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Easy Background Checks offers background check reports and people search results at prices lower than almost any other service we reviewed. The service has been online for seven years, but it hasn't extended its offerings beyond online people location and instant or professional background checks. The first two queries bring you instant results, including a free preview, and the professional search uses investigators who go to courthouses in person for filings that aren't digitized.
The Easy Background Checks site is sparse on information about its products. For example, you can't see sample reports before you order. Furthermore, there is no information available about what your people search results might include. You can learn that instant background checks give you access to more than 250 million criminal records, but not which databases are used or what information is available about criminal activity. You can see that the professional background checks are good for looking at employment and school history, but not whether property records will be available. This problem is complicated by the fact that most of the links on the website's homepage go nowhere.
Despite the lack of information available about its services, Easy Background Checks offers a fair amount of information about how to find people and their criminal records online for free. First, try Google or Facebook, it suggests. Then, you can find out which records are available by state when you click on the State Coverage Information & Statistics box at the bottom of this site's homepage. For each state, you can see whether corrections department and sex offender data is online, for example. You can also see crime statistics from cities and counties in the area.
There is only one search field available from Easy Background Checks, and it lets you look using a first and last name, city and state. You must use your subject's full name. After you enter this information, you will find a list of preview results, which will include first, middle and last names, cities of residence, ages and possible relatives. This will help you ensure that the information in the report you order will be relevant to the person you're trying to find. While the lists of preview results are a great feature with this background check service, the few search criteria options are disappointing. Competing services offer choices such as ages, birthdates, middle names and maiden names.
Easy Background Checks is affiliated with PeopleSmart and Crimcheck.com. Through that relationship, it can conduct nationwide felony and misdemeanor checks, sex offender checks, driving record searches, drug testing, social security number verification, assessment testing, employment and education verification, reference checks and professional license checks. It's important to note that the data you find should not be used for employment purposes, as it may not comply with local, state or federal legislation, such as the (FCRA) Fair Credit Reporting Act, according to the site.
This service also offers products from its Spy Shop, including cameras disguised as stuffed animals, camera detectors, cell phone and PC surveillance, nanny cameras, GPS tracking, voice recorders and infidelity test kits.
No matter how much you pay for a background check or people search, it's only worth it if you find accurate information. Therefore, we tested each service we reviewed to check if its reports are correct and thorough. We found most of the people for whom we searched, including a person for whom we used an incorrect city of residence. From there, we ordered reports using information about people we knew well, and found that data such as a bad driving history and civil court liens were absent. However, the criminal background check we ordered found all the relevant records.
You can get help with this service by tuning to a blog, calling or emailing the company. No FAQs page is available.
Easy Background Checks is an adequate service for basic people searches and checks, but its website is amateurish and includes little information about its products. This is particularly troubling because some of the searches it offers are not usually legal for employment screening and credit checks, but it's impossible to learn more about that without contacting the company. We recommend looking to the websites of this service's affiliates for a better background checking experience.