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Are Bank Account Searches Legal?

The short answer is NO, unless you have a court order. People call us all the time wanting Bank Searches performed. They may be attorneys or private individuals. The reasons vary. Sometimes it is because they have a judgment and want to collect. Other times they may have been in an automobile accident and want to see if it is worth suing the at-fault party. Whatever the reason, most investigators that offer these services are breaking Federal law. They way they conduct these searches is the problem. The main way data brokers and investigators find out bank information is by pretending to be the account holder. This is called "pretexting" in the investigative profession and its just a fancy word for lying. The Atlanta Journal Constitution recently ran an article which some great information about this practice. See the link below: