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Mobile Trackers: The Latest Personal Security Threat

In an ever-changing world, technology is making it easier and more convenient to track, monitor, and locate information, property, and even people. Recently, in early 2021, companies such as Apple and Samsung have released mobile GSP and Bluetooth tracking devices that are stated to be used to locate property, such as keys, bags, high ticket items, and even vehicles. While these companies have stated that the intended use is to help locate and monitor personal property, an obvious use has been for illegal means. And as Private Investigators, we are hard-pressed to believe that this possibility was not considered.

Apple Airtag is the size of a large coin.

Unlike traditional GPS trackers, which provide more accurate real-time data, the most popular trackers on the market are the Apple Airtags and the Samsung SmartTags. Both products (retail under $50) are leaders in their respective fields; one for iOS users and one for Android-based products. And with each respectively providing updates within approximately 13 minutes or less. The Apple Airtags provide additional security, in that, they are supposed to alert any iOS user who comes into proximity to them. The alert will notify the person’s iPhone that an Airtag is close by and possibly tracking them; with an additional option to sound an audible alert, that is supposed to assist in locating the device. While, on the other hand, the Samsung SmartTag is a Bluetooth device (unlike the GPS capability of the Apple Airtag) and requires that the Andriod phone user is within Bluetooth range to detect it.

Both products have been proven to be a risk to personal privacy and safety, as people have begun to use them for illegal means. In Canada, it is illegal to track and monitor someone without their consent. However, this may not necessarily stop a potential stalker, thief or deviant from doing so. Therefore, one must be aware of the potential uses and risks that these products can pose; if used for nefarious means. Police forces within North America are now being faced with a new wave of crime, as criminals have begun to utilize trackers as a means to follow victims.

Tracker found inside a rear hitch cap on a pickup truck.

If you suspect that you are being illegally tracked and followed, here are some things that you can do to help protect your safety:

  1. Sweep your items with an Apple Phone. Apple Airtags are supposed to alert any Apple user of their presence.
  2. Check likely and unlikely areas where someone may place a tracker. These include vents, pockets, seams, under caps, compartments, gas caps, truck hitches, underneath vehicles, etc.
  3. If you receive an alert on your iOS device while driving, that a tracker is with you, DO NOT go home. Go to the parking lot of the nearest Police station and search for the tracker there.
  4. Report the incident to the police.
  5. If the tracker is found, use gloves when removing it and provide it to the police as evidence. There may be fingerprints on the device.
  6. If the tracker is not located, and the Police did not locate the tracker, enlist the assistance of a Private Investigator, who is equipped to detect bugs and trackers.

As personal security and privacy have been attacked more and more, it is necessary to protect oneself from the possibility of being monitored and tracked. If you suspect that you are being tracked and/or followed, feel free to reach out for professional assistance. We, at Present Truth Investigations, can provide FREE information that may assist you in remedying your situation. And if needed, we would be happy to assist in protecting you and your family. Contact us today, should you have questions or concerns.

Source: Present Truth Investigations, 11Alive News

Can’t Afford A Private Investigator?

At Present Truth Investigations, we realize that not all families are able to afford the cost of Investigative Services. And it is our desire that the services of a Private Investigator be available to all. In the spirit of equity and equal opportunity, we provide our services to families and individuals, who may not have the immediate financial means to hire a Private Investigator in Toronto or within Southern Ontario.

The services offered include, but are not limited to:

  • Background Investigations
  • Victim Related Investigations
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Child Welfare Investigations
  • Missing Persons Investigations

To be considered for the program, simply complete our contact form and indicate that you are interested in our Pro Bono Program. We would also like to know the circumstances around your request and why you should be considered for this service. Any and all donations made to us as a result of providing this service, will be donated to Eva’s Phoenix; which provides services for homeless and at risk youth. To get started, CLICK HERE to contact us. We look forward to assisting you.

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We Do More Than Just Surveillance!

Private Investigators Do More Than Most Think

Many believe that private investigators only conduct physical surveillance on persons of interest. This would involve, following a target either on foot, by car or by another means of travel. Most are aware that an investigator will take pictures for evidentiary purposes while on the beat. However, this belief is a bit antiquated and slightly inaccurate.

The modern day private investigator typically documents a subject of interest by utilizing a video camera or a covert video recording device. Gone are the days where investigators would snap multiple pictures to document their subjects. However, there are still occasions where an investigator will take a photo, but it will usually be with their smartphone or tablet. And today, private investigators are more than merely flat foots. Seasoned investigators in the modern era conduct investigations ranging from forensics to counter surveillance; with a lot of investigative work being performed from behind a computer.

Whether you are in need of physical surveillance, GPS tracking, background investigations or counter surveillance services, we can do it all at Present Truth Investigations. Watch the video below to check out what we do for you. And feel free to contact us today. We’d be happy to address any question or concern that you might have. We look forward to assisting you.

Source: Present Truth Investigations

10 Signs That Your Partner May Be Unfaithful

As a private investigative agency, we often receive requests from individuals who are concerned about their partner’s possible infidelity. Most people seek the expertise of a private investigator in order to obtain answers and hard proof of unfaithfulness of their companion. But, what are some of the signs that your partner may be cheating? Here are some common signs to watch for, should you find yourself in this unfortunate situation. While one or more of these signs may not mean that your partner is in fact unfaithful, these 10 signs could indicate that something else is going on in your relationship.

African American man using smartphone in bed near sleeping wife

10 Signs That Your Partner May Be Unfaithful

  1. Hiding Their Cellphone – If your partner’s behavior suddenly changes and they begin to take their cellphone with them everywhere they go, or if they suddenly begin to always lay their cellphone face down, or if they suddenly only keep their cellphone alerts on private and immediately close the screen when you come near to them, this could be a possible sign of deception.
  2. Hiding To Make/Accept Calls – If your partner suddenly begins to leave the room to make/accept a call or out of nowhere begins to whisper or talk on the phone in the bathroom, this could be another possible sign of deception.
  3. Suddenly Ignoring Cellphone Text Alerts – If you are with your partner and you begin to notice that they receive a lot of text alerts, but they do not answer them, hide their phone or if they keep on making excuses why they don’t answer, this could be a possible sign of deception.
  4. Longer Work Hours – Your partner suddenly begins to claim that they need to work longer work hours away from you, or that they need to go away for work on a more regular basis, could be a red flag in the infidelity department.
  5. Less Physical Contact – If your partner seems to have lost interest in you physically, and they seem to desire less physical intimacy and/or express little to no desire for sexual contact; this can also be another sign to watch for.
  6. Spending Less Time – If your partner suddenly begins to spend less and less time with you, this can be another warning sign that someone else could be in the picture or that they are simply losing interest.
  7. Stops Calling – If your partner suddenly stops calling you as much and/or has little time to speak with you, this could be another glaring sign that something is not right with your relationship.
  8. Partner Always Talks About Someone Else – If your partner suddenly begins to constantly bring up and talk about someone else, like a coworker, friend or someone they recently met, this could be a possible sign that another intimate relationship is forming outside of your own.
  9. Spending More Time With A “Friend” – If your partner begins to spend more time with a friend or friends and this eats into the time that you would normally spend with them, this could be another possible sign.
  10. More Irritable Around You – If your partner suddenly is more irritable around you and they get mad when you request to spend more time with them, this could be another warning sign that something is not right with your relationship.
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How Can Your Protect Yourself From Being Hurt?

One of the best things you can do to minimize the hurt and disappointment that you may experience, would be to trust your gut. Our gut instincts are often spot on. That said, sensing that something is off is not enough on it’s own, if there are no behavioral or concrete evidences to prove this feeling. As private investigators, we often receive calls from individuals who recognize that something is not right with their relationship. And when asked why they suspect that their partner may be unfaithful, the client often cites sudden behavioral changes and/or hard evidence of infidelity.

In cases where an individual communicates that they have hard proof of unfaithfulness, our typical response is often “Then why do you need us?”, but usually these individuals explain that having video evidence of impropriety would better put their mind to rest. To these individuals our recommendation is to remove themselves from their negative circumstances. However, we understand that the issue is often more complicated that that; especially if children are involved.

If you find yourself in a relationship in which you suspect infidelity, our advice would be to first trust your gut, pay attention to sudden behavioral changes, communicate with your partner and ask questions and lastly obtain evidence. And if all indicators point definitively to unfaithfulness, then you must decide whether you stay with the possibly of being hurt more, or if you should leave to protect yourself from being injured any further.

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Recommendations

  • Without trust you have nothing in a relationship. So, identify the areas of mistrust and attempt to communicate civilly with your partner.
  • Trust your gut, but don’t make rash decisions or jump to conclusions based on feelings alone.
  • Seek help from a relationship counselor. Maybe your relationship can be salvaged if issues are identified and addressed.
  • Don’t always assume your partner is cheating, there may be other stressors which are contributing to their change in behavior.
  • Do your part to strengthen the relationship.
  • If all else fails, decide if staying or leaving would be best for your mental health.
  • If you are still unsure if your partner is unfaithful and want proof, reach out to an investigative professional for their recommendations.

Contact us if you have questions regarding how we could assist you with your current situation.

Source: Present Truth Investigations

Women band together against alleged Cambridge ‘Online Casanova’

Six women southeast of Cambridge are looking for justice in what looks like a romance scam, according to police. No charges have been laid against the accused, from Cambridge.

The Times has agreed to use only the first names of the women involved to protect their privacy.

Anna and “Jay Singh” went on an innocuous coffee date on March 5, 2019.

Despite Anna not posting a profile picture, he contacted her on the online dating site, Plenty of Fish (POF).

He said all the right things. She claims he told her he lived in Hamilton and was a lawyer, visited his elderly parents regularly and attended church every Sunday.

“He seemed like a good person and our connection seemed genuine,” Anna said.

Their relationship developed quickly and they both declared their love for one another, she said. He talked about marriage, selling his home and planning a life together. He had met her children twice and had plans for her to meet his children.

But Jay also had costs to bear while starting his own law practice, she claims, so he frequently asked Anna for loans.

In total, she alleges those loans accumulated to $9,500 and he promised to pay her back as soon as possible. He needed the money for an engagement ring, home repairs to get it ready for sale and other miscellaneous things, Anna claims.

“I truly trusted him and loved him. I did not doubt he would pay me back,” she said. “He continuously told me he ‘does not lie.’ ”

Jay’s story started to fragment after that she claims — unfulfilled promises, cancelled dates, not paying money back in a timely manner, never letting her meet his children or go to his house, and excuses involving health concerns, including thinking he might have cancer.

Anna had enough in April 2020 and stop communications on a personal level, only wanting correspondence on paying her back the money owed. He repaid her $6,000 until his cellphone was disconnected, she said.

In Ontario, from 2017 to March 2021, there have been 1,570 reports of romance scams, with 1,175 victims and about $41.2 million in financial losses.
In Ontario, from 2017 to March 2021, there have been 1,570 reports of romance scams, with 1,175 victims and about $41.2 million in financial losses. | Steve Russell photo

The address he used was for the Ritz-Carlton in Toronto, which she claims is false.

Suspicious, Anna hired a private investigator. She found out “Jay Singh” was not his real name. It was Jivesh Jagota and he actually lived in Cambridge. He had lied about his profession as well, as he was not listed in the Law Society directory, she said.

When she Googled Jagota, she learned he had been convicted in 2006 for defrauding 13 women he met on Plenty of Fish between 2002 and 2006, bilking them for a total of $150,000. He was dubbed the “Online Casanova.”

In his trial — which had him tried for defrauding 11 women of $103,000 before two more women came forward after his arrest — a Kitchener court heard how he scammed the women financially, passing along a sexually transmitted disease and allegedly getting three women pregnant.

Justice David Carr, who sentenced him in Cambridge court to three years for defrauding the women after turning down an 18-month sentence recommended by the Crown and defence, said the accused spread “misery, financial ruin and also disease.”

In a pre-sentence report to Carr, Jagota denied having romantic relationships with the women, yet three bore his children and a number got chlamydia, according to the Waterloo Region Record.

Waterloo Region police had charged him with six counts of fraud over $5,000, four counts of fraud under $5,000, and six counts of using forged documents.

“You preyed on trusting women and lied about everything,” the judge said, according to a Record story, at his Dec. 11, 2006, sentencing.

“The depth of your deceit is appalling and quite despicable.”

Anna filed a lawsuit in Hamilton Small Claims Court case against him, including damages for a sexually transmitted infection, for the amount of $45,371. The claim includes a principal amount, plus aggravated and punitive damages.

She said the claim has been put on hold due to court backlogs from the COVID-19 pandemic. But she was able to connect with at least five other women in April 2021 who had been “victimized” by him. She found them after a warning was posted on Plenty of Fish.

In a cease-and-desist order to the Times, Jagota’s lawyer Joseph Kazubek, of JK Legal, stated: “Anna (last name removed) has commenced an unfactual small claims matter against our client for breach of commitments. None of these claims have been proven on paper, nor has the matter been called before the courts.

“Currently, neither Anna or any of the other women have filed a police report about any of their claims or concerns of their encounters with my client. My office shall be relying upon these five women to provide testimony statements during the pending litigation that is awaiting scheduling.”

Anna filed a report with Hamilton police on April 12, 2021, which was forwarded to its major fraud unit.

In an email from Det.-Const. Sarah Postuma, of Hamilton police, on June 30, Anna was told, “considering all the evidence … I am simply not able to prove he had intent to commit fraud against you. Therefore, I can’t lay fraud charges against (him). Proving intent is vital to having sufficient grounds to lay a charge of fraud against someone.”

Lynda, another woman attempting to warn people about “Jay Singh,” known to her as Robert Rhio Singh, said two other women, Norine and Christine, spoke to police in St. Catharines. Another woman who didn’t want to be part of the story also filed a police report in the Niagara region town, she said.

“It is our general practice that we do not provide details on individuals or investigations that have not involved charged persons,” said Const. Philip Gavin of Niagara Region police.

A sixth woman, Alison, filed a report with Brantford police on Aug. 3.

Canadians have lost $90.7 million in romance scams between 2017 and March 2021.
Canadians have lost $90.7 million in romance scams between 2017 and March 2021. | Metroland file photo

Kazubek claims Anna sought out the other women to assist in her pending litigation.

“(She) had gone to the lengths of making a fake POF online profile of our client, in hopes to find other women to collude with.”

Anna said she contacted the other women only after they posted a warning on Plenty of Fish about Jagota.

In Lynda’s case, she said she never gave “Robert” any money during their short relationship in 2013 and therefore was unable to file a police report. She did, however, claim he gave her a STD and “slut shamed” her for it.

The women’s stories are all strikingly similar. Soon after meeting, Jagota allegedly professed his love for them, which led to talk of marriage. They claim he would request money from them for various reasons, and then be tardy on paying some of the money back, if at all.

Lynda noted the women had to file reports in the city where it occurred.

“We are looking for more victims,” Lynda said.

“We knew (him) as Robert Rhio Singh, Robert Singh, Jay Singh or Mark Dua Singh. (They) have gone to our local police to file reports and need more women to do it as well to get this piece of garbage off the street and to stop him doing this to other women.”

No current formal charges have been brought against him.

Const. Andre Johnson, public information officer for Waterloo Region police, said there weren’t any current local complaints involving the man.

Gavin called the information provided being consistent with a romance scam.

In Ontario, from 2017 to March 2021, there have been 1,570 reports of romance scams, with 1,175 victims and about $41.2 million in financial losses. In Canada, there were 4,390 romance scam reports with 3,097 victims and about $90.7 million in financial losses.

According to Niagara police’s website, scammers are notorious for creating fictitious profiles on dating sites or contact their targets through popular social media sites. The scammers strike up a relationship with their targets to build their trust, sometimes talking or chatting several times a day. They then make up a story and ask for money.

It also states, scammers will often say they’re living or travelling outside of the country.

“We’ve heard about scammers who say they are working on an oil rig, in the military, a doctor with an international organization. They will ask for money to pay for a plane ticket or other travel expenses, pay for surgery or other medical expenses, pay customs fees to retrieve something, pay off gambling debts, or pay for a visa or other official travel documents,” the website stated.

“Trust those people who you know, not those who appeal to your emotions with false words.”

In Waterloo Region, police received reports of online romance scams where a victim was reportedly scammed out of US$500,000.

To report a scam in Waterloo Region, go to https://bit.ly/3zjk9WM or call 519-570-9777.


Story behind the story: Two women approached the Times after they allege they were the victims of a romance scam by a Cambridge man. They want to make sure other women don’t fall into that trap.

Source: Bill Doucet, cambridgetimes.ca