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April 09, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 110

Are you curious about background checks, but don't really know the ins and outs of what they can and can't do? Many people who have never used a background check service have basic misunderstandings on individuals about what they are, what they cost, and what is necessary to complete one efficiently. This is too bad, as these services are becoming more of a necessity every day.

The common, and inaccurate, belief is that background checks are used only by government agencies - such as law enforcement and the court systems. Another assumption is that they are time intensive and expensive. None of these ideas are accurate. Once you know the overall picture, you'll be able to search for people quickly, easily, and inexpensively.

Access: It used to be that in order to find out any background information or criminal history on a person, you had to be a member of the courts, law enforcement, or a private detective. Today, all you need is a name, an internet connection, and a desire to know the background of the people in your life. Many companies, for literally pennies a day, offer the ability to enter a first and last name of the person you are seeking information on, and comprehensive results appear within a few seconds.

Expense: Since access was not always easy, and the service not so widely accessible and used, it was once a given that conducting this kind of background check would require a lot of work on the part of the service.; and therefore, a lot of money. Not any longer. Figure you might spend as little as $5 for a single search, or up to $100+ per year for unlimited searches.

Anyway you look at it, it's a great deal. Today, there are thousands of services that allow you to conduct a search for this information-and since the criminal history information is free-with a few situational restrictions-all you pay for is the service.It should be noted, however, that because of this-anyone owning a website can say they offer a comprehensive search, when they don't.

Time: A common misnomer about searching for people is that background checks have to access a variety of national and statewide resources, so they must take a lot of time. This couldn't be farther from the truth. There are over a billion records available to search in databases all over the country - all within a few minutes!The technology is so advanced that some companies can locate the information you are seeking, and offer you full details on a person's background in a matter of seconds. All they need is a name of the person you are seeking.

True story - While selling a car on Craigslist, every call was someone offering a tenth of the value of the car. Then the phone rang and a man offered full price - cash, sight unseen. He wanted to come by the house immediately. This made me nervous. Before he was even off the phone, I had entered his information into my search people program. I knew where he lived, his relatives, acquaintances, aliases, etc. His only criminal record was a couple of speeding tickets going back to 1979. There is a power and a safety being fully about a complete stranger in less than a minute.

Energy: Imagine how it used to be to search for people offline. You (or a paid search expert) would be required to physically go to the city or town where the person lived. Then began the tedious process of going through court records, real estate titles, and other dusty documents. Today, most of this information is available online - as government bureaus and departments seek to make background information more accessible.

In conclusion, services that help locate people or do background reports are easy to access, easy to use, quick to return good results, and inexpensive. In the comfort of your living room you can find comprehensive background information on an individual in a manner of seconds. It's recommended to always get an unlimited search package when available. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to do a quick background search on the babysitter, new teacher, auto mechanic, neighbor, or potential business contact?

Do a search on yourself, too, in this day of identity theft and cyber crime, it just makes sense!

Chris Bowen is a freelance writer specializing in ways to search for people online, identity theft prevention, and internet security. He publishes various articles and tips on protecting your privacy and related topics. If you would like to learn more free and cost-effective ways to search for people online (and protect your information), read his free newsletter at Search People USA Newsletter or go to

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