In a Nutshell
- Full background report on your kid's coaches and teachers
- Report generation requires more time than competition
- Some info may be irrelevant
Anyone who has ever conducted an online background search knows this is not as easy as it seems. A background check is a bit more comprehensive than an initial people search. In this case you want to know some of the in depth details of your target in order to get an accurate assessment of whether they will make a good business associate, dating partner, etc. The real reason why Persopo scores so well in this area is because they are connected to a number of individual databases which offer a wider pool of information to pull from.
Criminal Background Search
The Persopo criminal background check is clearly the most comprehensive of all searches typically offered on a background check site. In this case, you will be able to see details of what the person has done in the past. This includes everything from federal and state police arrest records, traffic and speeding tickets. Misdemeanors to all types of felony arrests and convictions are also included in this report. This report will also provide address history (this history is also included with most of the other reports as well), sexual offense records, firearm licenses, aliases, and marriage and divorce records.
In this case, a people search is the most basic type of search available. Here you only want to confirm that you have information for the correct person. The basic people search provides accurate contact details and a very brief background or personal history. Once again, the success of this type of search really depends on the number of (and effectiveness) databases the service is connected to. Generally speaking, you want to find a service that, like Persopo, has databases covering all 50 states. In this case, they also have an artificial intelligence system that helps to cancel out duplicate results, saving you time in searching and sorting your results.
To conduct a thorough case study we started doing research and decided that a person named Peter Musso would be our target. He is one of the top executives at Persopo so this should make for a very practical example. In this case our research showed that he lives in California, in the Los Angeles area.
The first step was to simply input his name into the main search tool located on the home page. We chose not to include the city and searched all states, since this is most likely how many people will be conducting their own initial searches. In this case we found 50 records which matched the name of Peter Musso, or close enough to trigger our search parameters.
This illustrates one of the more interesting challenges that can sometimes present itself with online background searching. we had a large number of possible matches, and it was rather easy to eliminate many, since they had names that were similar but didn’t match. We also eliminated all of the listings that weren’t in California. Ultimately you would need to purchase a report in order to access full information, but it is quite comprehensive, and includes full criminal background, address records, and much more.
The key services offered by Persopo include the various types of reports and searches which can be run. This includes access to background, basic personal info, criminal and even a contact history. In terms of how Persopo reports stack up against other services, it is important to realize they offer access to literally tons of different databases. This encompasses all 50 states along with a variety of federal databases and registries. Not many other providers offer access to this amount of information. Not only this, but each person can use this data in a number of different ways, from finding a lost friend to protecting your kids from predators.
One of the most interesting things about the pricing for Persopo is the fact that they offer unlimited plans. The monthly option, available for just $19.93 (which is average for the industry), offers unlimited reports. So does the three month plan ($14.93/month) and the six month plan ($9.93/month). This is somewhat unusual, and can definitely come in handy for someone needing more than an occasional report. For those interested in trying before buying, there is a trial membership offered. You can request as many reports as you want over a 5-day period all for just $1.00.
Although Persopo’s actual methodology is somewhat shrouded in mystery, we do know the company has access to a number of databases throughout all 50 states. They also compare information with a number of federal databases and registries. From here the information is checked in order to avoid serving duplicate records as much as possible.
In order to ensure reliability, Persopo runs their searches through secure databases – a number of them in fact. This also creates a system which includes several steps in the verification process. Everything is checked, scrubbed, cleaned, and then checked again before it gets to the point where it is served to the customer.
Safety & Security
The Persopo site has a number of security features . The most well-known of these is the use of a SSL, or the secure socket layer certificate. This has fast become the industry standard in order to ensure that everything is handled correctly. This should set one's mind at ease.
Customer service is a high priority at Persopo. They have a full satisfaction guarantee, and can be reached during extended business hours (Pacific Time) over the phone or online via email. The agents are quite pleasant, responsive, and do seem to really understand their business. They also have a blog, and use social media to interact if you are so inclined. The Persopo website also includes helpful lists of do's and don'ts, a features list, and a comprehensive glossary of background check terminology.
This site provides a lot of great reporting features for the money. The ability to run an unlimited number of reports is also attractive to business and high volume users. The addition of a one-off report or smaller volume of reports over a given timeframe is something that could appeal to a broader consumer market. Adding live chat would also make them a clear leader in the customer service area.
Note: This Background Check service is not FCRA compliant. You may not use Persopo'sservice, or the information it provides, to make decisions about consumer credit, employment, insurance, tenant screening, or any other purpose that would require FCRA compliance. This is applicable, but not limited to, a Background Search, Credit Background Check, Criminal Background Check, and/or Driving Record. Persopo is not a consumer reporting agency and does not, and cannot, provide consumer reports. These terms have special meanings under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 USC 1681 et seq., ("FCRA"), which are incorporated herein by reference.