[Collections & Credit Risk - Table of Contents] January 2002

Sleuths' Top Tools

Web-based skip-tracing and asset-location solutions may be glitzier than CD-ROMs and paper-based directories, but end-users still place a premium on freshness of data and price when choosing their weapons.

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Who's Who in Skip Tracing and Asset Location
Company Location Website or Email Services
Acollaid Phoenix www.acollaid.com Phone numbers, neighbors, changes of address, bankruptcy, deceased, and Social Security nos.
American Research Bureau Inc. Denver www.arbi.com Pioneered the "no find-no fee" skip-tracing service.
Aries Data Corp. Pound Ridge, N.Y. www.bankfinder.com Offers bank search and subpoena software, collections software.
BellSouth Atlanta www.bellsouth.com/os Offers both Electronic White Pages and Listing Match Service.
ChoicePoint Inc. Santa Ana, Calif. www.choicepointonline.com Provides tools to locate people, uncover assets, and obtain background information online.
Data Retrieval & Asset Locating Systems Inc. New York www.dataretrieval.com Offers automated asset-based collections and enforcement programs, and portfolio enhancements.
DebtWatcher Inc. New York www.debtwatcher.com Offers online, interactive computerized debt search-and-alert system.
e-InfoData.com Boulder, Colo. www.e-infodata.com Provides access to public and proprietary information in 109 databases, generally on a flat-fee basis.
Excel Investigations Inc. Alsip, Ill. www.excelinvestigations.com Provides Skip-tracing information from public databases, as well as confidential resources.
Experian Inc. Orange, Calif. www.experian.com Automated Directory Assistance including consumer and business locator.
First Data Solutions Omaha, Neb. www.firstdatacorp.com Provides FastData, a name, phone number, and address database for people and businesses.
Global Information Services Oklahoma City N/A S.T.A.R.provides nationwide asset people locator services and "no find-no fee" programs.
IIS Denver www.iisnet.com Provides skip-tracing tools, including 800 ID Trapline and 800 IDcalling cards.
Immedia Vancouver, Wash. www.immediasolutions.com Offers electronic data transfer, change of address, bankruptcy, and phone search.
InfoUSA Omaha, Neb. www.infousa.com Power Finder database contains infomation on 115 million businesses and consumers.
Inquisitor Investigations Virginia Beach, Va. N/A Skip tracing and investigative services.
Insurance Intelligence Inc. Phoenix N/A Asset searches, skip tracing, and consulting.
International Locate & Asset Services Tamarac, Fla. www.rsi-ilas.com The company for all skip-trace and asset search needs.
J.R. Security & Paralegal Services Inc. Brooklyn, N.Y. N/A Skip tracing, investigations, process service, legal assistants/paralegals, and collections assistance.
LEXIS-NEXIS Collection Solutions Dayton, Ohio www.lexis-nexis.com/riskwise Its RiskWise subsidiary provides online databases to track debtors and assets.
Masterfiles Inc. Dallas www.masterfiles.com Provides new homeowner and mover records, and real-time Directory Assistance.
MDR/Fact-Finders Phoenix N/A Offers asset searches with 35%-40% locate rate and "no find-no fee" policy, for large volume only.
Merlin Information Services Kalispell, Mont. www.merlindata.com Public records on CD-ROM and the Internet for the investigations and collections industries.
Mid-West Protective Services Inc. St. Louis www.midwest-sleuth.com Bank account and asset searches, skip tracing, telephone number searches, and investigations.
MRCI Inc. Reno, Nev. www.mrciinc.com Provides first-class mailing solutions and file enhancement. Batch skip tracing a specialty.
National Skip Trace Network Garland, Texas www.nstn.net Locates people, verify employment, address, phone number.
People Locator Inc. Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. N/A Provides the solution to finding missing witnesses, defendants, debtors, and insured.
Qwest National Electronic Directory Assistance Denver www.qwest.com Paperless access to 100 million individual and business listings in 50 states.
RealEDA Electronic Directory Assistance Long Valley, N.J. www.realeda.com Provides nationwide, real-time interactive and batch file access to local telephone databases.
Roquemore & Roquemore Inc. Dallas www.roquemore.com Provides skip tracing and collateral location anywhere in the U.S.A.
Search America.com Maple Grove, Minn. www.searchamerica.com An Internet service that helps companies find people using an accurate, quick, and easy system.
Search Data Inc. Lombard, Ill. N/A Real-time search via up-to-date national databases for residential and business data.
SkipMaster Inc. Eureka, Mo. www.skipmaster.com Publishes SkipMasterCollection Reference Manual, a guide for collectors and skip tracers.
Tracers International Albany, N.Y. www.tracers.com Conducts asset discovery and locating services on a "no hit-no fee" basis.
Trak America Inc. Huntington, N.Y. N/A Provides address and phone locate, property and asset location, and legal placements.
Trans Union Corp. Chicago www.transunion.com Offers credit reporting, fraud prevention, account monitoring, risk management, and collections.
Universal Communications Loveland, Colo. www.uccweb.com Providers of Tel-Scan, national unblockable caller identification, and Telegram Notification mailing.
VeriFacts Inc. Sterling, Ill. www.skiptracers.com Provides skip tracing for creditors, collections agencies and attorneys, and debt purchasers.

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