individual was falsely claiming welfare
benefits while running a
web-based business out of his home.
What I learned through
this course helped me track down his website and
prove that it belonged
Ministry of Human Resources; Prevention, Compliance,
& Enforcement Branch; Abbotsford, B.C.
was taking this course at the time we were doing an investigation of an
international fraudster. It made me realize how important checks on the
Internet are to an investigator. Running my suspect's
name was a turning point in the file ....
Source: RCMP Officer,
Commercial Crime Section,
Finds Missing Website
In April 2001, the
arrested a suspected Ku Klux Klan grand wizard and charged him with
possession of explosives and illegal guns. His KKKanada website had
value, but it had already been taken down. "Internet for
Investigations" taught me that old versions
of websites are sometimes stored on the Internet. I used Google to find
a cached version of the KKKanada site. This became part of the evidence
package put before the Crown Prosecutor.
Division NSIS, Vancouver, B.C.
"Two women, whom I'll call "Pearl"
had traveled together
on several occasions over many years. Gradually, however, they had lost
touch with one another. Anxious to find her old friend, Pearl called me
one day to see if I could locate Ethel for her. Since the Salvation
Army Family Tracing Service only re-unites family members, I decided to
take this case personally. Using Ethel's old address, I looked up the
names of her former neighbors with Infospace. From the list of
neighbors, I chose six who appeared to be of the same ethnicity as the
missing travelling companion. I wrote them all, explaining the
situation. As it happened, one knew where their former neighbor had
moved. After many years apart, Pearl and Ethel were reunited. In
appreciation, Pearl made a generous donation to the Salvation Army."
Source: Les Blanchard,
Salvation Army Family Tracing Service
"As my "Profile" assignment for the
decided to research a
publicly-traded company that I thought would be a good investment.
Searching commercial databases I found that several financial analysts
had forecasted the share price to hit the $43-$45 range within 12
months so I bought the stock. Right now, it's worth $38 a share - up $7
since I bought it."
Source: Jacob Hung,
Information Security Specialist, Telus Communications Inc.
mid 1998, eight hundred feet of railway track belonging to a bankrupt
firm disappeared. Care and control of the property had passed through a
number of hands, but no one was talking so I turned to the Internet.
Using Altavista, I searched for the company's name. One of the hits I
got was a request for bids made by the City of Vancouver. A contact
name was provided so I followed up. As it turned out, when I contacted
this individual he was able to provide me with lots of valuable
information. Until then, no one would provide witness information
because they were fearful of liability. Finding this individual was a
major break in the case and I couldn't have done it without the
police officer with 15
the Summer and Fall of 1997, a small securities dealer struggled to
open its doors. The venture collapsed in January 1998 amid unpaid bills
and allegations of
unlicenced trading. No one knew where to find an individual who had
important role, but left the company prior to its collapse. Directory
Assistance was no help, but a search of the Internet found
a resume for the person. This led to an e-mail address. A dialog began.
Within four hours, a
witness statement was obtained which proved crucial to the
investigator with a Canadian
client asked me if I could find a long lost college friend. Although
last name was fairly common, I knew that he had been an Arctic
explorer. Using a search engine
I found a web site / technical / academic paper that referenced a paper
he wrote in 1972. From there,
I checked library catalogues and found a later paper - 1997 - that he
wrote and was part of the
proceedings for a technical conference he helped sponsor. From there, I
cruised the proceedings,
which included the speakers' professional affiliations and work place.
I checked his work place -
no phone #, all under construction - but the professional organization
had a list of members and email addresses. Bingo! I contacted him,
verified he was the right guy, then passed the information back to my
client. They are meeting next Fall to take a cruise up the Inside
Passage. The whole project took an hour on the Net. Very, very fun."
Source: Syd Lapan, True