Special report: Tracking cheating spouses

By Harve Jacobs  bio | email

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - It's Tuesday night and Jim Scarborough is on the hunt. He's been a private detective for 20 years, chasing cheating spouses. "They're always gonna get caught. The bottom line is you're gonna cheat, you're always gonna get caught," Scarborough warned. He also has to break the bad news to his clients. "I've seen grown men cry in my truck," Scarborough said.

Scarborough's got it down to a science, using new tricks of the trade. "Technology jumps leaps and bounds. We used to do it with cameras, two or three cars at a time," the private eye explained.

Now he does it with a global positioning system, that can be hidden under a car or inside one. "It can be anywhere from the size of your thumb, depending on the battery type, all the way up to larger sizes," said Scarborough. He can actually follow someone's spouse on his computer. Scarborough called one of his clients. "I was tracking the g.p.s.,  and seems like we have movement. It's been moving for the last seven seconds," he told the client.

Scarborough also uses this tiny pinhole camera. "I've adapted it to fit into my palm where I can walk in and just film it." He also uses a device that looks like a pager. "The camera is in that little hole right there."

Scarborough did a re-enactment for us to demonstrate how he uses the technology to track cheaters. In this scenario a cheating husband picks up his girlfriend at a convenience store. We follow them to a fast food drive through, and then to one of their homes. "It's ten hours of total boredom for five minutes of solid adrenalin," Scarborough explained.

It's not just the technology that's changing. Scarborough says the type of clients that are coming to him for help also are changing. He says nowadays lots of men are coming to him who have wives who are cheating with younger men. "It's called the cougar stage when women are dating younger men. There's even such thing called a cougar club where older women like to show off their younger boyfriends," he explained. We checked for ourselves and found cougar dating sites all over the internet. It's another reason Scarborough's going to be a very busy private eye. "24 hours a day, seven days a week," he said.

It is legal for Scarborough to put tracking devices under or inside cars. He has a license to do so.

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