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Skip Tracing Missing Debtors and National Bankruptcy Checks

On 7 April 2016, News.Com reported that Australian household debt had reached a point where ‘a tidal wave of defaults … could bring the country to its knees’. Much of this debt is in mortgages as opposed to credit cards, so at least big lenders will be able to recover most of the value owed. This is scant comfort to small businesses extending unsecured lines of credit, where skip tracing missing debtors is becoming an almost weekly event.

How National Bankruptcy Checks Work

The Australian Financial Security Authority applies the nation’s bankruptcy and personal property securities laws on behalf of consumers, business, and the community. Its task includes managing bankrupt persons that are not supposed to obtain credit above $5,485 without first disclosing their situation to their lender. Any person wanting to do national bankruptcy checks may do so by registering on their website, and paying a $15 fee per search.

Unfortunately, many Australian small businesspeople do not know this facility exists, or the persuasive nature of the customer bowls them over to the extent that national bankruptcy checks become irrelevant. Our phones ring daily with calls to help find bankrupt people who have defaulted and skipped town. We are often able to assist, although skip tracing missing debtors is an intensive and time-consuming task.

How We Go About Skip Tracing Missing Debtors

‘Skip tracing’ is the process of finding missing persons who have vanished for a variety of reasons. The somewhat archaic term derives from the term ‘skipper’, being a person who has done just that. It is a painstaking process of collecting every shred of evidence, and distilling it into unique, trustworthy bites of data.

We use a variety of information sources to build a ‘skippers’ profile, including conversations with friends, colleagues, family members, and neighbours. We also access public and private databases in our search for every available clue. Private detectives, debt collectors, process servers, and divorce attorneys all follow the proven method. In fact, we count many of them among our regular skip-tracing clients.

Help with Skip Tracing Missing Debtors and National Bankruptcy Checks

We visit the Australian Financial Security Authority register for national bankruptcy checks daily as a routine part of every missing person investigation, and can assist in this regard. We have a dedicated team of skip tracers with enviable experience and success. To access this valuable resource call 1300 553 788 to seek urgent advice, or leave a message on our website and we will respond.

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