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Spokeo Review

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PROS / You can search for a person by email address or social network username.

CONS / This people finder won't give you as much contact information as other services.

 VERDICT / Spokeo delves deep into social media and blogging networks to find people, and its results are usually accurate.

Sometimes when you're trying to track down an old friend, you only have an email address or an old social network screen name. Spokeo's people search engine gives you several options for tracking down lost loved ones – including the ability to search by username or email address at no added cost.

In addition to the basic personal information you would receive with almost any people search service, you also get family background, such as relatives, household members and spouse information, if it's available. We also got property information, email addresses and birth month and year.

Spokeo even searches through music sites, video sites, shopping sites and blogs to find information. We found the accuracy of these kinds of results wasn't very high, however.

What makes Spokeo unique compared to other people search services is that it allows you to search for a person by entering a social network username. This can be very helpful if all you can remember is a person's online handle. Of course, you can search by name or address, and you can search for people using their email address or phone number.

Spokeo only offers a monthly membership, so you can't purchase just one report at a time, and you are limited to 20 reports per month. You can cancel your account at any time with no consequences – so if you sign up for six months but need to cancel after three months, Spokeo won't charge for the following months. Be sure to stay on top of your account because all subscriptions are set to auto-renew unless you cancel.

You can request that Spokeo remove you from its listings by finding your profile on its website and then filling out a form. You will have to do the majority of the work, though, because there are likely separate listings for every address at which you've ever resided.

It's easy to find an answer to almost any question you might have regarding Spokeo's service. If it isn't in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), you can email or call the company's customer service team. There are also Terms of Service and Privacy Policy documents that may have an answer.

Summary

Spokeo offers an excellent people search service, especially for social media and the blogosphere. Although it isn't always 100 percent accurate with its profile hits, it gets close enough to help you find who you're looking for.