Last updated on February 10th, 2021 at 04:16 pm
Welcome to my honest comprehensive review of TruthFinder…
I was in the middle of an important meeting at work when my phone rang.
I could not answer it at the moment but I still decided to steal a glance.
The suggested name on the phone screen based on the number almost took my breath away!
Oh my God – It was my very dear friend from college whom I had completely lost contact with over time.
I could not stop myself from leaving the meeting on a pretext, going out, and almost screaming in delight!
When we caught up after work, she told me she had been so desperate to get back in touch that she had registered for a service called TruthFinder.
That was my first introduction to this search service which I had heard of previously but did not believe could be so effective.
Now that I had myself been found successfully by a friend, there were suddenly many names suggesting themselves in my mind.
As it often happens, the act of daily living has a way of filling out our world and insidiously pushing the past into the background.
I went through the pros and cons of this service and decided to register for its services myself.
What Will I Learn?
- TruthFinder – Does It Really Work?
- What Is TruthFinder?
- When was TruthFinder thought of?
- Why was TruthFinder created?
- How does TruthFinder help its users?
- Does TruthFinder have a checks and balances system in place regarding screening?
- Our online footprint – the web and its ways
- TruthFinder and rating agency standings
- What is Dark Web Scan?
- Ready to Get Started?
- TruthFinder – How much information it disburses
- Who should not use TruthFinder?
- What I did not like about TruthFinder?
- What I liked about TruthFinder
- Ready to Get Started?
- Insider Information
- Frequently Asked Questions about TruthFinder (FAQs)
TruthFinder – Does It Really Work?
What Is TruthFinder?
TruthFinder is an online background checking service that has evolved as one of America’s best and a leading name in the business.
It has a massive database and uses extremely trusted sources to provide information on people and/or businesses.
What I mean by that is the person one is looking for might be a relative or a close friend who one got out of touch with for whatever reason.
Alternatively, it could be someone unknown who is reaching out and one wishes to verify their credentials before taking the next step.
When was TruthFinder thought of?
This popular search machine was conceptualized in March 2015.
It is headquartered in California.
With an A+ rating on Best Business Bureau, the company certainly seems to be doing things right.
People are using it to find, locate, reconnect and verify people from different backgrounds and histories.
This proves helpful in ruling out dubious connections.
It is also helping them to create new relationships and friendships on a sound footing.
Trust is an essential part of any connection and TruthFinder is a good tool to help the process. In exchange for a fee, it provides assured and verified information as collected from public information to its users.
Why was TruthFinder created?
How or why a certain person gets lost and becomes untraceable to their loved ones is a larger debate that often escapes plausible answers.
So, I am not here to discuss this.
What concerns their close ones is more often how to successfully find them.
And it might not always be about loved ones.
There are often cases when a loved one is behaving weirdly about certain phone numbers and you wish to find out what exactly is going on.
Or again, there might be a criminal whom you are attempting to pin down but have vague information.
It might also be an unknown caller who seems questionable to you.
It is not always enough or fruitful to search for them on Google.
This is where a medium like TruthFinder comes in very handy.
What does background information entail?
As stated, TruthFinder is a website that has gained popularity among users who need help to find a particular person, irrespective of the reason.
Finding a person can be quite challenging if one goes only by name.
For example, if you are searching for someone by the name, say, Richard Cavanaugh, Google search will throw up millions of suggestions within a few seconds.
It is impossible to trawl through this ocean of data and isolate THE Richard you are looking for.
This was the primary aim with which TruthFinder was set up – to provide checks along multiple lines in order to provide accurate information.
TruthFinder does this with its well-defined parameters of background check.
These include the following information collected and collated from public sources:
- State records.
- Records from county offices.
- Information from the Web.
- Information from social media.
- Federal records.
One can see that there is no grey area as far as the sources of information are concerned.
These are all public records and information that one shares on public platforms.
What one does with this basic information and how it is used is where the question might arise.
Officially, TruthFinder says that it uses this information to provide details listed below:
- Birth records.
- Death records.
- Contacts like friends, associates, and roommates.
- Location history, past and present.
- Contact information.
- School records.
- Job profile.
- Criminal records.
- Traffic violation records.
- Social media activity.
- Public medical records (if available).
- Property information.
- Possession of arms.
- Sex offense cases.
- Official aliases.
- Licenses of different kinds.
- Asset details.
- Dating profile…
- and more.
Based on this detailed information one is more than likely zero in upon the exact person you have been searching for.
How does TruthFinder help its users?
Background checking is an aspect of widespread social contacts that have come into vogue in these times.
With more interaction online and jobs and relationships happening in these settings, there is a justifiable need for cross-checks too.
This is what helps a program like TruthFinder find many takers.
Users choose this service for a variety of uses that become apparent over time.
I have to admit I rediscovered more about myself in a manner that seemed quite fascinating.
I am listing below ways in which TruthFinder helps its users:
1) Background Checks
The first and foremost use of TruthFinder is of course background checks.
This is the signature theme of the company and its original intent.
It is the focal point for the creation of the TruthFinder in the first place.
The demand of current times is that people and services are mostly in touch with a major online presence.
These people might come into our lives in different ways for different reasons.
The advent of online platforms and means of interaction and carrying out business or relationships has made things simpler in our times.
So many things are at the click of a mouse that it is nothing short of amazing.
Having said that, there are trust issues that have seen a dramatic increase over time.
Who is authentic, who has what kind of history behind them, all of these are things to know in order to generate trust?
Many people believe these can be very well hidden.
This is the fallacy that TruthFinder seeks to break when it carries out in-depth checks to establish the truth behind the projected image.
2) Tracing Unknown Calls
Many of us have faced the menace of unknown calls that are pesky and bothersome.
These may push sales or others.
They might even be someone playing a prank.
In other cases, such calls might be from some ex who is trying to get in touch and whom you do not wish to entertain at all.
Not knowing who is behind unknown calls can sometimes give rise to a nagging bothersome feeling.
TruthFinder can help you trace such calls to provide names and possibly a face as well.
There is a reverse trace option in the program where one needs to put in a phone number and identify the caller.
For any information relevant to that number, the user needs to pay extra and the ensuing results will get flashed on the screen for you.
It is then up to the user to take further action or not, depending upon what the information is.
This can be very useful in handling dicey calls.
3) Checking Out Deal Makers
A part of background checks, this is used by people who are on the verge of making a financial deal or signing up for a lease of property or assets of any sort.
Not only for the buyer, but this kind of information will also be of use to the seller too.
Especially true in cases where EMIs are involved and there is no way to know if the buyer will honor timely payments or not.
Lending institutions, banks, as well as personal deal makers regularly use tools like TruthFinder to establish the credentials of the buyer.
Last but definitely not least, TruthFinder can show us the mirror too if we choose to search for ourselves.
In fact, I was intrigued enough to type in my own particulars one day.
I mean, this is something anyone else could do too, right?
I was surprised, pleasantly at times, shockingly at others, at the amount of detail that was produced on search.
There were things I had totally forgotten about, my first email, an ancient blog, and much more.
That I ever had a Flickr account had completely been erased from my memory.
If anyone wishes to kindle old adventures or past online footprints of self, TruthFinder is a good way to do so.
Besides the above-mentioned regular listed uses, TruthFinder also has additional features that are made available to users.
These are bonus features that are present for registered users.
- Reverse phone lookup.
- Sex offender lookup.
- Features for self-monitoring.
- Reverse address lookup.
With its huge database of all kinds of information and details, TruthFinder is in a position to extend this sort of varied service to its users.
Importance of data security
Data – the all-important four-letter word in present times.
There is more hullabaloo surrounding data than anything we have seen in our times. Everything seems to be about data these days.
In fact, it is an evolving topic that keeps growing in scope and prominence.
There are teaching courses and study material being designed around data like never before. Suddenly for every business, data is king.
Any and every activity that we do on the internet is actually generating loads of data.
And it is believed that interested parties are all keeping a close watch on this data and using software to analyze this and find patterns of behavior.
This information is in turn processed with the use of algorithms in order to try and predict behavior on the Internet.
This is why the privacy of data is gaining so much importance among companies and users.
With online usage increasing by the day, especially in these times of pandemic, tones of data are being generated every second.
A company like TruthFinder is one of the beneficiaries of this immense data load.
With so much data on everyone floating around, it becomes easier for them to mine this and add to their database on each user.
This in turn helps their users, who now have more information on the person they are searching for.
In all of this, TruthFinder has set its own rules to do its best to protect data from being misused.
There are clear rules on the website outlining their stand on what can be done with their data, where it can be used, and more specifically where it cannot be used.
Who are the different kinds of people one may look up with TruthFinder?
There really is no limit on what kinds of people one might wish to look up using this kind of tool.
It is entirely up to the user and his requirements.
I agree there could be an element of snooping involved when used by questionable people.
That is a different aspect altogether.
For general usage we can look up any person we want to, for example:
- Friends you have lost touch with.
- People in the neighborhood.
- Before embarking on new relationships.
- Whether a person is a sex offender.
- Estranged relatives.
- Locating old classmates.
- Finding out more about new friends.
- Verify sellers before transacting online.
- Travel group members.
Does TruthFinder have a checks and balances system in place regarding screening?
According to the website, there are certain groups of people you cannot officially screen using TruthFinder.
This is to ensure there is minimal to no unfair usage of the program.
Let us learn a bit more about this aspect of TruthFinder, given morality and other issues that crop up in such cases.
1) Businesses cannot use this to screen employees, present or future
Without this check in place, it would have the potential of being used as a tool.
TruthFinder makes sure their database is not used for background checks on future hires, neither to determine the prospects of present employees.
2) Domestic help screening is not officially allowed on TruthFinder
There are different people who serve us in various capacities, like nannies or house help.
According to the website, one cannot screen them using their services.
Honestly, that seems like a dichotomy to me, because someone who will be working in the house could surely do with a thorough check.
3) Screening tenants is another area where TruthFinder refuses to lend its services
Whether one wishes to retain or discontinue with a particular person, has to be based on information from sources other than TruthFinder.
4) Not for Professional Services Providers
Any kind of professional service provider, be it a nurse or a personal trainer, or any such, is not allowed to be screened by TruthFinder.
This is not a site to determine someone’s eligibility for scholarships or other such reasons, very rightly so.
Our online footprint – the web and its ways
In all the research and study that I did when I was looking into the details of TruthFinder, I was hit by a very pertinent realization.
The more we turn to the internet for information, the more we are leaving our online footprint.
Like I said earlier, everything we do is being noted and saved for use by someone at some point in time.
The system is built such that this is inevitable.
How much personal information we divulge on the internet is therefore up to us.
Some information is ordinary and is okay to part with.
When it comes to details, it is better that we are judicious in our choice.
Once we do share things, we are set to lose control over it and it will make its way into some data bank or another.
Once done, there really is no way to turn the clock back on it.
There is no scope for any surprise either, as to your personal information being open for public consumption.
All of this is not to scare people off the internet – that is not possible any longer in this day and age.
The Internet and the Web are an integral and inseparable part of our lives.
Being judicious with information is all I am talking about here.
TruthFinder and rating agency standings
To the credit of TruthFinder, there seem to be good reviews and ratings among business communities.
There is clear and succinct information on the website regarding where their search is valid and where it cannot be used.
BBB (Better Business Bureau) is an accredited body to resolve conflicts between customers and service providers.
According to their survey and results, TruthFinder scores well in this regard and has been given A+ rating.
What is Dark Web Scan?
The name, Dark Web, sounds ominous.
To be honest, I had no idea about it some time back and only came across it when I was researching the efficacy of TruthFinder on the Internet.
According to Investopedia, the dark web refers to that part of the Internet that does not show up on normal search engines.
It consists of highly encrypted content that is invisible if you are searching by conventional methods.
It is also known as the darknet and is part of the deep web.
Deep Web is about websites that do not show up on search engines.
Their contents are deeply encrypted and mainly deal with private files.
These are subscriber-based in content in order to restrict viewership, rather than anything illegal.
When TruthFinder shows results on search on a particular person, there may be times when the user is not happy with what showed up.
This happens in cases where the user has some lingering doubts about a person but the search does not suggest any such possibility.
It is then that a TruthFinder user may go in for the dark web scan to help unearth more.
It is to be noted that extra charges are needed to avail of this.
Besides this, one may trawl this space for more information on oneself.
Any misuse of their own credit cards by someone else, for example, can be found here.
If there has been any compromise or financial irregularity related to your card without knowledge, it is easier to get that information here.
TruthFinder – How much information it disburses
With all positives that TruthFinder brings to the plate, there still was some nagging doubt in my mind.
With all this personal information in its kitty, what does it do with the same?
Agreed the company has its own rather exhaustive list of dos and don’ts on the website.
However, what happens if someone’s records are required for law enforcement purposes?
What does TruthFinder do in that case?
The following is the company’s stated policy on the same that I am reproducing below:
Who should not use TruthFinder?
This is not a consumption item that one should or should not use.
It is totally up to your personal sense of propriety as well as the urgency that would dictate whether you wish to use TruthFinder.
It is a fact there is a feeling of bare-all with this product.
The only consolation is that none of this information is anything that is not already there in the public domain.
There are comparable services available in the market and one may always search for more competitive ones.
What I did not like about TruthFinder?
- It does not always provide correct leads.
- I certainly felt there is scope for infringement of privacy.
- It has access to too much detailed knowledge about everyone and the same applies to me too. I am not sure how comfortable I am with that aspect.
- There is a worry that so much information might potentially be used for unsavory purposes.
- Data protection is vital these days and I would like to see more concrete commitment of TruthFinder towards the protection of my private data.
- Personal information is available to anyone who is a registered user. This again, I felt, was a possible opening for privacy invasion.
- There is automatic renewal of registration charges and one has to be careful to stop that on time, failing which it can be a tedious process over the phone with customer care.
- The service does not come free in any form.
- The fact that my information stays available even if I opt out of TruthFinder is a worry.
- TruthFinder links horoscope and astrology via its background check, which is not what many are looking for.
Reviews are in general mixed for this service.
I have to admit that going through online reviews does not inspire a lot of confidence in a new user.
Here are some reviews I came across during my personal background check on the service itself.
I have to agree with some of the reviews in regards to the questionable response of customer service.
For a company that is in the service industry, this kind of continued complaint certainly does not do any good for their image.
I do have an account with them and as of now, I am pleased with the service and response.
What I liked about TruthFinder
- In addition to others, there is much-forgotten information about myself that I could retrieve, like it or not.
- This service is a wonderful way to track anyone.
- Background checks on anyone, from a prospective employee to a new relationship to a business acquaintance, there is now a tool to verify.
- One can find out anyone’s criminal records before entrusting them with information.
- With this service, it is easy to trace unknown calls that I might persistently receive on the phone and determine and verify the source.
- Doing business with someone new gets that much easier with trustworthy background checks using TruthFinder.
- There are different registration rates depending upon the kind and depth of information one is seeking.
- It is a legit business that is transacted by a registered company in the US, hence there is no scope of doubt in that regard.
- The service also comes in an app form that makes it much easier to access on phone.
- For an additional fee, users can get access to dark web data on the person they are looking for.
- Every information about any person is available in one place here at TruthFinder in a compact form and one need not look into different websites to get this information.
- Most importantly, one does not HAVE to be registered with the search engine in order to check out the services. It is possible to do a dry run by visiting the website. All that one needs to do is to type in the name of a person about whom they know a whole lot and check out the range of information that is displayed. Once happy with the results, they can go ahead and create a membership of their own and proceed from there.
I have mentioned this earlier and would repeat it now.
It is important to be careful about when your paid registration expires.
This is one aspect that many users have trouble dealing with in a satisfactory manner.
Renewal of registration happens almost surreptitiously and users find it very tedious to get that canceled over the phone.
It is better to decide well in advance whether a renewal is needed and act accordingly.
Go to the website of TruthFinder and check out all possible packages on offer.
Like I have said earlier as well, each person has their own requirements in terms of the level of truth they want.
The depth of search depends on the parameters involved.
Obviously, the accuracy of the search will be reflected in this.
One needs to go through all the plans on the website before making an informed choice.
For those wishing to operate through their phones, there is an app version of the program.
This may be downloaded and then one might use it as needed.
I would advise checking out the refund policy thoroughly before committing to this program.
My final verdict about TruthFinder is that it is helpful.
It has helped me find some of my long-estranged friends and even get back in touch with a few of my relatives.
Additionally, it has aided me to authenticate different people under various circumstances many a time.
Having said that, I have had fears of security breaches all along when it comes to someone digging for my own information.
If you are truly eager to seek out more information about a particular person or persons and have no means to find him or her, it would be a good idea to seek the help of TruthFinder.
I know this is a mixed sort of response and that is how I feel about the program now.
Frequently Asked Questions about TruthFinder (FAQs)
Is TruthFinder free?
This program is not free for use.
Depending upon the kind of information and depth that one is looking for, there are different payment options available.
It would be prudent to check on the website for the pack that would suit one the most.
How is the result accuracy using TruthFinder?
Search results are based upon public records. If these are not updated or have been altered, results will vary accordingly. There might be a deviation from reality based on these factors.
How is the customer service response on TruthFinder?
There are multiple complaints online regarding the response and effectiveness, or lack thereof, of customer service. This is certainly a grey area for the company.
Is it legal?
There are no worries on that front since TruthFinder is a registered company in the USA, which provides in-depth background checking services for its users.
This is based on its database of information that it collects from different public sources worldwide.
Is there concern about self-privacy and information leaks?
Just as we are locating others based on information that is public, similarly there are others who might be seeking us out.
These searches are made based on data collected from public records and social media profiles and are basically open for all.
Are search results reliable on TruthFinder?
Based upon publicly available data, this program produces results for the user.
In spite of the multiple search criteria, it is possible that one might not get the result they have been looking for. On the whole, though, users have been happy.
Does Truthfinder notify the person?
No. Truthfinder does NOT tell the person you looked them up.