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Infidelity Remains #1 Cause for Surveillance in the Philippines

Posted On   date14/07/2014

Infidelity Remains #1 Cause for Surveillance in the Philippines

Infidelity is not the only reason why private investigators in the Philippines conduct surveillance, however it is definitely the main reason why these services are hired, according to investigators. Although following people for suspicion of being unfaithful is a common request for private investigators around the world, Philippines is a special case that outnumbers any other country.  Infidelity and cheating are rampant in the Philippines, and trust is a rare commodity.

Probably the main reason why surveillance is such a demanded service is that long distance relationships are very common here. Unlike many other places, in the Philippines dating online is not only an acceptable thing, but extremely common. In most developed countries dating online is ok, but there are still many myths and taboos around this practice. In the Philippines it is totally accepted, and it is actually one of the most popular ways to meet people.   Even scamming is culturally accepted in many parts of the island nation as a form of employment, even if it is hard to believe.

Having online long distance relationships with men from the United States, Canada or Australia is common within Filipinas. But keep your eyes open. While the internet and social networks are excellent platforms to bring together people with morals and ethics, it also serves as a prime hunting ground for criminals around the world, including Philippines marriage scammers who get involved with foreigners with the sole purpose of getting a good profit out of it, or a ticket to leave the country.

The Philippines unfortunately has a reputation for its female scammers. Many want a better life, others just want the cash and if their plans work out you will never lay eyes on them outside of a webcam. This is usually an important factor that raises the necessity of conducting surveillance.

Getting to know and understanding someone else´s lifestyle can be difficult when life isn´t shared on a daily basis. And this is when doubt begins. “Surveillance is a very helpful service for all those who have noticed unusual behaviors in their partners” says Joseph McClain from Philippine PI™.

These are some of the red flags that indicate that something is not right:

  1. A sudden change in the way the person reacts to a certain situation. For example being cold or too distant in conversation.
  2. Avoiding calls or internet contact. For people who maintain a long distance relationship not answering calls for a day or several is like a no show at home for those who live together.
  3. Has several social network accounts with different names. This should raise a suspicion. Many scammers use different names to get involved in relationships with other people simultaneously.
  4. You meet in person every once in a while, but every time you do she doesn´t want you to meet her family or home, or she claims not having one. Some Filipinas have online or long distance relationships while being married. Some even have the consent of their husbands because they see it as a means of income.  Have you met her male “cousin” on your trip?
  5. She seems to have trouble all the time: she gets sick, or she´s going through some kind of hardship too often, her mother has medical expenses, etc.
  6. There is someone in her life that seems to spend too much time with her and be a great influence in her life.
  7. Your gut instinct is telling you something is not right, and you are being lied to.

None of the above are necessarily indications of infidelity. However, in many cases there are several red flags, or people just have “that feeling”. Trust your instincts. Internet scammers have become so common in the Philippines, that most locals think it normal to scam honest people online. Surveillance can give you the information and evidence you need to know your future steps after confirming infidelity or how to end the relationship.  When in doubt, consult a professional.

C. Wright
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4 Responses to Infidelity Remains #1 Cause for Surveillance in the Philippines
  1. Jasper says:

    There´s a big chance that long distance relationships will end with one or both parties cheating.

  2. JC Williams says:

    I had my pinoy grilfriend followed. Turns out she was actually married!

  3. Claire says:

    Can´t think of other reasons why people hire surveillance.

  4. Philippine PI says:

    Hi Claire. In fact there are many reasons. For example, surveillance can help people obtain information or proof for different kinds of lawsuits, it helps insurance companies verify the legitimacy of a workers´ compensation claim. It helps divorced parents who share custody have peace of mind (when there are concerns about the other parent´s whereabouts). It is used to investigate businesses when there is a suspicion that some kind of illegal practices are going on. In general, it is used to prove that people are being honest.