Looking for a PI in Costa Rica, before you hire a Costa Rica PI read this! Many times I receive calls from clients that are looking for a PI to conduct an investigation in Costa Rica and they are puzzled by the conflicting messages they get from people who hold themselves out as “the best” or “only” investigator here. Not all that hold themselves out to be investigators are competent or qualified to conduct an investigation.
Since Costa Rica has no regulatory oversight of the PI industry, anyone can make a website and claim anything they want. There are some who have previous governmental experience in technical areas such as computers, others with backgrounds in security, but investigations and more specifically sensitive investigations such as backgrounds and surveillance require the investigation be conducted discretely and confidentially. This means that your case is not shared via the social media to whole world. Check our Facebook page and see the content we publish and compare that to others.
Some of my clients have run into difficulties with some who have refused to verify who they are. Others have encountered some that try and overwhelm the client by telling them what they should do instead of listening to what the clients needs and objectives. Others who are investigators in the States have encountered threats if they suggest they would like to come here and participate in the investigation. Anytime a client senses that someone is telling them what they need instead of listening to the wants of the client, avoid them like plague. You as the client deserve and should expect a professional.
I have had clients that have asked for references from some of the people who hold themselves out to be PI’s and when checked the references have never heard of them! Some have contacted references and told the client to avoid any dealings with them. Don’t be afraid to ask for references and then call and talk to the references. Ask them about the person and if they are indeed the person they hold themselves out to be. Ask questions concerning cases that they have completed for the reference. Ask them if they were satisfied. Ask them how much they know about the PI.
Things to Avoid
Avoid a private investigator who wants you to send money via Western Union. When you send money via Western Union you are taking an unnecessary risk, especially if they want you to send it to a third party.
Avoid a private investigator with a “John Doe” name. You don’t know him. You don’t know me, ask for verification of identity.
Avoid a private investigator without the requisite skill set and resources to accomplish your mission.
Avoid a private investigator who is condescending or rude.
Avoid a private investigator who publishes your case on the social media such as Facebook. Go to their Facebook page and read the content. If what you read makes you uncomfortable, go to the next private investigator.