A lot of people want to find out whether someone new in their life, be that neighborly, romantically, or professionally, has a checkered past. To do this, you need to complete a people search. However, there are lots of different searches around and it is important that you pick one that is actually effective and gives you the information you need. Plus, defining what a good service is can be difficult, as different people have different needs. Let’s take a look, therefore, at the different options out there and how they could benefit you.
Free People Searches
Firstly, you can look someone up for free. For instance, you can go to Zaba Search, Yahoo! People Search, Google People Search, and the White Pages. While it is true that the word “free” immediately sounds interesting, the reality is that you get what you pay for. Hence, what you get in this case is nothing much. You are likely to find the information to be outdated, incomplete, or just downright inaccurate, which means you can’t trust the things it says.
Public Record Search
Option 2 is the public record search. There are companies who do this and they usually allow you to complete part of a search for free. This means they show you what they have found, but don’t really let you look at it until you have made a payment. Options for this type of search include Intelius and U.S. Search. They are quite affordable, however, and definitely of better quality than the free options. The information is gathered from public records, however, and that means that you still don’t have any guarantee of the information being up to date, accurate, or complete.
Private Investigator Searches
Last but not least, you can hire a private investigator. Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean an ex-police officer in a mac coat and a cigar dangling from his mouth. Rather, today, private investigative services exist online. They offer:
- Fully comprehensive information.
- Current, accurate, and up to date information.
- A satisfaction guarantee.
Clearly, the last option is by far the best one. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it is also the most expensive one, and that is a significant disadvantage for most people. As with the public record search, however, there are different payment plans available. For instance, you could pay for a full search of a single individual. Alternatively, you can sign up to a subscription plan, which allows you to check the information on a set number of individuals each month or year. The more you pay, the more searches you can perform.
So which one is best? It all depends on what information you are trying to find, and how important it is that the information is accurate. If you just want to know what is available about you online, then a free search is all that is needed. If you want to make sure your new boyfriend isn’t a sex offender, however, then a private investigator search is probably the best option.