Frank M. Ahearn, How-to services

How To Disappear

Primarily I teach people how to disappear and never be found. Also, I skip trace and teach others how to find people. I see myself as a how-to professional that specializes in helping people with unique needs.  

How To Deceive

I work with individuals who have unique information and unfortunate digital issues. Meaning, something occurred, and it is making life difficult or dangerous. My expertise is manipulating digital information to combat the information that is haunting you. This service is not reputation management but reputation deception.

How To Be Private

Most people I encounter have no idea what privacy means, and they leave it up to the government and big business to decide and control. The first step to creating privacy is identifying the information that makes you vulnerable. Until you take such inventory, you are at risk.

Privacy is about finding a balance, and knowing that some information about you must be surrendered to exist in the digital world. The key is knowing how to create that balance and not compromise your privacy. 

How to Find

I provide skip tracing (locating people) for law firms, private investigators, finance companies and other corporate entities. This service is not a database service, but actual skip tracing where I pick up the phone,  search and find. Our turn-around-time is 24 to 48 hours.

How to Novels & Scripts

I work with authors and screenwriters of all levels. I help with creating realistic characters and thickening plots. Even though I specialize in how to disappear, my range of expertise is finding people, faking deaths, true crime, the offshore world, fake identities, skip tracing and how to find people.

How to Connect

If you have an issue, you need to discuss the best way to begin is with a phone, email or Skype consultation. I am European based but can be in most cities in twenty-four hours. 

Privacy Consultation

If you have privacy, digital or disappear issue, you can schedule a phone, email or Skype consultation.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking About: Disappearing, Skip Tracing, New Identities, Fake Identities, Pretexting & Social Engineering.


The Berlin Summit - Creating Urban Tech

New Scientist, London
Arvato, Baden Baden

Huz, Kelheim
Institute of Directors, Monaco
Paper Jam, Luxembourg  

2b AHEAD ThinkTank, Wolfsburg
Princeton University

Lehigh University

Law Enforcement Agencies
Mystery Writers of America

Sisters in Crime
Kiss of Death

Wolfe Pack  

Available to speak at your next event.

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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.  

Erscheint am 02.05.2018208 Seiten, KlappenbroschurÜbersetzt von: Andreas Simon Dos SantosISBN: 978-3-492-06124-7 


How to Disappear

Author of The New York Times Bestseller, How to Disappear: Erase Your Digital Footprint, Leave False Trails, And Vanish Without A Trace

How to Disappear is the authoritative and comprehensive guide for people who seek to protect their privacy as well as for anyone who’s ever entertained the fantasy of disappearing—whether actually dropping out of sight or by eliminating the traceable evidence of their existence. 

How to Disappear covers everything from tools for disappearing to discovering and eliminating the nearly invisible tracks and clues we tend to leave wherever we go. Learn the three keys to disappearing, all about your electronic footprints, the dangers and opportunities of social networking sites, and how to disappear from a stalker. 

Frank Ahearn provides field-tested methods for maintaining privacy, as well as tactics and strategies for protecting personal information and preventing identity theft. They explain and illustrate key tactics such as misinformation (destroying all the data known about you); disinformation (creating fake trails); and, finally, reformation—the act of getting you from point A to point B without leaving clues.

Excerpt From: How to Disappear: Erase Your Digital Footprints

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.

Disappeared at the peanut butter cafe in monaco