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Online Background Checks & Assets Verification Printable Ver.3.0 English

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This coursebook is developed as a Self-Study Training Guide and will serve to assist you in preparing for the Online Background Checks & Assets Verification Certification of Subject Proficiency Exam. The Internet has become the primary tool for information gathering, and all sorts of digit ...Read more
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This coursebook is developed as a Self-Study Training Guide and will serve to assist you in preparing for the Online Background Checks & Assets Verification Certification ...


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This coursebook is developed as a Self-Study Training Guide and will serve to assist you in preparing for the Online Background Checks & Assets Verification Certification of Subject Proficiency Exam.

The Internet has become the primary tool for information gathering, and all sorts of digital data are available in archives and specialized repositories.  Performing an online search for data has become easier for investigative research and background checks of a business or individuals. However, over the past few years, the border between public information and private information has become blurred due to the Internet accessible public and private information vendors. Besides, the abundance of free and volunteered information uploads come in handy as well. Both the social media and the search engine vendors have become the main drivers of information collection. On the other hand, the traditional data miners for public data such as government institutions (federal, state, and municipalities) continues to collect vital information about businesses and individuals. The Freedom of Information laws (FOI laws) allow access by the public to data held by their governments. As an online researcher, it is an excellent opportunity to learn what data is available in digital formats? Where and how to get this data? And how to use it without legal constraints? – In these lessons that follow in Module 10, we will discuss and address these questions.

The book is a comprehensive instructional text with examples, citations of cases, and case laws application in real life cases. The book has practice exam questions and answers that will prepare students for the certification exam.

Please note: Passing this course will earn you a credit for the CIRS examination module 10, in case you choose to prepare for the CIRS Certification exam.

This Module has two (2) units

Private & Public Information, Source & Reports - Unit 24

One of the most challenging public policy issues of our time is the balancing act between access to public records and personal privacy - To obtain and use information within the restraints of the law, it is vital to understand what type of information is available legally for the public use? and which requires special permission (being private)? and conditions of its being used. We will answer these questions and provide several examples and a list of information types that fall in public and private domains. In this unit we have technically, divided Internet information sources in two (2) categories regarding information types:

  1. Public records and public information, and;
  2. Private information.

Topics Covered

  • What’s in Your Public Record?
  • Information Excluded from the Public Record
  • Public Information and Data for Restricted Use – In Specific Circumstances by Authorization
  • Certain Government Records Are Considered Confidential or Private
  • How to Obtain Certain Types of Restricted and Private Information or Data in Following Situations:
    • How to Obtain Criminal Investigation Records that are Not Public Records?
    • How to Obtain Government Records that are Considered Confidential or Private? E.g.:
      • Social welfare information, including Medicare records.
      • Social Security information.
      • ITIN Number
      • Tax information.
      • School records.
      • Medical Records and Health Records
      • Credit Bureau Reports
  • How to Obtain Protected Information Without Consent or Legal Purpose? E.g.: Bank Account Details, Financial Records, Phone Records Etc.
  • How and When to Obtain Protected Information Without Consent or Legal Purpose?
  • Types of Online Investigative Search - Background Check and Hidden Asset Search
  • Approach to Investigative Research Online
    • Facts Confirmation
    • Evidence Collection or E-Discovery
      • Methods and Techniques of Capture and Collecting Online Web Content for Evidence. (includes, multimedia embedded tags in videos, Images, voice)
      • Capturing Location Data from Mobile Devices
      • Collecting Online Data for Ongoing Investigations (Videos, CCTV, Location, Surveillance, Accomplices, Landmarks Etc.)
      • Legal Requirement of Digital Evidence Collection & Preservation
      • Social Media Data for Multifaceted Information for Evidences in Criminal and Civil Proceeding and Litigations.
  • Deriving Investigative Inferences
  • Methods of Recovering Social Media Account and Other Web Pages (or the information on pages) that were Online Previously but got Deleted or were Altered.
  • Investigative Research - “Red-Flag” Indicators when searching for a person or a business website on social media web pages – when investigating:
    • Finances and Financial Trails
    • Profession or Professional Concerns for Third Parties
    • Legal Issues Concerning Person or their Businesses
    • Criminal Involvement
  • Types of Online Search Reports – Includes Samples of Real Search Reports Available Online
    • Social Media Search Reports (Forensic Investigation in Social Media Evidence)
    • Personal Background Search
    • Bank Accounts Search Reports
    • Real Property Reports
    • Nationwide Bank & Brokerage Search Reports
    • Due Diligence Reports
    • Current Employment Search or Pre-Employment Search
    • Identify Employer Identification Number
    • Social Security No. Search
    • Skip-Trace Search
    • Bankruptcy Records, Liens and Judgements Search
    • Civil Court Records Search
    • Marriage and Family Court Records
    • Credit Bureau Reports (or Consumer Credit Reports)
    • The "Investigative Consumer Reports"
    • Specialized Consumer Reports from Bureaus
    • Reports on Trust-worthiness and Risk Management Data of Businesses
    • Other Specialized Reports
      • Employment Screening Reports
      • Tenant Screening Reports
      • Check and Bank Screening Reports
      • Personal Property Insurance Reports
      • Medical Information Reports
      • Low-income and subprime
      • Utilities Companies Data Exchange Reports
      • Retail Business “Merchandise Return Analytics & Fraud Prevention Reports”
      • Small Business Database and Reports
  • Online Database for Investigating Frauds, Scams and Other Crimes
  • Example: How to Check if an Educational Institutions is Legitimate? and Method of Examining Educational Credentials (Degrees, Certifications and Grade Sheets) for Fake Documents?
International Money Laundering Schemes & Foreign Assets Detection - Unit 25

Inclusive Online Training Resources

Online resources provide a variety of tools you can use to supplement the Official Courseware. This course contains the following online resources:

Exam Guide

Exam Guide

A guide that is all about suggesting approach and tips for passing your exams. The topics in this guide are based on feedback and most common questions asked by other candidates. It identifies topics that most students find difficult to comprehend and suggest the best approach to overcome difficulty barrier.

Online Mock Exams

Online Mock Exams

Registered students can practice real mock exams that simulate the exact same final exam pattern and similar questions. Questions are rotated at random in each section of the exams as you will find in real exams with exam re-takes. 

Online Exam Preparation Support

Online Exam Preparation Support

Students are given an online chat support by appointment to orient them and guide them for study programs and to answer their concerns and questions about the CIRS examination. [This is not a tutoring support, but a live guide from our Course Development and Examination Board volunteer members]

Unlimited Access to Research Paper & Videos

Unlimited Access to Research Paper & Videos

Access to AIRS online available research papers and subject related video clips - These are a collection of links from external sources.  Students will find these useful as references that assist in clarifying and learning concepts and topics that are part of the CIRS exam curriculum.

Supplemental Notes

Supplemental Notes

These are the learning material that is included as information and notes that either compliment the main topics in the syllabus or assist with difficult and complex topics that require elaboration or further explanations for students.

Note: The hard copies of the Self-Study Guide are available for purchase by students in the Americas, Western Europe, Australia, and Oceania only. International students who order the electronic version of the course will receive the electronic (non-printable) online version of the Self-Study Guide and Workbook.

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