How to Disappear Video – First Three Steps

The first thing to do when you plan to disappear is stop everything because you have created a slew of footprints. The second is to purchase prepaid items without establishing connections. The third and extremely important is to figure out how you will earn money.  Watch Video

Frank M. Ahearn



High-stakes hide and seek in the digital age

If you need to disappear – or find someone – Frank Ahearn knows how to make it happen, even in our hyperconnected digital world.

BEFORE the internet, if you needed to go into hiding, it was pretty straightforward. Not so today. Frank Ahearn has a very particular set of skills. He traces people who don’t want to be found, and helps others boost their privacy or disappear altogether. He has seen professional hide-and-seek transform in the 21st century.

How did you become a “skip tracer”, finding people who have run out on their lives?

I was doing undercover work for a detective agency in the 1980s when I saw the skip tracer at work and it fascinated me. I told my boss I wanted to do the job, and he said, “Sure, if you can get me a copy of my phone records.” That night I went to a payphone, called the phone company pretending to be my boss and said I needed to go over my calls. They told me every place my boss had called in the last few months. The next day I became a skip tracer.

I got really good at “pretexting” – essentially tricking people into handing over information. Later, I had my own firm of skip tracers.

You make it sound easy.

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How to Disappear Videos

I will be posting short videos about how to disappear on my website. The topics of the videos will be quite broad and range from the proper use of prepays, living offshore and using offshore tools, new identities, fake identities, faking your death, creating a background story, digital deception and what not to do. However, most important, how to disappear completely and never be found.

Frank M. Ahearn


How to Deceive

How Reputation Deception is Accomplished!

A client of mine M.r X from Chicago popped his name into Google, and he stumbled on a link to a porn site which was selling an amateur porn movie he acted in twenty years prior while attending college. This information nearly made him jump out the window. He feared that his marriage and job would end if discovered. He tried one of the online reputation management services but bouncing damaging information down the search results serves no purpose.

I set up a fake photography website and contacted the porn website and explained the cover photo to the porn movie was copyright protected and requested they remove the video cover. Surprisingly the company adhered (luck), I figured it was easier for them to remove then search for the original copyright papers.

I created a fake digital identity using my client’s name, Mr. X but placed the bogus identity in Canton, Ohio. I set up a blog utilizing the information of Mr. X in Canton. The blog blogged all about amateur porn, and my fake Mr. X claimed the fame of appearing in the porn movie in college.

Whenever someone searches Mr. X, both my client’s information and the fake identity appears in the search results. If someone searched out the porn movie, it would look that Mr. X in Canton did the deed.

This service is not reputation management but positive reputation deception!

Frank M. Ahearn

Author of The New York Times Bestseller, How to Disappear


Excerpt From: How to Disappear

Chapter 4: Time to Disappear

All right, I think I’ve made it clear: If someone’s determined to find you and has the time and money to do so, that person is going to lie, cheat, and steal in relentless pursuit. But you can head him off at every turn.

You’re probably raring to go at this point: OK, so how do I do it? Let the games begin.


If you’re in a hurry to disappear, you might be wondering how long it will

take to accomplish your goals according to my instructions. My answer is that it depends on your money and assets. The more you want to take with you when you disappear, the longer it’s going to take (assuming you want to keep things legal, and I hope you do). If you’re trying to disappear with a lot of cash, you should allow yourself

at least two to three months to prepare. If you’re footloose and fancyfree—that is, poor—you can be out the door in a month.

Have you ever read that short story “The Most Dangerous Game,” by Richard Connell? A man named Rainsford finds himself stranded on an island with a very gentlemanly but crazy old man, General Zaroff, who likes to hunt human beings for sport. Before Rainsford knows it, he’s racing through the jungle, the newest trophy item on the world’s shittiest safari: His whole idea at first was to put distance between himself and General Zaroff; and, to this end, he had plunged long, spurred on by the sharp rowers of something very like panic. Now he had got a grip on himself, had topped, and was taking stock of himself and the situation. He saw that straight flight was futile; inevitably it would bring him face to face with the sea. He was in a picture with a frame of water, and his operations, clearly, must take  place within that frame.

“I’ll give him a trail to follow,” muttered Rainsford, and he struck off from the rude path he had been following into

the trackless wilderness. He executed a series of intricate loops; he doubled on his trail again and again, recalling

all the lore of the fox hunt, and all the dodges of the fox. I don’t want to give away the ending of the story, but let’s just say Rainsford’s cunning pays off. He knows what a successful disappearance is all about: being a little wily, a little deceptive; doing your best to cover the path you’ve taken while simultaneously creating false

trails to throw off your pursuer. Think of yourself as prey in the jungle:

What are the three things you’ll need to do to escape your predator? You’ll need to camouflage yourself. You’ll need to send your predator running off in another direction. And you’ll need to find and build a safe new place to hide. That’s more or less what disappearing is all about. It’s a three-step process that involves what we in the field call misinformation, disinformation, and reformation.

Misinformation, the act of finding all the information available about

you and either removing it or altering it so that a skip tracer can’t use it

to find your real location.

Disinformation, the act of fabricating information; creating bogus trails for a stalker, predator, or private investigator to find and follow.

Reformation, the process of starting a new, more private life, leaving no clue as to your whereabouts.

Frank M. Ahearn
Author of: How to Disappear: Erase Your Digital Footprint, Leave False Trails, And Vanish Without A Trace


Excerpt From: How to Disappear

Chapter One: I Am Frank. Nice To Meet You

You’re reading this book for one of two reasons: You want to vanish without a trace, or you’re curious about what it would take. I met a guy like you once. He caught my eye in a bookstore in New Jersey where I like to people-watch from time to time. He was nervous, looking all around, picking up book after book about personal privacy and offshore banking. Then he wandered to the travel section and pulled out a guide to Costa Rica. He never even noticed me, the unassuming guy with a gray ponytail and sunglasses trailing him about a dozen yards behind.

We got in line to check out at the same time. He fidgeted in place, not realizing the same guy was still behind him. He finally got up to the cashier, and I watched with a raised eyebrow as he paid for his books with a credit card. Big mistake, I thought. I wondered if he was really trying to disappear. I sincerely hoped he wasn’t, because if that was the case, he had just left anyone trying to find him a big, fat clue.

After checking out, he made his way upstairs to the café. I followed him, grabbing a latte as I watched him settle into a corner table and obliviously thumb through his purchases. What an idiot. Doesn’t he know there are cameras everywhere? Doesn’t he know how easy it is to trick a security guard into giving you camera footage if you say the right things (and who cares if those things are true as long as they get results)? What if someone who was looking for him decided to do just that? I sort of felt bad for the poor bastard. If he had a good reason for wanting to disappear, or if he was in real trouble, he didn’t stand a chance.

That’s when a lightbulb went off in my head. I decided that I wasn’t going to let this guy screw himself over. I could help him. After tossing my latte into the garbage, I walked right up to his table, said hello, shook his hand, and asked if I could sit down and talk to him for a minute. Startled, he agreed. I told him that my name was Frank M. Ahearn and that for many years I had worked as something called a “skip tracer.” Clients paid me thousands of dollars to find people who were trying to hide: jailbirds, deadbeats, subpoenaed witnesses, the threatened and fearful, and just about anyone else you could think of who was trying to hide for whatever reasons they might have.

Some of the people who hired me were tabloid editors trying to get their hands on celebrities. When they wanted to talk to some kids who had spent the night with Michael Jackson at Neverland, they called me. When they wanted to monitor O. J. Simpson’s bank accounts, they called me. I once was hired to find Ozzy Osbourne’s private telephone numbers for a paparazzo. I found all eight of them. I was hired to find George Harrison as he languished on his death bed. He was in New Jersey. My work fostered countless tabloid covers and brought a whole lot of criminals to justice.

I told the guy that the people I went after usually made my job easy. No matter how hard they tried to hide, they always slipped up, invariably doing something to give themselves away. Some big mistake would lead me to their location inside of an hour or two. Exceptions were rare.

Frank M. Ahearn
Author of: How to Disappear: Erase Your Digital Footprint, Leave False Trails, And Vanish Without A Trace


Guerilla Privacy

Sometimes the situation calls for you to disappear at once, however, if that is the case it is crucial that you create guerrilla privacy. Guerilla privacy is a tactic used when time is not a commodity. I always explain, that if you do not create disinformation, your predator will hunt the correct information. Hunting the correct information can lead to your new door. If you did not have the opportunity to build fake trails, you could create guerilla privacy while you are on the road.

Guerilla privacy will only take twenty to thirty minutes and done with a prepaid mobile as you vanish. Disconnect all of your services and deviate some of the billing information. Change the Tom Jones, to Tim Janes, forward your final bills to different addresses in different cities. Provide fake contact numbers to the various companies.

Guerilla privacy if anything a band-aid on a wound, however a band-aid that can buy some time.

Frank M. Ahearn