A Diet of Coffee and Cocaine

(Image from Shutterstock) For the most part, due-diligence consists of checks against databases (Criminal records, Credit checks, Sanctions lists etc.). This form of structured information is only half the picture. Our innovative method of conducting enhanced...

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Entering the world of OSINT

Last Friday marked the end of my second week as the newest member of the analyst team at Neotas. We use open-source intelligence (OSINT) to give businesses peace of mind about prospective investments and hires by going far beyond standard due diligence checks. As a...

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Are you Fit and Proper?

If you’ve read our previous blog about the real cost of a bad hire then you will know that when you fail to screen your employees properly you are putting your business at risk. But what about the Senior Management in your company? In March 2016 the FCA replaced the...

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The Bystander Broadcast

The recent Florida High School tragedy has caught public attention in many ways. In my view, one of the most profound elements of the event was the way it was initially reported to the public. School children filmed the incident on Snapchat thinking it was a hoax or...

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Free private information give away!

Most of us are aware that if our social media privacy settings are not quite adequate, then our lives are open for all to see; whether it’s that drunken photo of you at university, the staff night out two years ago or maybe the questionable video of you dancing at...

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What’s the real cost of a bad hire?

We have been asking a number of HR professionals this question recently, and there’s a host of different answers. Broadly it falls into the following; Direct costs of sunk hiring fees (approx. 20% salary), Sunk cost of salary of a poor or disruptive performer (ask...

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Naughty or Nice?

As we rapidly enter the festive weekend, Santa and his elves are working to finalise exactly who belongs on those naughty and nice lists. Safe in the knowledge that everyone in our office is on the nice list (**awkward glance**) this got us thinking, imagine if Santa...

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Automation vs. the Workplace 

In early 2017, New Jersey implemented an algorithm: it generates a score and gives counsel to judges. The algorithm advises them as to whether they should grant bail to detainees. This process entirely replaces bail hearings. It’s possible for the judge to never see...

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Artificial Intelligence vs. the Analyst

In recent months, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has seen a vast increase into its efficiency and advancements. The benefits of developing AI are clear, with growing software developments that are designed to save time and money into businesses. Consequently, this...

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Week one at Neotas

As the newest member of the team, let me introduce myself: I’m Sam and I started at Neotas a week ago. If you search for me online it’s likely that you’ll find several pictures of a man who is not me competing in Motocross competitions, or perhaps you’ll find a man in...

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Neotas joins PWC scale-up programme!

Neotas are delighted to announce that we have been chosen by PwC to be a part of their FinTech Scale-Up Programme. We would like to say a big thank you to our customers, partners, and advisers - we would not be here without you. We are excited to be working with you...

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Hired or Fired – No Judgement Here!

Recently a young woman in America was fired from her job in a Texas Bank because her engagement photos were deemed inappropriate for a “family-oriented” company. The photos were uploaded to social media by the photographer and were tasteful and professional; the man...

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Tech Community Versus Terrorism

Earlier this week, Andrew Parker, Director-General of MI5, made a rare public appearance to outline the severity of the terrorist threat currently being faced in the United Kingdom. Within his speech, Mr Parker said that technology firms, specifically social media...

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Neotas at 6 months

In August, Neotas reached the 6 month mark and to celebrate this milestone we thought we would share with you our journey so far - the good, the bad and the ugly (and that's just the bosses)! Neotas went live in February 2017. With one full-time paid member of staff...

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The Criminal Without A Record

Until recently, crimes tended to be committed away from the eyes of society and reported post-event through traditional channels. Over the past several years however, increased usage of social media platforms has seen a rise in ‘performance’ crimes in which...

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Know Where You Are With Snapchat Maps

If you have followed the headlines published by newspapers and bloggers over the past month you would be led to believe that Snapchat’s new Snap Map feature is “going to ruin your life” and “is frightening as a privacy threat”, but what does the new feature mean for...

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People – Our Focus, Our Passion, Our Team.

At Neotas, we place people are at the core of everything we do, believe in and value. Whether it is the Neotas team, our clients, our advisory board of experts or the subjects we look at, each and every single day our focus is people. When we consider our clients, it...

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If Only I Knew Then What I Know Now

I started with Neotas about three months ago having spent the previous five years in financial crime. What I have learned in this short time period has blown my mind and if I had known then what I know now, fraud investigations would be dealt with in a completely...

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Conscientiously Online

In 2009, while in the process of applying to University in the United States, a rumour began to circulate that universities were likely to review the Facebook pages of applicants for any disqualifying content. At the time, Facebook was still an up and coming social...

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