Person Locator By Name: How To Find Where Someone Lives

April 7th, 2014

How to find an old flame


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Have you been thinking about an old flame recently? A really good friend that you have warm feelings towards but lost touch with years ago?


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Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. You loved and lost but now you wish you could find them again. You might be thinking that locating someone after so much time has gone by is impossible and until recently you would have been right. In the past it has been incredibly difficult to track people down, but today it’s a very different story.

How would you like to find all your old friends? Your neighbors, former work colleagues or even all your old school friends from the yearbook. Maybe you just want to find that one person who holds a special place in your heart. Well now you can do all of this.

The Internet is a vast information database at your fingertips

As the Internet has grown, so have the tools that enable us to use what amounts to a vast library of information. You can find information about almost anything that you can imagine. In fact, it has come to the point where it is difficult to keep your information off the World Wide Web.

Every one of us, unless you are a complete recluse, leaves a digital trail wherever we go and if you know how to access and use that online data you can find out a great deal about almost anyone you want.

The rise of incredibly powerful public records web sites

Finding people has become a matter of typing a name into a search engine like this one. Web sites that gather billions of pieces of information from publicly available records both online and offline now make this information available to you in an easily searchable format.

Can you find everyone using these web sites? No, but I have personally managed to locate several people in the US that I had lost touch with and I never left my living room while I was doing it.

Every day public records websites get bigger, more powerful, more efficient and much more useful. They can only get better as time goes on because new data is being added all the time.

Finding people using private investigators

There are other ways of finding people of course. You could hire a private investigator to find them for you. It’s easy and generally effective. But it’s a service that will cost you good money and you will end up paying over and over again if you have several people that you want to locate.

Do it yourself people location

You could do the investigative work yourself. Start at the point when you were last in touch and try to think of mutual acquaintances who you might still have contact details for. If you can remember where they worked give them a call. Maybe someone there remembers them and can give you more leads.

Get in touch with these people and see if you can trace the person that you are looking for. This can be a rewarding exercise, but you may end up having to speak to some people who you would rather have remained lost so be careful.

Locate someone by name the easy way

Before you dive into hiring private eyes or roll your sleeves up to start the hard work yourself at least try using an online records site to find details of the person including where they live. You might be pleasantly surprised at what you can find and how easily that you can find it. Not only is it possible to locate someone using a site like this, but you can also access a whole load of information about them.

Find out if they have a criminal record before you pick up the phone to give them a call. You may change your mind if you do.


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Author: Steve Gee

Personal Background Check – Give Yourself An Online Checkup

February 17th, 2014

Look yourself up online



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Did I get a surprise when I looked myself up on the Internet. I “Googled” my name and I managed to find out all sorts of things that I would rather not be found. A lot of it was true but there were also a few things that were not. A great deal of it was simply embarrassing and I started to wonder if there was any way to make it go away. A tall order I thought.

A lot of my friends have looked themselves up online and were surprised by what they found. Some of them were horrified by what could be discovered. This is especially true if they searched on a specialized web site like the one in this article. Just imagine what other people might think if they came across it.

Is your online profile stopping you getting a job?

It’s becoming standard practice for employers to use the Internet to check out prospective employees. It’s so easy for them to do that it doesn’t make any sense for them not to. So what will they find if they Google you? What else might they find if they use a public records background checking website?

I make a point of not posting too much personal stuff on the Internet if I can help it. I have a Facebook account but I post on it very rarely nowadays. Not everyone thinks like this though and I have to say neither did I until recently. If you put something on the Internet then it’s potentially there forever and if it’s on the Internet and it’s been made public even for a short while then there’s no telling where it might turn up.

Then there’s the stuff that other people post about you. Some people take great delight in posting pictures of me in embarrassing or unflattering situations then tagging me in them so that there can be no doubt that it’s me. I would rather they didn’t do this but what can you do?

Why is all this important? Well if there is information about you on the Internet then anyone, including your employers or prospective employers, can potentially find it. Ask yourself “would I give myself a job after finding the information available on the Internet”?

What can I do about my damaging online profile?

When you find information about you that is defamatory or incorrect you can email the webmaster and ask them to either remove it or print a retraction of some sort.

But unless the website is doing something illegal, posting your copyrighted material without your consent for instance, then they have no obligation to comply with your wishes. All you can do is ask politely and hope. Some webmasters will do as you ask and others will not.

The best thing that you can do is start posting good things about yourself all over the place. Post to Facebook, Linkedin and other social media sites. Make sure that there are some stories about you doing good things out there. Donate to charities that publish the names of donors.

By splashing your best information around the Internet you will not only be balancing out the bad things that employers and other people can find but you will also be pushing the bad stuff down the search engine listings. If someone searches for your name and the first two pages of results contain all your best posts and pictures then they probably won’t go further.


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Personal Background Check – Give Yourself A Cheap Online Checkup

February 17th, 2014

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Have you ever Googled yourself just to see what comes up? Yes I bet you have. I know that I’ve searched for myself online more than once and so have most of the people that I know. I’ve even used an inexpensive online background check website to find out even more personal stuff about myself.

Most of my friends who have looked themselves up were surprised by what they found and by just how much of it they could find. Some of them were horrified by what they found. They were even more alarmed when they realized that anyone could find that stuff just by doing a few simple searches on the Internet.

Is your online presence affecting your job prospects?

Have you been turned down from any job applications that you’ve made recently? Were you left wondering why you didn’t get the job even though you are well qualified and a perfect match for the position? It’s possible that they are being put off by what they are finding out about you on the Internet.

Try searching for your name on Google and then do a thorough personal background check online. It doesn’t take long and it isn’t expensive so you have nothing to lose by investigating. You do have a lot to gain however.

It’s worth remembering that if your friends and prospective employers can all find this information about you then so can your dates. Has your relationship unexpectedly ended?

What can people find out about you?

Anyone searching for your name in quotation marks on Google may find all sorts of things including your Facebook and Linkedin profiles and any other social media sites that you belong to. If you’ve ever been mentioned in newspapers or other media reports then these may show up in searches too.

As you are reading this you may be thinking how important it is to make sure that your social media profiles and other stuff that you post on the net is all clean and wholesome and always shows you in a good light. If you are anything like the rest of us you are probably thinking that you wished you had thought about this a few years ago because the damage now has already been done.

There isn’t much you can do to stop other people posting embarrassing pictures of you though is there?

Your social profiles are important and you may be able to clean them up to some extent but there could be other information that is far more damaging to you out there somewhere.

Have you ever been arrested or convicted?

If you have ever been arrested, even if you were completely innocent of all accusations and never even been charged, then the news sites may have published the details and the arrest report may be found on the Internet somewhere.

Arrest reports in the media almost always show you in a bad light. News organizations are quick to splash your name and reason for arrest everywhere but they are far less interested in removing these reports or even printing updates when you get completely cleared of everything. I guess that bad news always makes them more money than good news.

If you do a more focused and comprehensive background check on yourself using a public records web site then you may find even more damaging information.

What can I do if I find damaging or incorrect information?

If you find that a web site is displaying incorrect or defamatory information about you then you can contact the site owners and ask for it to be removed or corrected. This can prove to be very difficult if they refuse your request and contacting all the sites that you want cleaned up can be a daunting task.

You should also look yourself up on public records databases to make sure that everything is up to date and accurate. Again you can contact the website owners to ask for the information to be updated.

Can I get help?

Yes there is help at hand. You can use an online service that specializes in restoring your reputation and privacy. Once you have given them all the relevant information they will do all the hard work for you. You can sit back and relax while they they contact the appropriate webmasters and start reducing the volume of unwanted information that is embarrassing you.

It doesn’t happen overnight but after a while you should notice that the Internet is starting to paint a better picture of you. You can help this picture to improve by making a point of posting all your best stuff on Facebook and anywhere else that you can get your posts to show up publicly.

This way you will eventually push all the remaining bad information about you down the search engine listings never to be seen again.


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Author: Steve Gee

How To Restore Your Reputation And Privacy

January 31st, 2014

What shows up in a Google search?

Do you avoid googling your name because you are afraid of what you are going to find? Does it worry the pants off you that anyone can find this information just by doing a simple search of your name? I know that it worries me to death.

What would a prospective employer think about all the embarrassing reports and photos that they can easily find when they do a casual search of the net? If you were the employer would you give yourself a job after finding stuff like that?

What would your date think of the things he or she might find just at a time when the relationship is starting to get interesting? Would she find an old arrest record from the time you were detained but not charged because they had the wrong guy? Perhaps it’s even worse than that.

How to get help with removing bad stuff from the Web

Once something is on the net it is very difficult to get it removed. Sometimes it’s impossible to remove all traces of it even if what’s published is totally false or even infringes your copyright or some other rights. But you can now get professional help with this. There is an online service that will do their very best for you to get things taken down from places where they should not be.

They can’t guarantee to take every trace of everything bad about you off the Internet. Especially if you are trying to remove things that are actually true like a real conviction or something. In most cases Privacy Online can reduce the damage to something more manageable.

Managing what’s left

When Privacy Online have done their job you should see a reduction in the amount of damaging material that can be discovered online about you.

At the same time as you are getting help to have embarrassing things removed from the Web you should consider making a concerted effort to post good stuff about yourself on the net. Write about all the good things you do and post it to Facebook and Google plus and other social media sites. Make a donation to charitable sites that publish the names of their donors. Do something worthwhile in your community and get it reported in online newspapers. Find online forums that interest you and take an active part in discussions.

Everything that you do online has the potential to show up in a Google search listing and the idea behind posting good stuff all over the place is to try and drown out the bad stuff. Your aim is to have nothing but good reports show up on the first page of results when someone searches for your name.

How does the removal process work?

Working with Privacy Online to get your reputation back is as simple and as easy as they could make it. They do all the hard work for you when it comes to approaching webmasters and submitting takedown forms etc. The steps involved can be summarized by:

  1. You place an order with PrivacyOnline
  2. Provide your full information
  3. Upload supporting documentation (such as photo ID, case sealed documents, expungement information, etc…)
  4. Provide a top list of URLs you’d like us to approach for removal
  5. They process your information and start requesting removals
  6. This process takes anywhere from 24 hours to 60 days, depending on the websites

Using PrivacyOnline to recover your online reputation and privacy has to be one of the easiest and most cost effective ways of tackling your poor online footprint. Sign up now and see an improvement in your reputation faster and better than anything that you could do by yourself. Just tell them what you want removed and sit back and wait for the results.

Author: Steve Gee

How To Remove Information From Google Search

January 23rd, 2014

What shows up in a Google search?

Have you ever Googled yourself and found that a load of embarrassing images and information pop up? It can prevent you from getting jobs, lose you your friends and even attract hate mail. Would you like to do something about it? If the answer is yes then read on.

I’m going to tell you how you can get your information and images removed from the Internet and Google’s search listings. It’s a simple and straightforward process but it can be time consuming and sometimes difficult bearing in mind that your details could be all over the place. The more web pages that are embarrassing you the more work you have to do to get rid of them.

You may decide that you need some help to do this and if this is the case then you can enlist the services of an online reputation and privacy management organization. Just give them as much information as you can about where your information is being displayed and let them do the hard work for you.

How do search engines and search result listings work?

Before you can start trying to remove things from the Google search results or Yahoo or Bing or any of the search engines for that matter, it’s vital to understand how your images and information get into the search results in the first place.

The first thing to understand is that nothing is ever stored on Google servers so the web page that the search result refers to must exist for someone to click through and see your information. So if you manage to get the embarrassing information removed from the web page then it will not be seen when you get to the page.

The aim of a search engine is to deliver links to the very best and most relevant web pages it can find so they send out automated software robots or ‘spiders’ as they are called. These spiders crawl through the links in all web pages they can find, indexing the pages as they go. They are relentless and typically crawl through the same web page every few days or weeks. It isn’t in the interest of the search engine to offer you a link to a page that doesn’t exist and it isn’t in your interest either.

Your photos and information will be removed in time

I know how this works by bitter experience. I run a few web sites and from time to time there are technical difficulties which take them off line for a while. If this happens at a time when the spiders want to crawl my pages they will be unable to see the content. Now the spiders know that web sites have trouble occasionally so the page may not get withdrawn from the listings immediately. It will most certainly disappear if the spider fails to find the page on subsequent visits however.

when a web page is removed from the Internet then the Google listing will also be removed eventually but it will not happen immediately. The reason for this delay is because Google stores a cache of the search listing on it’s servers ready to be shown when you do a search. The web page will remain in the listings until the Google spider gets around to reading the web page again and decides that it isn’t there anymore.

A similar thing will happen if some of your information is being shown in the description of the search engine listing. This is the worst scenario because the reader doesn’t even need to click through to the page to see your details. In this case when you manage to successfully remove your information from the web page it may take a little time for the search engine to update the listing in it’s cache. It will vanish eventually however. You need to be patient when it comes to the Internet.

Identify the urls of the offending web pages

The first step towards getting your photos and information removed from the web is to find and identify all the web pages that are displaying information that you would like to have removed. You need to note the url of the page and the specific information on the page that you are objecting to.

When you have a list of urls to target the next step is to approach the webmaster of each site your information appears on and ask them to take your details down. If you can supply them with proof that the information is untrue or a good reason why the data is damaging to you then it may help the process.

Finding webmaster contact details

There are often several ways to find the contact details for the webmaster of a site.

  1. Generally the easiest way to find contact details is from the contact page on the website itself. Most reputable websites want to be contacted so you should look for a link to the contact page somewhere on the site. This will be the easiest way of making contact.
  2. Use an Internet service that is often called ‘whois’. There are many places offering this service but you may have to try more than one before you find useable contact details. A simple Google search for ‘whois’ should provide you with starting points. The whois listing will often list an email address for the webmaster but not all whois services provide the complete details. Whois listings are generally free to access.
  3. if you can not find contact details for the webmaster then you can try contacting the site’s hosting company. This information is usually listed in the whois information. They should be able to give you contact details for the webmaster or even deal with your complaint directly if it’s a serious matter of copyright or defamation etc.

Write to the webmaster requesting image and information removal

You should bear in mind that the webmaster has no obligation to comply with your wishes unless the offending content is infringing copyright or there is slander or defamation involved.

You must write a nice polite note to the webmaster explaining why you wish to have the offending content removed. You must also supply the exact location and nature of the information to enable the webmaster to locate the content and delete it.

If you are asking the webmaster to remove your mugshot or other information because it was put there after you were arrested but you have subsequently been cleared of the offenses then you should send all applicable proof that this is the case.

Not all information will be removable

let’s face it. Most webmasters are good people and will comply with your reasonable requests for data removal. Unfortunately not all will be so obliging, especially if they are not in the US. It may take several follow up emails to get some web owners to take action and sadly there will be some who will simply ignore all your communications. Unless they are legally obliged to do what you are asking then you may have to accept that you will never succeed in removing all offending material from the Internet.

Privacy Online will do all this for you

Getting stuff removed from the Internet can be an arduous and time consuming task so it isn’t something you jump into lightly. Sometimes you have no choice unfortunately. Personal information about you published on the Internet can range from being slightly embarrassing to preventing you from getting jobs, losing your friends and even attract abuse. If you have a business then your online reputation can make or break it. It is vitally important that you keep it under control.

Why do all of this work yourself when you can get an online service to clean up your reputation for you? It’s time consuming and generally hard work so let Privacy Online restore your reputation and your privacy. Do it now.

Author: Steve Gee

Absolutely Free Background Checks Is It A Myth?

October 23rd, 2013

If it’s worth investigating then a background check is valuable

Yes absolutely free investigations are a myth but you can do some very useful background checking for very reasonable prices. In fact if you do it right then
investigating someone online
can cost you less than a cup of good coffee.

Nothing is ever truly free

Everything comes with a price whether it’s your money, someone else’s money or the investment of your time and effort. Doing background checks on someone is no exception. You either have to pay for someone’s services to investigate and discover the secrets in someone’s life or you have to do that work yourself. There is another way though. It may not be as thorough and accurate as hiring an expensive private investigator. Neither is it completely free but looking up someone’s details with a public records web site can not only be effective but it can also work out to be very inexpensive.

Public records web sites are a relatively new option that has been made possible by the incredible advances in Internet technology in recent years. Businesses have seen the need to make public information available to everyone and they have made it their mission to provide you with that very information. Now you can have access to it whenever you meet or do business with people or even when you are simply curious about them.

Background checks the long, hard and inexpensive way

If you know what you are doing then it is often possible to find out a lot of stuff about someone by trawling the Internet using search engines like Google and by physically visiting places where records are kept.

I must declare that I am certainly no expert when it comes to tracking down people in this way but I do know that it will involve you in an awful lot of time consuming searching, traveling and visiting places like court houses and other records offices.

Some of this will also cost you money to transport yourself about and to pay any administrative fees there might be to access the information that you are looking for. Suddenly even this method doesn’t look as inexpensive as you might think it is. In any case I would rather pay a private investigator who knows what they are doing than attempt to do this myself.

Background checks the expensive way

I was going to say that hiring a private investigator is the most expensive way to get some background information on someone but this may not be the case at all. A private eye can be very efficient at what they do. It’s their job. It could be that a good P.I. can find out more information for less money than you can by doing it yourself. Especially if you’ve never done this sort of investigative work before.

Hiring a specialist certainly isn’t going to be a cheap way of digging up secrets on someone but it is probably the most efficient way to find out the maximum amount of information. It is also likely to yield the most reliable data too. These people know what they are doing and that’s what you pay them for.

Investigating professionals generally charge by the hour and the time it takes to do a background check will depend on what information you are interested in and how much of it you want the guy to find for you.

I’m guessing that you may be able to find someone willing to do some basic routine checks for you and only charge the equivalent of perhaps an hour of their time. If you want a more in depth report then you could be paying for as long as it takes which could be a great deal of time.

Background checks the social way

Everyone uses Facebook don’t they? Make sure that you can “friend” him or her and take a look at the stuff they post. Take the time to find out who some of his Facebook friends are. See if you can find any tagged images with him in to give you an idea of the sort of things he gets up to. Mind you that is becoming a sure fire way to find some incriminating images of just about anyone because we have very little control over what other people post on the Internet. Is your own online presence squeaky clean?

The real benefit of getting interested in someone’s online social presence is to find out how they behave. For some reason most people seem to be a lot less inhibited about what they upload to the Internet than they would ever be in the offline world. Don’t they know that anything that they say on line is there forever? Privacy online seems to have been lost along the wayside somewhere.

Get to know his or her friends and try to meet up with some of their online friends out here in the real world. By interacting with their buddies you often get to see a different side of someone. A side of their personality that you would not normally see. This kind of information can potentially be worth far more to you than any background check could be.

Background checks the quick, easy and affordable way

I promised that I would give you a good cheap alternative way to do background checks and here it is. There are web sites on the Internet that strive to fill the gap that obviously exists when it comes to finding out information about people. You want something that is quick and easy to carry out and does not cost more than you can afford.

These public records web sites may not be as accurate or thorough as a good private investigator might be nor will they give you the same insight into someone’s character that you might get from socializing with their friends.

What you can do is
use these public records databases
to find at least something out about most people who you do a search on. Even if it’s just an address it could be useful information. Especially if the guy gave you a different one. The best part is that these web sites are quick to search and very cheap. In fact if you do it right then you can do unlimited background checks on as many people as you want and it doesn’t have to cost you more than the price of a coffee.

Author: Steve Gee

How To Find Out Who Owns A Car By The Licence Plate Number

June 27th, 2013
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Public records vehicle information

Imagine what you could do if you could find out who owns the car that just drove off with your wife or your girlfriend or your husband. I’m not suggesting that they could be cheating on you of course but wouldn’t it be nice to know who they are going off with? What if you need to find someone in relation with a legal problem that you are trying to sort out? A reverse license plate search would be an invaluable tool in such circumstances.

Obtaining information about vehicle numbers that are not your own is difficult if not impossible by normal channels. This is because such information isn’t generally considered public in the same way as real estate property is. It is a relatively trivial matter to find out who owns a house so it’s hard to see why vehicles are not considered in the same way.

Public records websites are starting to gather information surrounding license plates. I have been waiting for it to happen and I do believe that I might have found a small but usable public records database that is growing and expanding it’s vehicle data rapidly.

Public records reverse license lookup

At the time of writing, the site that I’m going to tell you about doesn’t even announce that it offers reverse number plate searches. It’s so new that they don’t want to tell everyone about it yet. If you sign up to their almost free trial you will see that the vehicle options are there in your members area. The site is called
Everify.

Can you look up a license plate for free

I was told about this new search option by the owner of the database who told me that it was still experimental but that it was getting better every day. He said that they are very pleased with it’s progress. I don’t know where they get their data from but there is a very cheap trial on offer if you want to give it a try. When I looked you could still get full access to the records site for a few days for only one dollar. That’s about the closest to a free license plate search as you are going to get.

Why search for vehicle numbers?

Finding someone in connection with a court case is a common use of a license plate lookup. For instance, you might be trying to trace someone who has defaulted on payments that a court awarded you. Their car plates or vehicle identification number (VIN) can be invaluable clues when it comes to locating them.

Have you ever arrived at work and found another car parked in your space? Frustrating isn’t it? What if you could find out their name by using the license number from their car? If you could do that then you could go and have a nice quiet chat with them and let them know that they should be parking elsewhere.

Are you just curious about who owns a flash car in your neighborhood. Perhaps it’s a car that you often see cruising and you wonder if they are just young people out for the ride or maybe there is something more sinister going on. It might be worth just checking who owns the car before you call the police.

Public records vehicle and driver databases are currently in their infancy but they are growing fast. Unless you have a legitimate reason for for finding someone from their plates and you can get a police officer or a private investigator to look it up for you then public records databases are your only option. Isn’t it worth a dollar or so to find out if the number plate is in the Everify database? Go on, try it out now.


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Author: Steve Gee

Free Online People Search Using Google

June 7th, 2013

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Are you looking for someone? Perhaps you have just met a new friend and you want to find out if they are who they say they are. You can’t be too careful these days can you? So how do you start searching for someone online and can it be done for free?

Now you may or not know that it is possible to look up just about anyone in the US of A by using commercial public records databases like Inteligator.  See my review of this website here.

This particular site can be used for finding people and investigating their background but it isn’t free. It is inexpensive however and you can do a lot with the low cost trial that they offer. I love how easy it is to use this site but I wanted to see if it was possible to locate people on the Internet absolutely free. I did have some success as you will see.

Finding People with the Google search engine

The first thing that I tried was to type in the persons first and last name straight into the Google search box. This simple technique can sometimes be surprisingly effective if the name you are looking for isn’t very common or the subject is famous for something. However if you are looking for someone with a common name like “John Smith” then be prepared to receive floods of irrelevant search results. Don’t give up yet though because there are ways of refining your search query to give you a better chance of finding what you are looking for.

Refining your search

The first thing to do is make sure that you are signed out of any Google services. Google have a nasty habit of modifying your search results to give you what it thinks you want based on your previous Internet activity. This is unlikely to be very helpful when you are trying to find someone who you have not searched for before. So sign out so that Google doesn’t know who you are.

The Google search engine can be very powerful in the right hands and most people have no clue about the many useful features that it offers. If you can master just a few of these search tools then you will be amazed at what you can accomplish.

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Search by region

The first thing that you might want to do is limit the geographical area where you want your search to apply. If you know that the person you are searching for has always lived in the US then there is probably little point in searching the rest of the world for them.

To limit your search results to the US go to the Advanced Search page. There should be a link labeled “Advanced Search” at the bottom of your search results. You may need to do a simple search first before this link appears. Click on it to get to the advanced settings.

The Advanced page allows you to set various filters including “region” Select the “United States” region from the drop down menu, enter the person’s name in the “all these words” box at the top then click the “Advanced Search” button at the bottom.

The region filter isn’t 100% effective at keeping the rest of the world out but it tries it’s best for you.

Search for the exact phrase using quotation marks

If you simply type the words “John” and “Smith” into the Google box without the quotes then the results that you get will consist of pages that contain both words anywhere on the page in any order. This means that you are likely to find pages mentioning “John Doe” and “Jane Smith” and thousands of other pages like it, equally irrelevant to what you are searching for.

You can easily fix this problem by enclosing your search query in quotation marks e.g. “John Smith” including the quotes. Google will now only show you pages that have those 2 words together and in that order. This tiny modification to your search query can make a huge difference to the quality of your results. You can enclose as many words as you want in quote marks so you might want to try adding a middle name. This is worth trying but might not be very effective because most people rarely use their middle names.

Still too many results

So you have limited your search to a single region or country and you are searching for the person’s name in quotes for an exact match but you are still not getting the results that you were hoping for. What next?

Adding another word

When you type words or phrases in quotes into the search box you will get results that contain all of those words or phrases. So you can improve your search by finding a word or phrase that applies to your person but not to everyone by that name. For instance if you know where they live then you might search for ["John Smith" Alabama] or ["John Smith" Orlando]. I’m using the square brackets here to enclose everything that is typed into the Google box. This time you will get only web pages that mention the name and area you entered.

I have had some luck with this method as it tends to deliver results from address and phone directories. Most of these directories require payment before you can see all the information but often the free information is enough to confirm an address or phone number.

What is your subject known for?

Is there anything about the person that you are looking for that might make them stand out from the crowd? Is she a pilot for instance? Does she keep a pet? do you know their profession? Here are some examples of search queries that you could try: ["Jane Smith" pilot], ["John Smith" tiddles], ["John Smith" carpenter] etc. Any one of these queries could dig up gold for you when you find the right person from a social media page, professional networking site or even their own website or blog.

Searching for businesses

Finding a business online is usually a very simple task using Google, Yahoo,  Bing or even one of the lesser known search engines. Generally speaking, businesses want to be found online so they make efforts to ensure that they can be found easily. Try entering the name of the business and the location into the Google box and more often or not, you will find what you are after.

What else can you do with a Google Search?

You can do all sorts of things with a Google query. For instance you can use “OR” between words when you want to find pages with either or all of your search words. An example of this might be if you were looking for recipes that were either [Vegetarian OR Vegan].

If you put a “-” in front of a word then you are looking for pages that do not include that word e.g. [salsa -dance] meaning that you are interested in the sauce and not the dance.

Another powerful query operator is called a tilde “~”. Place this squiggle character in front of a word to find pages with words that are similar to the one you entered. So the query [~pet] will find pages with any of the words “pet”, “dog”, “cat, “Fish”, “animal” etc.

You can find a list of the basic search operators here and a more comprehensive and detailed list here

Searching for people with Google is as close to free as it gets but you do have to take the time to learn the skill of searching and then hope that the information is there to find. It can often be so much easier and quicker to use a people finder website which may provide you with far more information than you can hope to get from Google alone.

For a very small fee you can get a trial subscription to an excellent public records website called Inteligator You have very little to lose by giving it a try. You could be finding people in no time
at all.


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Inteligator Review – Access Free Public Records And Background Checks

June 5th, 2013

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Inteligator is one of the best and most cost effective web sites for background checks and public records available to you. Unlike many similar web sites that want to charge you for each search that you do, Inteligator allows you to do as many free searches on as many people as you want. Instead of charging you for each search you just pay a small membership fee each month.

You may be wondering at this point why you would want to sign up for a monthly membership when you only want to do a background check on one person or to see if you have any arrest warrants. This is exactly what I thought before I logged in to the Inteligator site to research for this review and I can tell you that I’m totally hooked on it.

How do I find an old friend?

I wanted to do a background search on someone that I hadn’t seen for some time. Well my first search was a waste because I spelled his name wrong but I found the information that I was looking for on my second try. I found his address which is what I was after but that’s not all that I found.

I found his phone number and some names of relatives and neighbors. I could see that he is married and that he owns his own home. There is a lot more in the report but the best part was the link to a Google map where I could even find pictures of his house on Google Street.

I did try using the Birth records search a couple of times but this only gives you a list of names and ages with few details. I found that it’s best to use the Background Check search instead. This gives you the same list of people but also gives you access to the background detail which is much more useful.

Search for arrest warrants and criminal records

Search arrest warrants free with membership Now that I had found him I decided to do a criminal records search and an arrest warrant search on him too. Thankfully I didn’t find any but just to make sure that the system was working I looked up someone who I knew would have a warrant and sure enough the search found him.

Don’t stop there – check out relatives and neighbors too

By this time I was having great fun and I decided to look up his relatives and his neighbors to see if they had and criminal records or arrest warrants. They didn’t but the results from background checks on his relatives turned up the name of someone else I used to know a long time ago.

This is a web site that I’m going to be using more and more for a long time and it was easy to see how it can save you money. If you had used a site that charged you for every search you did then doing what I did to find one old friend would have cost you many months worth of unlimited searches at Inteligator.

Public Records Searches available in the members area:

  • Arrest Warrant Search
  • Arrest Records Search
  • Background Check
  • State Criminal Records Search
  • National Criminal Records Search
  • Sex Offender Search
  • Inmate Search
  • People Search by Name
  • People Search by Address
  • People Search by Phone
  • Reverse Phone Search
  • Business Search
  • Relative Search
  • Neighborhood Check
  • Birth Records Search
  • Marriage Records Search
  • Divorce Records Search
  • Death Records Search
  • Reverse IP Search

Inteligator is easy to use

The Inteligator web site is easy to navigate and remarkably fast considering that there is over a billion records in it’s various databases. You can comfortably look up background checks, arrest warrants and other stuff on several people in less than 10 minutes. The best part is that you can do as many searches as you want for free on as many people as you want as often as you want. It won’t cost you a cent more than your monthly membership fee.

You can’t afford not to have Ineligator working for you

If you are dating then you need to make sure that your dates are telling you the truth and are not criminals. If you hire people to do work for you or invite them into your house then you want to do a background check on them first. If you use babysitters or nannies then you must check them out before leaving them with your child. You might just want to locate people that you haven’t seen in a long time. Inteligator is perfect for doing all of these things and more. Can you afford to be without it? Give it a try. It comes with a very good guarantee which means that you aren’t taking any kind of risk but I think that you will want to keep your membership for a long time to come.


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Author: Steve Gee

What Does A Background Check Check

April 30th, 2013

What does a background check do?


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A background check is designed to reveal information about an individual. The actual information searched for will depend to a large extent on the purpose for the check. If you are an employer recruiting people to work with children then you are going to place a very high importance on a comprehensive and accurate investigation into the persons past and present life. On the other hand, if you are simply checking out your neighbor to make sure that you can feel safe in your home then you may not need such a detailed and expensive report.

How accurate is a background check?

The amount of checking that you want to do into someone’s personal life and how complete and accurate you want the results to be all determine how much you have to pay for the investigation and how long you have to wait for the results. A full background check for employment purposes may run into hundreds of dollars but a near-instant national search of a public records database may only cost you a few bucks.

The real question is not so much “What does a background check check?” but rather what could it check and what might it reveal? Depending on how the background searches are performed the results might contain some or all of the following:

  • Criminal records
  • Arrest records
  • Arrest Warrants
  • Sex offender register
  • Homeland security
  • Educational checks references
  • Employment checks references
  • Credit checks
  • Drug screening
  • Past and present addresses
  • Relatives
  • Neighbors

If the background check is performed for employment purposes then it is likely that it will be done after a job offer has been made and could take several months to complete depending on how thorough the checks are and how uch follow up the investigators have to do.

You can do your own background checks

Most comprehensive background checks will involve some searching of national databases which are made up of publicly available records. Anyone can search these databases, including you, and it doesn’t have to be expensive.

Are public records databases ok for background searches?

Public records web sites can do a great job of finding background information for you. The problem with national databases however is that they can never be fully up to date and some information held in them may not be completely accurate. You have to be a little bit careful in how you use them. The professional investigators still use this method as part of their comprehensive search because it is cheap and quick. Any hits that they obtain from the database would be followed up to verify it’s accuracy. If the public records search indicates a criminal record out of state then the appropriate county court records will be examined to verify the record and possibly obtain more information. This part of the investigation can cost a lot of money and take a long time to complete.

Verifying background checks for your date

If you have used a public records database to check out your date and it has revealed a criminal record, would you go to the trouble and expense of verifying the information at the county records office? It might make more sense to simply ask your date about it and walk away if you don’t get a satisfactory answer. Alternatively, if you don’t want to confront him with it then simply walk away now.

Doing a background check using a public records web site could give you more information than you could ever imagine about your friends, neighbors and dates. Why not try doing a background search using an investigation web site like Inteligator. Start getting to really know the people around you.


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Author: Steve Gee