|Skip Tips & Repo Tips|
Here is a collection of skip tracing tips and tricks.
We hope that you enjoy them and find them useful. If you
have a skip tracing tip or repossession trick please
e-mail it to us and we will include it.
It is your responsibility to check your local, state,
and federal laws regarding the legality of any of these
skip tracing tips. This text is provided for
informational purposes only. You are responsible for
anything else that you may do with this information.
|#1 Skip Tracing Tip|
"Utility Company Searches"|
Call the Electric company where you suspect your
debtor has moved to, and tell them that you are attorney
Robert O'Neil. Explaining that Mr. & Mrs. Debtor have
retained your services to represent them in a
bankruptcy. You are calling the Electric company to
ensure that all of Mr. and Mrs. Debtor's accounts are
included in the filing. You have their social security
numbers and need a listing of their accounts, current
and past due.
Don't ever make that phone call cause it would be
illegal to impersonate an attorney. It would also be
Call the Electric company where you suspect your
debtor has moved to, and tell them that you are Mr.
Debtor. You are in the process of refinancing your
house, and there is a past due account on your credit
report from their company showing up. Tell them you live
in another city that they do not service. So you are
curious as to what this bill is for. They will ask you
for your social security number and check for any
accounts under that social.
|Phone Breaks for the Repossessor
"Phone Break Tips"|
Repo-Links.com has added an area for phone
breaks for repossessors. What is a phone break, and why would a
repossessor need one? A phone break is the process of determining the
address a phone number rings at. This is also called a reverse phone
Repossessors often have their skip's phone number through caller ID
technology. They just need the address the phone rings at to effect
The Telephone Records and Privacy Protection Act of 2006 makes many
of these type searches illegal. Did you know there is a 10 year prison
sentence for violating this law. If your company is in the
repossession business, you should know exactly what the law is. Our
Phone Break Secrets
page has a good overview of the law and it's effect on the
Check out our
Phone Break Secrets page
"Houston, We have a Repossession"
Many vehicles that are up for repossession are equipped with
Onstar, or other satellite tracking system. There are skip tracing
companies that will provide you with the vehicles satellite tracking
data for a fee. You then know exactly where to locate and repossess
the vehicle you are after. This same technology is used on most new
RV's and even some boats.
"The Quarter Trick"|
The house where you think your debtor lives has a garage. You are
confident that he lives here, yet the car you are trying to repossess
does not show. Could the car be in the garage?
If you take a quarter, lean it up against the far corner of the
garage door, so that if the garage door was to open, the quarter would
fall over. Then as you drive by at various times during the day and
night, you can see if the garage is being used, and you can get an
idea as to when they are coming and going.
"Cell Phone Ping"|
There are information brokers that "Ping" a specified cell phone and
provide you with it's exact location. If you know the cellular phone
number of the person driving the car you are trying to repossess, you
can ping their cell phone, get their location, and dispatch a tow
truck to their location.
Very effective way to repossess a tough car. There are several brokers
selling pings at this point, costs range from $200 to $500 per ping.
Not a cheap tool, but very effective when everything else has failed
to find you your collateral.
The Telephone Records and Privacy Protection Act of 2006 makes many of
these type of searches illegal. There are both financial penalties and
manditory federal prison sentences. Though some companies still
offer this service both the seller and the purchaser of these
records is breaking the Telephone Records and Privacy Protection Act
of 2006, beware!
"Can You Hear Me Now?"|
Don't you just hate when the tires on your
repo squeal when you are dragging a car out of a driveway?
Did you know that a squirt bottle filled with 1/2 water and 1/2
Dawn dishwashing soap can be sprayed on the tires and will make for a much
|Collateral in Garage?|
"The toothpick Trick"|
So you have found your debtor's
house, but the collateral you are after goes directly in
the garage every night as soon as he pulls in his drive.
You have watched him pull in the driveway in the vehicle
you are trying to repossess. He gets out of the car
opens his garage, and then promptly pulls the vehicle in
You should understand that it would be illegal for
you to tamper with the lock on his garage door. That
would be vandalism. What if you were walking up his
driveway with a toothpick in your mouth, and you
tripped? If the toothpick were broken off in the garage
door lock the debtor could not unlock his garage door
when he got home, allowing you the opportunity to blast
in there and repo your car.
If the debtor uses an electric garage door opener, a
simple call to the electric company requesting your
electricity be disconnected on a set day as you are
moving should also do the trick.
This is a hardcore repossession trick and will get
you sued if you use it on honest Mom & Pop debtors.
Tricks like this should be saved for your fraud accounts
and debtors already wanted by the police. On a normal
Mom & Pop repossession, it would be much better to
confront the debtor and demand the vehicle surrendered.
Check your equipment daily before you get out on the road and start
hunting. Like any professional, you are only as good as your tools.
Your tools make you money, so take good care of them. Check all of
your fluid levels, including your hydraulic fluid level. You know how
much louder a hydraulic pump is once it starts sucking a little air.
Make a checklist of everything on your truck that should be
checked, power steering, oil, transmission, tires, etc. and get in the
habit of checking them daily.
|Skip Tracing Tip|
Your speaking voice is as important as the words you choose. You
should sit up straight (or stand ) to give your voice the most
resonance. You should also lower the pitch of your voice about one
octave below your normal speaking voice. Psychologically this will
give you more confidence, and also increase your charisma presence
with the person on the other end of the phone. It is important to
record some of your pretext calls so that you can go back over your
work and hear how well you sounded, and what you could do better next
|Finding Skip Tracing Sources|
Watch for new potential sources of data in your daily transactions.
Pizza Hut, Radio Shack, and Blockbuster Video all keep track of their
customers by phone number. If you called Radio Shack in your debtor's
city, tell them you are with Radio Shack in another town. Explain that
Mr. Debtor wrote your store a bad check and that you are trying to
find a current address for him. Ask them if they would look Mr. Debtor
for you by his phone number. They will usually help.
|Laws Governing Skip Tracing|
The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLB) prohibits "pretexting," the use of
false pretenses, including making fraudulent statements and using
impersonation, to obtain consumers' personal financial information,
such as bank balances, or account numbers. This law also prohibits the
knowing solicitation of others to engage in pretexting.
There are many LEGAL ways to obtain this same information without
breaking the law. Following your subject to his bank would be one
legal way. Taking your subject's garbage once they have put it on the
curb is another.
The Telephone Records and Privacy Protection Act of 2006 also
covers activities that skip tracers have used since the telephone was
Phone Break Secrets
page has a good overview of the law and it's implications.
|Skip Tracing Tip|
"Skip Tracing Basics"
Locating defendants or persons with information critical
to a client’s case is a routine assignment for
investigators. There is a myriad of resources available
to a skip tracer that can assist in our efforts. The proverbial
“paper trail” we create as we go through life, from a
birth certificate all the way through our eventual death
certificate, many documents punctuate our voyage along
the way. Additionally, we have a multitude of sources to
check when searching for almost any American: all of the
computer databases, voter registration indices, civil
and criminal court filings, the telephone book,
crisscross directories, Motor Vehicle Department
records, credit card records, Social Security data,
sometimes police reports, and the list goes on forever.
|Prisoner Transport Tips|
"Bounty Hunter Tip"
Everyone knows to search the prisoner before you put him in the
back seat of your car, but how many of you searched the back seat
before you put your felon in the back seat?
It is actually proper procedure to completely search your vehicle
backseat before you transport a prisoner and again after you have
removed the prisoner.
It must never be assumed that someone else has searched a prisoner,
If you are transporting a prisoner, search him.
|Repossession Tip |
"GPS Tracking Devices"
There are GPS devices that are available now that will attach to
the underside of someone's car so that their current location can be
monitored from the internet. These units are fairly new and still
expensive. Prices will begin to fall over the next year as
|Bounty Hunter Tip|
In some cases, you may want to prepare a
“Missing” or a “Reward” poster, whichever is appropriate
for where you intend on putting them. These are useful
for leaving with businesses or individuals, posting in
shelter agencies and areas where other homeless people
may frequent; give them to people you interview along
your way. The posters may generate additional leads on
your subject’s whereabouts, particularly if there is a
reward offered for information. The posters should
include a picture of the subject, name, description,
maybe a reason why you are looking for the subject and
how to contact you if someone has information. If a
reward is offered for information it should say so on
the poster. If you use a “Missing” poster ensure you
create a believable pretext why the defendant needs to
"Let There Be Dark"
Is the streetlight in front of your debtors house bothering you?
Did you know that if you hit the streetlight with your spotlight
for just one second the streetlight will shut off thinking that it is
daytime? It will then take about 5 to 10 minutes for the light to reset and
come back on! Plenty of time for you to repossess your vehicle under
the cover of darkness.
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