Note: Article automatically translated with software from Italian
In this article I want to talk about the potential of OSINT in asset-type investigations. Unfortunately, it is not a mystery to anyone, for several years now we have been living in a crisis from which we are not getting out, and certainly the problem of COVID-19 has certainly not improved the situation. I often hear statements such as “until there is a vaccine for COVID-19 we will not get out of it.” Personally I doubt that a vaccine can fix things, and personally I am not excited about being vaccinated, neither for COVID-19 nor for anything else. With this I do not mean to be a NoVax, but simply as reiterated in another article I am and I remain firmly on my idea of leaving freedom of choice to each individual, in the sense that if someone feels safer once the vaccine against COVID-19 must be free to be vaccinated in the same way as those who do not wish to be vaccinated should be able to refuse it.
That said, the COVID-19 crisis has now arrived and now we need to take steps to reduce the damage. Unfortunately I predict (who knows me knows that I paint the Devil on the wall) that in the coming months we will see ourselves confronted with an increase in bankruptcies and causes for foreclosure.
In fact, the OSINT investigations have the great advantage of being potentially useful both for the search for seizable assets in Switzerland but also abroad. In fact, many causes of foreclosure are closed without any return due to lack of seizable assets, ignoring in some the existence of substance, especially real estate abroad.
For this reason I believe that in the preliminary phase, it may be appropriate to carry out an extended OSINT investigation in order to identify any companies or real estate held abroad.
For example, if it is suspected that the escusso owns real estate in Italy, as a detective agency through an OSINT investigation we can try to identify any seizable real estate substance in Italian territory. Obviously that of Italy is only an example, during my experience I searched for properties in every part of the world passing from the USA, reaching the Czech Republic and Poland, passing from Malta to Spain.
In some cases the real estate data can be communicated by the various registers or by the services connected to them, in other cases the property can be identified by an innocent photo posted two years earlier in Instagram or in another social network, perhaps with the naive phrase “here is my house by the sea”.