When people neglect to pay their debts and decide to leave town or "disappear" in order to avoid paying money that they owe, skip tracers are hired to try and locate them. The skip tracing profession has grown significantly over the past several years due to a high number of people who are late on their payments, and consequently the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the job openings in this field to increase by 19 percent through the year 2018. Skip tracers are employed by businesses that have collections departments, banks collections agencies, and independent skip tracing companies. The overall job of skip tracers is to locate people who owe money to another person or business. They utilize various methods to try and find the individuals who have "skipped" town. They often use the internet to perform electronic searches and they also check with the post office, credit reporting agencies, public records, property records, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and power and water companies to try and find the individuals they are seeking. According to the website www.ehow.com once skip tracers locate the individuals they must – by law – identify themselves as collection representatives. After identifying themselves, they must explain why they are calling or visiting and they then make arrangements with the individuals on how they want to pay their debt(s). Sometimes those being sought are not happy that they have been found and refuse to work with the skip tracers. Other times they are willing to work with the skip tracers on lump sum payments or partial payments in order to satisfy their debt(s). The requirements to become a skip tracer vary by state but most states require a Private Investigator's license. The website www.payscale.com lists the average salary for skip tracers as $31,200 per year.
|Education Required:||High School Diploma & Certification and/or License|
|Tasks:||Locates hard-to-find people.
Tracks people using the Internet.
Makes arrangements with people regarding past due bills.
|Also Called:||Bill Collector