Some of our visitors may have heard of “skip tracing” or “skip tracer”, but do not really know what the term means. However, if you have ever Googled a person or searched for a past friend of family member online, you have already done some basic skip tracing work.
When people (debtors) change addresses and phone numbers without informing others (creditors) of their new contact information, then skip out on loan payments, they are known as a “skip”.
Skip tracing is the act of collecting information on the person to find out where they moved to.
Skip tracing can involve finding people owe a debt, owe child support, jump bail, etc. These people usually leave behind information that skip tracers use to find them.
Skip tracers can be licensed private detectives, but they do not have to be.
With the use of people searches, public records searches and other reference and contact information, anyone can do skip tracing work.
Not all people who are the target of a skip trace disappear on purpose. Estate attorneys will often use a skip tracer to search for lost heirs. Adopted children can use skip traceing to search for a biological parent.
Private investigators and professional skip tracers will often have access to more people search tools than the average citizens for finding a person. Some of these tools include private databases like Accurint that are very powerful for finding a person.
Bounty hunters also do skip tracing work to find people who have skipped out on bail.
If you are trying to find a person for yourself, there are a wealth of online public records sites that you can use to search for people.
You can search for people online with whitepages, reverse lookups, social networks, people search engines etc.
You can also access many court records and property searches online.
Here is a list of of people finder tips to help you find a person.
Google news is full of articles about family and friends who have been reunited after an online people search. Often times people find each other through one or more Google searches or Facebook profile searches.
In addition, you can also contact mutual friends or known acquaintances and coworkers to find information on the person.
Be sure to familiarize laws that govern the use of public records and people searching so you don’t violate any laws.