Trying to Run an Asset Search Online? Good Luck!

Trying to do an asset search online? It's not easy. The asset investigation results can be as jumbled as this pile of suitcases. When you need quick, accurate, and affordable asset search results, seek experienced asset search companies who you can trust.

If you spend any amount of time in front of the television, you've probably seen an infomercial - or three - for companies promising to find information you need such as locating people and property, or verifying an individual's commercial/private assets. This type of ad is prevalent on the radio and even pops up as web banners.

You might have been tempted to respond to one of these ads. Or perhaps you have tried to conduct an online asset search of your own, and the unsatisfactory results led you to search for more reputable asset search companies. The reality is that most online asset search companies do not have your individual interests in mind. They are focused on profit, rather than customer service and satisfactory follow-through.

Small asset search companies are  more reliable than call-centers for accurate asset investigation

If you are thinking about utilizing an online information search service, it is worth it to find a reputable, licensed private investigation company to do the work for you.  Unfortunately, companies that advertise the loudest often charge you to perform an asset investigation that is no more thorough than one you can perform yourself, using the average internet search engine. These amateur searches can only provide the bare minimum of information.

Using an experienced and state licensed private investigator you are guaranteed to work with trained experts. They will remain in contact with you until they have completed your search and have done everything possible to bring you the best results.

Here are some questions you should ask before you give your hard earned money, and privacy-sensitive information, to a company that performs online search services:

Are they licensed? You always want to make sure that anyone handling your personal information has relevant experience, is trained accordingly and will treat your case with respect.  Asset companies should not hesitate to tell you about their employee training and/or licensing procedures. You can check the status of any real private investigator's license online, on the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services website. If a company doesn't have a current license, they should not be soliciting clients and don't deserve your business.

A thought to consider: Even though a business carries a state issued Private Investigator's license, is the licensee the one performing the service for you? Can you actually determine whether the licensee is the person you are dealing with? Is this person really qualified to work for you? Be careful. Asset investigation involves very sensitive information. You want to keep the information as safe as possible.

Do they remain up to date on current technology and digital record trends? Many companies advertising their online asset search services are nothing more than a staff of data entry clerks with average internet skills. They work under another person's license just to remain legal and access the company's in-house system of old, watered down, partial or incomplete records.

If your asset search requires expertise beyond average, old, and outdated public record information, they will not be able to complete your query to your expectations. The world of technology, and information, is constantly changing and evolving. You need to be sure the asset companies you consider have access to the most up-to-date and relevant data bases available, otherwise you are paying for glorified online search services.

How will I know if I will be charged too much? If an online search company provides a standardized list of prices for specific services rendered, beware! It most likely overcharges for simple queries - or undercharges for more difficult requests, knowing it will provide you with bare minimum results. They will then attempt to up-sell you on additional searches that still don't lead to the most up-to-date asset investigation information. What's worse, spending $39.95 for bad information and having to start all over with new asset search companies, or spending $95.00 for the most current information available?

Mike Garroutte, owner of Linked Investigations, is the owner and lead investigator of a respected team of experienced Los Angeles and Orange County private investigators. We take the time to consult with you and assess your asset search needs during our free consultation. A quote will be provided according to your request. We will ensure you understand your options and are comfortable with the cost for services before proceeding.

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June 1, 2013
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