PeopleFinders Review

Top10.com Staff

In a Nutshell

PeopleFinders has been in operation since 1999, and online since 2002. They offer online information that is gleaned by 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.

pros

  • Unlimited searches
  • Affordable single reports

cons

  • No information about social media

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Criminal Background Search
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Reverse Phone Number Search
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Reverse E-mail Search
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  • Background Search: When conducting a background search at PeopleFinders, you will see that the accuracy provided here is much better than with a typical data broker type of 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 and 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 searching options, like a social profile search and even a genealogy search, which are excellent methods to narrow things down and confirm 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 here. This includes all of their previous criminal activity from arrest records to whether their fingerprints have shown up in the federal prison system. Ultimately, this is incredibly helpful for discovering information.

Case Study

As part of giving each of these people search sites a thorough test, it can be helpful to actually take a few minutes and 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, CA. Having such 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. This led to 20 different results with the name of Robert Miller in the state of California. Honestly, we were surprised that it was only 20! We were able to eliminate about half of these right away, due to being too old (65 and older). The problem was now how to determine our target from among the remaining half. Unfortunately, without additional information to go on, it was not an easy task. After running several other searches, we narrowed things down to two or three possibilities.

Key Features

PeopleFinders has some of the most interesting and unique searching options around. This includes being able to scour through social profiles and similar online information. Having this as a separate search allows it to be used for confirmation as well as a primary method of discovery. Not to mention the very unique genealogy search, which allows you to find a target and their relatives in one fell swoop. The reason why you never 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 searches they offer have received an “A” rating in terms of their accuracy, with only some minor duplication issues. This also makes it easier for searching, since you can do other types of searches to provide extra confirmation that you have indeed located your target individual.

Fees

Membership duration
Monthly fee
1 Month Introductory Offer
$9.95/month ($19.95 a month)
3 Month Membership
$5.95 ($12.95 a month)
6 Month Membership
$4.95 ($9.95 a month)
Single Background & Criminal Report
$29.95

Methodology

There really is not much of a secret in terms of how an online people search site works. The methodology is essentially pulling searches from a variety of public records. In this case, however, PeopleFinders says that they have access to over 10 billion records, which is what really makes the difference and help this site stand out.

Reliability

Having data that is accurate and reliable is also another big part of this type of company. PeopleFinders has clearly perfected this, even trying to find their CEO who has a very common name still 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 searching environment. Best of all, every bit of the information they use for reports comes from a public record, somewhere. People are also able to opt-out of having their information shared.

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Customer Support

If you should ever have a question, the PeopleFinders site is here to help. There is even a page entitled '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 a snail mail letter since both contact methods are also included.

Bottom Line

PeopleFinders seems to be another of the leaders in this industry. Having been online since 2002 they continue to offer tons of searching and report options. The prices are reasonable and everything about the site is easy to use. If you need help they have a ton of different online resources available as well.

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Jamie, MN
9 months ago

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

Ruth, IN
9 months 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
9 months 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.

Kalley, PA
9 months ago

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

Kitana, IA
10 months 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

Sara, MI
7 months 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
10 months ago

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

Barbra, IL
9 months 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
7 months ago

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

Beth, SC
7 months 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
10 months 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
7 months 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.

Greg, TN
8 months ago

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

Misty, OH
8 months ago

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

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

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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