CA Lic #24108
10158 Hollow Glen Circle
Los Angeles, Ca 90077
J. Smith, CPP
CA Lic # 5617
548 Market Street #88333
San Francisco, CA 94104
About Parrent Smith Investigations
Parrent Smith Investigations & Research is a full service private investigation firm providing results oriented investigative services to the legal and business communities.
We bring 75 years of collective experience to our clients' cases and provide individual consultation and supervision by either Nic Smith or Joanne Parrent on all cases.
We strive to solve our clients' problems without excessive fees. We provide proposals and cost estimates on all cases.
Our legal clients include some of the largest firms in California. In addition to the legal community, we have provided investigative services to corporations, financial institutions, insurance companies and consumers worldwide.
We use the latest database and information systems to enhance the investigative process. Please allow us the opportunity to discuss your specific needs with you. For a free consultation, please call or email us at either our Southern or Northern California office.
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Law Firm and Group Presentations by Parrent Smith investigations
Nic Smith and Joanne Parrent are experienced speakers who have presented many informative programs to law firms and associations. Three of their popular presentations include:
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Locating Anonymous Emailers
In today’s electronic age, email has supplanted snail mail. In 2012, the average number of business emails sent and received per day, worldwide, totaled 89 billion. So, locating anonymous emailers has become important in a variety of matters that clients come to us about. A couple of examples:
How do we do that? In the days when “snail mail” was the norm, if you wanted to know where a letter came from, you looked at the postmark on the envelope and could tell what city the letter was mailed from. From there, you could attempt to identify who might have sent it. If you want to know where an email has come from, the “postmark” you first need to find is the IP (internet protocol) address associated with the email.
At Parrent Smith we use state-of-the-art IP identification software find out the true IP address of the email. There are ways that an IP address can be concealed or mislabeled, and, if the emailer is technically sophisticated and has gone to great lengths to disguise themselves, we might not always be able to discover the correct IP address, but in most cases we can. Once we have the correct IP address, we can, through additional investigation, usually find out the identity of the person using that IP address and thus unlock the identity of the anonymous emailer. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have a case where you need to find an anonymous emailer.