Make Sure They Are Who They Say They Are - Background Checks.

By: John Pawlett


We regularly meet new people during the course of our daily lives. Most of the time, these strangers just pass on and we never see them again; but once in a great while, there's a chance that a select few of them will eventually continue to play a role in our lives. For example, we might want to hire them to work for us, we might want to go into business with them, or we might even want to date them. In these instances, it's definitely in our best interest to know everything we can about the person. Ideally, we would hope that the person would be forthright enough to tell us all about themselves, both the good and the bad. Of course, that doesn't usually happen. A more certain way to find out the information we want to know would be to hire an independent third party to perform a background check.

There are many companies that can conduct background checks entirely online. In most cases, you can specify the type of information you want returned. Thus, if you're checking out a potential new hire, you can request information about past employment and criminal records. If you want to verify the financial history of a potential business partner, then you can request a full credit check that includes any bankruptcy filings or property liens. Performing a background check on a potential new boyfriend or new girlfriend to see whether he or she has ever been in jail, really does have a college degree, or has ever been married before is not unheard of, and can save you from lots of headaches (and possibly some heartache) in the future.

Ordering background checks online is a very easy and discreet process. The person you are checking up on will not know that anyone has requested the information, as most of the items contained in typical background checks are matters of public record anyway. Just don't expect to be able to get your hands on someone's Social Security number or bank statement; that type of information is never revealed by a legitimate company even if they happen to come across the data in their searches.

The prices for background checks vary from company to company and usually depend on the amount of information you need. If you just need to verify a current address and phone number, you will pay significantly less than if you need a 10-year employment and credit history. Regardless of the type of background check you order, most companies can return the results very quickly -- often in 24 hours or less.

Today's technology allows people to easily forge documents and falsify the events of their past. Luckily for us, background checks are easy, inexpensive, and don't take a lot of time to complete. So before you get taken in by someone you would like to trust, proceed with caution by first finding out as much as you can.

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John Pawlett runs a private detective website that features numerous articles and reviews about the online detective and search industry. You can find out more on how to find out anything about anyone at www.ispydetective.com.

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