Looking For Love in All the Wrong Places – Catfish Tales
Robert Mann of Worldwide Intelligence Network has been at the helm of his company for twenty-six years providing private investigation services. It seems incomprehensible at times when his firm receives requests from both men and women asking if we can locate and identify someone they met online. They are referring to people they met on online dating sites and they truly believe they are in love with that person even though they never met that individual in person. As it turns out. one of our female clients was conned into sending her alleged lover a large amount of money and afterward he simply disappeared. It is astonishing to hear the same story over and over again and it breaks our hearts to learn how so many naïve men and women lose so much of their hard earned money not to mention heir self esteem because of being conned and losing all hope to ever fall in love again. The schemers are males and females behind these cons and they are very good at pushing just the right buttons when corresponding with their victims. They way it works as an example; The con-artists enroll in Match Maker type website. They post photographs of very handsome and attractive men and woman they found online and they register themselves with false identities and those photos. They then begin trolling those websites to bait their victims. Upon finding one, they reach out to them saying their profiles match very close because they have the same interest and some of the same favorite books and movies and etc. They establish a dialogue of which reveals that they live outside of the USA allegedly stuck in a country they cannot leave from until they pay a large amount of income tax to the foreign government of that country. They don’t ask their new online friend or lover for money immediately because they want to establish a bond that appears to be undeniably true love because true love never says no.
An Example of a Personal Investigation Services Case
Here’s an example of one such personal investigation services case we worked on. After sending two bank wires to someone she thought was truly in love with her that amounted to $25,000 she never heard from him again. There was a second con working her simultaneously and that person was a female who said she was the young man’s mother and she stated that she lived in the USA. The alleged mother not only corresponded with her via email she also called her via phone. The alleged mother filled in during the time gaps when her alleged son was busy working on other victims. Dearest mom played a roll of being kind and assuring until the $25,000 was wired made it their bank. A few weeks later both the alleged lover and his mother were back online trying to run a new con on our client who was then under our tutelage. The result of the investigation led us to an address in Alabama that looked like a shack. The second address turned up an operation in Nigeria where there was a boiler room type operation working with dozens of people on keyboards and scripts posted on the walls for them to quote from. The end result, was our client retained us to go to Alabama and work with the local police there who eventually arrested the phony mother who was no stranger to the police. During our investigation we presented our client with hard evidence that man’s photo who victimize her was posted on several dating sites all over the Internet and we found several other victims of this same person. The good news is our client did meet someone local and married him to our delight. May she live a joyful life. Our advise, never ever commit to sending money to someone you have never met in person and if something said to you doesn’t add up, take a pass.
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BIOGRAPHY OF AUTHOR ROBERT MANN
Robert was born in New York and as a youngster moved to California with his family where he now resides. Robert became an ardent reader of suspense novels and cultivated a passion for solving mysteries at a very young age. Twenty-six years ago he founded the Worldwide Intelligence Network which is an accomplished licensed California and New York Private Investigation company. Today his investigative skills encompass a broad range of diverse investigative assignments all presented on his company’s website.
Worldwide Intelligence Network’s investigative assignments have taken Robert around the world where he often worked alongside with associates native to the country where the assignments took him.
Several valued and well-respected prestigious law firms from coast to coast have retained the services of Worldwide Intelligence Network as well as public and private corporations, government agencies such as the County of Los Angeles and the City Attorney of Los Angeles, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Los Angeles. Robert and his team of investigators serve small business owners, multi-national corporations, celebrities, and high-net-worth individuals. Worldwide Intelligence Network is ranked among the “Five Best Private Investigation Companies in America” by Conde Nast Publications.
Culturally savvy and globally-minded; Robert became an expert at interviewing, researching, assessing, writing/editing, and reporting with a keen understanding of the law, evidentiary procedures, and validation of admissible evidence, as well as applicable fraud statues at the State and Local levels.
One of Robert’s most memorable investigations took place in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (formally Saigon) where he was retained to conduct an extraordinary challenging and dangerous investigation of his client’s son’s murder. After concluding that investigation and identifying the killers, Robert felt compelled to write a novel “The Assignment” that was published and received excellent reviews.
Robert was continually being asked to provide Bodyguard services by his clients, and thus he acquired a license to offer Bodyguard Services around the world. SOME OF ROBERT’S INVESTIGATIVE ACHIEVEMENTS ARE:
He has saved his insurance company clients hundreds of thousands of dollars by exposing fraudulent claims.
He located millions of dollars of embezzled funds overseas which led to a very favorable settlement.
He prevented an innocent client from being convicted of bribing a Federal Agent; The case was dismissed.
He located two runaway children within hours of their parent's requests.
He exposed a criminal conspiracy perpetrated by father and son upon an elderly woman with a terminal illness. Both were captured and convicted to five years in prison.
He revealed both unfaithful and faithful spouses in hundreds of infidelity assignments.
He identified who stole tens of thousands of dollars in jewelry from an elderly woman with dementia and had that person arrested.
Asked to locate an employee of a law firm who went missing he found out that she had been murdered by her significant other who when confronted by the Los Angeles Police Department, took his life.
Robert personally connects with all of his clients and potential clients to make sure they are presented with the best investigative options and personal protection services. ROBERT MANN’S CREDENTIALS AND AFFILIATIONS
California Private Investigator’s License, 14745
Private Investigator’s License New York, #0311124
California Private Patrol Operator’s License #15757
POST Certified on Background Investigations Course
Member of the California Association of Private Investigators CALI
Qualified Provider of MCLE by The California State Bar
Robert provides Pro Bono Investigative Services to the Public Counsel of Los Angeles.
Public Counsel is the largest pro bono law firm in the nation.