Six Degrees of Separation: How Investigative Software Connects the Dots

Glen Goldstein SVP
Blog Post06/25/2018

Uncovering relationships to crack open a case

Understanding relationships and data linkages is critical to a successful investigation, whether you’re trying to find a missing person, conducting due diligence or solving a fraud case. But the sheer volume of data available today can render relevant connections fuzzy or difficult to prioritize.

Many investigators also don’t realize the number of connections that a single data point can provide. Just like the old “Six Degrees of Separation” game, finding the shortest path between two pieces of information can reveal the loose thread in a mountain of data that unravels a hard-to-solve case.

Sift through big data quickly to link the data for your case

In due diligence investigation for the purchase of a company, actionable address data can shed light on hidden relationships between executives of an organization and known criminals, saving a company from significant losses or a compromised reputation.

Reversing verifiable mobile phone numbers can help find aliases connected to different Social Security numbers, uncovering questionable customers before their fraudulent intentions cost an organization money.

License plate data — even if it’s partial — can be used to detect insurance fraud in which people register a car in a state they don’t reside in to take advantage of cheaper rates. And the intelligence gathered from vehicle sightings can quickly establish a pattern that detects fraud.

False positives are reduced with advanced technology

Access to quality data from various sources is key to painting a comprehensive picture of a subject. But critical decisions often can’t wait on the amount of legwork needed to filter and interpret a large and confusing amount of big data.

Much of the data that’s uncovered could also be outdated or non-actionable in other ways, resulting in inefficiency, blind leads or false positives during investigations. TLOxp® by TransUnion quickly connects the dots between seemingly unassociated pieces of information in real time, helping investigators wade through big data to get to the right leads for their case.

TLOxp scours a database containing billions of public and proprietary records on an estimated 95% of the U.S. population. Its advanced linking algorithms deliver a comprehensive profile of people and businesses — identifying more accurate patterns and relationships between individuals, their relatives and associates, businesses and locations.

Investigators can choose to search for a subject’s connections through a wide range of data sets, including social media profiles, professional associations, license registrations, criminal records and neighbors of known addresses.

A moving, 360-degree picture of search subjects

Big data provides unprecedented access to information about subjects — but it can be daunting for investigators to get to the information that matters fast. By quickly linking and prioritizing the right data, TLOxp gives investigators quick access to actionable intelligence.

Use the form below to contact one of our experts today and learn more about how the right data makes it easier to gain valuable insights for cases.

 

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