading online financial tools, allowing people to pay for nearly everything on the internet […]
January 25, 2016
Proper Due diligence and background checks a must

A Tip on Protecting Yourself From Dodgy Babysitters and Malicious Tradesmen | Profiling and Background Checks

Protecting Yourself From Dodgy Babysitters Tradesmen: We were recently tasked with looking into a suspected case of a dodgy babysitter-turned-nanny. Natalie Djokova, a Russian national attempting to make her way in Australia through a student visa (another issue that we won’t go into for the […]
January 20, 2016

Something Doesn’t Taste Right | Beers and Lagers in Adelaide

Something Doesn’t Taste Right: Sam and Jack Davies, two brothers from Adelaide, managed to clinch a sizeable investment to take their home-brewed, craft beer to new heights. The two had developed a taste for artisanal lagers after a trip to Germany for the ever-famous Oktoberfest, […]
January 11, 2016
Urine Tests are used in Construction

5 Reasons To Be More Curious | Curiosity Didn’t Kill The Cat – It Taught It

5 Reasons To Be More Curious: They say that curiosity killed the cat, but what they don’t talk about all too often is how that cat ended up living a good 18 years before it died, and its curiosity led it to learn a great […]
December 20, 2015

Christmas: The Most Joyous Time of the Year… For Some | Holiday Issues Melbourne

The Most Joyous Time of the Year: Kate Walker, a qualified, multi-lingual translation specialist and her partner, Freddy Brown, a European language expert, met at the University of Melbourne 6 years before starting their very own, small-scale international translations business. Originally catering for translations from […]
December 18, 2015

ACCC Issues High Alert Warning: New Christmas Scam | Fraud and Scams in Australia

New Christmas Scam: The ACCC has released a “high alert” warning, advising consumers of a new malicious scam that’s already seen over $80,000 AUD stolen since 1st December of this year and over 100 reports – that’s already more than the whole of last December’s […]
December 14, 2015
Scam statistics - So far this year, 2016

Man Overcomes Bribery and Sexual Extortion at Work | Workplace Behaviour and Abuse Investigations

Bribery and Sexual Extortion at Work: Jasper Ashton, a 24-year-old man based in Adelaide, had spent his early days “on the job” working as on office clerk in one of the city’s top Office Equipment and Stationery supply companies. He had always performed well and […]
December 11, 2015

Doing Your Due Diligence in Business Really Pays Off | Commercial Investigations Australia

The Importance of Due Diligence in Business: A Sydney-based man has been arrested at New Zealand’s International Airport as he attempted to flee the country, following allegations of multiple counts of major, international fraud. The man goes by many names including, Daniel Albert, Daniel Hannah, […]
December 7, 2015

Facebook Fraudster Who Stole $150,000 Gets Charged | Facebook and Social Media News

Facebook Fraudster Gets Caught: Chidoo Ohad Nukobam, a Nigerian National who had set up shop in Western Australia met a 42-year-old woman, who wishes not to be named, over Facebook in August 2014. Chidoo had set up a fake profile on the social site and […]
December 4, 2015
Walks around Perth

Woolworths Used To Lure You In | Woolworths Pricing Scandal

Woolworths Used To Lure You In: It seems that the Christmas scamming spree has begun early this year, with three major scams cropping up over the last three weeks. First it was the Australian Tax Office, then it was Qantas and now it’s Woolworths… actually […]
November 25, 2015

Qantas Used as a Front for Australia’s Latest Scam

The Qantas Scam: Many of you will have heard of Qantas, one of Australia’s leading Airlines and an internationally recognised brand. It’s that reputation that makes one particular scam very profitable for overseas fraudsters… and unfortunately, these guys have been pretty successful so far. So, […]
November 23, 2015

New Scam Warning – Fake Calls from ATO | Australian Tax Office Scam Warnings

Fake Calls from the ATO: A number of online publications have been voicing concern and trying to raise awareness of one of Australia’s latest scams. It’s nothing new, at least not in the way it’s being carried out, but people in Melbourne are being warned […]
November 20, 2015

Sex, Drugs & Child Custody | Drug abuse and Child Custody Investigations

Sex, Drugs & Child Custody: Precise Investigation knows the intimacies of child custody cases like the back of our hands – we’ve served hundreds of clients with the evidence they need to successfully win custody of their children, where appropriate, and gone on to secure […]
November 18, 2015

Mechanic Takes Clients For a Ride | Fraudulent Mechanics Melbourne

Mechanic Takes Clients For a Ride: Piston Palace is a Melbourne-based Mechanical workshop, specialising in professional vehicular repairs, maintenance and upgrades. The workshop itself was reportedly booming, with people from all over the city bringing their cars and motorbikes in for the outstandingly low prices, […]
November 13, 2015

Kitchen Hands Caught Stealing from Gourmet Restaurant | Theft and Pilfering from Australian Restaurants

Kitchen Hands Caught Stealing: Precise Investigation was recently employed by one of Melbourne’s leading fine-dining establishments to uncover what the management suspected to be a case of pilfering. In August of this year, Barry Westgate hired Sam Kilmer and Sasha Martinez as kitchen hands at […]
November 9, 2015

Multinational Food & Beverage Providers Rips off US & Australian Armies | Military Insights

Ripping Off The Australian Army: Supreme Food Services, a multinational food and beverage company, was lucky enough to clinch a multi-million-dollar contract from a number of International Security Assistance Force nations, including Australia and the US, to supply catering services to military forces during the […]
November 6, 2015

Latest Australian Fraud Statistics | Fraud and Scams

Latest Australian Fraud Statistics: According to the Australian Scamwatch website, 2014 saw Aussies pour out over $81 Million to fraudsters and scam artists. With that, and taking into account how versatile the Scamwatch site has become, we thought you might find it interesting to see […]
November 4, 2015

WA Woman Loses $300,000 to Romance Scam | Romance and Online Dating Scams

Woman Loses $300,000 in Romance Scam: Ok, “don’t fall in love with this man” might be a little unfair of us, as it happens, because the man pictured above is actually, probably a really nice person with good intentions. However, Precise Investigation has made numerous […]
November 2, 2015
Infidelity and Newsagents

Ever Heard The Term, “Don’t Screw The Crew?” | Infidelity and Affairs in Australia

Heard The Term, “Don’t Screw The Crew?” Chester Manger, originally a teacher from New South Wales, had made some money earlier in life after a successful night at the casino. With the money, he invested in setting up a small convenience store in Castle Hill, […]
October 28, 2015

33 Reasons To Use A Background Check | Profiling Services Australia

33 Reasons To Run A Background Check: Background checks are a versatile tool that can help individual people, businesses, financial institutions, government bodies, legal entities and education providers to clarify their perception of another person, organisation or third party. Well, what does that mean, exactly? […]
October 26, 2015

Little Do We Know What They Get Up To | Surveillance and Monitoring Services Australia

Little Do We Know What They Get Up To: Ian Ying and his wife, Tu, originally of Vietnamese decent, moved to Australia for two years with their son, Kevin, before he was due to start his studies at University. Kevin was enrolled at a local […]
October 23, 2015

What Google Knows About You | Espionage, Google and Online Privacy

What Google Knows About You: We recently read over an article presented by Business Insider, a globally renowned corporate insight publication, that we thought was really worth a share. In today’s day and age, where we face the ever-present threat of identity theft and hacking, […]
October 21, 2015

All It Takes is One Small Microphone | Bug Sweeping and Covert Listening Devices Australia

All It Takes is One Small Microphone: Ajaxx Mining Pty Ltd, is one of Australia’s leading natural resource and mine operators, specialising in the extraction of iron ore from its numerous mine sites in Western Australia. Since late 2013, Ajaxx Mining Pty Ltd has been […]
October 19, 2015
Beer and Child Custody

Why Beer and Child Custody Don’t Mix | Effects of Alcohol on Child Custody Cases

Why Beer and Child Custody Don’t Mix: Melissa Solomon, a beautician working for a reputable cosmetics line in Brisbane, Queensland, and mother of two, had previously been involved in a child custody case with her ex-husband, David Pilkington to determine which of the two parents […]
October 12, 2015

5 Ways to Catch a Cheating Spouse | Infidelity and Cheating Partner Investigations Australia

5 Ways to Catch a Cheating Spouse: In light of a recent surge in requests for infidelity investigation services, most likely as a result of Ashley Madison’s hacking scandal being revealed to the public, Precise Investigation would like to share a few tips on how […]
October 9, 2015

Freight Company Exposes an Inside Leak | Theft and Corruption Australia

Freight Company Exposes an Inside Leak: Tasmanian ports are responsible for exporting an average of 12,829,422 tonnes of goods, including timber, metals, fuel, food products, minerals, cement and fertilizers, every year. With over a million tonnes of freight going out each month, it’s no wonder […]
October 7, 2015

A Deadly Weapon or a Case of Fraud? | Fraud and Scams in Australia

A Deadly Weapon or a Case of Fraud? Is it the concealed blade in the sole of the leather shoes, or perhaps a chicken wire in the shirt’s collar? Actually it’s nothing that fancy… the weapon we’re talking about is the suitcase. While it’s not […]
October 5, 2015

The Real Effects of Corproate Espionage | Spies, Espionage and Commercial Secrecy Australia

The Real Effects of Corproate Espionage: Unfortunately, corporate espionage isn’t necessarily always as classy or explosive as Ian Fleming might describe but, unlike James Bond, its dangers to Australian business are very real indeed. But what is corporate espionage exactly? Corporate espionage, otherwise known as […]
October 5, 2015

Welcome Aboard, Tass | Precise Investigation’s Business Development Specialist

Welcome Aboard, Tass! John Ioannou and the team behind Precise Investigation would like to wish a warm welcome to Tass Vassiliou, who joined us today as our National Business Development Manager. Tass Vassiliou boasts 24 years’ experience in the realms of insurance, workers’ compensation, claims […]
October 2, 2015
Each company received thousands of applications each year

Insurance Fraud Made Simple… or Not | Insurance Matters Australia

Insurance Fraud Made Simple: Fraud is generally categorised as a form of conduct that involves the use of deceitful or dishonest means to gain an unfair advantage. As a criminal act, in Australia, there are over 300 separate offences that could be charged in connection […]
September 28, 2015
Front of House - Receptionists and Secretaries were hit hardest

VW Just One of Countless Corporate Fraudsters Over the Last 100 Years | Global Commercial Fraud

VW Just One of Many Corporate Fraudsters: Martin Winterkorn, resigned earlier this week following the mounting pressure that’s been building up around Volkswagen’s now world-renowned emissions scam. Originally, 482,000 cars were thought to be in violation of US emissions regulations, but since then it has […]
September 25, 2015

Could the Death of an Innocent 12-Year-Old Girl Have Been Prevented? | Murder Prevention & Investigations

Could the Death of a Little Girl Have Been Prevented? Police have arrested a 31-year-old man, suspected of murdering his 12-year-old stepdaughter, after a family member found the girl’s body in her bedroom. The man was picked up by police in Rutherford, just two hours […]
September 23, 2015

Volkswagen, The World’s Biggest Car Manufacturer, Fined AUS$25 Billion

Volkswagen Fined AUS$25 Billion: 11 Million vehicles are being recalled after investigations revealed that the German auto giant, Volkswagen, deliberately installed “defeat devices” in their diesel models to falsify emissions tests. According to authorities in the Unites States, the world’s largest automaker, by sales in […]
September 21, 2015
Parties - The usual setting for MDMA and other likened drugs

Is He Holding Those Right? Fraudster Disguised As Gynaecologist | Gynaecology Scams, Fake Doctors and Fraud Australia

Fraudster Disguised As Gynaecologist: On 13th July 2015, Precise Investigation published an article titled, “An Uncomfortable Thought: Even Your Doctor Could Be A Scam Artist.” The article referred to a case involving Dr Farid Fata, who purposefully misdiagnosed cancer patients as a means to maximise […]
September 18, 2015
MDMA - Usually in the form of pills

6 Ways a Professional PI Can Help Your Business | Commercial Investigation Services

6 Ways a Professional Private Investigator Can Help Your Business: Precise Investigation has stood at the forefront of Private Investigations within Australia for thirty years. In that time, we’ve served a great many clients from all walks of life – suspicious husbands, worried wives, small […]
September 16, 2015
An expensive sushi restaurant - the prime location

Where’s My Money? Precise Investigation Finds Out | Skip Tracing and Location Services Australia

Where’s My Money? A few weeks ago, a leading property development company based in Melbourne came to Precise Investigation, asking us to follow up on a suspected case of fraud. Harriet Kilmer, a qualified and highly-experienced bookkeeper from St. Kilda, Melbourne, was employed by Cemtex […]
September 14, 2015

$41,000 in Computer Equipment Lost To Fraud | Theft, Scams and Fraud in Australia

$41,000 in Computer Equipment Lost To Fraud: Precise Investigation is regularly sought out to investigate on behalf of insurance companies, providing them with the information they need to verify whether a claim, or number thereof, are legitimate or not. Most recently, our client, one of […]
September 10, 2015
A few dollars on a Facebook Post goes a long way

A New Android App Blackmails Its Customers | Sex, Blackmail and Scams

Blackmailed By An App: Adult Player, a porn application that has recently found its way onto thousands of unsuspecting victims’ Android Smartphones, has been found to exist for one reason and one reason alone: Blackmail. The app is not available through Google’s App market, otherwise […]
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