"Skip tracing" is a term that refers to the process of finding a person whose whereabouts are unknown and is based upon the word "skip," which is often used to describe a subject who is believed to be "skipping out" on his or her duties and obligations- such as a debt or court appearance. Private investigators conduct missing persons investigations on behalf of a wide variety of client-types:
- Family members looking for long-lost relatives.
- Friends looking for persons with whom they lost touch many years ago.
- Attorneys looking for missing heirs in probate cases.
- Creditors looking for those who owe them money.
- A bail bondsman looking for a client who has failed to appear in court.
- An insurance company looking for a missing witness to an insured loss.
- A parent looking for their child who has run away or was abducted.
- Private Investigators looking for a scam artist or identity thief.
People are missing for a great number of reasons, but all typically fall into one of two categories, intentionally or unintentionally missing. This course is designed to teach and develop techniques that are required in even the most demanding skip tracing investigations. The course of instruction will introduce topics from determining the reason behind the subject's disappearance and the best methodologies employed to find each type, gathering required information through the use of traditional and creative investigative techniques as well as using information brokers or databases and brand new cutting edge Internet resources to the legal aspects of missing persons assignments and why it is a skip tracer's responsibility to ensure the safety of those he or she finds.
This course is approved for 14 hours of instruction in Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Iowa; 12 hours in Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky; 7 hours in Louisiana; 8 hours in Kansas; 10 hours in Oregon and South Carolina; 6 hours in North Carolina; 4 hours in New Mexico. An exam will be administered upon the conclusion of the program. If the candidate passes with a score of 75% or better, a certificate of completion will be issued in accordance with acceptable standards.
This CE program has been approved by the Louisiana State Board of Private Investigator Examiners on 3-1-2011 and is valid for one year from this date for SEVEN (7) HOURS OF CE CREDIT. With the purchase of this course you will receive the mandated LSBPIE Ethics course (1 CEU Hour) for free. When you have completed this course you will then be able to register yourself for the free LSBPIE Ethics Course.
L. Scott Harrell has been a professional investigator for over 17 years. He began a career in the intelligence and investigations tradecraft when selected to work with several intelligence units while serving our country in the United States Navy. Since his discharge, Scott has continued to apply the very special skills honed in the military through his own private investigation practice and service within the private security industry. Scott has worked with Fortune 500 companies, owned and managed two very successful agencies in Texas, Florida and Louisiana. He is also a noted speaker, mentor and author of ten (10) investigation-related books.
- Introduction to Skip Tracing
- The Liability of Skip Tracing
- The Legality of Skip Tracing
- Important Personal Identifiers - The Social Security Number
- Document Review and the Funnel Approach
- My Approach to Skip Tracing - Skip Tracer's Checklist
- Your Own Powers of Observation
- Pretext Scenarios and Examples
- Commercial Information Brokers and Database Sources
- Credit Headers and Consumer Credit Reports
- Real-time and Historical Telephone Information
- Finding the Commercial Database Provider
- Field and Phone Interviews
- Canvassing and Wanted Posters
- Understanding Public Records - Public Records on the Internet
- Using Email to Locate People
- How to View Email Headers
- IP Addresses and Deciphering their Location
- Internet Profiling
- Locating Military Members and Verifying Active Duty Status - Understanding Military Addresses
- Other Federal Resources
- Finding Homeless People