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12th Dec 2022

Sleuth charges £25 to catch out cheating men and says she has exposed hundreds

Steve Hopkins

‘There are always Snapchat notifications – it’s always Snapchat’

A ‘love rat’ investigator who is hired by women has exposed 1,000 cheats for as little as £25 a time – and even sends saucy nudes to catch men out.

Madeline Smith set up her business after being inspired by a TV show which reveals disloyal lovers and uses multiple phones and social media accounts to lure and trick cheaters.

The 30-year-old, who is in a relationship, messages men who areF under suspicion from their partners to see if they take the bait.

The sleuth, from LA, then progress the conversation as far as the client wants – including sending nudes.

Madeline said: “There are so many types of guys and I know exactly how to play each one – smart guys, dumb guys, suspicious guys.

“I feel so much of it is intuitive. I can look at a profile and immediately know [a guy’s] personality.”

Madeline says she was obsessed with the show, Cheaters, in high school, which revealed love rats live on TV. She and her friends would then try to do the same thing with people they knew – without much success.

But, in 2018 Madeline decided to expose the unfaithful full-time by forming a “loyalty test” using “all the experience I’ve had over the years, I decided to come up with a game plan and system”.

Suspicious women reach Madeline through her contact form and provide her with information about their relationship and any past offences, along with how aggressive she’s allowed to be in pursuit.

It is then up to Madeline, who is in a relationship with a music producer, to investigate the man. She claimed that, in some cases, they seem extremely dangerous – and she will advise the woman to seek legal help instead.

For cases she does accept, Madeline will set the bait with a message.

“I submit everything into a confidential database and then hit up the guy,” Madeline explained.

“It could take five minutes to get through to them – or two days.

“I see if they take the bait and then I will tell the girl and see what they want. For some just replying is enough to prove their infidelity.”

Madeline says that typically the girl will have a “gut feeling… but can’t explain it” and has usually been in the relationship for between one and two years.

“There has usually been some kind of incident before,” she said.

“It could be he cheated on her in the first six months and he won’t let the girl see his phone.

“And there are always Snapchat notifications – it’s always Snapchat.

“The girls always feel they are being made out to be crazy and are made out to be the disloyal partner, despite never having cheated.

“Most women always feel sad or mad coming to me and I reassure them it’s perfectly acceptable for them to need answers about where they’re investing their love and life.”

Madeline says she will contact the suspect and adjust her technique depending on his interests, personality and what his weaknesses were in the past.

She added: “When I was assessing a recent client’s boyfriend, he was very suspicious – he didn’t give a lot back, but was engaging and ultimately failed.

“He liked the attention and was smart and I ended up using maths with him and he directed me towards Snapchat.

“I did sexting and videos with him. I would ask questions such as, ‘Do you want the circumference or the diameter?’. It turned into a teacher-student dynamic.”

Madeline said 80 per cent of messages she receives are regarding repeat offenders and that she often busts men who have wives and children, something that can help women get the upper hand in divorce proceedings.

She said: “One client’s husband spent so much money on hookers and hotels and racked up debt on a credit card with cam girls.

“She asked me to help prove he was still doing it so she could take half the money back.”

Madeline claims she has a legal team and makes sure she acquires to the nuanced laws in different states. She says she has 1,000 closed cases and has repeat customers who will vet all their romantic partners with her.

She charges a $30 (£25) base rate for a standard loyalty test but her prices increase if the case is more complex or she needs to put in a lot of time and work.

She said: “I’m not looking to put my hand in anyone’s bank account. Most girls are very cognisant of time and we work with each other as we go.

“Depending on the financial situation of my girl, I can bend at times.”

And Madeline said it’s not always bad news – as sometimes men pass the loyalty test with flying colours.

She said: “My favourite thing is to get blocked. The guys who pass will say I have a wife, girlfriend or fiancée and she wouldn’t like this.

“The best thing is when they say thank you for reaching out and block me.”

How to spot a cheat, according to Madeline

1) They use Snapchat

2) They hide their passcode and notifications – for example, they will put their phone face down

3) You have a intuitive feeling

4) He’s constantly jealous and making accusations

5) They expect you to have extremely strong boundaries with men meanwhile they indulge in any kind of female attention