Is there a way of tracing someone....

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Hi all,
Strange one here but in a nutshell
I have an old personal debt with someone, well over 10 years old now.
My circumstances have changed now and I am able to pay it and I feel I should
However I have no way of getting in contact with the individual now and the email I had at the time bounced back
Is there anyway of tracing someone if I have enough previous details about them?
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  • pramsay13pramsay13 Forumite
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    There isn't one magic way of tracing people.
    Do you have anything other than a name and email address? 
    Do you have an old address, mobile phone number, school, work etc?
    Social media is probably the quickest and easiest way of tracing someone, either the person themselves, or a relative or friend that will be able to pass on details.
  • sourcratessourcrates Forumite
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    As above, social media probably your best bet, or you can use a specialist tracing agency, but that is likely to involve cost.

    If they have not bothered chasing you down for this debt, after 10 years, I doubt they will be expecting any payment from you now, but hey, its your call.
    Ex MSE Board Guide.

    More than a third of IVA`s fail....fact.
    Could A Debt Relief Order help you ?
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  • KaronherKaronher Forumite
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    Social media will be a first call. You never know but they may need the money more than you do now.
    Aiming to make £7,500 online in 2022
  • dlpfan2019dlpfan2019 Forumite
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    Thanks all,
    I did try on social media a few weeks ago but will try again

  • AspirationAspiration Forumite
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    Just wanted to say Good on you for paying it back!! 
    April 2020 - £102,222 Loans/CC’s.

    Jan 2022 - £0
    Cleared - £102,222

    Jan 2022 - Now time to build suitable investments and a business!
  • katsukatsu Forumite
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    Do you know anyone who might know them?  Can you try and reach them via the way you met?
    Debt at highest: £8k. Debt Free 31/12/2009. Original MFD May 2036, MF Dec 2018.
  • dlpfan2019dlpfan2019 Forumite
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    Hi all,

    Well shockingly this is over a year old now, where does the time go!

    I have tried social media etc so am now thinking of asking a tracing agent but not sure how it all works, do I do through a solicitor or are there services for it?

    I know its been a long time now and if its too expensive it may not be worth doing it but now I have a bit of time I would like to explore it a bit more
  • elsienelsien Forumite
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    You can go directly to a tracing agency - no idea of costs though, 
    Other options - advert in local paper if they may still be in the area? Some people do still look there rather than social media. 
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
  • sourcratessourcrates Forumite
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    Electoral role search, tracing website, as mentioned above, Google is your friend here.
    Ex MSE Board Guide.

    More than a third of IVA`s fail....fact.
    Could A Debt Relief Order help you ?
    Never pay a fee for a Debt Management Plan.
    For free non-judgemental debt advice, contact either : Stepchange, National Debtline, or CitizensAdviceBureaux.
  • MaskfaceMaskface Forumite
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    Salvation army traced someone for my friend but that was a long lost family member. Not sure if they'd take this on. May be worth a try?
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