Every day there seems to be yet another online company offering background searches to online daters, often at a very low price. They make all kinds of promises about the information they can provide, but they employ limited research practices, typically without positively identifying the online dater under investigation. That's why they can provide a background search at such a bargain price.
I say these things because I am a licensed private investigator and have been one since the 1980s. To be blunt, I can tell a good background search from a bad one with very little effort.
It's unfortunate, but the companies that offer quick or inexpensive background checks only access readily available public information, such as directory assistance (411.com or whitepages.com, for example), social media sites like LinkedIn and Facebook, or other online databases that simply compile public records that anyone can access.
If, say, a criminal conviction comes to light in these searches, it likely comes from a site like mugshots.com, a registered sex offender database, or other public sources that, while somewhat enlightening, barely scratch the surface of what one might find by examining court records in person or through a proprietary subscription-only database. (More on that next time.)
Here at Dating Backgrounds, we provide background investigations performed by Inter-Facts, Inc., a licensed Private Detective agency with extensive experience in researching and preparing custom background reports.
We have access to proprietary databases that allow us to positively identify the search subject, ensuring that any information we find actually pertains to the person you want us to investigate.
Moreover, private investigators bring a human element to your search, as opposed to faceless online providers who promise an "instant" background check. These companies simply comb the Internet for free public record information, which frequently results in useless data – facts that may be several years outdated or those you likely already knew, provoking just as many questions, if not more.
And you're left, scratching your head, wondering if the instant background search you just paid for and received is any good at all.
A good search requires legwork! Our licensed private investigators actually go into the appropriate courthouses and search courthouse records for the information you really need to protect yourself.
While we deliver a more in-depth, comprehensive background check than other websites or companies that claim to do the same,our searches are never invasive. Privacy laws DO NOT allow us to provide our clients with identifiers such as dates of birth or social security numbers. Instead, we use these "behind the scenes" identifiers to confirm that the person you are considering a relationship with is who they say they are, and then to positively identify the search subject in our thorough and detailed Dating Backgrounds reports.
Only licensed private investigators have the resources and know-how to compile the most accurate, up-to-date background reports on the person you want to date. Dating Backgrounds does not deal in unhelpful or outright phony information, but rather gives you the knowledge you need to make educated decisions regarding the person you want to date. We're committed to the education and protection of our clients!
But, we understand that you may have concerns before, during and after a search has been conducted, so we are more than happy to speak with you about them, no matter what arises in our search of civil and criminal court records.
Next time: The ins and outs of criminal and civil records and how these records are maintained and accessed.