Why would you ever use a background check service, you ask? There are many reasons why. Maybe your kid befriended someone and you want a little background on those child’s parents. Maybe you’ve got yourself a date with someone and want to find out a thing or two about them before going out. Or maybe you just remembered about a former classmate and you’d like to reconnect but have no contact details.
Background check services are a great tool to get valuable information on anyone, from their address and phone number to their driving records, criminal records, properties owned and much more.
What to look for in a background check service?
There are so many online background check services out there that it is difficult to know which one is better.
The most important factors to consider before you subscribe to one are: how user-friendly the interface of the website is, how accurate and up to date the information in the reports is, how well the information is organized and how readable it is. It is also important for the service to be fast in generating the report.
TruthFinder – Is it a good option to consider?
TruthFinder is a background check service offered by a company based in California. The service is on the market for only 4 years, but has a good reputation and an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
TruthFinder gathers its information from various public sources such as state and federal records, social media data and more.
What does a TruthFinder report contain?
The TruthFinder reports contain detailed information on people and you can search for anyone in the US. Here are some examples of what a report can reveal:
- Contact information, including addresses and phone numbers
- Date of birth
- Social media profiles
- Educational and employment history
- Census data
- Sex offender databases
- Known aliases
- Criminal records and arrest records
- Business affiliations
- Possible relatives and more
However, because it is not a Consumer Reporting Agency, TruthFinder can’t be used for things like employment screening, tenants screening and other professional purposes.
How much does TruthFinder cost?
TruthFinder offers 2 subscriptions: a 1-month subscription and a 3-month subscription.
If you opt for the 1-month subscription, you’ll be charged $27.78/month.
For the 3-month subscription you get a small discount so you’ll only pay less than $26 per month.
So basically, if you opt for the one-month membership, you’ll pay less than 99 cents per report.
Just like most of its competitors, TruthFinder also has two types of reports you can choose from: the Standard report and the Premium report. The standard report only includes basic info such as contact details, date of birth, address, social media profiles, potential relatives, known aliases, criminal records.
If you want more complex information, you have to upgrade to the Premium report. The 2 subscriptions include only standard unlimited reports.
The Premium upgrade will cost you an extra $17.47. Here’s some of the additional info you’ll get: drug tests, weapon permits, census data, bankruptcies, business affiliations, driving tests, assets, trademarks and more.
The reports generated by TruthFinder are easy to read because they are displayed in a timeline.
And because it is a reputable service, TruthFinder also had to offer mobile support. The TruthFinder app is compatible with both iOS and Android devices.
Overall, we consider TruthFinder to be a good background check service. It is user-friendly, has a versatile app and it is affordable. On the other hand, the report takes a bit too long to be completed and TruthFinder doesn’t offer a free trial or the option to buy just a single report.