A skiptrace is performed when an investigator uses various sources of data to locate people. Though the purposes of a trace vary, many people subject to the skiptrace are usually delinquent on a debt or support payment and do not want to be found in order to avoid paying a debt.
Skiptracing is the process of trying to locate a person for a specific reason, such as debt delinquency, failure to pay child or marital support, repossession of assets, or fleeing after having posted bail. The method used to skiptrace normally involves collecting information on the person who has disappeared and systematically researching, analyzing and acting on the data. The type of information used varies widely and includes address information, utility bills, phone records, credit reports, court records, job applications and driver license records. In most instances, the investigator contacts people known to the subject of the investigation to determine whether they know of the person's whereabouts.
Skiptracing has become an industry that provides services to collection agencies, law enforcement agencies and bounty hunters. Many companies offer skiptracing tools and services by collecting and conglomerating public and private data, making the collection and analysis of information much easier and more efficient.