Posts Categorized: Investigations

The Importance of Businesses Doing Due Diligence in Latin America

In an ideal world, there would be no corruption or bribery in business matters. However, we live in an imperfect world, and for some places and some people, corruption and bribery are the norm. If you’re a business that’s wanting to do business in Latin America, then it’s important you do “due diligence” before you… Read more »

Trademark Scams: What to Watch For

Obtaining and then protecting a trademark can be an arduous task. From dealing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to keeping those who want to infringe upon your trademark at bay, you have to be on the ball at all times to protect your trademarked idea or product. It also means you have to… Read more »

Investigate Digital Crime With Computer Forensics

It is very easy for hackers and other computer savvy criminals to commit digital fraud today. We require digital security for almost everything in this day and age. Much of our personal and classified business information exists online, from banking information to addresses, medical records and Social Security. It is important to have a trustworthy… Read more »

Dealing With Threats from Within

When a company is still relatively small, it’s easy for the owner of that company to keep an eye on everything that’s going on with its employees. However, as a company grows, it can be more and more difficult to keep track of those working for the business. As a result, many companies end up… Read more »

Protecting Your Intellectual Property and Licenses

Intellectual Property

After you start a business, you spend years and years building up your name, familiarizing people with your logo, and creating products that are unique to your company. That’s why you should do everything in your power to prevent another business from coming along and using your intellectual property or licenses without your permission. Your… Read more »

Due Diligence Investigations Help Verify Your Partners, Employees

Building an effective team is a critical process for every business, and having trustworthy partners and employees can make or break a business. The importance of a trusted, solid team of employees and partners becomes even more important for companies that operate internationally. Due diligence investigations with SMG Consulting Services can help to verify your… Read more »

Navigating Asset Recovery Investigations in Latin America

The international marketplace is brimming with opportunity, but it’s also fraught with danger. All’s well when everything goes as planned, but what would you do if a huge shipment to a Latin American country never arrived at the warehouse? International merchants know that when you do business in other countries, asset loss is a very… Read more »

How To Keep Your Business Safe From Money Laundering

money laundering

To launder money means to take money that was made through illegal gains, and pass it through our financial systems to hide its origins. The object of money laundering, is to make ill-gotten funds appear legitimate; thereby making it spendable. Smaller businesses are often used for cash laundering. Employees and executives who work for small… Read more »

Facts and Statistics on Kidnapping in Latin America

Many seasoned travelers know how to stay safe when exploring destinations outside the U.S. Latin America, in particular, is a vast area with many differences in culture and exposure to crime. Being kidnapped is a huge fear for many travelers considering visiting Latin American countries. Is this fear rational or based on myths and outdated… Read more »

The Importance of Computer Forensic Investigations

Computer forensics, a branch of digital forensic science, handles crime evidence legally found on computer hard drives and all digital storage files and software. Its goal is to thoroughly, forensically examine these digital files and content, to uncover and analyze the data for the reporting of facts and educated opinions about the information retrieved.  … Read more »

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