For about $30 a month, you can get unlimited access to background checks. This means you can see if you’re living near sex offenders, find long-lost friends, see what celebrities are hiding, see what’s out there about you, the list goes on and on. But is Truthfinder accurate? The proof is in the pudding.
Truthfinder has rave reviews from many independent sources. A quick internet search will bring all of these right up to your screen. But perhaps the best way to find out is to try it yourself. It’s easy to do, and only takes about five to ten minutes. The actual search is free you just won’t be able to see any specifics unless you pay the money.
You’ll first have to search your name and location. This might be made more difficult if you’ve been married and have multiple last names. It could also be more time consuming if you have a common name as well. You might have to do an advanced search in order to really narrow down that you’re looking into the background of the correct “John Smith.”
Once you’ve successfully found yourself, check and see if the people listed as “possible relatives” are accurate. Then begin your search.
You’ll be asked some questions while you wait. Some of them are purely opinion based “Do you think this person is violent?” While others seem to be fact based: “Is this person related to (blank)?” After you answer each question, you will be thanked for helping them become more accurate which is a nice touch.
While the search continues, you’ll be told about possible criminal records being found, mug shots, social media profiles, all the juicy little tidbits that they think you want to see. They do use some sensationalist rhetoric like “You won’t believe what we found!” or “Are you sure you’re ready to really know this person?” Neither of those things really has any bearing on their findings though.
You won’t be able to view the details of the report unless you subscribe to their service. There is no option for a trial account nor for a single report, so you cannot try before you buy. That might be a deal breaker for some people. You have to sign up for at least a one-month recurring membership and during that membership you can do unlimited searches and get unlimited reports. The good part is that you have the option to cancel at any time, and that the process for cancelling is hassle free.
If you’re the sort of person who just has to know everything about everyone they know this might be the avenue you wish to pursue. You must keep in mind that these checks cannot be used for employment screening, household workers, or tenants. They also make you click a button in which you promise not to stalk the person you are doing a background check on.