OSCI – OSINT – Skip Tracing & Cyber Investigations Course

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OSCI: OSINT, Skip Tracing & Cyber Investigations Foundations

Course Instructor: Brad Lyons
Course Type: Foundations Course
Ways to Learn: Online + Live one-on-one Webinar

The OSCI course gives you the skills and techniques required to excel in this industry. From Skip Tracing, Cyber Investigations, Criminal investigation, this course covers all the skills and techniques.

Most courses don’t teach the core skill set, they focus on teaching you how to use products and databases, or explaining what the terminology is, without actually teaching the raw skills behind it.

From learning URL manipulation, real image analysis, GEO intelligence through to the human factor. We teach the actual skills you can use on cases. At the end of the course, if you are looking to setup a business, we go over the business side of things. From who your potential clients are, through to report templates, rates to charge and getting your name out there.

Learning Outcomes

This course has been designed for investigators already working in the industry and people looking to get started in the industry.

Students are taught the raw skills and techniques used in the industry that can be directly applied to working cases. This course takes the time to not only teach the skills and techniques, we explain why and tips and tricks that make your life easier when working cases. From protecting yourself online through to becoming a master at social engineering. There is no other course available that covers anything close to this course. Our students walk away for a strong understanding and ability to apply what they have learnt in the real world.

Post course we discuss the industry, how to get your name out there, getting business, report templates and rates. We are here to help you not only succeed in learning, we are here to help you succeed in business.

We strongly recommend calling and having a chat with the instructor to talk about the industry, opportunities in the industry and how you are looking to apply this training.

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Other Lessons

Basics of image/video analysis

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GEOINT stands for Geospatial Intelligence, which is information derived from images/visual evidence and data associated with a location. In this section, we will look at a video and try to find where it was made. In this demonstration we are using this video; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTUcziYS1lk 12 seconds into the first clip you can see the car [...]


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Cyberpsychology is still relatively new to the psychology arena even though it has been around since the late ’90s. In the early 80’s Robert A Shaw published an article (Shaw, 1984) that could arguably be the start of Cyberpsychology. The article was published in The English Journal in 1984 called Psychology, Technology, and Poetry. The [...]

Social Engineering Lives Session

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Now that you have reached this section of the course, please reach out to your instructor for the next live session. These sessions are held using Google Hangouts. Don't worry, there is nothing for you to download or install to do this session. You can arrange the live session by email brad@thinkedu.com.au or call 0468 [...]

Language identification

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When it comes to identifying what language someone is using, good old Google Translate always helps. You can upload documents or simply copy and paste the text into the search field. Word of warning though, not all languages translate into English very well. Sometimes the results are very questionable. Take Thai to English for example. [...]


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A Pretext is a ruse you use to obtain information. For example; Calling a third party pretending to be a friend trying to get back in contact with “Your friend”. That is a pretext. Here is the reality with pretexts though. A lot of people ask me what is the best pretext to use and [...]

Social Engineering

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Social engineering is the art of influencing people to provide information or do something they wouldn’t normally do, or is not in their best interest. Social engineering is one of those things that can save you a lot of time. In some cases, you can just make a phone call instead of conducting searches. It [...]

Misinformation & Disinformation

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I have solved a number of cases by profiling a person and using this information to help narrow down a location.  Part of profiling people is also having the ability to identify Misinformation and Disinformation. Misinformation is incorrect information that has been supplied without malicious intent. This could be data entry issues or simply a [...]

Psychology of Skip Tracing

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When we think about skip tracing or cyber investigations, we generally think of OSINT (Open-source Intelligence) and online database searches. And while this does play a large role in the art of skip tracing, there is something that plays an even more important and valuable role. Psychology! We profile and judge people in our everyday [...]

Profiling people

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A good skip tracer will master the art of profiling people. I say to all my students, PC (Political Correctness) has no place in skip tracing. I am not trying to tell you how to live your personal life, but your skip tracing life is very different. We all know the saying, “Don’t judge a [...]

Old School

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Don’t think that all cases can be solved using a computer and phone. There will be times you need to get your hands dirty. You will be amazed by what is thrown out. A lot of really good information is found in the trash! Again, different laws for different countries and states; and, not something [...]

Principles of Imagery Intelligence

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In this course, we are focusing on the techniques used to identify the location a photo was taken. We will also look at identifying manipulation in images. To get started, we first need to assess if an image is worth our time analysing. If we can identify manipulation, we may need to look for another [...]

Advanced IMINT & GEOINT Live session

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Now that you have reached this section of the course, please reach out to your instructor for the next live session. These sessions are held using Google Meet. Don't worry, there is nothing for you to download or install to do this session. You can contact your instructor by email brad@thinkedu.com.au or phone 0468 601 [...]

It can be obvious

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Sometimes the photo is just so obvious people just glaze over it. While this is just a photo I found online, it is pretty close to a photo I looked into for a case. A scammer was chatting to a person for a long period of time. The victim was sending a lot of money [...]

Visual Analysis

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Visual analysis can be a very quick process in some cases. The below images were the center piece in a Fox News scandal were they photoshopped a gunman in multiple news articles. For some unknown reason they believed they could get away with using the same image in multiple backgrounds. The above image clearly shows [...]

IMINT Data Tools

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Image intelligence or IMINT can help you close cases very quickly when you have evidence or a lead in image format. There are multiple ways to extract intelligence from an image, one common way is to use EXIF data extractors like http://exif.regex.info/exif.cgi This tool will allow you to upload an image and view the data [...]

Property Data

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Property data can help you in many different ways. It can tell you if a property is up for sale or rent, giving you an idea if the POI has moved recently. It can also help you confirm if the photo was taken at a possible address. A lot of people post selfies in the [...]

Has Google maps let you down?

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Google Maps is great, and Street View allows you to gather some impressive intelligence. However, Google Maps is not always up to date. https://www.mapillary.com is a great alternative. It doesn't have as much as Google Maps, but what it does have is more up to date. Mapillary is user based, and it also allows you [...]