FAQs – Investigative Reports
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In regards to Investigative Reports and articles, the claim is criticism and comment. If your company is part of a post or comment by a user of this website, then that user may claim the same. Furthermore, KnowNothing.Net, Nicholas Hillebran, et al are not responsible for the content contained within the comments. This is per the Communications Decency Act (USC Title 47, Chapter 5, Subchapter II, Part I, §230(c)(1)), which states:
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If you are looking for a missing person, seeking someone to investigate your significant other and so forth, then please consult with a licensed P.I. in your state.
All Investigative Reports are permanent. Once I publish an Investigative Report it stays. If a company/individual/organization chooses to clean up their act then I will update the report to reflect such changes.
Such information can be obtained via online phone books, website listings, WHOIS database queries and other publicly available records. In addition, when a company responds to me via e-mail, I will post that information on this website.
I would never publicize, give out, nor sell out any personal information I have about a customer. If a customer owed me money then that would between the customer and I. Besides, publicizing debts of a customer is a violation of federal law, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act §806(3-4). If a customer owed me money then I would attempt to collect the debt via legal means only.
I have in the past had an unethical company threaten legal action for me publicizing email correspondences between them and I. You can read about this unethical company, Easy Business Services in the Investigative Reports (view Easy Business Services Investigative Report).