What are skip tracing websites?


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Skip tracing websites offer free or paid help in locating a person's whereabouts for a number of purposes, using software that searches private and public sector databases to access a variety of information about a subject. They are often used by debt collectors, private investigators, process servers, bail bondsman and journalists.

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Sites such as LocatePlus.com use proprietary software to access billions of online records to conduct person, phone, address, email, Social Security and civil records searches, as well as criminal background and motor vehicle searches. These websites are often used when tracking down a missing individual who did not leave behind a phone number or forwarding address. This person is known as the "skip." To track down hard-to-find skips, reports generated from skip tracing searches may also include their known aliases, their assets, licenses, email addresses and social networks.

Some sites such as ElitePSI.com limit their services to select areas and use local field investigators to interview known relatives, neighbors and co-workers to help locate the subject, as well as accessing real-time investigative databases on-line.

Many skip tracing sites charge one-time, monthly or yearly fees for their automated search services, but there are also many free resources available such as SkipEase.com that require manual searching by the user.

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