Collections Training :: What Does a Skip Tracer Do?
The term "skip" refers to a person who has disappeared in order to avoid paying some type of debt. Skip tracing is the process of locating skips. A skiptracer completes her goals by obtaining as much data as possible about her skip and analyzing it, reducing it, and verifying that it is true. Most often, the information will be utilized to track down third parties that may be able to help locate the subject. A skiptracer will often call or visit former employers, neighbors or other contacts that the subject knows to inquire about the whereabouts of the subject. A skiptracer might use credit reports, phone number databases, criminal backgrounds, job application information, social security, disability, utility bills and public tax information in their goal of locating the skip. Many of these records can be made available publicly, while some can only be accessed with a search warrant.
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When no specific information can be obtained, a skiptracer will create a public database that cross-references information with other people the “skip” might have resided with in the recent past. Skiptracers have turned to social networking sites with fake names and attractive pictures attached to fake profiles. Because so many people volunteer private information on these sites, it is fairly easy to get a hold of key information about a skip with a simple click of a mouse.