There are many reasons you may want to locate a hidden bank account. Perhaps you are going through a divorce and suspect that your spouse is hiding money, or you have a business partner that doesn’t seem as concerned about the company’s performance, and you suspect he or she is siphoning off money. Another common need to locate hidden money is to collect on a debt. Often, individuals and business owners will try to hide money before they declare bankruptcy, leaving their creditors out in the cold. You may have won a court case and are attempting to collect on the judgment from a defendant who is now claiming they have nothing to pay the judgment. Whatever the situation may be, there are certain steps you can take to find a hidden bank account.
- Review bank statements
- Check the computer used for online banking
- Do a search for businesses owned by the individual
If you are a spouse or business partner, you will likely have access to bank statements. What you need to do is go over these statements with a fine tooth comb. Often an individual will make the mistake of thinking no one will examine the paper trail. A bank statement may contain a transfer of money from one account to another. This type of transfer will obviously not be a payment for services or a product, and the other bank may be an account containing money that is intentionally hidden.
If an individual uses online banking and you have access to the same computer, you can check on whether there is an unfamiliar bank or bank account being used. If it is a computer that is shared by you and your spouse, it is not likely that the hidden bank account will be bookmarked, but your spouse may have gotten lazy and forgot to delete the browser’s history. You may be able to spot a visit to a banking website that you were unaware he or she had an account at. If you have made it this far, we can go the extra mile and verify that your spouse has an account at the bank in question.
No business owner is allowed to hide behind the name of their business, so if you do a search for an individual listed as an owner in a state or local government database, you will likely find out if the individual in question is operating a business under a fictitious name. Of course, if this is true, then it is likely that there is a bank account associated with the business, and this can easily be used to hide money.
Keep in mind that the chances of finding a hidden bank account without the skills and experience of a private investigator are limited. If you have attempted to look for hidden money without success, it does not mean that there is nothing there. In order to be sure, you need to hire the services of an investigative firm such as ours. If there is a hidden bank account, we will likely find it after we have done an exhaustive search. The same is true with other hidden assets. Contact us today to explain the particular situation you are in, and we can explain how our services can help you.