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Find That Person with People Finders Today! What is the Best People Search? Whether you're looking for an old romantic interest, trying to get information about a new neighbor or customer, or hoping to find your childhood best friend, today's digital world has many tools you can use to track people down.

Of course, not all People Search resources are the same. Some rely on databases that are easily used for free by the average person, while the best services scour the internet - using public records information, social media platforms, and even criminal and legal reports - to determine as much as possible about the person you're seeking.

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3 stars
US Search

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Cost:

From $1.45 to $39.95 for a one-person report, depending on the desired level of information

$19.95/month for OmniSearch

US Search is one service offered by PeopleConnect, which also owns the Intelius People Search platform. All three companies share the same listing with the BBB, where they enjoyed an "A" rating at the time of our review.

We reviewed both the US Search and Intelius services, expecting them to be practically the same - given that they're owned by the same parent company. But, we were surprised to find the interface was much simpler to use with US Search. After entering the person we were looking for, along with their last known city and state, we got a results list that helped us confirm that the records they located were a match for our target. This included any known aliases, his address history, and several people calculated to be his relatives. If we wanted to access a full People Search report, we would be able to get details such as:

  • Full Name
  • Age
  • Recent Address
  • Address History
  • Properties
  • Home Value
  • Phone Numbers
  • Aliases
  • Maiden Name
  • Misdemeanors/Felonies
  • Relatives
  • Associates
  • Email Address
  • Social Network Search
  • Criminal Records
  • Lawsuits

But, things got more complicated at this point. After we clicked to get our full report for $19.95, it told us that a basic search would include only these items:

  • Full Name
  • Age
  • Current Address
  • Phone Numbers
  • Address History
  • Enhanced Relatives
  • Associates Plus
  • State Criminal Search

If we wanted a nationwide criminal search (that only included 43 states), we would have to pay an extra $5.

See anything missing? We did: many of the things in the initial list, like social network search and email addresses, aren't included in that "full report". If you want extras like those, it'll cost you an additional $12.95.

Compared with other People Search providers, US Search is very unclear with their pricing. As we've described, their basic/nationwide search costs up to $24.95 for a one-time report. However, there's a third option: OmniSearch. According to US Search, this is a monthly subscription service for their People Search platform, which adds all of those "missing" services for a fee of $19.95/month.

Compared with Intelius, US Search is more comprehensive, and we appreciate that both brands have a good track record with the BBB. However, when looking at higher-ranked services in our review, US Search's convoluted pricing structure and less thorough results make them a less appealing option when deciding which People Search provider to use.

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1 star
Net Detective

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Cost:

From $9.95 to $29.95

For a while, Net Detective was the internet's premier People Search. Is that still the case? We definitely don't think so. Despite offering a satisfaction guarantee and "billions of records" in their databases, this service ranks last among People Search providers we surveyed.

Why? Net Detective's search capabilities are next to useless. When we typed in our own phone number - a landline, even, not a mobile number - we got "0 preliminary results". To top it off, there were a bunch of coding errors and warnings displayed at the top of the page.

When searching for a person, we could only enter the name and state. There was no way to further refine the information, so we got a very long list of results - none of which seemed to match any of the people we wanted to search for.

Entering a target email address was no better. We let the "Please wait" screen sit for several minutes; we never got any results, but once again the top of the screen was filled with code warnings.

With such lackluster performance, who would pay for a one-time report or a monthly membership? These are priced at anywhere from $9.95 to $29.95, but when you click on "Add to Cart", you get taken to a URL that isn't secure.

On Net Detective's contact page, you'll only find an online form: no phone number, no direct email address, no physical location. In fact, every indication leads us to believe that this People Search provider may not be in business. User reviews from over a year ago say that they paid for lifetime access and can no longer access the service.

There's nothing positive to be said about Net Detective's People Search service. Any other provider in our review would give you more than this company.

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There are a few caveats to using People Search providers. First, any service you choose will probably require you to confirm that you won't use any information you find to screen tenants, hire or fire employees, or to determine a consumer's credit or insurance coverage. These are all requirements based on the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

Also, the majority of the databases used to return search results are developed by computers that search the internet for records. In other words, there's not much human oversight to make sure that records are current, matched to the right person (especially with common names), or 100% accurate. For that reason, you should take any results you get from a People Search service as a helpful suggestion or possibility, not a guarantee of someone's location or contact information.

While considering the different People Search providers, here are several criteria to keep in mind:

  • Reputation. What do past and current users have to say about the People Search service? Are the results accurate or outdated? Is the company rated and/or accredited by the Better Business Bureau?
  • Information. How much can you find out using this provider? Does it give you details you could have found on your own for free, or will it give you in-depth information that most people wouldn't know how to access? Does the search look for people's social media accounts, or is it limited primarily to public records?
  • Cost. What will you spend to get the information you want? Can you buy a single report for a one-time search, or do you have to pay for a subscription? Does the People Search service offer a free or reduced-price trial?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best People Search services available today. We hope these reviews help you find the person you';re looking for, quickly and affordably!

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