I am very serious about this. And my argument for this bold title is below.
Be wary when planning to order a background report on an individual. When I say ‘scam’ I mean either:
1) Sites that don’t deliver on the promise at all
2) Sites that deliver low quality results.
You want the best quality for the money. Period. Doing a research in order to reach this goal is a must.
Fortunately, if you’re reading this article, I’ve done over 2 years research on this. So I can help you out (I guess.)
So you know how to quickly check a site and see whether it’s legal or not? Let’s go quickly through those filters. Go to search.bbb.org, enter company name there. See whether they are accredited business and have ratings.
In my experience, the Better Business Bureau is AMAZINGLY good at telling you whether a company is of high quality or not (I am talking about the background check services here, I don’t know whether this is true for other industries.)
So companies like US Search have A rating there while Intelius doesn’t have rating at all.
Do not over generalize, though. If a company has no BBB rating it means that you need to do further research (use Google&Yahoo&Bing) and see what seems to be the problem.
The above is one way to see whether a service a scam or not. And believe me, you’ll see that most ARE very BIG scams.
I really tend to also preach one guidance to see whether a people search site is a scam or not. That is, check if they offer SOMETHING DECENT FOR FREE. Free preview, for example. If a site tells you ‘all the goods are inside, just pay and you’ll get access’ then this is a bad sign. If a site gives you free preview of some person’s information that’s a sign of a good site.
And in this case, also, you’ll find that most sites are scams.