In the world of background check services it’s quite common to see two competing companies share similar features. However, Instant Checkmate and TruthFinder go beyond borrowing ideas from one another: the menu system, the pricing strategy, and the way the search engine is designed is almost the same, but the keen eye will spot some reused assets here and there. There is no secret conspiracy behind the story though, since they are both founded by the same people – Kristian Kibak and Joey Rocco. That’s why it’s especially important to compare the two services and highlight what few differences they might have.
|Marriages & Divorces|
|Social Media Profiles|
|Phone Number Lookup|
|Age, Birth Date|
|Complete Background Check Report||$19.99|
|Statewide Criminal Reports||n/a|
|Nationwide Criminal Reports||n/a|
|Free Trial||5 days||5 days|
|Headquarters||San Diego, California||San Diego, CA|
Instant Checkmate was founded in 2010, specializing in public record searches and creating comprehensive reports to go with them. The website is very streamlined, focusing all of its attention on the search field. For prospective members the only option here is to search someone by name or do a reverse phone lookup, the rest – including email and address searches – are only available to those who sign up. The reports provide a detailed breakdown on the subject’s basic credentials, location history, any sex offense crimes and criminal history, social media presence and so on. It’s worth knowing that the site puts liens, bankruptcies and licenses into a premium category where it’s necessary to pay extra to read them.
Instant Checkmate works with rather hefty fees, charging $34.78 per month for a standard membership that only unlocks half of the content. In order to get your hands on the premium-ranked data an additional $19.95 will need to be forked over per report. Luckily there is at least an alternative option in the form of a trial period; by paying $1 you’ll receive unlimited access to standard reports for five days, but once the time is up the system charges you for the first month.
TruthFinder has been in the business since 2003, making it the older of the two. The knowledge it has accumulated over the years clearly shows, however, as the service is generally well-presented and polished. Navigating through the website won’t cause a headache even for newcomers, but TruthFinder still provides detailed explanations – complete with tutorial videos and screenshots – on how the background reports work and what kind of information is available within them.
Just like Instant Checkmate, the service covers personal information, associates, social media presence, arrest records and bankruptcies, organizing them all into a neat report. But unlike its counterpart, TruthFinder offers the unique option of launching a deep web scan to see if information about yourself appears hidden away on forums. Budget-friendliness is another argument for the service, too, since not only is there the same $1 trial but the monthly fees are less harsh on the wallet, charging only $27.78 per month. And the cherry on the cake is that TruthFinder don’t paywall any data for an extra cost, since the standard membership unlocks all features.
It’s as clear as day that between the two TruthFinder is the better choice. Everything Instant Checkmate has to offer is available with TruthFinder but it also adds deep web scanning into the mix. The attractiveness of the latter is further underlined by a more informative website and a pricing model that charges less for the monthly membership and doesn’t charge extra for financial information or details of bankruptcies. The sole reason to pick Instant Checkmate is to make use of the five-day trial for $1 but even then you’ll only have access to the standard results.