Internet Investigations Series. Using OSINT/III Techniques to identify those behind an online account workshop, 5 December 2022


  • An interactive workshop which will demonstrate the practical techniques used to help investigators identify those behind an online account


  • The day is aimed at providing operational investigators, analysts and all frontline staff from police and other public bodies who conduct investigations with a working knowledge of key skills and techniques need to identify potential suspects through their online activity


  • If you are a new to role open-source investigator or are more established in the role, then this would also be the ideal refresher to help keep you updated with new sites and searching techniques.


  • The day will include advice on how to glean this information in a legal and ethical way, while at the same time paying particular attention to your own digital footprint to avoid compromising your safety and the integrity of the investigation


  • The day will explore how investigators don’t always need to use legal powers to force an online site to reveal who is the account holder as there are often clues to look out for with most of these accounts. There are also a number of online investigative techniques that can then be used to build an investigation around these clues to lead you to identify the account holder


  • We’ll also give you access to a handy online resource that provides you with key information about open source tips and techniques


  • Online via Teams. Certificates of CPD available.



The Investigator is hosting this must attend event for all investigators who want to effectively use the internet to search for an individual of interest to their investigation.


The internet contains a wealth of information about suspects, witnesses and victims that could prove vital to your investigation and transform the outcome of your case. It is a vital tool in the armour of all investigators and not just those working in specialist units.


The day will explore the fact that social media sites are not the only online communities where you can glean valuable intelligence on a person of interest.


There are a large number of other online sites which require an account holder to be identified and could be vital intelligence. These include:

  • Sales and auction sites, like GumTree and eBay

  • Forum sites, such like TripAdvisor and PistonHeads,

  • Gaming and Gambling sites


The day will also include practical tasks for delegates to undertake to put the theory into practice.

Our expert

Our workshop will be led by established open-source trainer, speaker and investigator Neil Smith and aims to equip delegates with a working knowledge of all the tools and techniques available for conducting effective social media investigations that are ethical and legally sound.


Cost: £194.95 + VAT (GBP) per delegate (LEA and Government Agency rate).  £295 + VAT Industry rate

Booking: Please send the delegates name(s), email address(es) and purchase order (made out to The Investigator) to or telephone +44(0)844 660 8707 for further information. 


Under no circumstances will a delegate be able to register using a free webmail address (ie: gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, Hotmail, AOL etc) but you can use one to login into Teams once your work email has been verified.

Payment can be made by PayPal/debit/credit card (corporate card fees apply + 3%). 

The meeting link will be sent out 7 days before the event.

Terms and conditions

NB: the price quoted is for one delegate to view the event live at the time of transmission. We do not provide copies of the recording to be viewed at a later date as our events are not open access events and we hold the copyright.  Reproduction without prior consent is strictly prohibited.