doing a DIY online background checkWhen the need arises to conduct a background check, the first thought may be to attempt a do-it-yourself check online. You may begin online research yourself or you may consider using an online background check website. However, this type of background check is extremely limited. The results can fall quite short of the information you’re looking for.  The following are a few of the reasons that this type of background research can be insufficient.

Information available online is incomplete

There is only a limited amount of data that the majority of people will have access to, and this is also true with paid background check websites. At best, this type of website will save you time in finding an incomplete picture of the person you seek information about. However, by using the services of a private investigator, you can have a complete and comprehensive background check on the person of interest. Often, the most important pieces of information about a person are the hardest to find. We can uncover this type of information, and we do so routinely for our clients.

Information available online may not be accurate

One of the biggest problems with do-it-yourself background checks is making sure that the data is accurate. It is bad enough to have an incomplete picture, but in addition, the information you do have may not be true. It is easy to confuse individuals because they may have similar or identical names. The background information you have found may not be from the person you are interested in. A private investigator will not only gather information, but will also be able to verify it as well.

Information available online may not be applicable

In many cases, a person may change their name at some point in their life. Sometimes it is because of marriage or perhaps they decided to simplify their name. There are many reasons an individual may want to change their name. This may be done legally or illegally, but we can uncover an alias and provide a comprehensive background check on someone regardless of what names they have used in the past.

Information available online will not include references

This is especially important if you are conducting a background check, because you are hiring someone. In this case, you need to check personal references, as well as previous employers. An online background check website will not help you with this, and you will need to go beyond a simple phone call. Any problems that may exist with the applicant will seldom be expressed to a future employer out of fear of a lawsuit. We, as private investigators, can uncover any negative information about a prospective employee and do so discreetly.

It is obvious that an online website offering a background check for a fee will only provide surface level information, and there is no way to be certain if this information is accurate. We can conduct a comprehensive background check on the person you are interested in. Contact us today so we can discuss how our services can help your specific needs.

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Bruce Robertson

Bruce Robertson is a private investigator and founder of Tristar Investigation, California’s premiere detective agency. Bruce is also a media commentator for the investigation industry, featured in the New York Times, CNN, History Channel, MSNBC, Los Angeles Times and many more. You can find him on Google+ LinkedIn and YouTube.