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Since 1997, Dick has been operating against fraudsters, cyber-criminals and distributors of counterfeit product for various multi-nationals and organisations, often working in conjunction with Law Enforcement and/or Civil Lawyers.
In this role, he has been supervising and implementing investigation and surveillance ops against organised crime groups both in the UK and abroad and has been instrumental in achieving notable successes in obtaining evidence providing grounds for the recovery of lost revenue and damages on behalf of clients.
As a career detective predominantly engaged in national security matters, Dick earned a series of Judge’s, Met Commissioner’s and Chief Constable’s commendations and, in 1995, was awarded the Queens Police Medal for distinguished service.
This “hands-on” experience stood him in good stead for the transition to the commercial world. In 2002, he was awarded an “outstanding contribution” certificate by Microsoft Corp in recognition of his work for the Anti-Counterfeiting Team, Europe, Middle East and Africa. During 2011, he carried out a protracted investigation into electoral irregularities in a West African country, heading up a team of 28 investigators.
For more than ten years, Dick successfully operated as Wessex Enquiry Bureau, which worked in tandem with IP Forensics (International) Ltd, of which he was also a founder in 2001. The company morphed into IP Forensics Ltd in 2008, for which Dick directed operations until 2012, when IP Forensics (GB) Ltd was then established.
In 2015, Dick attained the national IQ Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators (QCF)
For many years, Dick has been a full member of the World Association of Detectives (WAD) and the Association of British Investigators (ABI). in 2010/2011, he was presented with the prestigious ABI Investigator of the Year award in recognition of his outstanding investigative performance and impressive results.
The award is held in great esteem and keenly sought by ABI membership. From 2015, Dick served on the ABI Governing Council, chiefly as Law Enforcement Liaison Officer. In May 2018, he was inaugurated the President of the Association at a ceremony at the Grand Hotel, Brighton. On standing down from the GC in 2022, he was presented with the Frank Martin Award to mark his service to the ABI . . . ‘above and beyond the call of duty’.
From a background of 10 years in the security industry, (Greg was a Security Manager in the retail and corporate sectors), Greg joined Wessex Enquiry Bureau as a partner and investigator in 2002 and IP Forensics Ltd in 2008.
As such, he gained experience in commercial fraud investigations, particularly operating against distributors of counterfeit products for various multi-nationals and organisations, most especially, but not exclusively, in the software industry.
Throughout this period, Greg has built up a specialisation in research, notably becoming very adept in open-source intelligence investigations and producing due diligence reports for numerous international clients.
His ability to build credible and robust legends in order to penetrate target organisations involved in illicit trading has resulted in developing an evidence-gathering formula in the test-purchasing arena, so succeeding where others tend to fail.
Greg has attended numerous seminars in the use of the internet as an investigative tool and the collection of open-source intelligence. In 2015, he attained the national IQ Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators (QCF).
He is a member of the Association of British Investigators and the World Association of Detectives.
Registered Office: 5/6 Harington Place, Bath, BA1 1HF, United Kingdom. Company Directors: Dick Smith QPM, Greg Smith. Incorporating Wessex Enquiry Bureau founded 1997.