How to Disappear so that No One can find YOU!
There are many reasons you might want to disappear, some honorable some not so honorable. Maybe you have a stalker or you would like more privacy, maybe you are avoiding domestic violence or identity theft... whatever the reason is here are a few tips that will help you do just that.
The very first thing you should do if you would like to make your earthly presence a little less conspicuous is to stop getting your mail at the place you live.
A post office box really wont do either because you need two forms of identification linking you to the place you live. However, you can get a post office box with an old address if you have recently moved and still have a utility bill and one other item with your old address on it. Or if you are going to move get the PO box first, then move. A PO box is a lot cheaper than renting a mail box.
Another alternative is to rent a mail box using an old address. This will cost you from $30.00 to $50 dollars a month but they don't ask for proof of residence so really you could use any address at all. And, one of the perks of theses kinds of mail boxes is that they are not a PO box, they have real addresses which could come in handy.
If you have a friend that will let you use their mailbox and you don't get a lot of mail you could ask them and have your mail sent there.
You may find that you really don't need mail at all and just cease getting mail. A lot of things that you used to have to have in written form can be sent via email now. Should you really need to have something sent to you send it to the place you live under a fake name but make sure it can't be linked to your real name in any way. Whatever you do, from now on NEVER EVER give your actual address where you live out to anyone ever.
The second thing you need to do is to quit using your credit cards. In my humble opinion you should quit using your credit cards anyway but that is a previous article. Use cash for everything. You can keep a bank account but make sure it has no link to your real address.
The third thing is to have nothing in your name, don't rent an apartment in your name, rent a room from someone or have a friend or relative rent the apartment for you or with you. This accomplishes two things, there will be no utilities in your name and it makes for an easy exit if you need to leave on a dime (no yearly lease). If you must buy something put it in a trust, that's what the rich do and there is no way that anyone can link it to you (see a good real estate attorney for that).
The fourth thing is to change your name. You don't have to legally change it, just go by a different name, that way if anyone comes looking for you and asks for you using your real name people will say that they don't know you. If anyone asks just say that you never liked your real name.
You can still have a cell phone as long as you don't link it to your address, you can use a fake address or your mailbox address if it is not a PO Box. Also, it is still possible to get a pre-paid cell phone without ID, however legislators have introduced bills in the past and will most likely introduce bills in the future to stop this. Furthermore, If someone has the ability, the contacts and the authority to find you through your cell phone signal ...well first of all you should be getting better advice than through this article :) and secondly you should be thinking of relocating to a foreign country because we are talking about some heavyweight reconnaissance and power! Nevertheless, there are throwaway cell phones that you can get so that they can't be traced. However, most people don't need to go to that much trouble.
Furthermore, you must NEVER EVER use your real address for any reason EVER! Never write it down, never give it to ANYONE, never use it to have something delivered to you and never let anyone know where you live. If you want to socialize go OUT or to their house! If you really want to be hidden this is a must!
Finally, one of the most common ways that private investigators find someone when they can't get a paper trail (ie the items mentioned above) is to follow their habits. If they love to gamble, they look in gambling joints, if they like racing cars, that's where they will look, so if you really want to be careful you must change your habits, one bad move could reveal your whereabouts and then the jig is up. Good luck.
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