Discretion is her job, and the young woman, with rectangular glasses and a black coat, does not attract attention in this large Parisian hotel where she met, 300 meters from the offices of her company, the Vendôme Investigation Agency. Private detective Julie Catalifaud works mainly for several insurance companies. “I have the advantage of having a profile that is not expected in this professionshe said. I am a young, dynamic young woman. It’s easy for me to go into a restaurant with a small handbag, a computer or a book, to sit at a table near the person I’m investigating, even if I can, sometimes, even him. talk, without her being suspicious. »
Its missions are to investigate, to track people in spinning, to verify that they have not swindled their insurer. Legal surveillance as long as it is not disproportionate and does not violate the privacy of the insured, detectives should be limited to intervening in public places.
Fraudsters are rarely wary. The general public is often unaware that private search agents can be mandated to monitor them. Professional crooks imagining, most of the time, that harm is not important enough for an investigation to be conducted. This inconsistency serves her well. “It’s hard to keep a character on a daily basis, it’s not a lifenotes Julie Catalifaud. Many insurance fraudsters believe that investigations and spin-offs only happen to others. »
“In 80% of cases, this is fraud.”
The young woman, a lawyer by training, has become a specialist in serious personal injury cases, leading to significant compensation from the insurance companies. A school case? “A woman said that as a result of a car accident, she was seriously injured in the leg, limped and used a cane. She arrived at the scene of the car expertise, and was escorted. At the exit, we followed her: 300 meters further, the car stopped, the woman came out without a cane, she went around the car almost running, took the place of the young driver – who was to be his son – and started. » The vehicle then stopped in front of a supermarket. “The woman threw her cane in the trunk, did her shopping, brought back packs of water in her car. In ten minutes, we had included that it was not consistent. »
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