TopTenREVIEWS' top picks for the best background check services.
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Resumes and social media profiles can tell you a lot about potential employees or business partners. You can find out everything from where they grew up to their alma mater and past work experience, as well as their favorite hobbies, people with whom they associate, and even what they had for dinner last night.
What resumes and social media profiles won't tell you, though, is whether or not someone is truly a licensed professional or that he or she neglected to mention an alarming criminal record. To safeguard your business, a comprehensive background check is a must.
Background check services can protect your business interests by allowing you to thoroughly screen job candidates and future associates where it matters the most. Although you can research potential employees and business partners yourself — either by searching online databases and public records or paying someone a hefty price to do it for you — detailed information might not be readily available, if at all.
To help you save time and money, background check services can quickly and accurately provide the professional and personal records you need to make smart business decisions.
BusinessNewsDaily's sister site, TopTenREVIEWS, does extensive in-depth reviews of background check services. Here are their top 3 recommendations for background check services:
1. US Search
US Search is TopTenREVIEWS' top pick for offering a comprehensive list of reports and multiple ways to find information about the person being researched. The company provides a range of background check services for potential hires and tenant screening. The site is easy to use, gives users access to billions of records and provides accurate results.
Searches and Reports: Offers many types of information about people being investigated, including contact information, marriage records, and Social Security number (SSN) verification, plus financial checks, including debt collection information, real estate reports and asset searches. Results concerning income and professional licensing are not available. There are also multiple options for checking criminal histories and court records. Many searches return results instantly, while others do so in less than 24 hours. Advanced searches that use the court runner service take longer, depending on the exact requirements.
Help and Support: Free customer service is available by phone. In addition, the service offers an online FAQ page and email support.
Costs: US Search provides an Instant People Search for $2.45 per search. Background check services start at $39.95. US Search also offers a money-back guarantee if your search doesn't find any records.
Intelius is TopTenREVIEWS' second pick for providing some of the best background checks and criminal history reports in the industry. The service returns results quickly and is easy to use. Its offerings include privacy services and Internet reputation services that help ensure the data is accurate. The site browses government databases for public information and uses proprietary and commercial databases to find data such as private cellphone numbers and email addresses.
Searches and Reports: Provides information such as phone numbers, property ownership information, email addresses and death records, as well as IP addresses and social networking profiles. Employment history and sex offender checks are also available. SSN verification, processional licenses, driver's license records, and income information are not available using Intelius.
Help and Support: Live support is offered by phone and email. A blog and online FAQ page are also available to users.
Costs: Intelius starts at $19.95 for a 24-hour pass. Background check services start at $49.95. Volume discounts are also available.
PeopleSmart received TopTenREVIEWS' bronze award for its easy-to-use and wide range of people search and background check services. Although PeopleSmart is new to the online people search and background check industry, it's rapidly becoming one of the best services for researching people and their personal and professional associations. It's also a great starting place, even if all you have is a last name. Called "a phone book for the 21st century" by the New York Times, PeopleSmart can also be used for finding friends, relatives and old classmates with whom you've lost touch.
Searches and Reports: Offers detailed records of civil, criminal and financial histories, as well as court records for bankruptcies, liens and small claims judgments; criminal records include descriptions of the crime, pleas and dispositions and more. Other search options include SSN verification, statewide and nationwide results, and the ability to check solely for sex offender status. Marriage and driver's license records, employment history, and income information are not available. In addition to standard searches, you can also find businesses, relatives and neighbors associated with the individual, as well as any related property ownership. You can also find contact information, such as email addresses and landline or mobile phone numbers.
Help and Support: PeopleSmart offers support by email only. A FAQ page is also available.
Costs: PeopleSmart offers a 7-day free trial for personal users via the Basic membership, then starts at $2.95 per month thereafter. Professional and Unlimited memberships are also available for an additional cost. Background check services start at $79.95. PeopleSmart also offers a no results, no fee guarantee.
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