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InvestiDate: How to Investigate Your Date: The Liars, Cheaters, Con Artists and Convicts Won't Stand a Chance! Paperback – March 1, 2012
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Maria Coder is the author of InvestiDate: How to Investigate Your Date and founder of www.InvestiDateYourDate.com. Formerly a crime and general assignment reporter, Maria now teaches single men and women how to perform their own background checks.
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What I liked about this book was that its main theme was to open your eyes to the huge impact technology has on the way we meet and interact with people. It also allows you see that while we are all surrounded by technology many people either do not know how to use this technology OR are not aware of all the things available on the internet.
There are references to web sites in almost all the pages. I found myself reading the book for part of the time and checking out all of the websites referenced the other part of the time.
The end note of the book is for you to put yourself out there to meet people; in an informed and safe way.
There's no index of online sources here, no reference run-down of website addresses at the end of the book. The addresses of all the recommended websites are imbedded in the text. These addresses are not even highlighted or printed in bold type. So you can't quickly pick them out. In other words, you have to read the whole book in order to get suggestions for ways of checking up on people. You have to read this book and take notes BEFORE you start meeting strangers.
Perhaps author Maria Coder purposely omitted having any easy listing of resources in order to make people buy the book, rather than cull from it as they stand in the bookstore. However, she does include a list of her own websites on the back page where you can get more information on Investidating.
As you read through these pages, you'll find suggestions on how to verify:
Military history (although the availability of these details is limited, and varies by State)
Outgoing Voicemail message (while yourself remaining anonymous)
Outgoing Voicemail messages of those who call in to the individual (if you can gain brief access to your target's cell phone and want to verify if that person who just called during dinner was indeed a male business associate or was in fact a sultry-sounding woman)
Business licenses held
The author also includes some more unusual, unsuspected ways of checking up on a person. One of the most interesting websites she recommends is GenderGenie which ostensibly can help you determine if that person you are corresponding with online is actually a male or a female. You'll need to submit a fairly lengthy sample of the person's writing to the website in order to get a male/female score. The formula the producers of this website use to assess that information is not infallible. It adjudged me to be a man (I'm not) - but by a bare margin of the tally.
"Investidate" also gives tips on how to help insure your safety on a date by rigging your cell phone with alarm messages and tracking signals.
This book seems to be self-published. It's loosely formatted, looking almost like a bound set of mimeographed pages. The style is conversational, breezy, like girlfriends chatting. This is OK, but it might not be what you're looking for if you want a more formal text that would really help you become a private eye.
Turned out the guy was released from prison for robbery and beating a guy severely.
Now with the information that this book offers, one could find out this and other information via the Internet. Much cheaper and simpler!
Thanks to the author for giving us tips and web sites to check out.
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examples of mistakes we all make and how not to repeat them.