Learning How To Disappear

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Most Saturday
afternoons I head to the local bookstore. I love to watch people
reading books about offshore banking, hiding assets and how to disappear.
It’s usually your typical middle-aged guy dreaming about a
new life. I watch as they get caught up in their imaginary world.
Their eyes light up at the thought of leaving all their troubles
behind. Reading all those great stories about beach-front living,
escaping into oblivion, hiding your assets, and not paying taxes.
However, not one of those books shares the flip-side. They don’t
tell you about the skip-tracer who sits in his office and is paid
to find people who did what you are dreaming of.

A little tid-bit
on skip-tracers, we do it because there is an adrenaline rush in
what we do. What’s even better is I get to bill my client and
make some money. As we say in my office, ‘its all about the
Benjamins’. If your name comes across my desk and the money
is right you are my hunt. I will spend my day finding your mistakes,
be it through the utility company, the cable TV Company, or that
collect call from Cabo San Lucas to your sister Edith. I have found
many people from Boston to Bali. Usually I find them because of
the little mistakes they make before they departed or while basking
in the sun. Let me share a few thoughts with you about escaping.
Here are the usual mistakes: The woman from Beverly Hills who called
her doctor asking for her medical records to be shipped to Anquilla.
A gentleman from New Jersey who stole money from his company and
hid in the Dominican Republic and then had Barnes & Noble change
his shipping address to his beach-front condo. The list goes on
and on. When you pick up and leave to escape your creditors or for
other reasons, there are companies out there like Ahearn
and many other excellent ones that love the challenge
of finding you. To skip-tracers it’s a game we get paid to
play. We can make as many mistakes as we want; the one you make
is the one that most likely leads us to you. Sit back, take some
notes and understand the game from my point of view.

Most people
read a book then pick up and go. They simply disconnect their services
with no forwarding address and leave. Big mistake; take your time
and follow the below steps for making your escape last. Okay first
step, do not use your home, work or cell-phone, and do not use your
calling card. Do not use any of your credit cards to purchase anything
in the place you are going to escape to. You should develop your
plan at least six months before you hit the road. In the meantime
have all of your services, cable, electric, phone bills forwarded
to any GPO in the country. Call those companies every month and
find your balances and pay them. Make sure all the bills go to different
states. Have a little fun: one month have them send it to Oshkosh
the next to Bogota, New Jersey. Let them know they have the wrong
Social Security number on file and have them change it. Next month
give them your cousin Henry’s phone number in Toronto in case
they need to reach you. The key here is to load your account with
so much information you are creating misinformation.

Go online and
get yourself a Jfax account.
For $9.99 per month you can get a phone number in any state or almost
any country from Jfax. When someone calls your Jfax number, which
will have your personalized recording on it, the message will be
forwarded to your email address and you will be able to retrieve
that message from anywhere in the world. Make sure the email address
you give is a Yahoo or Hotmail address. Pay for your Jfax account
for at least one year. This way there will be no transactions on
your credit card in the coming months. Some skip-tracer trying to
identify your number will only be able to get an email address from
Jfax. What’s also great about Jfax is you can fax directly
from the Internet if you need to. Do not do any of your searching
from your home or work computer. Go to an Internet café and
do all of your research there.

Go buy yourself
to a pre-paid cell-phone and never give anybody the number. Make
sure you can dial an international number with your cell-phone.
If not, buy a pre-paid calling card then throw it away when it expires,
do not reload it. With the pre-paid cell-phone get a phone number
that has an area code in another state. When you order your pre-pay
cell-phone pay cash and give them a different name. Never call anybody
with that phone, the number might show up on his or her caller ID.
Start calling where you’re looking to escape to from your pre-paid
cell number or calling card. Dump that phone every month, yes, the
actual phone, and get yourself a new one. Get a new cell-phone with
a different number and a different area code from the original phone.
By doing this no one will be able to track where you have called.
Remember if you make one call from your home, work or cousin’s house
that is all I need to locate you. Get yourself a locker and leave
all your tools in the locker, never bring them home or to work.
If you accidentally toss them in the trash, then someone who is
searching your trash will find them. When you are ready to escape
you can empty your locker and destroy all information that could
leave a trail straight to you.

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19, 2010

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