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Published On: Fri, Nov 3rd, 2017

What Is the Point of Websites that Help You Find People?

It seems that you cannot go anywhere online anymore without coming across an advertisement for a free people search. While this may seem somewhat overwhelming, the reality is also that it means that you should be able to find just about anybody you’re looking for. You can go to your favorite search engine and look up the different free people searches that are available online, and you will have a huge list of options to choose from.

However, what is the point of these types of websites in the first place?

Why You May Want to Search People

  1. You may be in the processing of hiring a new employee and you want to make sure that their background checks out.
  2. You may be considering admitting someone to a course and want to find out what their background is.
  3. You may have met someone online and want to protect yourself from catfishing.
  4. You may be moving to a new neighborhood and want to find out whether you will be able to fit in.
  5. Someone may have moved into your neighborhood, and you’re worried about who they really are.

What Do Search Portals Offer?

Search portals work in different ways and require different pieces of information from you in order to search through their database. Some of these services are genuinely free, others are openly paid for, and others still are somewhere in between. For instance, a site my advertise as being free, but will then only confirm or deny whether someone you are looking for is listed in their files. If you then want to access those listings, you will have to pay for it.

Types of Searches that Are Available

A “people search” can be one of many different things. You may, for instance, want to:

  1. Perform a full background check.
  2. Find someone’s email address.
  3. Want to know who has emailed or phoned you.
  4. Complete a genealogical piece of work.
  5. Keep yourself safe during online dating.

Is There Any Point to These Sites?

It is likely that you will have googled your own name at some point. If not, you really should do that. In so doing, you come across any links that have your name in it. You can also check the images, to see what shows up, and any of the other categories. This is, in its simplest form, a people search. However, the information provided here is very limited in as such that it is difficult to find a specific piece of information without adding some more details. And, when you do add those details, you don’t know if the results are accurate or not. With a full people search, you can really find out what is being said about someone online, but also about how they have lived their life to date. Everything is online nowadays, including a variety of different records, and this can tell you a whole lot about individuals.

Author: Anwar Hossain

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