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Valerie McGilvrey Talks About SHAKEN/STIR STIR/SHAKEN

SHAKEN/STIR Shakes Up Robodialers

Why this is GOOD NEWS for skip tracing.

December 30, 2019, was the day that Congress finally stood up for the American people and enacted the TRACED Act (Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act). SHAKEN/STIR is another set of acronyms that stands for Signature-based Handling of Asserted Information Using toKENs/Secure Telephone Identity Revisited, and is the tech behind making this beautiful thing work. SHAKEN/STIR is directed at the misuse of robo-dialers to commit fraud against unsuspecting phone owners.

The act gives the deadline of June 30, 2021, for telcos to be in full compliance with updating phone account owner information in the Line Information Database. Most robo-dialers have wrong numbers because they deliberately delete the verified phone number in the program. So when you return a call to a random phone number you’ll hear it’s disconnected even though you’ve just received the call moments before. Many carriers such as Tmobile stopped updating this information citing privacy concerns. VoIP, mobile, landline, and possibly toll-free numbers as well will be so much easier to bust. …


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Valerie McGilvrey Talks Voting Machine Memories

In 2018, I attended the Defcon conference in Las Vegas. When my friends and I walked down a hallway in Caesars Palace, there were meeting rooms on each side that held a village of one type or another (classroom that focuses on one subject), one of the fellows pointed out Voting Village.

It may have been the first time Defcon had a Voting Village. I could be wrong about that, but electronic voting machines were still very new in the world of elections. …


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Published first on Thedailyskip.com

November 10, 2020

Facebook has evolved yet again into a restrictive tank taking the privacy of its users as a priority after a series of congressional hearings that targeted the misuse of data belonging to users. Only one, maybe two details that I wrote about in this article are still relevant. We can no longer search by a phone number. Instead, we must use information from a reference sheet or associates provided on a professional database search. …


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Repossessions and the FDCPA

Over thirty years ago, Congress gave the citizens of the United States the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, most commonly is referred to as the FDCPA. While the law is specifically directed to third party debt collection agencies, individual states may have finance law that goes beyond third-party collection agencies to govern in-house, first-party debt collection efforts.

The usual mechanics of collection and repossession agencies are to take many accounts on contingency. Certainly, that was the case when the federal government first took notice of consumer abuses and congress created the FDCPA in 1978. Agencies went overboard with harassment, scare tactics, and deception to force the debtor to pay their bills and congress noticed. …


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Originally published on The Daily Skip

The first reason to request a credit report is obvious; looking for the golden egg. A new address, phone number, or place of employment. I just need one out of three and I can get a little further down the road towards getting a repossession on the hook and ultimately a nice paycheck.

I don’t always pull credit when I get a new assignment. I assume that if I have a good phone number that I can use my wit to sweet talk a debtor. The point is that I fail in determining when I should give it up and pull the report. …


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Originally published on The Daily Skip

Once upon a time in a land very close to where you’re sitting right now, there was a sleazy snake oil salesman with a sparkling smile who told me that he had a wonderful device that would allow me to see inside of locked garages. I glared at him and said, “Why, that’s wonderful. I do think I already have this thing you’re trying to sell me for $3999.99. It’s called a borescope and I paid $99.00 for it at Home Depot.” Now you can get one for $10 on eBay.

Innovative smartphone apps have given field investigators and repossessors slick tools to perform a task which at one time required the use of high priced and bulky equipment. Finding the evidence that someone has been in a place recently by a measure of time determined by the fading heat signature of a hand placed on a wall or door handle would at the very least give you a confirmation. …


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TLO fails to update major changes.

The TLO That Stings

TLO and Delvepoint are both offering Vehicle Sightings and Motorola has bought Vigilant Solutions which operates DRN, MVTrac, and PlaceLocate. Those databases are said to have already merged making this the most robust LPR data source available.

You should wait to sign your new TLO contract. At least wait until after January 1, 2019, when Digital Recognition Network is rumored to end TLOxp’s access to their data which powers the Vehicle Sightings search. A move that TLO has declined to acknowledge, or at least they haven’t informed their sales staff of the contractual split.

If you’ve recently signed a contract with TLO and the hard sell was the search for license plate vehicle locations, then you may have an easy out by citing the failure to disclose this detail. It’s my opinion that TLO isn’t worth the monthly fee without it, and other databases such as Delvepoint and IRBfocus outperform TLO by leaps and bounds (at least in my region of the southern states). Also, that monthly fee is going to double after the new year begins. …


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Originally published on The Daily Skip

Repo man assumed the identity of a federal marshal to obtain illegal cell pings.

[Update 2/10/2016: Edens was sentenced to one year in federal prison and three years probation after release. He has been serving the remainder of his sentence for stalking and harassment in a Georgia Department of Corrections Prison. He’ll begin his federal prison sentence once his current sentence is completed.]

We’ve all made mistakes. I’ve probably made more mistakes than you have and I’m like any other person who’ll sheepishly look down in shame to reluctantly admit guilt. It’s easier for me to auto-correct as I get older though (thanks to five hours per year of mandatory ethics classes).

Auto recovery in this decade is a noble profession and I believe that my vendors are experts in doing the job in the field as I also am, in my own right, an expert at finding people who dodge the repo trucks. …


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Skip Trace Secrets 2018 Workbook

The 2018 paperback edition of the one-day Skip Trace Secrets Seminar, facilitated by Valerie McGilvrey is now for sale on Amazon.

For Process servers, private investigators, repossession agents and judgment enforcement. Any professional industry that needs to find people or their assets will find good information in this course.

Book buyers are invited to join the Skip Trace Secrets Facebook group, for the instruction on details listed in the book but not expounded upon.


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The Database Dilemma by Valerie McGilvrey

We have to have them in order to survive in our industry and we jump through hoops to get them and some jump through flaming hoops with spikes and shooting arrows aimed at their heads to keep them. It’s because we can’t successfully work without them, that I decided to put together this short guide of what you need to have established before you apply.

At no time should you ever feel like your opportunity for reapplying to a database is null and void for the rest of your professional career. There’s some that will shut you and your company out forever if you violate their terms and conditions or fall outside of the permissible use of data for which you’ve been granted access. …

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