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You Won’t Believe What’s In Our New App

 

We’re excited to announce that the latest and greatest version of our iOS app is now available for free in the App Store. You can download it here.

So what’s so special about the new app? Simply put, it offers the most free public data of any source we know of out there. And now we’ve given you more ways to access the information that matters to you most.

With the latest BeenVerified app, you can access more free information on the people you search than ever before.

Search for any person in the U.S. and access:

· Current and past addresses,
· Names of possible relatives and business associates,
· Aliases associated with the person,
· Their phone number (where available)…

…and did we mention all of the above is now free?

But we know you expect more from a BeenVerified background search, so we’ve made premium features available at lower cost and more easily accessible than ever before.

We know spam calls from telemarketers have only gotten worse lately, so we’ve added functionality with the ability to search for any phone number and view that numbers spammer score and view or report any telemarketing abuse from that number. With new, lower-cost subscription plans starting at just $9.99 you can even see the name of the phone number’s owner.

We know your family’s safety is of the utmost importance, so our subscription also gives you access to premium public data including criminal records. You can access a person’s financial history to see if they have any bankruptcies or judgments and see if they’ve failed to pay taxes in the past.

We know identity theft is as great of a concern to you as ever, so we make it easy to research yourself and see if anyone might be using your personal information and acting as an impostor.

But that’s not all. You can use BeenVerified’s iOS app for:

• Estimating market value and taxes for your home, those around you, and any property you might visit.

• Quickly finding social media profiles with just an email address.

BeenVerified’s new iOS app is your source for all the public information out there on any person in the U.S.

Why stay in the dark?

Download the app and run a free search now and check out the screen shots below!

Search for anyone in the US.
Search for anyone in the US.
Find address and phone number information.
Find address and phone number information.
New and improved reverse phone look up.
New and improved reverse phone look up.
Get all the vital stats on a property.
Get all the vital stats on a property.

 

 

Three Big Mistakes You Can Possibly Avoid By Running a Background Check

 

Mistakes: we all make them. But the power of Internet research has helped greatly reduce unneeded and potentially costly mistakes in our lives. Easy access to public data in the form of a background check has made unnecessary mistakes even more avoidable.

Avoid potential mistakes with a background check. Photo credit: Herman Yung
Avoid potential mistakes with a background check. Photo credit: Herman Yung

Here are three examples of potential mistakes you don’t need to make with a quick and affordable background check:

Overpaying for your new home

A background check offers a lot more than information on criminal records. BeenVerified collects and aggregates all the public data available on each person, property, email and phone number available in the US. This makes a background check an immense source of information on a wide variety of topics and can be useful in many situations, including when purchasing a new home.

All you need is an address to gain access to a wealth of information about that property. Notably, you can find current and previous owners, previous sales figures and tax information. This can bolster your research and ensure you don’t overpay for your new home.

For example, a property search can provide insights into the current owner’s financial situation and likely willingness to sell. And by searching neighboring properties, one can get a better idea of if the asking price of a home is overvalued or in line with the average for the neighborhood.

Letting your child ride in the car of an unsafe driver

With children’s activities from sports to extra academic help multiplying by the year, sharing rides with other parents can quickly become a necessity. But should you trust your child’s safety in the car of anyone who happens to be a parent of a child in the same activity? And what criteria can you judge their appropriateness to be around your child? Does a cursory visit of their house suffice?

One way to boost confidence in who you’re dealing with is to search the public records with a background check of the person’s driving record. Fortunately, background checks are now easy, accessible and affordable. They can even be conducted from the palm of your hand with your iOS or Android device.

This gives one the ability to review full criminal records, including speeding and other driving violations of anyone in the US. While a background check can’t give you absolute certainty, it is significantly better than simply judging by appearances when it comes to the well being of your child.

Missing The Signs Your Identity Has Been Stolen

While checking on relative strangers can be important, running a background check on yourself is crucial. Just as credit experts recommend regular check-ups of your credit report in order to avoid mistaken infractions and spot signs of identity theft, so should regular check-ups of all the public data associated with your identity be a part of your routine.

When you run a background check on yourself, ensure all the information is correct. If your name is associated with unknown associates or a number of incorrect relatives then that could be a sign of a larger problem. Likewise, ensure your current and past address information is accurate and that no criminal infractions are attached to your name. If you notice a high number of irregularities, then further research may be needed to ensure no other person is utilizing your details. Check your bank accounts and credit report to confirm if anything is amiss.

Do keep in mind that public record information is often imperfect and is a collection of reports from many disparate sources. What you should be on the lookout for is large-scale inaccuracies and not just an incorrect middle  initial. The more information you can provide in the initial search, such as age, exact location and any variations on your official name should help avoid inconsistencies.

Has a background check helped you avoid a mistake lately? Let us know in the comments.

Top 3 Surprising Things in a Background Check Other Than a Criminal Record

 

When people think of background checks, their minds tend to go immediately to criminal incidents, but background checks actually provide a wide range of information beyond any criminal history.

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The top three surprising things you might find in a background check includes: past associates, bankruptcies, and information on old social media profiles.

The old saying “birds of feather flock together” may not be true in all cases, but it is true that you can often judge a person by the company he or she keeps. Background checks can help you understand what kind of people the person you are searching for keeps close ties with–or has in the past.

First, a background check will likely reveal any previous or current spouses.

This is obviously a crucially important piece of information about someone you are dating who gives you a funny feeling. Unfortunately, incidents of married men and women dating are more common than one might want to believe.

However, keep in mind the possible associates section is also likely to reveal siblings, roommates, and sometimes business partners.

Knowing these people may fill in holes in a person’s background and may lead to some important questions about the past. Of course, a background check, because it also provides dates for many different associations, can also help verify if there has been a change or break in associates in the past.

People also may not realize that a background check can reveal financial information about a person.

A background check may reveal important financial information such as whether a person has experienced a bankruptcy, foreclosure, or had a financial judgment entered against him or her in a lawsuit. Of course, the information is generally provided without a context and is limited in its legal uses, but it can give you some information about a person’s approach to finances.

Finally, background checks can help you find out how a person has chosen to present himself or herself to the public, by revealing old social media profiles. Social media profiles can help you find out more information about a person from benign information like favorite bands and sports teams to more significant finds like associations with ex-lovers and colleagues.

When all of this information is put together, it becomes easy to see how a background check may be able to help you get a fuller understanding of a person, without revealing any information related to a criminal behavior.

You can run a background check on anyone in America now with BeenVerified.

3 People Who Overcame Criminal Records And Dominated

 

Last week we noted that one of the most popular search subjects for BeenVerified’s background check is when people search for themselves. One of the primary motivations for this is when people are curious about whether or not incidents on their record will show up when other people search them.

Bill Gates ran into trouble early in life and went on to dominate.
Bill Gates ran into trouble early in life and went on to dominate.

Whether or not criminal activity shows up in a background check could have a major impact on your future prospects—but it doesn’t have to confine you to a life in the shadows, either.

With that in mind, we searched news archives for well-known figures with criminal records who went on to overcome any stigma associated with their past actions. The celebrities we found not only overcame their past digressions but went on to dominate in their personal and professional lives.

All three stories below show that a criminal record does not automatically mean a life sentence of mediocrity. So if you search for yourself and that unsavory item is still on your background check, perhaps you can find inspiration from one of the three famous figures below.

  1. Bill Gates 

    One of the richest men in the world, despite a criminal record. Photo credit: Domain Barnyard
    One of the richest men in the world, despite a criminal record. Photo credit: Domain Barnyard

The founder of Microsoft and one of the richest men in the world, Bill Gates has never enjoyed playing by the rules. This allegedly also includes traffic rules, as he was arrested multiple times for traffic violations in the 1970s.

Despite having a criminal record, Gates went on to run the most powerful company in the world. His net worth is currently estimated at $81.3 billion and he just recently topped the Forbes 400 list.

Consider Bill’s example if you feel your criminal record is holding you back from a successful career by investigating starting your own enterprise where you’ll only have to answer to yourself.

  1. George W. Bush 

    Former President Bush had his own run-ins with the law.
    Former President Bush had his own run-ins with the law.

Despite what you may think about his policies, the man with the distinction of being the first president with a criminal record deserves credit for turning his life around. Former President Bush was arrested as many as three times in what by many accounts was a rambunctious early adulthood. His most serious incident was when he was arrested for DUI at the age of 30 in Maine.

Unfortunately for Bush, this last revelation was made public just days before the 2000 Presidential election. It was not enough to sway the election against him, and the revelations may have been dampened by the fact that he gave up alcohol completely at the age of 40.

If substances are at the root of past mistakes, come clean and seek professional help to get back on the right track, if needed.

  1. Mark Wahlberg 

    Mark overcame a troubled childhood to thrive. Photo credit: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
    Mark overcame a troubled childhood to thrive. Photo credit: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Before launching a successful music, modeling and acting career, Mark Wahlberg was constantly in trouble with Boston police as a young man. If you’ve seen the movie The Departed, you’ll have an idea of what his environment was like growing up. His most serious incident involved a fight where another man lost an eye and he was sentenced to two years in prison for aggravated assault.

After the incident, realizing he was on a slippery slope to a career of crime, Mark freed himself from the gang he was involved with and began to take positive steps towards building a life with positive influences.

Are bad influences in your life leading you to negative incidents? Like Mark, break free of “friends” who lead you down the wrong path before it’s too late.

If you’re concerned  about your past run a background check with BeenVerified today.

You are the most searched for person on BeenVerified!

 

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Put your public record under the magnifying glass now to avoid surprises when you can’t afford it later. Photo credit: Jeffrey Beall

While we’ve recently looked at when and why it matters to run a criminal background check on other people in your life, it may surprise you to know that among the most searched people our customers pay for information on are themselves.

While many people are familiar with running a self-Google search to see how your persona is presented online, we would argue that running a background check through a service like BeenVerified can be far more important, especially if you have any doubt as to where your criminal record stands.

While many people get squeamish about searching for more information on themselves, or even consider it somewhat narcissistic, a better way to look at it is empowering.

Having a clear idea of what’s in your background check will keep you from being wrong-footed in crucial situations and better able to prepare yourself ahead of time. As we’ve argued before, there is power in a background check and that power is to make better- informed decisions.

This week we’ll look at what to do if you have a less than stellar mark in your record, and strategies to present it to the outside world in the best possible light. We’ll even look at notable figures in the past who have succeeded after run-ins with the law to show that a perfect record isn’t everything.

But first, try checking yourself out now on BeenVerified like many thousands of our customers do every day, so you know what you’re working with.

 

Three Reasons to Keep a Background Check App Handy This Weekend

 

One of the best things about the weekend is escaping the office and not being chained to your desktop computer. We enjoy getting out and about too, but also appreciate the ability to access important information on the fly.

Take BeenVerified with you this weekend.
Take BeenVerified with you this weekend.

This need is a large part of why at BeenVerified, we spend a lot of time on making our products flow effortlessly in a mobile environment, whether you have an iPhone, iPad, Android or other mobile device. As TopTenReviews.com recently noted, we make it easy and cost-effective for you to search a person’s public record, a phone number or a property from the convenience of your smartphone.

But will you really need to run a background check this weekend while you’re soaking up the last rays of summer at a backyard barbecue?

We can’t say for sure, but here are three possible scenarios to consider:

  1. A fun night out

Going out with a group of friends to a bar can be a great way to meet potential dates. If you hit it off with someone, or conversely, if someone gives you the “creepy” vibe, having the convenience to look up their public record, review their social media presence and confirm their lack of a criminal record may give you the peace of mind needed to give them your number to set up a date.

  1. Your kid asks to sleep over at a new friend’s house

Your son or daughter may have recently met a new friend whom you have had little interaction with, and absolutely none with their parents. If you are uncomfortable with allowing your child in a new person’s home and don’t have the opportunity to meet with the parents, peace of mind can be a background check away.

  1. Last minute beach trip 

    Make sure it's real before you pay the money. Photo by Jason Jones: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jjay69/
    Make sure it’s real before you pay the money. Photo by Jason Jones: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jjay69/

BeenVerified offers a property search feature that is perfect for verifying homeowner information and avoiding the many scams that proliferate on Craigslist and other sites that specialize in vacation rentals. You can also use it in conjunction with a people search when transacting on AirBnb.

These are just a few of the many reasons you could need to run a background check this weekend, or even multiple background checks.

This is why BeenVerified has worked hard to not only provide customers with mobile access but also affordable searches.

We never want you to have to ask yourself if it’s worth the money to run a background check.

Have you used a background check for any of the above reasons? Let us know in the comments.

 

Is Google Hiding Something from You?

 

We love Google.  Who doesn’t?  Its wonderful search algorithm has made searching for things on the internet fast, efficient, and easy.  This has made many of us think that we can find anything on Google.  For example, we might think that we can run an adequate background search simply by using identifying information to Google someone.  However, that would be mistaken.

Does Google have what you're searching for?
Does Google have what you’re searching for?

A Google Search is not the same as running a background search.  In fact, what makes Google a great comprehensive search engine can actually work against running a background check on Google. And increasingly, Google searches can be the subject of censorship.

To understand why running a Google search is not the same thing as running a background check, it is important to understand what Google can search.

Google does not search all publicly available information.  Instead, it searches information from websites that are accessible by the public without restriction.  Therefore, if the information could be accessed without a password or a fee, then it might be returned on a Google search.  However, if the information is only available for a fee, then it is generally not going to be on the type of page that Google can search.

Second, Google returns searches by relevance, but does not exclude irrelevant information.  Therefore, running a search for someone with their identifying information may return searches for people who share the same name, people who share the same birthday, or other identifying factors.  This can make it difficult to determine if the person identified in the search is really the one that you’re trying to find.

So, what makes a BeenVerified search different from a Google search?

First, BeenVerified is going to consolidate records about a single person into a unified report.  This helps eliminate the overlap that can occur when looking for a person that shares a name with others or even people who share both name and date of birth with others.  Although that scenario might initially seem unlikely, when you consider how many people share some of the most common names, it becomes clear that it is not only possible, but actually likely for that to occur.   By consolidating reports by person, BeenVerified can help eliminate this source of confusion.

Furthermore, BeenVerified has access to databases that otherwise require payment.  What this means is that, for the price of a single BeenVerified search, you get access to information that might otherwise cost multiple fees and require multiple specific searches.

This type of information may include civil court documents or government records, such as marriage licenses, divorce records, and child support agreements.  However, it can also include criminal record information that is not generally going to appear on a generic Google search.  What this means is that, while Google can be a great way to start an internet investigation of someone, BeenVerified provides the type of in-depth information many people are seeking when running a background search.

Why Couldn’t I Find Who I Wanted on BeenVerified?

 

BeenVerified offers a robust background check service, but sometimes a search will come up empty.  There are a few different reasons that this could occur.  Some of the reasons are due to innocuous explanations, such as the person not establishing a public record or the material not being digitized.  In other cases, the lack of a public record may serve as its own red flag that, perhaps, the person is not who he or she appears to be.

Is the person you are looking for using an alias?
Is the person you are looking for using an alias? Photo credit: rachel a.k. used under Creative Commons license. https://www.flickr.com/photos/kimonomania/

First, is the person you’re trying to find an adult?  Public records are generally going to be in the name of a homeowner, the person responsible for paying the bills, etc.  If a person is a minor or a young adult who is still financially dependent upon parents, then it is entirely possible that his or her information is not going to be part of the public record.

Even older adults may avoid having their information become public if they live with roommates, have utilities in other names, and use disposable phone services.  For younger people, the fact that they aren’t in the public record isn’t really a red flag; in many ways, it is to be expected.

However, for older people, a total lack of a public record can serve as its own red flag, especially if your introduction to that person came later in life.  While not impossible, it is somewhat rare for someone to entirely avoid having some information in the public record.

The next question to ask is whether the person is who they claim to be.  One reason that BeenVerified may be unable to locate the person that you’re seeking is that the person does not exist.  The person may be using an alias.

In other instances, the explanation may be far less nefarious.  The person may be shaving a few years off of a birthdate in order to appear younger or using a nickname.  If so, then a search using the known information may not return any results.  Expanding search parameters may help you find the information that you’re seeking.  Using BeenVerified’s People Search function with expanded possibilities for first name or date of birth might even help you narrow down the missing person.

Sometimes, you know the person’s identity is accurate, and you even know that there is some public information available about them, but it did not show up in a Background Check.  The easiest explanation for these omissions is that a BeenVerified Background Check is going to focus on material that has been digitized.  If it has not been digitized, then it’s not going to show up on a standard background check.

However, if you need access to documents that have not been digitized, BeenVerified offers a service that most on-line background check companies do not; real, live court-runners.  These court-runners can held down to courthouses or country clerk offices to search for records in person, giving you access to documents that have not yet been digitized, without requiring you to go to a courthouse in person.

Remember, if you ever have trouble finding what you’re looking for we are here to help.

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How To Run a Match.com Background Check

Ah, the dating world. It can be intimidating, thrilling, nerve-wracking, and can cause the normally confident and composed person to shrink into a blubbering idiot (hey, no laughing, we’ve all been there). But, alas, searching for that special someone is something many of us do, no matter how painful it may be. So, how does the modern-day dater conduct such an uphill battle? Well, for the increasing number of singles out there, they’re using a pretty popular dating platfrom: Match.com.

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