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TRUTHFINDER

Comprehensive, easy-to-use, and affordably priced: these are the hallmarks of Truthfinder's background checks. You'll be impressed by the depth of information available through this service, as well as the perks of membership that include protection against identity theft. Truthfinder is our top choice for the best background checks.

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INSTANT CHECKMATE

Instant Checkmate offers one of the most thorough background check services on the market, including social media history and more. An A+ rating as an accredited business with the BBB and more positive comments than most other services in our review put Instant Checkmate towards the top of our list.

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PEOPLE FINDERS

PeopleFinders is probably the most affordable of the comprehensive background check services in our review. The search process is fast, and the results we found were very accurate. PeopleFinders is a reputable service for your background check needs.

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BEEN VERIFIED

Been Verified definitely accesses deep information, especially from social media and other online sources. They are also one of the few sites to offer a smartphone app for mobile access to their search capabilities. Customers should be aware that Been Verified has a less-than-flawless reputation when it comes to billing practices and monitor their accounts accordingly.

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US SEARCH

As the first of two background check services operated by PeopleConnect, US Search offers basic information such as names, addresses, and aliases. Their pricing structure is somewhat confusing, and you may find yourself buying expensive add-ons to get the details you need.

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INTELIUS

Intelius has a long history in the world of background check services, and they also hold an "A" rating with the Better Business Bureau. But their pricing is confusing, and the experience of using the Intelius website leaves definite room for improvement.

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GOV REGISTRY

Although Gov Registry has been in the background check business for more than a decade, their site may not have been updated for several years. And, when customers go to purchase a monthly membership, the order page actually takes them to the Info Tracer site - another service in our review which also had less-than-positive results.

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VERISPY

Verispy promises "comprehensive background check services". Do they deliver? Customer complaints about searches resulting in no records found and a less-than-helpful website would say no. You'll find better-priced, more thorough results by getting a background check from a higher-ranked service.

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INFO TRACER

Info Tracer looks great on the surface: A+ rating as an accredited business with the BBB and an easy-to-use website. Unfortunately, many customers who have paid for reports have wound up with nothing; records that show up on an initial search mysteriously come up as "no records found" after the customer has paid.

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BACKGROUND SEARCHER

If you like to imagine yourself as a private investigator and enjoy doing the legwork yourself, Background Searcher might work for you. A one-time fee of less than $20 gives you access to a long list of links where you can find records - but that's it. And, those links may have fees you'll pay to access the records there. If you're looking for a comprehensive background check with one click, you won't find it at Background Searcher.

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BACKGROUND REPORT 360

While Background Report 360 used to be one of the highest-ranked services on the market, they've fallen to the bottom of the list, with a barely-functioning website and no way to actually purchase a report. You'll want to choose another service if you're looking to run a background check.

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Best Background Checks

What is the best background check service? Is your new girlfriend as trustworthy as she seems? Does your neighbor have a criminal record? These are just a few of the types of questions that motivate people to want to run a background check. Background checks have been a regular part of life for many years: employers run them prior to bringing on a new hire, especially in certain fields such as education and law enforcement.

Colleges and universities search social media profiles and work history before awarding scholarships or even granting admission to applicants. Families looking to adopt or be foster parents are checked to make sure there is no history of abuse or neglect.

Much of the information available to employers, universities, and government agencies is also available to you through services offering background checks. Maiden names and aliases, cities of residence, even criminal and legal history are just a few of the types of information people can find when using these services.

You should be aware that, no matter which service you use, the results rendered are only as accurate as the public records databases which they use. The accuracy of this information is one of the factors that differentates the background check providers.

As you decide which background check service best meets your needs, keep in mind the following criteria:

  • Price. What will it cost to access a single report? Is there a free or low-cost trial available? How much does it cost to access unlimited reports for one month?
  • Depth of Information. What kinds of records will you be able to see? Is it information that you could easily find yourself, or will you get access to details that are hard for the average person to find? Does the service also examine social media accounts, or just basic public records?
  • Reputation. Have other customers been able to find what they need while using the service? Does the business have a solid rating with the BBB?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best background check services available today. We hope these reviews help you find what - and who - you're searching for!



The Popularity of Background Checks

Employers are doing it. Daters are doing it. Even the government is doing it.

So what is the "it" we're referring to here? Background checks.

With 69 percent of all employers admitting they now conduct background checks on all employees, and the top three online dating websites making background checks a requirement for using their service, the popularity of conducting such searches continues to grow. Even the government is considering tighter background checks for the purchase of firearms as part of a broader package on gun safety.

Not even social media is exempt from the long-reaching arm of the background check. While a person can make their social media accounts private, and be cautious of what they post about themselves, what they cannot control is what other people post about them. Embarrassing photos from last summer's pool party - where you were holding a beer in each hand as you belly-flopped into the pool - easily can surface on someone else's website or social media account. So even if you think you're being discreet, there is always the chance that someone else is not.

We already know that conducting background checks is becoming popular in the public and private sectors. But what kind of information frequently is sought out during a background check?

  • Basic Background Check. These kinds of background checks are comprehensive and thorough, revealing such information as a person's date of birth, any marriages/divorces and even if they've ever claimed bankruptcy. It also can include a criminal history, which details any criminal convictions.
  • Criminal Background Check. Sometimes an employer or private person isn't interested in learning about every place someone has lived in their lifetime - or whether they've been married four times in 15 years. Sometimes, the only information that is being sought is a criminal conviction history, which can be obtained through a criminal background check. These checks can be conducted through a number of third-party agencies, which charge from $15 to $40 for their services. Any criminal convictions, including jail time served, will be included in the report.
  • Credit Report Check. Second only in popularity to a criminal background check, 21 percent of employers are now conducting credit report checks on potential employees. Unlike a background check - which can be conducted without a person's knowledge or consent - employers and others are required by law to seek an individual's permission prior to conducting a credit report check.

While some agencies will insist they can conduct thorough background checks with only a person's name, reputable agencies also will require a valid social security number as well. Using a social security number, in conjunction with a person's full name (first, middle and last), helps eliminate the margin of error in confusing two people with a similar name.

As with credit reports, it is important to understand that sometimes background checks contain inaccurate and misleading information. This can be incredibly frustrating for someone who may be confused with another person of a similar name who has committed a crime. Just as ordering an annual credit report to check for errors is a good idea; it is advisable to occasionally conduct a background check on yourself for the same purposes.

 



Background Checks In The News

Liverpool 'Run Background Checks' as They Step Up Interest in England International Goalkeeper

Liverpool are taking their interest in Nick Pope seriously and a move for the Burnley goalkeeper looks increasingly likely as the Reds are reportedly running "background checks" on the 26-year-old. That's according to the Mirror, which claims that ...

Published:  Wed, 20 Jun 2018 09:03:00 GMT



Two New Haven Cops Resign Amid Background Check Scandal

NEW HAVEN, CT - Two New Haven Police officer have resigned and a police academy class start date has been delayed as the department digs through a background check scandal that has called the process into question. Candidate officers are allowed to ...

Published:  Wed, 20 Jun 2018 08:53:00 GMT



Suit dismissed over faulty gun check before church shooting

A judge dismissed a lawsuit against the FBI for a faulty background check that allowed Dylann Roof to buy the gun he used to kill nine people in a racist attack at a South Carolina church. But U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel also blasted the federal ...

Published:  Wed, 20 Jun 2018 08:07:00 GMT



Attorney General Fox responds to Missoula suit over background checks for gun sales

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox is asking a judge to throw out a lawsuit filed against him by the city of Missoula earlier this year over universal background checks for gun purchases. In April the city of Missoula sued Fox, challenging the validity of a ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Jun 2018 05:00:00 GMT



Judge dismisses Emanuel lawsuits, says FBI can fix gun checks

A federal judge has dismissed 16 lawsuits by survivors and victims in the 2015 Emanuel AME Church massacre but not before ripping the bureaucratic "nonsense" that caused the FBI's background check system to fail, allowing Dylann Roof to buy a gun to carry ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Jun 2018 11:13:00 GMT



Last holdout charter signs on to CPS' stringent new background check policy

After delaying several days, the LEARN Charter School Network agreed on Monday to abide by Chicago Public Schools' new policy ordering across-the-board background checks on employees this summer. It was the last charter school to sign on to the more ...

Published:  Mon, 18 Jun 2018 18:09:00 GMT



New Haven police officers resign over false background checks

NEW HAVEN - Connecticut police say two officers have resigned over falsifying information about officer candidates. Officer David Hartman said Tuesday New Haven officers Leah Russo and Kristian Ramirez were removed from their positions in a unit that ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:23:00 GMT



Florida Didn't Run FBI Background Checks on Gun Buyers for a Year Because of a Forgotten Login

The state of Florida failed to conduct national background checks on tens of thousands of applicants looking to procure a concealed weapon permit for more than a year, and the reason is about as dumb as it gets: the person in charge of performing the ...

Published:  Sat, 09 Jun 2018 23:15:00 GMT




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