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How_To_Conduct_Your_Own_Skip_Trace by paydot888

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									How To Conduct Your Own Skip Trace

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Summary:
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've certainly seen one of
those Internet ads: “find your old classmates” and “click this banner.”
But do these systems really work?

I'm not going to say a that all of these firms provide a service that is
substandard. Because many of them do try very hard to locate the
individual in question. They even do occasionally have a success story or
two.

The only problem with contacting some of these companies is that due to
licensing ...


Keywords:
Skip Tracing, Private Investigation


Article Body:
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've certainly seen one of
those Internet ads: “find your old classmates” and “click this banner.”
But do these systems really work?

I'm not going to say a that all of these firms provide a service that is
substandard. Because many of them do try very hard to locate the
individual in question. They even do occasionally have a success story or
two.

The only problem with contacting some of these companies is that due to
licensing and data access constraints, they just don't have the resources
to do the job in most instances. And frankly, most of what they are
capable of, you could do yourself for free. You may not get the results
that you want, but at least you'll save yourself that credit card fee
that would have been on next month's statement. All for nothing but a
little of your time. And with a little bit of luck, that small time
investment COULD pay off.

By using the methods that these firms use, you may be able to locate
someone really very quickly. Sometimes these techniques are right under
your nose.

The very first place to start is the most obvious.

If you're reading this article, there's a 99.9% chance that you own or
have access to a computer. Search engines can be a wonderful tool for
locating an individual. Use the larger search engines to your advantage.
Start by simply putting in the person in question's name. Almost all
search engines also have an advanced search feature where you can add
other parameters to your search. So by using these tools, you can add all
of the information known to you. Once in a while, you'll come up with a
direct hit. Sometimes even the whole enchilada. Name, Address, Phone #,
etc. You can even use the Google map for directions!

So my advice to you is to always start there. It's the least expensive,
most accessible method available to the general public.

There are also a few other methods that the average Joe can use to do a
skip trace themselves.

Here are just a couple.

One great method to use in order to locate that long-lost lover or old
chum from high school is to simply call any of your old friends that you
know had contact with them. You would be surprised to find how many
people are still in touch. Occasionally, it can be just that simple. No
magic there. A simple phone call and your search is over.

Another avenue for your people search is to beat the sidewalk. If you
happen to still live in the town where you knew the person originally,
visit the old neighborhood, and any old friends or acquaintances that you
can find that still live there. You can also just knock on the doors of
the Skip's old neighbors. Ask questions. Lots of them.

Many people love to   gossip. If you live here in Boston, you know all too
well! Often, you'll   find willing candidates that will gladly give you the
latest scoop on the   person you're trying to locate. Once in a while,
someone will grab a   piece of paper and give you everything you need. On
the spot.

Another method you can use is send a letter to the person you are trying
to find to their last known address.

However, some exact phrasing must be present on the letter in order for
this to be successful. You must, I repeat, absolutely must, write in
larger bold letters above the person's address these words: “ADDRESS
CORRECTION REQUESTED, DO NOT FORWARD. NOTIFY SENDER OF NEW ADDRESS.” If
the person has filed a change of address card, many times the post office
will simply send the letter back to you with the new address on the
letter. This is a trick that is not known by many and often will let you
know exactly where you're skip trace is now residing. It doesn't always
work, but when it does, it's exhilarating to know that you accomplished
your search for less than the price of a cup of coffee!

A word of caution. It can be dangerous, attempting to locate someone that
you have not spoken to for many years. People often change, their lives
change and their situations also change. You never know what their world
is like currently, nor do you know what you're getting yourself into.
Walk lightly, and be very careful. There are many cases where people have
been seriously injured and even had their lives taken by attempting to
contact someone from their past. Please be careful. We suggest that if
you know, or even think, there is the possibility of danger, PLEASE
contact a professional to handle the search for you.
Word of caution. I have been trained to handle these situations, and
much, much more. Many times, it's not the situation itself, but the
unseen that can cause problems. I am trained to handle these instances.
We know that you want to find this person, but for peace of mind and
personal safety, we always suggest that you contact someone that
specializes in the field. Let us free up your time, provide for your
safety and use our expertise to make every attempt at realizing your goal
and locating the person in question.

As I mentioned above, there are many databases available for searching in
order to locate someone that has long since moved away. However, one of
the benefits of being a licensed investigator in the state of
Massachusetts is that I also have access to databases that are not
accessible by the general public. This gives me the edge necessary to
provide you with results. After a quick consultation, you'll also see
that this is quite affordable.

Sometimes, even less than what you see in those self-help kits advertised
on television or online. Consultation is always free. So if you are
looking for someone, take just a minute and call my office. It only takes
a few minutes, and we may be able to help you decide what avenue is best
for you. We do have some excellent success stories, and my firm could
help you locate that part of your life that you miss so much. So don't
lose any more precious time. Click the link below to visit my website.

								
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