WARNING - Unscrupulous Agencies (Rogue Traders)
From the ABI, the key professional body for investigators
Once again the offer of employment on the back of paid for PI Training is doing the rounds - the lack of transparency emerging from these contracts and offers of work speaks for itself. Do not part with your money without checking with us first.
With the benefits of a digital world comes the power to deceive. The Investigation sector is not immune to such commercial threat. When looking for a local investigator a quick key word search on the Internet will point you to a myriad of impressive looking web sites carefully crafted to give the perception that the agency behind that digital shop front is able to provide coverage of the type of service you seek and in your area. Yet invariably the lack of transparency as to the ownership of the web site and professional accountability gives away a sinister intent.
The key ingredient to safeguard you against falling victim to a rogue PI business is ‘Accountability’. This comes with verifiable membership to The Association of British Investigators.
Such is the ABI kite mark and accreditation that many rogue agencies falsely claim membership or make deceptive reference to the ABI to hoodwink people searching for help. This deception does not usually end well for the client.
The ABI office receives complaints daily from unfortunate members of the public and some professionals too about the unscrupulous practices of rogue agencies masquerading as professional investigators.
Unfortunately, we are powerless to intervene when victims end up suffering losses after instructing and paying a non-ABI agency. The clients will inevitably also find themselves without recourse to any means of remedy.
The ABI will endeavour to assist victims or potential clients where possible.
We are unable to name and shame the rogue traders from the many brought to our attention.
Whilst many ABI members do not appear in the ABI directory their membership can be quickly verified by an email to Secretariat@theABI.org.uk or a telephone call to the ABI office +44 20 8191 7500. They may even appear in the new members’ register, click here.
Even if your chosen PI service provider does not claim affiliation to the ABI, please feel free to check with us first. We will be fair and frank.
Click below to listen to the May 2018 Radio 4 programme on PI scams: