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5 Facts You Need to Know about Franchise Fraud

Scammers are masquerading as slick franchise owners to take advantage of vulnerable entrepreneurs. Franchise Fraud A’hoy Business franchises come in many different shapes and sizes. From restaurants (Pizza Hut, Dominos) to petrol stations (Shell, BP) and supermarkets (7/11, Woolworths), owning an established business with a built-in clientele is an extremely attractive premise. What many people […]

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April 18, 2014 By -

4 Things You Need to Know to Stop Intellectual Property Theft

Intellectual Property (IP) is the term that describes a creation of content born from our minds. It might include patents, inventions, copyrights, brands, ideas and inventions. And, like anything worth something, there are always folks out there trying to ride on your coattails or occasionally just downright steal your ideas. Intellectual Property Theft: It’s happening […]

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April 9, 2014 By -

Australia’s biggest missing person case cracked

Finally, Daniel Morcombe’s Family has Justice It was the missing person case Australia never forgot and the criminal Australia will never forgive. Keep reading to find out how Brett Cowan’s string of lies and years of dodging the justice system were finally put to an end. [View the story "Morcombe killer convicted" on Storify]

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April 7, 2014 By -

“Encouraged” to their deaths: the murky underside of the web

When an American man encouraged two vulnerable people to take their own lives in an online chat-room, the dark depths of the Internet were once again exposed. What Lies Beneath From the outside, Mr Melchert-Dinkel seemed like an ordinary husband. A father of two and former male-nurse, this Minnesota man hid a terrible secret. In […]

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April 4, 2014 By -

Internet Forensics: can we have privacy in the Internet of Things?

Not only will the Internet of Things (IoT) put big demands on data centre providers, it also throws up some rather interesting questions about user privacy. According to Gartner US analyst Joe Skorupa, there will be a “vast amount” of data from IoT devices providing information about what the user has accessed. The implications for […]

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April 2, 2014 By -

Australia’s Missing People: Why did they go missing?

35,000 people go missing in Australia each year but what can we do to help? Young people account for more than half all people reported missing. Approximately one-third of missing persons go missing more than once. Trying to find a missing person in Australia, involves trying to figure out why they went missing in the […]

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March 13, 2014 By -

Employee Caught Spying on Female Colleagues in the Bathroom

When a female BP employee in Britain noticed a bathroom air-freshener flashing unusually, what she found inside changed her life and concept of privacy forever. Flash back several months. A fellow BP employee by the name of Jonathon Canavon uses a company credit card to purchase several hidden cameras. Some are camouflaged as tissue boxes and one is a […]

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March 6, 2014 By -

5 Cyber Crime Predictions for 2014

What hackers have in store for us this year Image via Shutterstock. According to WatchGuard Technologies, 2013 will be remembered as the year of the cyber threat. From the NSA hacking scandal to the massive Adobe Data Breach, high security incidents have reached an all-time high. Because of this we’ve compiled a list of threats […]

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March 3, 2014 By -

CyberBullying and the Death of Charlotte Dawson

Harassment and Depression in a Digital Age Social Media is a great tool that has sparked conversations, enabled learning and diversified the range of people we engage with on a daily basis on a global scale. From Twitter, to Facebook, to WhatsApp and SnapChat, social media has opened doors to forms of communication our forebears […]

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February 25, 2014 By -

How to Trace an IP Address

Are you being harassed online and want to know how to discover the location of the person filling your inbox with defamatory, extortionist or vile correspondence? An IP address is the key. Every day we are approached by people who want to be able to trace the source of an email, a Facebook message, a […]

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February 10, 2014 By -

Australians Searching for “Cyberbullying”

Shocking statistics were recently released that showed Australia had ranked third in the world when it came to Google searches for ‘cyber bullying’. I’ll let that sink in. Third. We Australians have always taken pride in ‘helping a mate out’ and ‘giving someone a go’, so how has something like ‘cyberbullying’ gotten so out of control? Image via […]

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February 3, 2014 By -

Silk Road & Bitcoin : Five things you should know

Bitcoin promises a world in which you can buy just about anything in complete secrecy. There are no fees. And no banks.  No worries? Well…not exactly. (image via Shutterstock) Bitcoin is a digital currency transacted through the Internet by smart phone or computer. It’s a fast way to make purchases directly from person to person […]

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January 26, 2014 By -

How to protect yourself from a credit card fraud

All it takes is a click and it’s yours. Clothes, groceries, cars, spas and more. Just about everything can be browsed then bought online with a credit card. But how safe is it really? Image via shutterstock. Let’s take a serious look at credit card security and what you can do to remain safe online. Here are […]

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January 24, 2014 By -

Our Private Detective Spoke to VICE Magazine About Faking Your Own Death

Adam Virzi, the operations manager at Lyonswood Private Investigations, recently sat down with VICE magazine to talk about the failure-filled world of faking a death. (image via shutterstock) Whether it’s cashing in on life insurance or escaping debt, there are many reasons someone might want to fake their own death. The problem has always been […]

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January 20, 2014 By -

How Do Private Investigators Use Social Media to Crack a Case?

With almost everyone having a Facebook profile, our lives are becoming more and more an open book…which is not going unnoticed by Australian private eyes.  Image via Shutterstock.         When a top Yahoo programmer went missing this year, both his family and employer feared for his safety. Weeks passed with little progress […]

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January 16, 2014 By -

If You’re Interested in Being a Private Eye: What you need to know to get into the business

Contrary to popular belief, my profession doesn’t involve double-crossing dames and car chases. Infact, you’ll probably spend more time writing reports and completing paperwork than following a Buick. But that’s not to say being a private investigator isn’t both a rewarding and exciting profession.  (image via shutterstock) Here are five misconceptions about being a private […]

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January 3, 2014 By -

Defining Cyberstalking in Australia

Once upon a time, the term cyberstalking might have only been found in dusty sci-fi novellas but today it’s a real crime that can happen to nearly anyone. With the advent of smartphones, social media and online profiles- the ability to instantly contact friends and strangers is now just a click away. But with this […]

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January 1, 2014 By -

3 Benefits of Data Surveillance and Spyware

There are lots of reasons to consider using data surveillance and spyware. Maybe you suspect a spouse is cheating? Unsure of how an employee uses their time or just worried about a family members Internet activity… Whatever the cause for suspicion, using spyware software is both a safe and effective method to confirm or dispel […]

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December 31, 2013 By -

3 Ways a Private Investigator Can Find Out You’re Being Cheated On

Does your partner ever come home late without an excuse? Have they recently put new passwords on mobile devices? Are they overly aggressive/protective about privacy? Then you might want to think about seeing a private investigator. (Image via Shutterstock) Infidelity is one of the most painful and devastating things to happen to anyone. The very […]

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December 30, 2013 By -

How Computer Forensics Are Used to Gather Evidence in Investigations

In lamens terms, a computer forensic searches, analyses and preserves information on computers to find evidence in a trial. A recent example would be during the highly publicized Simon Gittany murder trial where a computer hard-drive was suspected to contain surveillance camera footage detailing what happened when Gittany’s fiancée plunged to her death. Police suspected […]

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December 27, 2013 By -

How Can Forensic Handwriting and Document Investigation Benefit You?

Death threats. Forged signatures. Letters blackmailing recipients. These are just a few types of cases we at Lyonswood deal with in regards to forensic handwriting and document investigation. And very rarely do we come across a case that can’t be solved. This is mainly due to the advanced technology and experience our 44-year veteran examiners […]

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December 26, 2013 By -

3 Things you Need to Know About How we Conduct Surveillance in Australia

In the shocking final scene of Roman Polanski’s classic film Chinatown, our heroic and bullet riddled private investigator (Jack Nicholson) utters his unforgettable line: “Forget it Jake…it’s Chinatown”. Although great to watch, it’s overly dramatic moments like these that sum up how fictional private investigators are portrayed on screen or in books. That is: impossibly […]

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December 14, 2013 By -

How a Private Investigator Can Safely Save You Profits

An iPhone has gone missing, a laptop is nowhere to be seen and all items have been lost within the four walls of your bustling office space. What’s a business owner to do? If you’re worried that a staff member might be up to no good, read on… Image from Shutterstock It isn’t uncommon that […]

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December 6, 2013 By -

Sydney Brothel Busters: A Private Investigator’s Dream or Nightmare?

It is no secret that both licensed (legal) and unlicensed (unlawful) brothels operate heavily throughout Sydney. These ancient and controversial institutions usually conduct their business from camouflaged residential homes and discreetly advertise with only a flashing number sign or a suspiciously unseasonable Christmas light. Image from Shutterstock But where the average punter might not think […]

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December 5, 2013 By -

Online Defamation: Private Detectives and Your Case (Part 2)

Image from shutterstock “Reputation, reputation, reputation! Oh, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial.” – Cassio, in Shakespeare’s Othello. Thankfully for Sydney’s lawyers, Cassio is not the only person who’s ever been worried about their reputation being trashed. In our last blog post, we […]

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December 3, 2013 By -

How Can I Detect Spyware on My Phone?

Suspect your boss, parents or loved ones are prying into your personal space? Confused about the legality of espionage software? Read on. Image from Shutterstock In a world where governments admit to spying on other governments and world leaders have been revealed to be operating mass surveillance on their unknowing populace it can become a […]

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November 29, 2013 By -

Surveillance and Australia Part 2

Image from Shutterstock Tracking Devices Another area where people are getting themselves into trouble these days is in the use of tracking devices. A lot of people want to covertly track their partner’s whereabouts or the location of their employees. In NSW for example, it is lawful to track the location of employees provided you […]

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November 28, 2013 By -

Surveillance and Australia Part 1

We’ve allseen it before: A gorgeous femme fatale slinks elegantly into the smoky private investigators office. She’s looking to investigate a cheating spouse but actually hides a shocking secret.Whatfollows is usuallya deadly tale of car chases, betrayal and way too many venetian blinds. But when it comes to real private investigation in contemporary Australia: what […]

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November 27, 2013 By -

Online Defamation: Private Detectives and Your Case (Part 1)

Defamation is one of those legal things that most people can happily go through life knowing nothing about. That’s not to say we don’t all experience it – or partake in it, for that matter – as virtually everyone at one point or another has spread or been on the receiving end of malicious schoolyard […]

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November 18, 2013 By -

Private Investigators: The dangers of online phishing scams

You sit down and log into your email account. There’s the usual promotional junk mail and spam, emails from mailing lists you forgot you signed up for five years ago, and maybe something from a friend or relative if you’re lucky.   But then – what’s this? An email from your bank? There’s been some […]

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November 9, 2013 By -