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In the Portuguese-speaking market, it’s necessary to demystify what Intelligence can do for small and medium-sized entrepreneurs. Often, the general public’s perception about Intelligence services is that they’re only made for big economic and interest groups. This is just part of the truth; undoubtedly, IntellCorp, for example, provides excellence services to big economic groups. But it’s important to notice the work we do with small and medium-sized entrepreneurs, which often, in the middle of a lot of contacts and an agenda that’s very hard to manage, makes a considerable difference.

Imagine the small or medium-sized entrepreneur doing his usual market research, within his reach and as deeply as he can. Now imagine this same entrepreneur, in a monthly fee basis for example, with constant support, at least weekly, on individuals and companies who approach him every day. We often know that at least part of a business’ success is all about being in the right place at the right time; the rest of this success is due to what’s often connected to the unimaginable: is a certain company or individual really what they claim to be, do they have what they say they have, and can they do what they say they’re capable of?

This are the questions IntellCorp can answer, for example, to a small businessman. This competitive analysis allows you to lead the competition, with an undefeated combat tool, as it represents a very strong support to risk awareness. When we mention risk, it’s also important to talk about threats/vulnerabilities. At IntellCorp, we know how competitive markets can be – both nationally and, of course, internationally. The entrepreneur, whether younger or older, is forced to manage tasks, not only to fulfil the company’s objectives, but also to obtain more clients. This process is generally complex and often critical – obtaining new clients depends a lot on the prospection, and if this is not done properly, it may lead to big losses.

Here, it’s important to emphasise that a great Intelligence service may be equally the perfect solution to substantially improve the contacts channels’ effectiveness, activating spheres of influence both near high company boards, and near equally great businessmen. What’s important to notice here is this: a company like IntellCorp may be and should be a sophisticated tool to be used when searching for new clients, through positive influence from new businesses, and also but not less important, through the protection our clients need, before facing the market with a different attitude.

IntellCorp’s work always include: a thorough information research, check, analysis, compilation and supporting decisions related to actions to be considered, according to our client’s goals. When our client is protected from possible or existing threats from the competition, we can move on to a more offensive stage, and help the client strategically explore all his competition’s vulnerabilities. This is exactly when IntellCorp’s experience is crucial: the fact that we work with ex-Intelligence Officials, from analysts to Portuguese and foreigner Intelligence services specialists, makes the service we provide to our clients considerably better. Our work is sober and discrete. Whether working with big entrepreneurs and small ones, whether because they want to expand their activity, or simply deepen it and making it more effective before the competition, IntellCorp offers detailed services for every specific need, with monthly fees, or sporadic operation models, for any urgent situations.

What makes IntellCorp different from other Intelligence companies around the world is our specialization in the Portuguese-speaking, African and South-American markets. Our living contact and work networks are spread all over the globe, and it’s also important to notice the great influence we have in the Gulf area.

For more info please reach us through [email protected], or call: +351 21 896 22 37 to book an appointment now. Learn more on our website and follow our updates on LinkedIn, and also on Facebook and Twitter.

Intelligence Agencies, as essential resources to defend the National Interest, have always been connected both to the State’s executive branch and to the military and internal security (police forces). This assures a normal relationship between Politics, politicians and “public” intelligence services; and Intelligence becomes an available tool when they work in the State’s central administration. Therefore, Intelligence is crucial for national politicians defending the political, economic and social agenda, and for the state, defending the National Interest.

A private Intelligence service and a public one have some similar features, but they are different enough to be considered in different contexts and for different reasons. At least for a strict and responsible Intelligence company, its ultimate commitment is to the operations’ legality and safety, and of course, to its clients.

An intelligence company obviously has the duty of representing nothing but its client’s will. It must be ethically independent – that is to say not involved in any way with either interest groups or more or less adequate judgements. Each operation must be considered coldly and stringently; the purpose behind this type of Intelligence services is to fulfil the service’s objectives, regardless of any constraints many agents, companies and even the common citizen are bound by.

At IntellCorp, that’s exactly what we do: for politicians aspiring to get promoted to any higher status, and for politicians who are already placed in the market, we offer a range of services, which often guarantee success, regarding any objectives they might have during this public recognition process. This kind of Intelligence services also has another relevant aspect, which is the duty of providing support to individuals – typically businessmen who want to be in touch, professionally, with a certain geographic area, or even a certain company’s political situation.

What do we do, in all these cases? What kind of services do we provide? An Intelligence service is typically very chameleonic; regarding support to already politically exposed individuals, our work may include support services strictly to their political career, or a more global and deeper type of work. IntellCorp’s work goes beyond monitoring or advising, regarding information control and management policies and other issues related to more specific personal or professional security. IntellCorp is deeply connected to services related to hard-core, hard to reach information. In this case, for a settled or rising politician, IntellCorp can offer, for example, a due diligence service on national or foreigner individuals, as well as on companies or interest groups, and the relative spheres of influence. We are the first to be aware that knowledge is power.

One of the Intelligence golden rules is knowing that every one of us has vulnerabilities; that besides material security, people might be the biggest vulnerabilities themselves, as well as the information they often carry and personally or professionally reach.

In conclusion, we provide interesting reports to politicians or businessmen who want to be prepared for challenges they’re bound to: finding out who is who, pursuing the best ways to accomplish something, from a political or corporative point of view, nationally or internationally. It’s all about knowing the risks or vulnerabilities related to a political decision, a specific individual, or even a certain geographic area. We offer the power of control; that is to know beforehand what might happen, how to prepare oneself and how to produce results, suspending or removing any risk situations.

IntellCorp, as it is, is the first and only Intelligence company in Portugal; it is based on passion for preventing or removing danger, but also on a strict and solid reasonableness, regarding all operations handling and conduct. We have specialists from many different fields and sectors working with us, including people with a wide knowledge and experience in this field: Operation Specialists, Analysts and Intelligence Ex-Officials.

We provide Intelligence in different fields and transversal subjects, such as: Geopolitical, Economic, Social or Military, Terrorism or Organized Crime. We act in complex situations with discretion and sobriety; we are located in the biggest metropolitan centres, but also in the most remote areas. We don’t have a working time: we do what we have to do, when and how it’s necessary. We represent a unique project, born from very particular people. We go where only a few want to go, we do and deliver what only a few can or want to.

For more info please reach us through [email protected], or call: +351 21 896 22 37 to book an appointment now. Learn more on our website and follow our updates on LinkedIn, and also on Facebook and Twitter.

In 350 BC, Aristotle was writing the first Ethics treaty mankind has ever known – the famous Nicomachean Ethics. In this treaty, the Stagirian philosopher described what later on was confirmed in the Western Ethical reflection field.

“Business Ethics” is nowadays a very common subject. On both national and international markets, there are many different institutions and organizations promoting this debate, providing an opportunity for different specialists to reflect on this issue.

Talking about Ethics, relating to Intelligence, is for most, on a national level, something new. We’re talking about more than a project’s social responsibility – giving back to the society, or increasing the value of what’s in the last resort this business’ and any other’s ultimate support is one of the things constituting what we call Ethics.

Thinking about Ethics in Intelligence services is far more complex, for this type of services is typically related to handling extreme situations, and critical security and information contexts. For someone working in a different field of business, there are only subjects which require a certain personal statement. The best example is the case of a doctor and the famous abortion issue. While, in some fields of business and/or professions, there are some ethically more complex cases, which require a personal awareness and decision regarding a particular type of action, this kind of problem is ever-present in the Intelligence line of business.

When we at IntellCorp say we’re “ethically independent”, we really mean it. This simply means that, no matter what, our own policy will never allow us to make any decision based on any kind of moral position, regarding any specific service. In IntellCorp, ethical independence means not taking any side nor having any type of personal, political, moral, and corporative interests in operations run by IntellCorp. What matters to us, in every case undoubtedly, is the strict compliance with all laws and protocols, both nationally and internationally, in any jurisdiction in which we’re performing. This suspension of our own value judgement, combined with the most absolute confidentiality, regarding everything we do, is a unique aspect of our professionalism. Internally, we’re governed by the motto:

We go where no one goes; we do what no one wants to do.

 

This motto tells a lot about our integrity as a group; we were born to work in extreme situations, and the fact that we live like this makes us reflect deeply on what’s visible and invisible in this world, as we’re required to have a wider conscience regarding what comes after. Successfully carrying out the operation we’re hired for is our number one concern; Whether it’s a pure Intelligence, Counterintelligence or Security mission, in its wider or stricter meaning, our main purpose is our client’s satisfaction, by all legal means possible.

This reflection makes us emphasise, once again, that IntellCorp is not a usual company. We have what most companies have as their core: a mission and a vision – but as Intelligence professionals, we do not create or give opinions or judgements. We’re back to this article’s beginning: around 350 BC, Aristotle related the term éthos (ἔθος) to the common idea, associated to this, a certain kind of personal nature (later on, the term mores would derive from this). In contrast, according to Hesiod, around 700 BC, the term êthos (ἦθος) was related to the place where animals usually stayed overnight (the nest, the den). This detail may seem irrelevant, but maybe it isn’t; disregarding etymological discussions, it’s important for us to emphasise that, in the operational field, IntellCorp does not have habits or customs in a moral sense; we’re compromised to a world-class excellence and we’re moved, in the first and last instance, by completing the respective operation. On the other hand, we at IntellCorp like to think that we don’t have this usual place to stay overnight; we’re chameleonic, as everything we stand for boils down to two main purposes: protecting and carrying out our client’s objectives, but also looking into all formalities and laws associated to every mission.

As we have already seen before, this does not stop IntellCorp, as a business, from being completely responsible; this means that outside the strict operational context, as individuals in our society, we are bound to values, which one way or another, condition our personal identity. As a risk industry’s business unit, managing danger, threats and vulnerabilities, we want to contribute, as a company and business plan, to awareness-raising regarding common dangers, threats to individuals, companies and States.

For more info please reach us through [email protected], or call: +351 21 896 22 37 to book an appointment now. Learn more on our website and follow our updates on LinkedIn, and also on Facebook and Twitter.

We all know we live in an information society, but not many of us are aware of what information can often do for us, or even against us. In a structured, solid and straight advocacy work, information provided by the client is often not enough. Both in defence and prosecution cases, an accurate Intelligence service is a fundamental tool for a differentiated, excellence work to the client.

What does an Intelligence professional do in a Law-related context? In this business field, IntellCorp has two different approaches. Take these for example:

  1. We might either be hired by a law firm for an intelligence service on a client they’re protecting (defence);
  2. Or we might be hired by a law firm for an intelligence service that aims to ascertain existing information on someone or any interest group (company or not), so that evidences can be presented in court, regarding a related prosecution;

At our company, no matter what type of approach we are hired to do, we have a thorough action plan, which bound us to a strict compliance of all national and international legal procedures. Confidentiality, related to received and provided information handling, is strictly assured; but at the same time, the work we do is deepened, so that our research’s results may often determine each case’s success. Intellcorp has a policy for managing internal information, which guarantees our clients: the company is organized into two big sides – a business centre and its respective fields (e.g. marketing, development, etc.), and an operational centre, with analysts and operation specialists, divided in different cells, according to each team’s specialties. In each operation, briefings are controlled and each case’s relevant information, which is bound by the client, is only available to the IntellCorp’s operational side, as well as, and especially to the parties involved in each process. In some situations, there might even be professionals working in the same operation without knowing it; internal work handling information is detailed and strict, for we know how critical it is in such cases.

Intelligence in Law-related cases is always very detailed; we always confirm every source and gather information from different perspectives, so that we can assure the quality of what we’re providing to the client. For an impeccable defence of your client, or for presenting a wrecking prosecution, IntellCorp works with analysts, operation specialists and intelligence officials with deepened experience both in the private and the public sectors, who may be key elements for a good resolution of solutions – often critical both to the client, and to the law professional working with him.

Private Intelligence services are obviously different from law practicing; both professionals work in different fields and play very different parts. A lawyer’s work does not essentially include investigating facts and information; it is a work of rationalizing and engineering the facts’ information. An Intelligence professional’s work, on the other hand, includes obtaining crucial information for the lawyer’s client; this work often follows negative situations, relevant for revelation and exploitation, for the client’s benefit.

In every case, as Intelligence professionals, we know that everything and everyone has weaknesses; we also know that, typically, weaknesses frequently derive from the human side of everything, every corporate structures, government and public institutions. Our job, at IntellCorp always include neutralizing or controlling risky areas and threats related to the one who hires us. Living in a society which is animated by crime/punishment logic makes information a very important aspect in all cases. Whether for a prosecution or for a consistent defence, our work always aims, in compliance with all legal procedures in our line of business, at gathering information, making it available and able to work with, for any purpose the lawyer has.

In this particular Intelligence service, IntellCorp is already on the field and available to establish strategic partnerships with some of the biggest Law players in Portugal. Our specialties include investigating information in the corporate field and all related issues, in the Financial and Banking field, as well as in Competition, Fiscal, Administrative, Industrial Property, and of course, also, deeply and especially in the Criminal Law field.

For more info please reach us through [email protected], or call: +351 21 896 22 37 to book an appointment now. Learn more on our website and follow our updates on LinkedIn, and also on Facebook and Twitter.

Nowadays, the truth about employability begins to come up more and more clearly. Reaching the top is every lower or middle-positioned young executive’s dream – to reach a more comfortable salary and, usually, to have a better reputation in the market. However, many of the executives worldwide, have already, at least once, wondered: why did that guy did it – got invited, promoted, recognized – and not me?

It is increasingly clearer that, in a society based in competition and meritocracy, in most cases, having a good résumé is just not enough. Lately, recruiters have been helping a lot by suggesting new ways of approaching the employer, with tools that go over and beyond a simple europass.

This is the problem: handing out europass résumés, working on your body language and/or making a more interesting proposal than anyone who just wants a job is not enough anymore.

That’s where Intelligence comes in as a powerful tool in at least two activities: on one side, a good Intelligence service can start by strictly collecting information regarding essentially a specific target – a high corporate board from a specific group. Each case will be different, but IntellCorp’s limits are always bound to the laws: we can analyse a certain situation’s vulnerabilities, as we simultaneously protect our client from any attacks he may suffer.

Surely, we all have at least seen this before: a colleague had a better résumé than many others, but for some reason or interest, had to leave the company. Here’s another equally common situation: we all know someone brilliant and hardworking who was never promoted, while other not so hardworking or brilliant people were.

In IntellCorp, we don’t pass sentence; we take classic nepotism occurrences for granted, as well as a certain political group’s more or less natural organization and/or more or less religious. On the contrary, we provide our client tools, information that makes him able to exceed and restore a correct version of events. It’s important to clarify that Intelligence is not an unclear service working essentially with civil society’s shadiest powers; on the contrary, a private intelligence service is an extreme and deeper tool often used to restore and balance the truth in a society that tends to be unclear and full of natural unreasonableness.

IntellCorp has already helped dozens of professionals from Portuguese-speaking African countries to restore their truth; we always defended the client’s truth, collecting critical information, triggering spheres of influence, defending and attacking the targets defined with our clients. This is the world-class work of a theoretically not stained company, working freely and offering the best to whoever hires its services.

For more info please reach us through [email protected], or call: +351 21 896 22 37 to book an appointment now. Learn more on our website and follow our updates on LinkedIn, and also on Facebook and Twitter.

Those who are in the diamond and gold businesses already know what it is doing business in these areas. For the one who begins in this area things may seem deceivingly simple: just the minimum search effort and you quickly find a diamond and / or gold supplier. It seems too simple: adding someone in a social network with a profile that seems contextually adapted to the reality of the business, ask some photos and in a short time, always with friendly prices, the deal looks promising. Someone looking for supply, someone able to provide, and suddenly without knowing exactly how, we are lucky to be the one who with little effort has found a solution.

In 99% of the situations this is the path of those who start in this business; the alleged owner of the material asks for an advanced payment for whatever reason, or simply asks for your presence. This is where the problems begin: the individual is articulate in his rhetoric and you choose to send some money, or even decide to travel. Then one of two things occur: either you send money to the supplier and find yourself without it and the product, or if you go there, it is likely that you find yourself wrapped in very complicated local schemes that usually end in kidnapping and extortion, in geopolitical very critical countries. The stories are always the same, and those who already know this business also knows this. This happens to beginners but will also happen in one way or another to individuals with average experience in the field. The stories are always the same: on one occasion a number carats or gold kg was negotiated and in the end what was received was beautiful pieces of glass, quartz, topaz, or in the case of gold, just sand. In this area, we all know how it works: the buyer hasn’t still arrived, and the alleged owner of the material is already asking for ‘export taxes’, or simply money for the alleged KPC. In the end and in general, everything turns out to be a fraud. The documents are forged or the product does not match what was contracted either in writing or verbally.

In any of these cases the intelligence service is fundamental; for the buyer, knowing little of the shaky ground of this business venture area, IntellCorp has an advisory service that allows three things of capital importance:

  1. Enables the customer to obtain local, reliable information about the veracity of any contact established or in progress and paves the way for future business;
  2. Identifies to the customer the local and usual procedures for this type of product and the key stakeholders;
  3. Effective local support as for Intelligence, Security and Protection for these international risk operations from their point of sale / purchase and route to the final destination;

A rigorous private intelligence service is essential to prevent fraud, kidnapping and extortion. In IntellCorp we know the terrain like nobody else and we know how to operate in these type of markets; we know how to act in risk situations, and accompany our clients in both the due diligence process on your potential supplier, but we also provide local support so that your business develops with the greatest tranquility.

This is our way of doing security: we act in complex situations, work in critical terrains that are often very fertile in opportunities, but also in dangers.

Anywhere in the world all business stakeholders and particularly in this business area, are often and generally faced with difficulties that without a structured and solid intelligence work very easily degenerate into problems that translate into substantial losses of money, the freedom of the purchaser, and in limit situations may cost him his life.

Do you want to know more about us? Reach us on our website and drop us an email at [email protected] to know what we can do for you; start following us on Linkedin and Facebook.

When we look over the international panorama, we get the false impression that Portugal and the Portuguese people won’t be directly affected by terrorist or criminal organizations’ actions, neither by political, economic and social changes. This impression is far from being accurate, if we just briefly analyse the new circumstances and the characteristics of the most recent terrorist attacks or criminal actions in foreign soil, and its probable developments, and even recent political, economic and social events, in States that appear to be solid and very unlikely to change in the near future.

In this sense, understanding this new reality is now more and more important to companies, to its leaders and the various organizations, with the important help of experienced professionals, who, looking into political, economic and social matters, gather a series of information – collected online and in the field, from connections and sources – which are used as a yardstick, the day they are released, to the most common and instant risks in the territory they focus on.

We will now explain the importance of IntellCorp’s reports to the client, with a few arguments and examples:

  1. Terrorism;
  2. Political issues;
  3. Economic issues;
  4. Social issues.

(1) Terrorism:

If these recent attacks alert us to a kind of violence Europe was not used to, these actions are nothing new to what should be expected for quite a long time, and to what Governments have been trying to anticipate and prevent, unfortunately, unsuccessfully in those communicated cases.  However, many other cases – not announced live but known afterwards, for obvious security measures – have been avoided by Intelligence Services and Security Forces.

The new side of terrorism takes the form of non-traditional or low-intensity war between a large number of States (mostly western) and tribal groups and subgroups, guided by their own interests and with principles that are not very consistent, but they are shared among them, with a flexibility that makes it hard to anticipate their new actions. These groups, which organize and reorganize themselves, expand easily in a “where there’s one member or cell, the group is represented” basis, and, not looking to accomplish their purpose in medium or long terms, they invest in low cost actions, by integrating member in the field or by using members who are apparently integrated, to cause the highest damage, with the lest resources.

If we take a look at the Global Terrorism Index 2015[1], by IEP/START, supported by American Administration and different federal agencies and Intelligence Services, regarding the ranking for the States that were most affected by terrorism and with the highest risk of representing a target for future attacks, we can see that Portugal is positioned in 110th place – Lowest impact of terrorism. This tells us that we don’t have to worry much about terrorism, internally. But only if we don’t go beyond a basic data analysis and interpretation. In fact, we can equally see that Belgium’s positioned in 82th place – Lowest impact of terrorism – which indicates a similar low risk. And, unfortunately, we recently had the opportunity of confirming that this risk was clearly underestimated, with the triple attack to Brussels, which caused 32 deaths and 300 other victims.

At this stage, no growing company, travelling executive or any other kind of organization, in its daily activities, can underestimate this increasing threat, terrorism, and its direct consequences to its operations’ and its employees’ safety and morale.  It is important to note, although, that Portugal recently reinforced its antiterrorism prevention measures and that the existence of a direct terrorism threat to Portugal was recognized by the Portuguese Counterintelligence Services – SIS, Security Intelligence Services.

[2] Political issues:

At this point, a first thing that comes to most people’s minds is a putsch. In fact, between 2010 and 2016, there were nearly 30 putsch attempts (some were successful, other failed), of which Turkey’s was the last one. But there were more than 70 revolution attempts, popular uprisings and organized protest movements against the State (disruptive) and over 40 big general strikes.

If this is not enough to worry any company, let’s consider the fact that the policies and laws are the work of current and past governors and might be changed. There are also privatizations and nationalizations. There are sudden policies changes, for electoral purposes, and changes of government representatives, such as cases of certain ministers’ fails, which lead to his resignation; or the developments of a certain politician’s image, which oblige them to do some renegotiations with syndicates; or the companies’ bounding or sacrifices, in order to achieve a temporary social pacification.  There are sudden political scandals.  There are Government’s external influences.  There is a large number of possibilities to be considered, when you follow a certain geopolitical area that is hardly monitored by public institutions or organisms, or resumed in generic survey or spaced reports, such as the ones provided to companies intending to expand to the outside of their national territory.

In practice, when monitoring a Government’s political level – including the levels of defence and security and their main representatives – searching for their strengths and vulnerabilities is a job that can hardly be done by employees of a non-specialized company or even through the available official literature compilation, which is often created to “disguise” and “attract” the open source news. These are naturally guided by the media’s specific interests, and their target is the widest audience, rather than investigating matters that meet the IntellCorp’s client interests.

[3] Economic issues:

At this point, notwithstanding the fact that the companies are well-informed, they end up ignoring certain signs and not having interesting data, crucial to a good decision making. If this wasn’t true, many of the recent cases involving banking institutions could have had different outcomes, perhaps a happier ending to some of its depositors and to the companies involved.

Whoever works in Intelligence cannot afford to ignore signs that were clearly shown beforehand, that some institutions would be having serious problems, in the near future. There were plenty of speeches by representatives and international sectors, delivering reports or simple statements, allowing a foresight of what was coming.

The Intelligence’s part in this field is to combine a strict, but wide research that allows a permanent supervision and an adequate prevention, allowing companies to avoid being caught unaware. IntellCorp’s part as regards the client, as Intelligence professionals, is to follow the most recent events and circumstances, at all levels and by all means, giving companies’ leaders access to a service that is usually available to Heads of State only.

[4] Social issues:

Social issues are frequently underestimated or overestimated by who’s looking from the outside. This may be caused by believing in the representatives’ lack of organisational or coordination capacity, or by an excessive optimism regarding their real influence in the public opinion, or by wanting many different things to change in the social field, or even by believing in the capacity or the external help that some representatives or movements seem to count on.

By seeing strikes that paralyze a local geographic area, bigger or smaller reactions in its sub-region or region, and the representatives individual part and their actual interests and political agenda, a company seeking to analyse a State in which it intends to invest or strengthen, frequently comes across the same dilemma: do I really know all the related matters?

IntellCorp’s job is precisely to be constantly aware and connected to the field of excellence, which allows us to help the client making informed decisions. Its job is to break alarmism apart, as well as to warn against possible risks. Its experience is essential in this research and analysis, for it is the reflection of a fair, out of the box vision, but also aware of the different standards, in which new events fit.

There are many other examples, regarding the companies’ need to resort to specialized Intelligence and Security services IntellCorp understands that both fields are internally connected and that knowing these and other specific fields, such as diplomatic, defence, corporative and social, as well as transversal matters, benefits the client and makes a difference in its capacitation.

Will Country Risk Report be enough to close the gaps? Certainly it won’t close all gaps, but it will be a good start. We provide developed and extensive services and adapt them to the client’s budget. However, having access to our most basic services and support and being basically well-informed is always better than having to let luck decide for you.

Every time your organization intends to hire someone, there are two ways of doing it: by your own means or by resorting to a Human Resources company. In both cases, checking the applicant’s reputation is fundamental, as well as making sure you can trust them and that they can maintain confidentiality, regarding extremely delicate matters, such as company’s internal issues. Checking the applicant’s background, as well as their statements’ and documents’ accuracy is very important as well.

Unfortunately, the damages caused by employees with personality disorders, to companies and to the world economy, every year, are considerable. Some studies show that, currently, 6% of the world’s population suffers from personality disorders. For instance, in United Kingdom, a King’s Fund’s study showed that the State’s and companies’ expenses related to treating their employees, in 2008, was £704 million. It also showed that their calculated loss, related to these individuals’ loss of productivity, would be around £7,9 Billions.

Corporative psychopaths, mythomaniacs and compulsive liars, histrionics, narcissists, Machiavellians and obsessive-compulsives are only some of the often hidden disorders. Recent studies show that, in large groups with positive samples (tested individuals with confirmed personality disorders), there is a ratio of 3 Type R individuals – resistant to any treatment, for they don’t acknowledge their disorder—to 1 Type S individual – recognizes his disorder and actively seeks treatment. Also, studies from the University of Surrey show that three (3) of the eleven (11) most problematic personality disorders are more common in administration members than in convicted criminals.

They are experts in avoiding tough questions, avoiding issues, justifying their faults and flaws, highlighting their virtues, often masked by modesty combined with an excessive ego, which makes them appear to be the perfect applicant in interviews and, at the same time, attracts the ones they consider useful for their purposes (leadership), and intimidates whoever becomes aware of their real purposes (mostly, their less useful colleagues).

The reasons that keep them going are: the fear of getting caught, and the fear of criticism by their partners, their family, friends and society, among others. They can cause damages to the company’s image in the market, to its clients, commercial partners, operations, as well as to the company’s internal structure and the employees’ morale, and they can actually get to destroy a whole company.

Other common reasons for job applicants to lie and to resort to document falsification are often as simple as despair and insecurity, and the need to guarantee a job and means of subsistence.

Because of the threat these individuals represent to companies and organizations, especially, when dealing with sensitive and classified information, a prior background check becomes crucial, in certain organizations. These organizations are often forced to hiring individuals who go through these vetting processes only.

A background check or research refers to looking into, assembling and verifying different kinds of records: criminal, commercial and financial, related to a job applicant; and also, through every legal means, guaranteeing that, besides their perfect match to the job position, they do not represent any threat to the company or organization.

In IntellCorp, as we are perfectly and deeply aware of the vulnerabilities individuals, companies and organizations may generally be associated with, our job is to guarantee that our research is performed to its fullest extent, over and above any research done by Human Resources companies or by the employers themselves. After all, who’s more qualified than people who dealt with shadows and secrets all their lives? No one more than us, at IntellCorp.