Are Internet Background Checks Reliable?
It’s no secret that we live in a society of instant gratification, or that there is a wealth of information on the website, both true and fake. With everyone having access to the internet from wherever they are and most people being pressed for time.
With the information rush coming as quickly as our fingers can scroll, comes the opportunity for you to spend your hard-earned money to obtain information you already have access to, for free. When you do an online search for “background check”, you’ll see an onslaught of ads from businesses offering instant background checks. All of them claiming to be the most accurate and least expensive. Fast, accurate and cheap – the advertising trifecta!
While many of these websites do in fact provide background information, it is not the same full criminal background check a licensed private investigator can provide. What these online background check sites are offering, is convenience. Typically, they are utilizing some software that quickly gathers public data from the internet. Free, public data. Do you believe everything you read on the internet? If your name is on a fake website list or somewhere there is a person with your same name, it all gets compiled into this background search.
What these searches don’t tell you is that they do not typically have the authority to access the following types of information:
- State motor vehicle records and vehicle information
- Phone records
- Property records
- Criminal court records
They also don’t typically utilize the same technology that private investigators and law enforcement use to conduct background investigations.
So when it comes to the question of if internet background checks reliable, it depends on if you want accurate and in-depth information or a bunch of public information from various internet sources.
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