Hiring a fraud investigator can potentially be an overwhelming experience. Chances are, the reasons for your search stemmed from something that has gone terribly wrong; perhaps you are concerned about discrepancies or have other reasons to suspect fraud. But whatever the reason, having a better understanding the nature of forensic investigation will help you better determine the right company for your situation.
Before you hire any company for this type of work, a quick check on their background and credentials can go a long way. Furthermore, there are many federal and state laws applicable to the field of forensic investigation, and you should ensure the investigator is qualified to practice in the state your case is in.
Check basic information such as:
Also, depending on your case, you may want to inquire about the forensic investigators ability to operate on an international level. This necessity is common in international trade cases or where the person(s) liable reside in another country. Translators and an understanding of international law can make or break a case.
When contacting a forensic company, asking specific question can help you get a feel for how easy the investigators are to work with, if they are competent in their field, and how easy they will be to work with in the long run. Many investigators offer an initial phone consultation free of charge, so call and see how they can help; then make your choice.
Some helpful questions may include:
Fraud investigations can be very sensitive and difficult cases, so in the end our recommendation is to find an investigator who has a combination of qualifications and experience for the job.