Websites such as PeopleFinders, US Search, Intelius, and Spokeo allow users to do information searches about people online. Other sites that provide this service include Instant Checkmate, PeopleSmart, FindOutTheTruth.com, USA People Search, Veromi and People Search Now.
The top-rated sites for this service, according to Top Ten Reviews are US Search, Intelius and Spokeo, as of 2015. Some of the common features of these sites include are previews before paying, personal information, date of birth, known relatives or associates, and aliases. These sites allow searches to be performed by name, address, phone number or maiden name. Some sites allow for additional search criteria, such as age, date of birth, email address and social security number.
Many of these sites also allow for background checks that pull more detailed personal information, such as criminal records. However, information found through these searches cannot be guaranteed to provide accurate information due to outside circumstances. The Fair Credit Reporting Act also prevents this information from being used as criteria for credit, insurance or other business transactions. Additionally, individuals can choose to opt out of these databases to protect their privacy.
Fees for these online services vary considerably. Some services charge for individual inquiries, while others require a subscription.