Frank M. Ahearn

Go Temporary – Think Permanent

When you plan your disappearance, do not think one place as the end all. I suggest that when you locate the desired location find a two to three-month rental and test ride the city. Answer some fundamental questions, can you acclimate, is there proper medical, can you earn a living and will you be happy.



Frank M. Ahearn


Spurlos verschwinden – Wie Menschen im digitalen Zeitalter abtauchen – Geheimnisse eines Zielfahnders

Wo sind Ihre Daten gespeichert? Persönliche Informationen sind im digitalen Zeitalter zur Ware geworden. Anhand von Kreditkartenkäufen, Suchanfragen und Klickverhalten werden Kundenprofile generiert und persönliche Daten gespeichert. Man muss wahrlich kein Verbrechen planen, um Opfer von Überwachung und Vorratsdatenspeicherung zu werden. In diesem Buch gibt der ehemalige FBI-Zielfahnder Frank M. Ahearn einen spannenden Einblick in die Welt der Überwachung und zeigt, wie man sich dieser entziehen kann. Anhand zahlreicher Fallbeispiele aus seiner beruflichen Praxis liefert er Tipps und Tricks, wie wir in der realen und digitalen Welt unsere Spuren verwischen können.

  • € 16,00 [D], € 16,50 [A]
  • Erscheint am 02.05.2018
  • 208 Seiten, Klappenbroschur
  • Übersetzt von: Andreas Simon Dos Santos
  • ISBN: 978-3-492-06124-7
  • Frank M. Ahearn

Spurlos verschwinden

Stop The Disappear

Recently I have been posting videos about how to disappear. I want to recap some of the information here on the blog. When a potential client comes to me and discusses their disappear plan I have to kill it. We usually find ourselves in disagreement; the client believes they have a rock solid exit plan and I have to point out all the holes.

Disappearing begins with a dream either because you want a new life or something catastrophic has occurred. This stage is the reactionary aspect of disappearing, the part where you do not think and just search. You are acting on fear and desperation, not logic or with strategy. Thus, the reason why it is time to stop the process.

Stopping your actions allows you to become strategic and create tactics that will get you to the place you want to be, discreet and unscathed. Stopping allows you to look backward and review your mistakes and eventually use those errors for future deception. For example, if you searched an apartment rental on Fluhweg Street, in Aargau it is obvious you cannot move there. However, you can then create deception to make it appear that you did disappear to the town by making calls to Sondebar, The Comedy Pub or Trafo Hotel. The predator will search those places.

Stopping the disappear process to gather your thoughts wits and strategy is imperative. Only the fool moves forward without looking at the damage in the rearview. Remember that people are usually located by the information left behind. If you have footprints in the dust, polish them up with a little deception.

Frank M. Ahearn

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


New Scientist Speech – London


Frank M. Ahearn is an expert in deception. As a skip tracer, privacy expert and social engineer, he makes people with extreme privacy issues disappear, and he finds those who do not want to be found.

To understand how to disappear, one must understand how to hunt people via pretext. Frank takes you to the days prior to the internet and tell you how he extracted private information from phone companies, banks, credit card companies, airlines an even law enforcement agencies.

We fast forward to the digital age, and Frank demonstrates how people are located by utilising online and offline information. In this talk, he will look at how we can learn to protect ourselves in the digital age.


Frank M. Ahearn



When I think about privacy I do not limit my scope to the end game of something which protects. I believe the process of creating privacy should be equally secure as the act of privacy itself. What this means is many individuals and organizations think about creating privacy but do not think about the pre-privacy process. Meaning, how secure is the journey and execution? Imagine going through all the motions of creating privacy only to discover that your past actions created a hole.

In addition, and equally important, many view privacy, from solely a digital point of view and this is a dire mistake. Privacy and security must also be dealt with from a non—digital/non-technological point of view as well. Just as technology can hack, humans can pretext, therefore each are an equal danger to the integrity of your security.

What I do is work with clients before and after they cross the privacy bridge. My job is to confirm that the bridge is sound, the path is clear and all secure on the other side. Or if you are over the bridge, I search to backwards for potential vulnerabilities left in the path. My expertise as a skip tracer, social engineer and privacy expert provides a unique perspective in privacy, one which engineers and technology cannot foresee.

Frank M. Ahearn
Author of: The Little Black Book Of Skip Tracing: Creating Pretext, Mastering Social Engineering And Finding Anyone Anywhere