Getting Background Information
It is amazing how much about somebody’s background, criminal, police, credit, etc.. can be easily dug up online, but your investigation will vary according to what information you have available at the beginning. Generally, the most difficult investigation to conduct is where you have only a person’s name. If possible you should have available their driver’s license number, date of birth (DOB) and SSN. DOB is always one of most important identifying items of anybody’s criminal record.
Verifying previous employment is usually easy to do, just by calling the employer. Most employers will not release any personal information, for security or liability reasons but they will usually verify employment dates and overall job performance. Talking to neighbors can provide you unique information that you would not otherwise have been able to obtain anywhere else. Neighbors love to gossip, however, this information is often considered to be of poor quality and can be unreliable. It can be worth the effort since it often offers leads and doesn’t cost you anything.
Personal or character references like those normally requested on employment applications are generally not worth bothering with unless you have very specific questions. Besides that, most people don’t like answering questions about their friends, unless it’s a legitimate party such as an employer or nudist resort. Consider too, most people have enough common sense to list references who will have nothing but good things to say about them, so they are likely to be biased. The character references most people provide may actually project an overall picture of the person’s character as a whole than what they may claim. Take a hint if character references consists of criminals, ex-cons, drug addicts, and other “losers” vs professionals and upstanding citizens of the community.
A large number of detectives employ “information brokers” to dig up public records, but their services don’t come cheap. Nevertheless, with a little gumshoe work, targeted web surfing, time and patience, you can find much of the person’s background information from public records sources, very often for free. Nevertheless, with a little gumshoe work, targeted web surfing, time and patience, you can find much of the person’s background information from public records sources, very often for free.
Except for adoption and those on the Federal Witness Protection Program, everybody in America has a paper trail that you can pick up and follow, if you know what you’re doing.
To get the information you want, there is a much easier way…
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