People who think they are very
clever usually end up running away from something, and are in
need of a new life.
Locating a New Identification:
The best way is to
choose an identity of a person who died very young. Some
hustlers use the obituary section in old newspapers found at
libraries. Once they find someone about their age and sex, they
take down all the pertinent information.
Some info like parents names and
mother’s maiden name can also be found at the U.S.. Census
Bureau, hospital records, or church baptismal records.
They file for a duplicate
birth certificate to replace the one they have “lost.” It never
arouses suspicion because the lack of an original birth
certificate is so common in this country. The U.S. Passport
office provides information on how to request a certified copy
for a fee. After getting the birth certificate, everything opens
up to them, all under a new name.
Once they get the birth
certificate, they go to the Department of Motor Vehicles and get
a driver’s license.
They easily obtain it once they
have proper identification and a birth certificate.
Social Security Number:
They never use the same
social security number twice. Every time they are asked they
make up a new one.
Where They Hide:
They go to big cities. It’s
easier for them to stay lost there than settling in a small town
with nosy neighbors. There are also more job opportunities,
public transportation, etc.
To build references, they do
low-paying or part-time jobs. If they have valuable skills, they
free-lance their services until they build up enough references
to get a decent full-time job. They avoid jobs that are similar
to previous employment. They usually seek temporary agencies and
temporary work because they eventually lead to a full-time job.
They avoid all jobs that put them in the public eye, like
entertainment, bartending, hotel desks, etc.
Usually no more than two or three
job references are required to get work. The hustlers get two or
three mailbox addresses with fake company
names. They write their own
letters of reference on letterheads printed with the fake names.
If they are asked for a phone number, they give a friend’s
number who poses as a former employer, or they use a secretarial
service that always says the person is not available, and will
take a message. If in need of educational credentials, they
either buy the degrees by mail order or they go through the
educational process to get a new set of degrees and diplomas.
To become unrecognizable, they
try to become the opposite of what they were. They usually
change their hair and the type of clothing; gain or loose
weight; wear or remove eyeglasses; take on smoking or quit; grow
or shave a beard. They hide scars, marks and tattoos with makeup
or hair. Sometimes they change the way they walk by placing
objects inside one shoe. In extreme cases they get
cosmetic surgery to change their features. They adjust their
speech or change their accent or dialect to fit in with their
In all cases they are chameleons
who avoid attracting any attention to themselves. The successful
ones never have their photos taken and are careful
with paper trails (always use
mail boxes for all correspondence). Also, they totally
separate themselves from their original existence. And most of
all, they never reveal their secret to anyone because that makes
them vulnerable to apprehension or blackmail.
One, Two, Three, on
Billy Hiding Behind that Door Ever met someone you wished you
knew more about but didn’t want to get a private investigator
involved? The full name, last known address, birth date,
and social security number can easily and legally be obtained.
There are many cross-reference systems available at the library
that have the names and addresses listed. A simple form letter
and a small fee to the Register of Voters, the county
courthouse, and property tax division, will provide a data
search allowing you complete access to divorce decrees,
garnishments, child support, mortgage holders, and just about
anything else. These records should satisfy your initial goal,
but hey, why stop here?
From the Motor Vehicle Dept. you
can get moving violations, accident records, height, weight,
sex, and color of eyes and hair. The last bit of information you
will need to finish this phase is a T.R.W. report.
T.R.W. is a national credit
information company. For a small fee you can access their data
base system. It
is so complete that often times
they know more about people than the people know about
You should now have a pretty good
official profile of this person. Your next step is to make
inventive phone calls to the numbers that have crossed your
path. Talk to ex-fellow employees, school mates and family
members. Soon you will have enough information to write a book
about this person. Access to information in other countries is a
little different but the same strategic formula works.
Pick Pocket Psychology
At some carnivals and state fairs
thieves stand by a “Beware of Pickpockets” sign. They know that
guys will read it and instinctively feel for their wallet. This
alerts them to the placement of the money. They will then bump
the victim once to make him grab his pocket. The wallet will
still be there, and the guy will feel embarrassed about how
paranoid he just acted. Now he’s psychologically set up for the
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