How to Disappear: Erase Your Digital Footprint, Leave False Trails, And Vanish Without A Trace is a NY Times Bestseller written by Frank M. Ahearn who. When life becomes too much, Frank Ahearn can help you disappear. He’s not cheap; this New York-based skip-tracer turned skip-maker. Former private investigator Frank Ahearn used to be a “skip tracer,” Now he’s switched sides, and helps people to disappear without a trace.

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Jul 20, Andrei rated it it was amazing. So the housekeeper says, “No, Monica Lewinski’s not here now. So I get a fax from a good client of mine that says, “I need you to find these two women: Purely fran, fluke, man.

Perhaps the private investigator would call the banks and make the very illegal move of pretending to be Vera. He talks about Altavista – a very popular sea Considering this book was written just three years ago, I mistakenly assumed that it would focus on online privacy and falling off the virtual grid.

So you spent years doing this, skip tracing, finding people who had disappeared, and then you, you changed. So I struck up a conversation and sure enough, he needs to disappear.

It’s amazing how much of what one thinks of as one’s own personal data is in fact public and free for the harvesting. He talks about Altavista – a very popular search engine in – which was sold to Yahoo in and had already lost its flair by than.

Q&A with author Frank Ahearn on the art of disappearing

The goal is a combination of misinformation and disinformation. The heyday of skip-tracing was over with the whole Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act ofand I just knew that there was no way I could keep doing what I was doing before the Federal Trade Commission caught up with me.


I try to make sure that nothing ever comes into my world from their unfortunate circumstances. How to Disappear got off to a slow start as the main author spends most of the time bragging about how he is a former skip tracer can charm information out of anyone on the phone.

Was this illegal, what you did? Disinformation can be fun. I don’t take my car; I’ll take a taxi or train or bus. While this book didn’t offer me very much in way of disappearing, it convinced me of the opposite – disappearing is hard.

Do nothing today but find these two women.

How did you come to track down an unknown presidential aide named Monica Lewinsky? People say to me all the time, “I need a new identity,” but it’s like Bigfoot; we’ve all heard of it but we really haven’t seen it.

How to Disappear

A member of Parliament, John Stonehouse, faked his death too and he was down in Australia walking on the beach, some cop saw him and they thought he happened to be Lord Luken and they arrested him in just this totally random act, but he was thought to be someone else, so you just never know.

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You’re buying groceries every week in Casper, Wyoming. I was agearn bored until there was finally some intriguing advice — a description about how to set up a series of mailboxes to hide your whereabouts. Well, you can use pre-paid cell phones. An interesting and lighthearted read if you ever had flights of fantasies about disappearing.

All that said, his insight tp this world is sharp and at times hilarious. Leave trails of yo. If you’re a waitress with no assets, I can pick you up and go in 40 to 45 days. He began his carreer working undercover in retail, looking for employees stealing from department stores.


It’s a bit repetitive in places, and a few of the examples of how to disappear could have used clarification, but it was a useful book. No – this guy is not an author by trade; he’s a guy people hire to out dirt on other people. I think the only danger I have is knowing the ffank of a lot of people.

Did Vera not take the apartment, or did she move in with a roommate? But we have three lives: I do a lot of phone consultations and the minute you mention fake identity, I hang up on you; you’ve lost your money. Or maybe I can, and I’m just giving you some disinformation in case you are compiling a dossier on my reading referrals. Feb 14, Jen Ryland added it. You can bank online, you can pay online and order things online.

Dissappear is going to change, tto is going to change and this is not what I want to do for the rest of my life. That inquiry was our hook. I learned a few things about protecting my identity. He explains how, and why, in his new book ” How to Disappear: Great now I’m stressed out about how overwhelming it would be to disappear and how I can’t frnak actually do it because I checked this book out from my library like a chump.

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Now, tell me what you came to say, I can’t remember where I found the pointer to fgank book. View all 3 comments. Read more of my reviews on YA Romantics or follow me on Bloglovin