Sunday, January 4, 2009

Running a Criminal Background Check is Amazingly Simple

By Glen Pearson

Do you know someone whose past has you curious? If you just mildly curious or there is a situation that makes it imperative that you reveal their past, running a background check may be the perfect solution.

Prior to the availability of the internet the only way to find out someone's history was to hire a private investigator. These days it is easy to find the information you seek, right from the privacy of your own home.

There could be a variety of reasons why you are considering running a background check on a person. If you are an employer you may need to check out the past of a prospective employee or you may just want to verify the history of your sisters new boyfriend.

There are people that conduct the background check on themselves in order to verify that the information stored in these databases in correct. If an error is on file, use the contact information provided to correct the information.

It is pretty easy to do an internet search to find websites that will conduct the background check for you. The companies that run the websites maintain large information databases that supply the information when a search is done. The information that is returned can be very detailed. It may include credit history, any criminal history, previous addresses and more.

Naturally, there is a cost involved when running a background check. The companies that maintain the databases have expenses, so they need to charge their clients a fee to access the information. The fee is usually reasonable, especially considering the quality information you will receive. You can try to do your own free research first though. You can Google the persons name and see what pops up. In the search bar be sure to enclose the persons name within quotation marks. Unless the person has a very unique name the information found will likely be for a person with the same name. Additionally, any in depth information, such as credit or criminal history, will not show up. Give it a shot, it's free.

If your own investigation reveals nothing, look for a company to perform the background check for you. Search for one that offers a money back guarantee. With this guarantee, if nothing is found, nothing is lost. If you want to perform multiple background checks you might want to look for a company that offers a membership plan; a one time fee is charged that allows you to run background checks whenever you need to.

A background check done online can supply you with the history you need. It's simple to do and you never have to leave the comfort of your home.

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