July 14, 2008

Knowing the prices and services available

The private investigation industry in the Philippines is booming. Mainly, it is the developing status of the Philippines and its high level of corruption that creates the need to have both individuals and businesses checked out. Aside from the economic factor of fraud in the Philippines, the nation is also known for its large exportation of brides, relationship scams and business fraud. Contracting a competent investigator is often essential in the Philippines. Finding a good one, however, is not so easy.

The businesses operating in the Philippines, on average, offer a lower quality of service that is offered by most Western firms. There are exceptions, but this is simply the reality of a poor, under-developed nation. When searching for a professional private investigation company, we strongly recommend choosing one that is based and managed by U.S., Canadian or European ownership. The difference is often more qualified investigators, better customer service and reliable reporting.

Be wary of any investigator in the Philippines who does not have a professional website, requests payment via Western Union or similar cash transfer, is unable to write professional emails, or one that cannot speak and write proper English. If there are no references available, or no positive mention of the person or company can be found on the internet, buyer beware!

Look for a professional investigator that is Western owned, responds promptly with professional, well written emails, is available for a phone conversation, charges reaonable rates and accepts credit cards via a secure internet connection, can provide at least one positive reference in the form of a former client, has a professional website, and has positive references about the firm on the internet. Our favorites and the leader in the Philippines for professional investigation continues to be Philippine PI, with Philippines private detectives throughout the country.

Finally, when seeking a PI in the Philippines, beware of very low prices. These low price offers can be tempting, but more often than not, it is money lost to a local criminal or person portraying himself to be a professional. If something seems too good to be true, well, it probably is. The focus should be finding the most qualified service at a fair price. It's worth it.

All the Best,

Simon Birch
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