SKIP TRACING; AN IMPORTANT TOOL IN INVESTIGATION

RCI international process Service and investigation which began in 2004, serving the Baltimore Legal Community has provided full support in SKIP TRACING of individuals, their employments and many other fields.

Skip tracing is the process of locating a person’s whereabouts, whether it is a debtor who has skipped town, a witness for a court or legal matter, or simply a loved one that you have lost touch with over the years. When traditional methods of locating an individual do not work, process server professional private investigators can find the information you need. In addition to our resources as investigators, we have even more benefit being a national company as we have greater access to information throughout United States rather than just in a single province. Our success rate is 80% in the location of individuals anywhere in the United States on a No locate –No Fee Basis. If we cannot locate them, you owe NOTHING.

 Have you ever been disappointed by your contractor on your projects? Do you need to find the correct address to serve your ex-spouse with legal documents? Do you want to recover payment from a deadbeat client? Are you trying to find adoption information to locate a birth parent, or locate beneficiaries of an estate? Skip tracing services will give you the information you need to locate the missing individuals. Here are some examples of other professionals who have use for skip tracing:

  • Genealogists.
  • Real estate agencies.
  • Marketing departments and agencies.
  • Missing children organizations
  • Insurance fraud investigators.
  • Repossession companies.
  • Collection agencies.
  • School alumni reunion organizers.
  • Employment and tenant verification services
  • Long lost parent
  • Defendant tracing
  • Business tracing
  • Lawsuit serving
  • Company searches
  • Locate birth mother
  • Financial recovery
  • Landlord/tenant
  • Adoption traces
  • Place of employment

 There are others. But you see how skip tracing is useful in a broad range of professional fields.

IS SKIP TRACING LEGAL?

As long as you’re not breaking laws in order to get information (for example: accessing private records illegally or using violence to get information from somebody), there’s no law against using what you know to find out where someone is. However, there may be laws in your state or related to your business that govern how you can use your knowledge of a person’s whereabouts. For example, if you’re in the debt collection industry, it’s very wrong and illegal to mislead or lie about your intentions when contacting them. It’s legal to tell them truthfully why you’re contacting them, if you do.

Check your local laws and business specific regulations to make sure that you don’t step over the line once you’ve discovered where someone is.

HOW IS SKIP TRACING PERFORMED?

Skip tracing is a process used to locate a person who cannot be found at their place of residence or usual hangouts. The act of skip tracing is commonly used by process servers or private investigators who are looking for individuals to serve them court documents. A process server would perform skip tracing by collecting all of the information available on the person in question. All of the information they are able to gather is then analyzed and verified to ascertain where the individual’s location is. Skip tracing can involve gather a large amount of data or a small amount. 

Most modern process servers automatically head to the Internet to begin gathering information on their target, but another common technique that is used is social engineering. Social engineering is the art of cold calling individuals who might possess information on the subject. 

Skip tracing involves utilizing a wide variety of databases and resources to collect the needed information. Skip tracing will often involve accessing the following types of resources:

  • Credit reports
  • Phone number databases
  • Job applications
  • Credit card applications
  • Loan applications
  • Criminal background checks
  • Public record databases
  • Utility bills
  • Public tax information
  • Courthouse records
  • Air travel records
  • Driver’s license databases
  • Vehicle registration departments

In addition to professional process servers, there are whole companies that are dedicated to performing skip tracing. Although these companies have access to a wide variety of resources, it is not always possible to locate a person. If the subject cannot be found, then the skip tracing company will create an affidavit of diligence. This affidavit is legally admissible in a court of law and will explain to the court why the individual in question cannot be locate

HOW TO BECOME A SKIP TRACER; JOBS AND TRAININGS

There are no formal training requirements for performing skip tracing, professionals who want to learn how to become a skip tracer should make it a priority to learn about state and federal laws regarding everything from surveillance laws to privacy laws. Individuals interested in jobs in skip tracing may also achieve more career opportunities by specializing in a specific area of skip tracing, such as bounty hunting or debt collecting.

Many skip tracers receive their training on the job, working for bail bond agencies, private investigation firms, debt collection agencies, etc. A good working knowledge of computer systems and databases is required to achieve success in this profession, as is the ability to communicate well with people.

Formal training for skip tracer jobs can be attained through seminars and workshops, which are often offered through professionals in our company. Online seminars in skip tracing are also a popular option for skip tracers and others, such as bounty hunters, debt collectors, and private investigators, who want to learn about the latest online search tools and databases.

Individuals interested in Jobs and Trainings should contact;

Mailing Address:

P.O.Box 538, Hanover, MD 21076-0538

Overnight Mailings:

12078 Long Lake Drive,Owings Mills MD 21117

Email Address:

[email protected]

CONCLUSION

Skip Tracing is a necessary skill and powerful tool that has enabled businesses and individuals to locate missing people or contacts, debtors and help them reunite or reclaim revenues.  With Covid-19 requiring every county in the United States to build a contact tracing plan, this industry is expected to hire tens of thousands of skip tracers in 2020.

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