| by Michael H. Schwartz, P.C. in Bankruptcy

Why You Can Not Avoid Bankruptcy

Think your debts will go away just because they are not on your credit report, or the calls have stopped? Think Again!

Some people think you can “lay low” and wait out the collection attempts, but it is easy for anyone to find out the information they need to get to you. With nothing more than a name, collectors can use public records and other resources to find information such as phone numbers, current and past addresses, and family contacts.

Data Brokers

Whenever you sign up for something, fill out a survey or enter personal information online this information is being collected by data aggregators. These agencies collect your purchase history and demographic information.

One Line People Finders

There are numerous online “people finders” such as SPOKEO, BLACK BOOK ONLINE, INTELIUS and ACCURINT to name a few, that can track you down AND your friends, neighbors and family members to get to you.

The Creditors

When trying to find a way to get in touch with you, this is where the collection agency starts. Whenever you sign up for a credit card, loan, utilities or any other type of service, the company has your name and contact information.

Credit Reports

Collectors trying to recover a debt may pull a credit report to find out more information about you and your payment history.

Government Agencies

From the Department of Motor Vehicles and postal service to your voter’s registration, collection agencies can gain access to the information you provide the government to collect and verify your current contact information.

Public Records

With most public record information now online, it’s easier than ever for debt collectors to find your current address and phone number. Whether it be through the phonebook or your local county records office, the information they need is just a few clicks of the mouse away.

Skip Tracers

Skip tracers are a special type of investigator that use both traditional and technologically advanced search methods in order to locate you.