For what ever reason you are searching for someone- time is money. The faster you can find someone the quicker you can cash the paycheck. This is especially true for the contingent recovery aspect of skip tracing. When I get a new account assigned to me I throw out as many bones as I can knowing it will raise my chances of getting a bite sooner, rather than later. And all the while keeping my fingers crossed that the person will provide good address and phone numbers to one of the many sources of information such as a new utility connection, insurance, or maybe even get a traffic ticket.
Every bone I throw out is graced by a trap line phone number. Eventually a person will give in to the curiosity and call me. Some trap lines that I set up go to voice mail only so that a person is driven to leave me a message and I can know what person in my files that phone number goes to. I’ve taken a liking to this tactic because of the popularity of the pay-as-you-go cell phones in my metro area of Houston, Texas. We just got our fourth area code just a few weeks ago!
I’ve experienced first hand that a dropped phone number can get assigned to a new phone customer in just 24 hours and therefore the traditional caller ID name is not reliable (if there is one). Also these types of cell phone accounts don’t require a user to give name and address information to keep the account and phone companies certainly don’t verify what information they do get.
When I do finally get a phone number trapped that can’t be reversed or busted, I go through some steps to get what I need from that phone number. Of course, I run that phone number through every database that I subscribe to. It’s a good investment to check every single database for the one and only reason that every database gets their information from many different sources at different times. No two databases could give the same on the same day for that reason as well. If I apply for DishTV today it could appear with Equifax in just a couple of days, but could take a couple of months to a year for that new address to show on any database and only after they buy the info from Equifax and then scrub it into their own system. This is the very reason no two databases are equal.
Have you ever called someone and instead of answering the phone you get a text message in response? Something like “Who dis?” has appeared on my computer screen from people that I have called. They have no idea if I am calling from a cell phone or a land line. There just simply is no trust in taking a phone call from a strange phone number. Instead of texting back, I just call back. I think it’s a divided percentage of people that will actually answer the phone. The people that I call are expecting the unexpected . Their cars are usually out for repossession or they know they’re past due on child support payments.
There is one particular database that takes innovation in cell phone investigations very seriously providing the most amazing and accurate service called Cell Stinger. I’ve spent the past week taking to a few investigators about it and I am told this service is dead on every time. A bait text is sent to the target phone and apparently it’s too good to resist for the average disappearing artist because I hear that it works with accuracy every time. You can only get this from SkipSmasher.com and they are currently offering a $50.00 credit for premium searches.