PeopleFinders Review

Dave Platt

In a Nutshell

PeopleFinders has been in operation since 1999, and online since 2002. They offer online information that is gleaned from searching over 10 billion public records. In addition to background checks and basic people searches, they also offer address histories and phone number look ups. With a long history of success, they are one of the most well-known and respected companies in the industry.

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  • Unlimited searches
  • Affordable single reports

cons

  • No information about social media

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  • Background Search: When conducting a background search at PeopleFinders, you will see that the accuracy provided is much better than with a typical data broker site. In fact, finding someone is easy; just type in their name, and you will see report options which include things like address history, real estate, other property data, and more.
  • People Search: If you are looking to find someone, then PeopleFinders is the place to be. You can get started with as little as a name. Of course, the city and state help to narrow down the search results. There are also a number of unique additional search options, like a social profile search and a genealogy search. Both methods are excellent for narrowing things down, and confirming that you have found the right person.
  • Criminal Background Search: With the ability to scour through over 10 billion public records, finding out everything about someone is a breeze. Reports include all of a person’s  previous criminal activity from arrest records to fingerprint  records in the federal prison system. Ultimately, this is incredibly helpful for discovering information.

Case Study

In the process of running each person's search sites through a thorough test, it can be helpful to actually take a few minutes to try to find someone. In this case, we decided that the PeopleFinders CEO would be a good test. His name is Robert Miller, and the company is based in Sacramento California. Because our target has a fairly common name, we figured this would be an interesting (and possibly challenging) test. While a bit of basic Google research provided access to a few press releases, all we were really able to glean beforehand was his name and the fact that he had previously worked at Intel as an investigator.

The next step in our process was to conduct a basic people search. The query led to 20 different results matching the name Robert Miller in the state of California. Honestly, we were surprised that only 20 results were returned! We were able to eliminate half of these right away, due to these individuals being too old (65 and older). The problem now was how to confirm the identity of  our target from the remaining list of ten. Unfortunately, without additional information to go on it was not an easy task. After running several other searches, we narrowed our results down to two or three possibilities.

Key Features

PeopleFinders has some of the most interesting and unique searching options around. These include being able to scour social profiles and similar online information. Separating social media searches from standard public record searches allows  customers to use more personal information for identity confirmation, as well as a primary method of discovery. The site also provides a very unique genealogy search which allows you to find a target, and their relatives in one fell swoop. The reason why you usually don’t see anything like this with other data brokers is simply due to the fact that they do not have access to 10 billion public records like PeopleFinders does.

All of these search services have received an “A” rating from our team based on  accuracy., Only a few minor duplication issues came in our usage of PeopleFinders. The primary benefit of using PeopleFinders is that its customers can use a number of different search methods and databases to confirm they have the correct information matched to the correct individual.

Fees

Membership duration
Monthly fee
Standard peopel search gets personal info only
$24.95/month  150 searches
Premium personal info plus finance and criminal background searches
$29.95/month  400 searches
Enterprise all services included
$72.00/month  1000 searches

Methodology

There aren’t any big industry secrets behind how online people search sites work. The methodology essentially involves  running search queries in a variety of public record systems. PeopleFinder stands out because of their access to10 billion records, which should give  

Reliability

Accurate data collection  is  a key ingredient in the success of any people search/background check organization. PeopleFinders has clearly perfected this process. Even when we ran a search on a relatively common name the website  offered very reliable and accurate data. By reviewing the results of a search, it is obvious to see that there is a high level algorithm and filtering system used that makes all the difference.

Safety & Security

There has certainly been a lot of talk in the media recently about the safety and security of online information. Fortunately for PeopleFinders, there is no such issue as they offer a very safe and secure search environment. Best of all, every bit of the information they use in their reports comes from public records. If you don’t want to be accessible through PeopleFinder search services you can opt-out of having your information shared at any time.

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Customer Support

If you ever have a question the PeopleFinders site is here to help. There is even a page titled 'Search Tips,' with a number of pointers and helpful information. The online help center includes a number of frequently asked questions. They also have normal business hours displayed, which are extensive, (including weekend hours) along with their toll-free number. If you prefer, send them an email or  snail mail, since both contact methods are also accepted.

Bottom Line

PeopleFinders seems to be another leader in this industry. Having been online since 2002, they continue to offer tons of great search and report options. The prices are reasonable, and  the site is easy to use. If you need help they have a ton of online resources available.

David Platt developed an extensive working knowledge of background check and data management services in his time providing support for military access credentials with respected biometric security service provider SureID. He has further developed his internet security skills in completing a Bachelors of Science degree at Portland State University.

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Jamie, MN
a year ago

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Is really easy to find a specific person I was looking for and what their actual background

Ruth, IN
a year ago

I have used them in the past. I found them on the internet when I was trying to find someone and they helped

Oscar, CA
a year ago

They got me the info I needed in a quick and timely manner. It was easy to use and subscribe to. Hopefully will be just as easy to unsubscribe.

Kitana, IA
a year ago

Pretty simple to use and had the information that I needed. It took a little while to find the right person, but once I did it was great

Kalley, PA
a year ago

Good service and it was also easy to use. It was affordable and I would use again in the future

Sara, MI
a year ago

Easy to use. Accurate info. In-depth info. Decide all you need to do was put in the person that you were searching for name and best guess as to where they live. It gave you their age it gave you other relatives

Rebekah, IN
a year ago

It was a little confusing but overall a great experience highly satisfied. Everything was done in a timely manner

Barbra, IL
a year ago

It is just one of many search options available .It was easy to use but could use some enhancements to make it more unique search.

Cheryl, NM
a year ago

Too many advertisements. Was time-consuming also it kept redirecting me to other sites

Beth, SC
a year ago

The price is a little much. But they give you a lot of information for free and then ask for money.

Laura, TX
a year ago

It's very user friendly and affordable. Has all the info I'm looking for in one place. Sends me updates to past searches via email, if anything new is added to someone's records.

JlB, NY
a year ago

It would take forever to get the information then you would have to wait for more information

Lucky, TX
a year ago

You have to pay for to me each level of the background check I would rather have one price for everything

Pat, GA
a year ago

Expensive and a lot of wrong or missing information. They're not worth the monthly fee's for inaccurate or missing information

Gary, WV
a year ago

I didn't like it at all, couldn't find anyone, it was a complete farce, I do better just looking on social media

C.F., CA
a year ago

You are able to find some people using this service, but it isn't always accurate nor does it always include individuals that you are looking for. For example, I've tried looking myself up in the past with this service but I never show up. This seems to have recently been rectified, however. This is one of the reasons I'm not totally satisfied with the service. It was alright to use but could also be more intuitive, as well.

Necee, KY
a year ago

Not thorough enough too much money this is not a helpful search engine. Very dissatisfied and I wasn't offered my money back

Greg, TN
a year ago

The service is useful but shouldn't cost as much as it does. There is an upcharge for more detailed services.

Misty, OH
a year ago

I didn't like that you only get partial information then they hit you up for money. It was listed as free service

brenda, SC
a year ago

I think it falsely leads one to believe they will receive more information for the price they pay

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