Skip tracing is the process of locating an individual or individuals, often to collect an unpaid debt. It may involve bringing the individual to justice, reuniting with a family, serving court documents, or other reasons. Skip tracers work both independently and for businesses large and small.
Skip Tracing Examples
When finding people, a skip tracer’s services are very similar to that of a private investigator. For example, services may include:
- Tracking down someone who owes a debt, child support, or a judgment.
- Locate an individual who skipped bail. This is bail bond enforcement and is also known as bounty hunting. Bounty hunting is often used to locate a witness or expert to testify in court or legal proceedings. Also, it is used to locate a person of interest or to find a long-lost love, friend, or family member.
The skip-tracing process could involve almost any facet of an investigation that entails contacting a subject.
Skip Tracing Resources
The following are skip trace resources for private investigators. Some of the following resources provide access to national skip trace databases that allow you to use online tools to conduct free skip trace searches.
Accurint – Accurint®, a Lexis Nexis product, is a locating tool used by government, law enforcement, and commercial customers. It can locate people, neighbors, associates, and possible relatives. It can also access over 50,000,000 non-directory assistance records, including cell phone numbers.
Bailbond.com – Provides free nationwide databases that search for bail agents, bail bonding, bail bondsman, bail bonds, bondsman, bondsmen, bail bonding, criminal lawyers, and private investigators. This site will help anyone who has been arrested locate a bail bonds person to write a bail bond, either municipal, county, state, federal, or immigration bonds, and locate any jail, circuit court, county court, and/or appellate court.
BeenVerified’s Background Check Report allows you to search billions of public records online in just a few seconds. Search for criminal records, arrest records, bankruptcies, and more. In addition, you can find people using an address, phone number, and email lookups. BeenVerified offers an easy and affordable way to run a background check. Run an Online Search Now.
Internal Revenue Service – The IRS may forward a letter to someone when humane reasons are involved. For example, to notify someone of a serious illness, imminent death, or death of a close relative, seek an individual for a medical study to detect and treat medical defects, or notify an individual who cannot otherwise be located that he or she is entitled to certain assets.
The IRS will forward a letter from an attorney, estate administrator, or another person who directly controls the assets.
For more information and clarification on what may constitute “humane” reasons, you may refer to the IRS Handbook 1.3, Chapter 11, which you may find in Other Information Available to the Public. If you would like the IRS to help locate an individual, place a personal letter addressed to the individual in a blank envelope. Include first-class U.S. postage, and do not seal the letter. Place the unsealed letter in another envelope and address it as follows:
Internal Revenue Service
Office of Disclosure Operations
1111 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20224
SkipSmasher – An online data service for private investigators, collection agencies, skip tracers, judgment enforcement professionals, repossession companies, bail bond agencies, government agencies, and others who need to locate hard-to-find persons. It is not available to the general public.
US Department of State, Overseas Citizens Services – This service will help locate relatives or friends who are overseas when there is concern about their welfare or a need to notify them of emergencies at home. The Privacy Act requires that U.S. citizens over 18 provide a Privacy Act waiver before information about them is released to a third party. Persons in the United States may inquire about the welfare or whereabouts of U.S. citizens abroad by calling Overseas Citizens Services at 202/647-5225. If you want more information about locating persons of unknown whereabouts, you may call the National Contact Center toll-free at 1 (800) FED INFO, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. eastern time.
ZabaSearch – ZABASEARCH is a free people search and public Information search engine.
Skip Tracing Books
Skip Trace Secrets: Dirty little tricks skip tracers use: Learn Skip Tracing.
Skip Trace Secrets. Dirty Little Tricks Skip Tracers Use to Find People, Private Investigators, Repo Men, Bounty Hunters, Debt Collectors, Process Servers, and Social Tracking. This book provides some tricks, secrets, tactics, tools, and methods for finding someone from a seasoned skip tracer. This book is excellent for process servers, recovery agents, collectors, attorneys, experienced, and beginners.
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The Social Security Administration will no longer forward mail. So far there’s not been an alternate maneuver to replace this.