I learned the hard way also..years ago. I figured I would make it difficult to be found. I’ve never used my physical address on anything (nothing..not my bank acct, home phone, utilities, etc.) for at least the last 10yrs. I do not own a home just yet but every time I have rented I rent from private owners who usually will not run a credit report (therefore not leaving a paper trail of last known address), I’ve learned to live paying cash only.
Own both of my cars (very nice ones) outright (Don’t believe in car notes anyway). Never give my phone number on anything (have given cell). As far as work related, yes my employer ran a credit report for themselves but my place of employment never showed up on my credit report, nor did the inquiry. Actually the inquiry came from a private agency who worked for the employer.
Now, I have a public employer which makes it easier to find me, but I’m ready for this…taking care of things in a different way.
But, don’t get me wrong if the debt was large enough they would find me I know. Everyone can be found. I work with skip tracers, etc. But, it would take a lot of effort.