Daily, people contact me to trace anyone from a long lost friend or relative to professional debtors i.e. people who consciously run up debts with no intention of paying them and then move house to avoid the creditors they owe money to.
One of the questions I’m asked is “will you definitely be able to trace the person?”
With trace work, unlike other services, results can’t be guaranteed and any tracing agent who says otherwise is fooling themselves and misleading you. Where tracing is concerned the results largely depend on the information available from the outset and the reason for the trace i.e. lost touch with a family member or friend a while ago or a Debtor. That said, I have successfully traced people with no more than a name, but generally, the more personal identifiers you have for someone the easier it is to trace them.
Here’s some of the information and personal identifiers which can be crucial in tracing:
- Full name
- Date of birth or age
- Last known address (LKA)
- When they moved from their LKA
- Any previous addresses