What is a pretext


Long before cell phones and text messaging investigators were practicing an art called the pretext. This tactic is used to get information from individuals that could not be obtained through normal investigative inquiries. .

Definition: The reasons assigned to justify an act, which have only the appearance of truth, and which are without foundation; or which if true are not the true reasons for such act

That definition seems complicated….Here is an example to make things easier to understand. An individual has a car for sale in his front yard with his phone number listed. An investigator contacts this individual to inquire about the vehicle but during the conversation the investigator asks if the seller is at home or work because he would like to stop by and test drive the vehicle. Now the investigator knows if the seller is currently home, if he has a job and maybe some other information from the conversation that will provide clues that will help in the investigation. Investigators continue to pretext to create a strategic advantage for you. Contact Kansas City Private Investigator Jeff J. McDonald 913-541-0237

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