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How to Find the Best Online Background Check Sites.

A couple of years ago I found myself stuck in a total quagmire.  At the time, I needed to run a background check on someone for personal reasons so I figured I would just jump on the internet and search the term, “background check” to find the best option.  Once I did this, however, I found myself inundated with literally hundreds of sites all proffering to be the best possible option. Continue reading

September 25, 2010 Posted by | Background Checks, Criminal Records, Dating, Public Records Search, Reverse Email Lookup, Reverse Phone Lookup, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Do You Need a Free Background Check?

Is there a way to run a free background check?

So the most frequent question I get asked is, “How do I run a background check for free?”.  My response has always been, “It is not possible”.  And that has been the truth… until now.  Under normal circumstances, background checks cannot possibly be free and I would advise everyone to be extremely skeptical and suspicious of any site advertising any type of background check for “free”.  Most everyone who asks me about free background checks tells me that they have seen them advertised all over the internet but when they follow the link, they are required to pay.  It is frustrating to see how many dishonest advertisers there are out there just trying to lure you in with false promises of a free product that does not exist!

So how is what I am about to tell you any different from all those other advertisements?  Continue reading

August 10, 2010 Posted by | Background Checks, Criminal Records, Investigative Parenting, Public Records Search, Sex Offender Registry | , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Best Online Background Check Site of 2013!

I am so excited to write about a background check company I just finished testing for the consumer review site  My experience has been so amazing that they instantly shot to the top of my recommendation list.  The site is  Now, just because I recently found them does not mean they are a new company.  On the contrary, has been providing high-end people search and other advanced search services, such as background checks, since 1994.

One of the most impressive testimonials to the power of came from CBS News 60 minutes.  In August of 2007, 60 Minutes ran a segment called, “Lost and Found” which documented the need to find relatives for children in the foster care system.  They focused on a 13 year old girl who had been in foster care her whole life.  The state considered this young girl to be a “cold case” due to Continue reading

May 21, 2010 Posted by | Background Checks, Criminal Records, Investigative Parenting, Public Records Search, Reverse Email Lookup, Reverse Phone Lookup | Leave a comment

Is Inteligator a Scam???

So it is time for a reality check.  As you can see from the number of comments posted on the article we released detailing how to cancel an Inteligator membership, there are a lot people feeling frustrated with the Inteligator product.  We reviewed the signup and cancellation process provided by Inteligator and it seems to be fairly straight-forward but something is amiss if this many people are struggling with the concept of how to cancel a subscription.  In our opinion, Inteligator needs to provide a better cancellation procedure so that their customers can easily end a subscription should they decide they no longer need to product.  Other companies offer toll free phone numbers so that their customers can actually speak with a representative.  This allows the customer to know for sure that their account has been terminated to their satisfaction.  Continue reading

November 7, 2009 Posted by | Background Checks, Criminal Records, Public Records Search, Reverse Phone Lookup, Sex Offender Registry | , , , , , , , , | 39 Comments

How to Cancel Your Inteligator Membership

I wanted to add a quick comment prior to you reading further.  I have received literally hundreds of comments on this article.  Unfortunately, nearly every comment is some variation on a request that I cancel someone’s inteligator account.  Let me again clearly state that I DO NOT OWN INTELIGATOR!  I wrote this to help people who are confused as to how to cancel their subscription.  For those of you who wish to share a comment at the end of this article, I welcome you!  But please do not ask me to cancel your subscription as I have no way of doing this for you!  Now, on to the article…..

I have had many people ask me how to cancel a recurring membership with Inteligator.  Let me first say that in my opinion, none of the “unlimited” background check services are worth much.  Background checks cost too much to produce for a company to offer unlimited access for basically the same price as a single decent report.  Bottom line, this goes back to the common statement that, “You get what you pay for”.  If you are serious about needing a background check, then you ought to be using a service that charges on a “per report” basis. 

In regards to inteligator, I have noticed that some overly aggressive salespeople (in no way affiliated with this blog or me personally) have failed to mention that this is a recurring billing program.  Even though the fact that this is a product that bills customers on a monthly basis is clearly stated on the checkout page, many people have not seen or noticed that information.  They do not realize they are being billed monthly until they see the charge on their credit card a month or two down the line.  This creates some very unhappy customers!

So, for those of you seeking to cancel your subscription to Inteligator for whatever reason, let me walk you through the process.  But before I d0 so, allow me to again clarify that I DO NOT OWN!  I chose to write this article as a personal courtesy to the many people who have come to me seeking advice on how to cancel their monthly subscription to the Inteligator Unlimited Background check plan.   I am not exactly sure why everyone isn’t simply asking Inteligator directly.  But either way, I am happy to do all I can to help people understand what they need to do.  No one should ever face a situation where they purchased an online product or service and then have no idea how to return the product or cancel the service. 

As for the cancellation procedure itself, this has changed several times over the last couple years so you should be sure to visit Inteligator’s “Terms or Service Agreement” page  in order to make sure you have the most accurate information.  Following is some pertinent information from that page:  

Terms of Purchase
 Payment of fees for purchases of InteliGator services must be made with either a valid credit or debit card (Payment Information). If your Payment Information is insufficient, or not accurate, current, and complete, and you do not notify us promptly when such information changes, we may suspend or terminate your account and refuse any use of InteliGator.
You may choose to purchase a 3, 4, 7 or 14 day trial to InteliGator’s Basic or Advanced membership. If you decide to cancel within the trial period, you will only be
charged the trial period fee. To cancel during the trial period, contact InteliGator within the trial period by sending in your cancelation request to  Please note that trial period fees are billed in advance; we will not refund the unused portion of your trial period. 
Following the trial period, your membership fees (Fees) will be billed to the credit or debit card provided as part of your Payment Information on a one-time yearly or monthly recurring basis, depending upon your chosen membership level.
Inteligator has recently also provided a specific page on their website to assist their customers through the cancellation process.  You can access that page by CLICKING HERE.  According to what I read in Inteligator’s documentation, you must submit your cancellation request 24 hours before the deadline of either your trial or the beginning of your next billing cycle in order to avoid further charges.  Personally, I think this is a bunch of garbage!  You should never be required to submit a request to terminate a service 24 hours before the deadline!  They should allow you to submit your request anytime prior to the actual deadline but that is how they do it so be warned! 
I hope this information helps and welcome any comments, suggestions or questions.  If you are serious about running a background check then visit for reviews of the best, most legitimate background check providers on the internet.

September 2, 2009 Posted by | Background Checks, Criminal Records, Public Records Search | , , , , , , , | 354 Comments

How to Run a Background Check on your Nanny

For so many of us, it is an unfortunate reality that we cannot be with our children as much as we might wish.  Life demands so much of us and the need to keep our children safe and cared for often forces us to trust others with that care.  I am intimately aware of the worry that constantly eats away at you when someone else is caring for your child… especially when that child is too young to tell you about how things are with their caretaker.  You do all you can to ensure that you hire someone who will be kind and caring.  But how can you truly know who that person is?  What do they act like when you are away?  Is there anything in their past that, if you were to know about it, would keep you from hiring them? Continue reading

July 6, 2009 Posted by | Background Checks, Children, Criminal Records, Investigative Parenting, Parenting | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How To Run A Background Check On Summer Camp Employees

It’s that time of year again…  When we send our young ones off to summer camps so we can get a mini summer break for ourselves.. oh, and so they can learn new things and make new friends as well!  Some of my fondest memories from childhood surround those few weeks I would spend at various camps.  Unfortunately, I also remember some pretty scary camp employees!  We live in a time of uncertainty where it is becoming more and more difficult to trust those we charge with caring for our children.  In today’s world, it is very hard to feel totally at ease when sending your child to any summer camp, whether it lasts one day or even two weeks.  How do we keep our children safe when they are away? Continue reading

June 16, 2009 Posted by | Background Checks, Children, Investigative Parenting, Sex Offender Registry | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to Run a Background Check on Your Child’s Teacher

We live in a time of uncertainty where it is becoming more and more difficult to trust those we charge with caring for our children.  When I first considered utilizing online background check services to ensure the safety of my daughter, I felt a little nervous… Was this an invasion of that person’s privacy?  After much thought, I came to the conclusion that my daughter’s safety is more important than anything and outweighs all other factors.  Plus, all a background check service does is search databases full of public record information… stuff we have a legal right to know!  It’s not like you are hiring a private investigator to take pictures of them or dig through their trash (both of those are legal but start to cross my personal boundary into creepiness). Continue reading

June 16, 2009 Posted by | Background Checks, Children, Investigative Parenting, Public Records Search, Sex Offender Registry | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Making Sure Mr. Right Really Is Mr. Right

I have heard so many stories lately about innocent women (and men) who found out shocking things about their partners after months in the relationship… things that, had they known originally, would certainly have kept them from ever getting involved with that person to begin with.  It is a sad statement on our society!  It makes me scared to ever let me daughter date anyone… ever! Continue reading

June 10, 2009 Posted by | Background Checks, Dating, Public Records Search, Sex Offender Registry | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Is There Someone Else?

When you first meet someone that you really fall for, it is hard to think rationally.  That’s why they say, “love is blind”.  Everyone has met someone that turned their world upside down.  That feeling is simply incomparable.  You feel like you’re walking in the clouds, you’re happy, excited and you feel like your’re 16 again.  You find yourself smiling at nothing at all and you are so caught up in the way you feel that you wouldn’t know it if the world stopped turning.  However, how do you know if that person is really who they say they are? Continue reading

June 6, 2009 Posted by | Background Checks, Cell Phones, Dating | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment