Collector - March 2018 - 26
"We have to open
our minds to other
that you may
not consider will
help you find
owner of JAG
"We have to open our minds to other
information out there," Stuart said.
"Resources that you may not consider will
help you find information. Investigators
utilize the internet and other publicly
available sources and analysis to identify
For example, social media websites as
well as internet search engines such as
Google, Yahoo and Bing could be among
the first resources skiptracers turn to as
more and more consumers are eager to
share details about their lives when they
log on to their cell phones or computers.
When used correctly by an investigator,
an email address or username can open
as many-or more-doors as a Social
"Some statistics have shown the average
age of people who begin to use the internet
is 8 years old," Stuart said. "So, at age 8,
people are beginning to create a footprint
on the internet."
That might sound scary- particularly
when you consider how the information is
collected. For instance, think about the card
you scan at the grocery store or the contest
form you fill out at the mall.
"Most people don't read the fine print
that tells them their information could be
sold to a third-party marketing company,"
Stuart said. "Similarly, when you buy a
pizza, your name and contact information
are probably entered into a database that a
That's why your basic contact information
and buying habits can be accessed on a
number of websites.
Other search sites that provide viewers
with easy access to current and past phone
numbers and addresses are largely based on
public information. The most commonly