For all the many different reasons there are for employing a background check service, there are equally as many unique solutions to help you. That’s what makes picking just one so difficult and here we have two very distinct background check services aimed at different needs. Spokeo’s service is like an in-depth phone book, although naturally it goes into much more detail than that. Meanwhile, rival service TruthFinder is a more comprehensive solution aimed at answering as many needs as possible. Both are highly polished solutions, so which one should you put your trust in?
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Originally founded as a social media aggregator in 2006, Spokeo has since expanded into a complete background check service now boasting over 20 million users and billions of records. Perhaps the most striking thing about Spokeo is its user-friendly design and ease of use – a commonly forgotten aspect with background check services. Spokeo offers you a wide range of search parameters to help you reconnect with lost friends or family including email addresses and usernames. The service scans more than 50 online and offline sources and you’re then given a report that almost resembles a detailed CV of that person – including a photo if there’s one available. Spokeo also offers a handy mobile app that will scan its database of phone numbers to help prevent mysterious unknown callers.
Spokeo boasts excellent customer service with U.S.-based support available every day of the week during regular business hours. Support can be contacted over the phone, via live chat, or even through one of the company’s many social media channels. Spokeo’s pricing depends on what you want from the software with prices starting at $7.95 per month for basic users to $119.95 for those who need hundreds of reports every month.
Up against Spokeo is a relatively new entry to the background check services market. TruthFinder was launched in 2015 by the developers of Instant Checkmate but TruthFinder is the more polished of the two products. Although your report won’t be as aesthetically pleasing as Spokeo’s, you’ll get more comprehensive results. All the information you’d expect to find is there, including phone numbers, aliases, arrest records, and job information. There’s also a neat location history that gives you a map of any previous addresses. A cool feature of TruthFinder is that you can use it to check if your data is on the dark web – a sure sign of identity theft. The service is also available over the TruthFinder app, and (like Spokeo) it will alert you of any suspicious phone numbers.
TruthFinder has a great reputation for its customer service. Support is available all week during business hours either over the phone or by email. Unfortunately, TruthFinder isn’t as cheap as Spokeo, but there are discounts for longer subscriptions with prices starting as low as $23.02 per month for an unlimited number of reports.
Users have a tricky choice to make between Spokeo and TruthFinder. Both services have user-friendly interfaces and fantastic customer support but there are key differences between them. Spokeo is the most flexible of the two, with a pricing structure that covers users who want a single report to those that want hundreds. While TruthFinder has the more in-depth reports of the two, they come at a cost. However, while TruthFinder’s base prices start higher there are discounts for longer subscriptions – ideal for more dedicated background check service users. No matter your choice, you’ll end up with one of the most impressive background check services on the market.