Some unscrupulous private investigators resort to impersonating others in a practice called "pretexting," in which a private eye will contact a bank, phone company, Internet information broker, or other business, falsely claiming to be the person whose confidential information is being sought.

Some private investigators have even obtained passwords to private America Online accounts by pretending to be the person that the account belongs to. Other private investigators may even impersonate a real law enforcement agent, such as an FBI agent.

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