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Information.com’s People Search
Search engines, like Google, make it seem like information is abundant and easy to find – but this can be misleading. While it's true that you can find just about anything on the internet, finding specific information about an individual can be challenging; narrowing down bloated search results to what’s relevant can be almost impossible.
Fortunately, Information.com makes finding information about someone a breeze.
To help you find information, Information.com’s people search engine explores thousands of public databases to find the information you need. Then, all of the data is organized into an easy-to-read report that includes the most relevant information about someone.
Even better? The process takes just a few minutes, and you only need someone's first and last name to begin.
While you can find this information by scouring public databases on your own, that takes time, money, and determination that most people don't have. Plus, people can use fake names or go to great lengths to hide their real identities, which can make searching on your own a massive task.
So, let Information.com do the heavy lifting, while you get the information you need.
How to Use Our People Search Tool
Information.com has the most hassle-free people search engine around. It only takes a few minutes to find results, and you can begin with only a first and last name. That said, there are a few steps you need to follow, so we'll take you through those below.
1. Enter Someone’s Name.
First, enter someone's first and last name into the search tool. If you have more information about someone, you can enter their address, city, and state. Using additional information can help you narrow down the search results. However, Information.com frequently places the person you're looking for at the top of the search results, even if you only search by name.
2. Select Your Result.
Once the results are in, you can begin to look at the list of people. The list will include names, addresses, alternate addresses, and more. You have to scroll through the list and click on the name of the person you're looking for. Before opening the report, you might be asked to provide information about additional family members and relatives, if you have it.
3. Load the Full Report.
The last step is to simply open the full report. Once you open the full report, the information will begin to load. While it’s loading, you might see the database find things like financial assets, relatives, criminal backgrounds, and more.
Overall, Information.com's people search tool is easy to use and only takes a few minutes. You don't have to worry about sifting through thousands of search results, or finding resources at a government building or courthouse.
Our People Search Database
Information.com's people search database is one of the most comprehensive tools in the industry. Instead of relying on one database, Information.com compiles information from around the country – gathering from state and federal records.
Information is gathered through public records databases, which are public knowledge. So you don't have to worry about legal problems when using Information.com (as long as you follow our “Do’s and Don’ts”).
Traditionally, you'd have to get access to information by searching through individual databases. There are federal and state databases for things like birth certificates, criminal records, and other types of information. So, to find this information yourself, you'd have to visit dozens of government offices, courthouses, and websites.
While it's possible to find what you're looking for through these databases, Information.com makes the process fast and easy. Essentially, we use our advanced people search engine to compile data from public records databases across the country.
So fast, in fact, that it only takes minutes to see a full report.
Below are some things you can find with Information.com's people search database.
- Birth records
- Tax liens
- Marital status
- Divorce records
- Marriage paperwork
- Criminal records
- Business and professional licenses
- Addresses (current, past, and alternate)
- Post office boxes (PO boxes)
- Death certificates
- Information about bankruptcy
- Social media accounts
- Phone numbers
- Dating profiles
- Email accounts
These are only a handful of the things you can find about someone with Information.com. Depending on the person, more or less information might be available.
Why Do People Need to Use People Search Tools?
People use people search tools for a handful of reasons. You can use one to learn more about your friends, find lost family members, verify criminal backgrounds, and more.
Using a people search engine is also essential for your safety when navigating the internet. While the internet has paved the way for innovation and social interaction, it's also given people the ability to pose as someone else to perform more elaborate scams.
Practices like catfishing (posing as someone else on a dating website) have also become popular. Unfortunately, scam callers can also spoof phone numbers to try and convince you that they’re someone else.
Sadly, this has made surfing the web a nightmare if you’re not prepared. Verifying information is key to staying safe.
Thankfully, Information.com has your back when you’re surfing the web or receiving calls. You can verify information about someone’s social media accounts, identify potential scam callers, and find out if your date is legitimate.
That said, make sure you always follow guidelines created by the Fair Credit and Reporting Act (FCRA). Some situations where using a people search engine is not legally allowed include:
- Performing identity theft
- Checking an employee's background
- Checking the background of tenants
- Stalking someone
- Checking financial records
- Contacting someone who doesn't want to be contacted
- Background checking domestic help
If you aren't sure about the benefits of using such a tool, why not perform a search on yourself? Searching for information about yourself can help you learn about how the tool works and the type of information you can find.
Plus, you’ll be aware of potential information that others can find when searching for you, so you can take the appropriate avenues to have that information hidden or removed.
Information.com’s Other Lookup Methods
Information.com’s people search engine is a great way to find information on someone. That said, Information.com has a few other methods you can use to find information. These methods function in similar ways but require different types of information. For example, a reverse phone number lookup requires a telephone number.
So, even if you don’t know someone’s name, you can find information about them.
Reverse Phone Number Lookup
A reverse phone number lookup is one of the best ways to identify someone who’s calling you. With millions of robocalls being made per day (190 million to be exact), scam calls have become a major problem.
Performing a reverse phone number lookup can help you catch stolen phone numbers, scammers, and even verify blocked phone numbers. Simply enter the phone number into Information.com’s reverse phone lookup tool to get started.
Public Records Search
A public records search with information.com helps you gather nearly all of the available public records about someone. It's one of our most comprehensive search options and makes it easy to find what you're looking for. The public record search tool will help you find someone's name, address, social media accounts, financial history, and anything else that's available about them.
Criminal Records Search
Have you ever wondered about someone's criminal record? If so, try out our criminal records search tool. With our criminal records search tool, you can learn about crimes someone has committed, if they've ever been to jail, and much more.
One of the best ways to find information about someone is to run a background check. In fact, it's the best way to know if someone is who they're claiming to be. Our background check tool is connected to thousands of public records databases and will help you learn about someone's work history, employment background, certifications, and much more.
Why People Search Tools Are Important
People search tools are important for several reasons. While they can help you stay safe on the internet, another lesser-known benefit is that they can help you stay in touch with friends and family members.
A study that surveyed 2,000 people found that people only stay in touch with about 6 friends throughout their life (out of 29 total friends). Losing touch with people is part of life, but it doesn't always have to be. With a people search tool, you can rekindle old relationships with friends, family members, and former spouses.
Some other alarming things you should be aware of are the number of scammers and people posing to be someone else (identity theft). According to data from Facebook, more than 150,000 accounts are hacked each day. Sadly, the person you think you're talking to might not be who they say they are.
Another important factor to consider is phone scams. One study found that almost $40 billion was lost to phone scams in 2021. In today's world, knowing who's on the other line can be the difference between staying safe or having something stolen. And, of course, there are also email scams and text message scams to deal with.
People Search FAQs
Below are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about people search engines.
What Is the Best Search Engine to Find People?
Information.com provides you with the best search engine to find people. The search engine collects data from public records databases and organizes the information into a simple report. Information.com’s searches only take a few minutes, and you can choose between reverse address lookup, reverse phone number lookup, and reverse email lookup.
What's the Best Way to Find Someone From Your Past?
The best way to find someone from your past is to use a people search engine like Information.com. You can locate friends, family members, and even acquaintances. The best part is that you only need their first and last name. However, having more information can help you narrow down your options.
Are People Searches Legal?
Yes. People searches are legal in the United States. Federal laws and regulations don't prohibit citizens from searching other people's information online. However, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) restricts how information from public records can be used.
What Can’t I Do With a People Search Engine?
People search engines are safe and legal to use, but there are a few situations where you shouldn't use one. These include stealing someone's identity, verifying domestic help and tenants, and contacting someone who doesn't want to be contacted. People search engines also shouldn't be used to verify financial information, harass someone, or screen employees.
Are People Search Engines Free?
Some people's search engines are free. That said, you might have to pay a small fee to see the full report about someone. In most cases, paying a small fee is more worthwhile than scouring thousands of databases across the country to find information on someone. It's also better than some of the more expensive alternatives, like hiring a private investigator.
Can Other People Find Information About Me?
Yes. If someone has your first and last name, they can use our people search to find information about you. We recommend searching your own records so you can see what information is public and take measures to manage your public data.
Will the Person Know I've Searched For Them?
No. The people you look up using our people search tool won't know that you've searched for them, and we won't tell them.
How Do You Know If Someone Is Searching for You?
The best way to see if someone is searching for you is to check Google alerts and social media applications - some of which, like LinkedIn, alert you when someone views your profile. You can also try Googling yourself to see what comes up. Unfortunately, it's harder to know if someone is searching for you if they use a people search engine because it's anonymous.
Is a Google Search Accurate?
Google uses keywords to present you with information. When you type something into the search bar, Google places the most relevant keywords close to the top of the list. While Google searches can be accurate, it's a terrible way to search for someone. The information can be inaccurate or outdated, so it's best to use a people search engine instead.
How Do I Remove My Information From the Internet?
You can remove information from the internet by deleting social media accounts, erasing old emails, and taking down any websites you own. However, a lot of information is public records; you have to reach out to the state and federal governments to have your information removed from these databases. Some information, like your criminal background, can't be removed.
Can People Searches Show Someone's Criminal History?
Yes, people search engines can show someone's criminal history. These tools can show things like crimes, court records, sentences, traffic violations, and more. People search engines can also reveal if someone is a registered sex offender. There are some limitations, though; for instance, you can't see sealed cases or ACOD records.
Can People Search Engines Find Information About People Outside of the United States?
Yes, in some cases, people search engines can find information about people outside of the United States. However, someone who has never been to the United States is harder to find than someone who has lived in the United States for a few years, since if there are no public records on someone, you won’t be able to find much with a people search engine.
What’s a Reverse Phone Number Lookup?
A reverse phone number lookup is a tool you can use to find someone with only a phone number. You can type someone’s phone number into Information.com’s reverse phone lookup tool to learn about who’s calling you. These tools are great for Identifying scammers and robocalls.
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