The pension plan records of Fictitious Company, Inc. show that Skip Trace, a former employee with a vested plan
balance, has reached retirement age. Skip Trace’s address on file is not current. Knowing full well that a plan sponsor
must make a reasonable, good faith, effort to ensure that the plan’s participants receive their entitled benefits, Mr. Plan
Sponsor contacts COMMERCIAL INVESTIGATIONS. CI locates Skip through the use of skip tracing investigative
techniques. Mr. Plan Sponsor is pleased that company staff time and energy has not been wasted on a non-core
competency task of attempting to locate Skip through time consuming and inept searches. Within days, CI discovers that
find out that he will soon be receiving a modest monthly stipend.
The ultimate goal of skip tracing is the successful location of the subject. Skip tracing is similar to solving a puzzle.
Information is gathered from various sources and all of the pieces must be put together properly in order to get a
complete and accurate picture.
There are numerous reasons people hire CI to perform SKIP TRACE investigations. Some of those reasons include:
◦Debt collection or payment
◦Bail bond enforcement
◦Stock or bond holder
◦Bank accounts / other assets
◦Lost relative, friend or loved one
There are generally two steps to performing a successful SKIP TRACE. The first step involves multiple database
inquiries. Many of these databases are utilized exclusively by licensed private investigators. The first step ends when
all database inquiries have been exhausted. The second step includes utilizing the information obtained to find anyone
who may know, or have known, the subject and using them to discern the subject’s current location. These people may
include neighbors at last-known or previous addresses, relatives, former landlords, co-workers and business
The second step, which includes personal contact, must be performed to conclude most SKIP TRACE investigations
successfully. However, under certain circumstances, pretexts must be used to discern relevant information. There are
often instances where a client does not want to risk “tipping off” the subject, therefore investigator deception may be
Locating Skip Trace for Fictitious Company was easy for CI. That’s because it’s what we do. Don’t waste your time and
energy the next time you need to locate that “lost” someone. Instead, contact CI for an efficient, professional and
accurate SKIP TRACE investigation.
DATE: November 2004 - International Verifications