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Thursday, January 9, 2014

How To Succeed as a Private Investigator : A Step By Step Guide To a Career in Investigations

Celebrity Private Investigator to the stars, Ed Opperman, reveals his tricks of the trade. Learn how to be successful in a career as a private investigator with this step by step guide to investigations. Whether you're just starting out or have years of experience already as an investigator you will benefit from the wealth of knowledge contained in this book. You can learn all about state licensing requirements, laws, essential education and equipment. Step by step guides to asset search investigations, background checks, criminal records checks, locates, skip tracing, telephone investigations, PO Box breaks and much much more. Ed reveals his top secret techniques of email trace investigations including a subpena template, contact information for custodian of records at ISPs. Social network investigations and online infidelity investigations. CreateSpace eStore:

Friday, September 13, 2013

George Zimmerman Trayvon Martin Verdict Is In!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Can A Husband Or Wife Spy On Their Spouse's Emails?

If you suspect your husband of infidelity you may be tempted to hack into his email account in order to read his private emails. This could be a huge mistake. Even if you suspect your man is cheating you do not have a right to invade another persons privacy with email hacking. In fact recently a husband who logged onto his wife's email account was arrested and is now facing up to 5 years in prison.

This man is being charged with felony computer misuse, and faces up to five years in prison after logging into the email account of now ex-wife on a shared laptop using her password.
So while it may be tempting to try to do it yourself when investigating infidelity it's really something that's best left up to the professionals. A professional investigator will know what is and isn't legal when investigating infidelity. Had this man consulted with a professional he could have saved himself a great deal of time, money and aggravation.

There are many legal ways through digital forensics to obtain evidence of infidelity. There are also methods to trace emails to online dating sites and social networks that will return the evidence of infidelity you are seeking. if a professional is investigating and obtaining this evidence they will know how to carefully document their efforts and maintain a chain of custody so that the evidence can be used in court.

As an investigator many times a client will contact me and ask me to get their spouses email passwords or commit some other kind of crime. As a professional it's up to me to explain what can and cannot be done legally.

Computer forensics, cell phone forensics, Internet infidelity searches are just a few ways to legally recover evidence of cheating spouse activity. But these are only a few of the things a professional investigator can do for you to expose a cheating spouse. Legally.

It's so important to remember that every step taken in any investigation must be done in complete compliance with all the applicable laws. Before consulting with a private detective be sure to ask if they have experience in this field of investigation. Be wary of online web sites offering do it yourself spy gear and wire tapping equipment. while it may be lawful for them to sell the devices it still may be illegal for you to misuse the equipment to spy or your husband or wife.

Ed Opperman is President of Opperman Investigations Inc. If you need help with a Computer Hard Drive Examination investigation visit
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Friday, April 19, 2013

Celebrity Private Investigator Ed Opperman Signs Book Deal


Celebrity Private Investigator Ed Opperman Signs Book Deal

Ed Opperman, the well known PI to the stars, has signed a book deal with noted writer/ editor David Heintzelman. The book, working title "How To Become a PI," will be a step by step "How To" guide for people interested in a career in the field of investigation, those already working in investigation and looking to increase their knowledge base, and for anyone who is just curious about how to Private Investigators uncover the truth.

Colorado Springs Colorado 04/16/2013 – Ed Opperman of Opperman Investigations Inc, the Private Investigator and Digital Forensic Investigator known for his involvement in many high profile celebrity investigations, such as Tiger Woods, Todd Palin, and Aston Kutcher is putting his years of experience into an easy to follow "how to" book. The book will cover the many areas of expertise that has brought Ed into the public spotlight; email tracing, digital forensics and data recovery, Internet Infidelity Investigations, cyber stalking investigations and more.

"This is the kind of book I wish I had when I was young and trying to break into the profession," says Opperman. "But it will also address the questions I get everyday from seasoned investigators interested in expanding their practice into computer and Internet Investigations"

The book will also cover state licensing laws, telephone recording laws, GLB Compliant Asset Search Investigations and much more. PI Opperman will also be sharing some of his sources he has gathered over the years.

"Everything from running a license plate to testifying in court as an expert witness will be covered," says Opperman.

The book will be available on Amazon as well as Mr. Opperman's web site and at many of Opperman's public speaking engagements.

All those interested in a copy can attend The Super Soldier Summit at The Fiesta in Henderson NV May 17th thru May 19th where Mr. Opperman with be featured as a speaker.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Is it Legal To Record Telephone Calls ?

By Ed Opperman
Yes, but before recording a call with a debt collector or collection agency representative, you must be aware of the guidelines and requirements, which are different under federal law and from state to state.

Federal recording law says that at least one party taking part in the call MUST consent to the recording. (18 U.S.C. Sec. 2511(2)(d)). This means recording a call you are not involved in is illegal throughout the U.S. UNLESS you are a business and the call is occurring on a phone line or extension you are paying for. Federal law applies when the phone call extends over state lines (example: a person in California calling a person or company in Texas).

Certain states require that for a phone call within the same state only ONE party (and this could be you) involved in a multi-party phone call (2 or more persons) need to give consent. Other states require that ALL parties involved in a phone call or conversation be made aware of the intent to record before you can actually proceed to record the call.

(only the party recording need consent)
Alabama Indiana New Jersey South Dakota
Alaska Iowa New Mexico Tennessee
Arizona Kansas New York Texas
Arkansas Kentucky North Carolina Utah
Colorado Louisiana North Dakota Vermont
Delaware Maine Ohio Virginia
Dst. Columbia Minnesota Oklahoma West Virginia
Georgia Mississippi Oregon Wisconsin
Hawaii Missouri Rhode Island Wyoming
Idaho Nebraska South Carolina
For informational purposes only and not legal advise.

All-party consent requires everyone within the conversation to be made aware or notified of intent to record the call.

(All parties must consent to the recording)
California Illinois Michigan Pennsylvania
Connecticut Maryland Montana Washington
Florida Massachusetts New Hampshire Nevada
For informational purposes only and not legal advise.

Recording Telephone Calls In Different States – Interesting Information
Arizona is a “one-party” state, ARS 13-3005.A(1)(2), and also permits a telephone “subscriber” (the person who orders the phone service and whose name is on the bill) to tape (intercept) calls without being a party to the conversation and without requiring any notification to any parties to the call, ARS 13-3012(5)(c).

California prohibits telephone monitoring or recording, including the use of information obtained through interception unless all parties to the conversation consent (California Penal Code Sections 631 & 632). There is no statutory business telephone exception and the relevant case law all but excludes this possibility. California courts have recognized “implied” consent as being sufficient to satisfy the statute where one party has expressly agreed to the taping and the other continues the conversation after having been informed that the call is being recorded. Violation is punishable by a fine of up to $2,500, imprisonment for not more than one year, or both. A civil plaintiff may recover the greater of $3,000 or three times the amount of any actual damages sustained.

Although California is a two-party state, it is also legal to record a conversation if you include a beep on the recorder and for the parties to hear.

Connecticut became a two-party consent approximately 3 years ago. The State Police in that state are strict and do the law. Especially interesting since their actions of illegally recording the telephone calls of prisoners at the individual barrack when arrested, are what led to the enactment of the two party law.

Illinois is a two-party state, by statute. However, case law from both the IL Supreme Court and various Illinois appellate courts have declared Illinois a one-party state in the case of private citizens (businesses and plain folks – NOT law enforcement). The reigning consensus is that one-party consensual recording is merely “enhanced note-taking” and since some folks have total recall without recording, how can the other party have any expectation of privacy to a conversation held with another person.

Illinois requires prior consent of all participants to monitor or record a phone conversation. Ill. Rev. Stat. Ch. 38, Sec. 14-2. There is no specific business telephone exception, but in general courts have found extension telephones do not constitute eavesdropping devices. Criminal penalties for unlawful eavesdropping include up to three years’ imprisonment or $10,000 in fines and the civil remedy provides for recovery of actual and punitive damages.

In the state of Illinois it is illegal to monitor cordless phones.

In the state of Indiana it is one party authorization. As far as what is admissible in court it is still being tested per each case individually by the prosecutors office in the county in which the investigation or case was done.

Massachusetts requires consent of al parties unless another exception applies (Massachusetts Gen. Laws Ann. ch. 272, Sec. 99). Telephone equipment, which is furnished to a phone company subscriber and used in the ordinary course of business, is excluded from the definition of unlawful interception devices (Id. at 99(B)(3)). Office intercommunication systems used in the ordinary course of business are similarly exempt (Id. at 99(D)(1)(b)). The criminal penalty is a fine of up to $10,000, imprisonment for up to five years, or both. In civil litigation, an injured party may recover actual and punitive damages as well as costs and fees. It is a separate violation to divulge or use the information garnered through unlawful interception and an additional penalty of up to two years in prison or $5,000 may be imposed on this count.

New York
New York is a one party state, however some courts will not admit an interview with a witness to an event if they were not informed they were being recorded. Apparently the judge may use his discretion.

Pennsylvania requires the consent of all parties. 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. Sec. 5704(4) with the following exception: any individual may record a phone conversation without the other party’s consent if:

1. The non-consenting party threatens the life or physical well being of the consenting party, or any member of his/her family.

2. The non-consenting party commits any criminal action (the statute specifically uses the example of telling the consenting party that they have marijuana they want the consenter to buy, but does state ANY criminal act).

Felony penalties may be imposed for violation of the Pennsylvania statute

Washington requires the consent of all parties. Some companies manage to work around that by going to the Indian reservations or any federally owned property to make the call – Federal law is a one party consent.

Wisconsin is currently a one-party state though recent attempts in the legislature there have attempted, unsuccessfully so far, to change it to two-party. Even so, any evidence gathered by a one-party consensual recording is inadmissible except in murder or drug cases, as they say.

The Wisconsin Stats 885.365 Recorded telephone conversation (1) states “Evidence obtained as the result of the use of voice recording equipment for recording of telephone conversations, by way of interception of a communication or in any other number, shall be totally inadmissible in the court of this state in civil actions, except as provided by 968.28 to 968.37.” Exceptions are it the party is informed before the recording is informed at the time that the conversation is being recorded and that any evidence thereby obtained may be used in a court of law or such recording is made through a recorder connector proved by the telecommunications utility as defined in WI Stats 968.28 – 968.37 (which is the stat for court ordered wiretaps) which automatically produces a distinctive recorder tone that is repeated at intervals of approximately 15 seconds. Fire department or law enforcement agencies are exempt as are court ordered wire tapes.

Also a recording on the phone made from a out of state call or made to an out of state party, has to have the party informed of the recording and his consent or the tone on line, every 15 seconds, or a consent in writing before the recording is started.

Needless to say this does not allow a person not a party to the conversation to record any part of the conversation without the parties to the conversation being informed the third party is recording the conversation.

Electronic Communications Privacy Act. United States Code. Title 18. Crimes And Criminal Procedure. Part I – Crimes. Chapter 119 – Wire And Electronic Communications Interception And Interception Of Oral Communications.
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press: A Practical Guide to Taping Phone Calls and In-Person Conversations in the 50 States and D.C.
Broadcast of Telephone Conversations, 47 C.F.R. §73.1206 (1989)
P.L. 99-508 (“The Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986″), amending 18 U.S.C. § 2510 -…
18 U.S.C. § 2510 – … (1999) (Wire and Electronic Communications Interception and Interception of Oral Communications)
FCC Consumer Information Bureau
“Recording Telephone Conversations”
“Interception And Divulgence Of Radio Communications”
U.S. Department of Justice
USA Bulletin, September 1997 Vol. 45, No. 5, 6. Electronic Investigative Techniques I, II:,
Telephone Tape Recording Law. Ralph Thomas. National Association Of Investigative Specialists.

Ed Opperman is the president of Opperman Investigations Inc He is also the owner of He invites you to visit his blog where he gives step by step instruction, advice and warnings on how to become a private investigator.Including, State by State licensing requirements, PI schools and reputable Integrity Investigation companies

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Legal Reasons To Hire An Investigator To Locate A Persons Place Of Employment

Is it legal to hire a private investigator to locate a persons current place of employment? The answer depends on the motive behind your request. There are many perfectly legal and legitimate reasons to locate someone's place of work or current job but there are also many motives that could land you in big trouble. This article will attempt to outline some of the legitimate reasons and also some motives that may not fall under permissible reasons.

For instance if your intentions is to stalk, threaten, intimidate or harass then obviously you do not have a legitimate reason. You are committing a serious crime. If the investigator uncovers this motive he is obligated to report you to the police. But what if you have a crush on someone and want to know where they work to casually run into them? Is that legitimate or authorized reason? The answer is no. A person has a reasonable expectation of privacy and it should not be violated for frivolous reasons.

An example of a legitimate reason would be a place of employment locate to serve a subpoena. If you have a summons or subpoena and have attempted to serve at all other known addresses you can permissibly attempt to locate a work address to serve process. Another authorized reason would be to serve the employer with an income execution or child support order to garnish the subjects wages. In child support cases you may also need to determine their current employment to show their actual salary and wages for a court appearance to obtain child support.

Perhaps you have a court judgment and want to see where they work to collect on your judgment. This is also a very legitimate reason for a POE or place of employment locate search. Another reason might be a workman's comp type case. Perhaps a person is collecting benefits because they claim they are unable to work. A place of employment locate could be just the proof needed to show that the person is falsely or illegally obtaining insurance payments when they actually are capable of working.

If you believe you have a legitimate reason that is not covered here in this article you should consult with a private investigator to be sure that you are not violating a persons right to privacy before investigating their work address or place of employment. It's always best to consult with a professional that has experience in this field of investigation before possibly getting yourself in trouble.

Copyright (c) 2011 Opperman Investigations Inc
Ed Opperman invites you to visit his online investigation website. He offers employment locate, internet infidelity investigations, email tracing, telephone investigations, and a lot more. To learn more about employment locate and other useful information please click here now:===>
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Friday, February 8, 2013

What To Do If You Think Someone Is Spying On Your Emails?

Do you suspect that your email account has been hacked and that someone is accessing your account and reading your private emails? This is far more common than you might think. Many people are victim to this kind of intrusion but do not know what to do about it. Often if you go to family, friends or even the police your suspicions will not be taken seriously. So what do you do if you think you're hacked and your email privacy has been invaded.

Now if you do an Internet search on this topic you'll find dozens of suggestions on how to change your passwords and choose a secure password etc but unfortunately none of those suggestions will help you locate and identify the person that has hacked you and has been spying on you.. In most cases it won't really stop the activity anyway. But in this article we are not going to discuss prevention at all. It's too late. If you're reading this far chances are you've been hacked and you want a solution.

There are private investigators that offer a hacked email account investigation. This type of investigation will remotely monitor your email account for signs of unauthorized intrusion. This is the quickest and easiest way to catch someone in the act of invading your privacy.

Now the most important thing to remember is hat when you contact the investigator to retain the services you do not use the email account or computer that you believe is hacked. Because if you do the hacker will see that you are investigating him and this will make things far more difficult.

But if you have already tipped off the hacker and now they know you are on to him all is not lost. You may not be able to lay in wait and catch them in the act but a forensic examination of your computers hard drive may be able to discover evidence of not only unauthorized access but also the email address or FTP connection where your private information has been sent. In fact you may even get the password of that connection. Completely turning the tables on your stalker.

So if you think someone is spying on your emails, by hacking into your computer there are very simple inexpensive ways to locate and identify that stalker and document enough evidence to bring them to justice.

Copyright (c) 2011 Opperman Investigations Inc
Ed Opperman is Pres Of Opperman Investigations Inc. If you suspect someone is reading your emails you need a hacked email account investigation. Visit to locate or identify the hacker.
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