People Searches

Need to locate someone? Beware of common scams!

The information presented on this web site is provided by Docusearch Investigations, a fully licensed and insured private investigation firm. It is intended to educate consumers on how to quickly identify scam web sites offering people searches. Even if you choose another firm, please take 3 minutes to review this information. When searching online for companies who perform people searches, always follow these three common sense rules. Doing so may save you hundreds of dollars and hours of valuable time:

Common Sense Rule #1:

Stay clear from any website that doesn’t publish their contact telephone number.
Most of these scam sites appear overnight and aren’t even real businesses, rather affiliate fronts for subscription software. Look for their phone number. If you don’t have the ability to speak with a live person, it is most certainly a sham.

Common Sense Rule #2:

Know the information source.
No doubt you’ve already discovered that there are many so-called firms advertising online people searches. The vast majority of them are affiliates for subscription software, such as Net Detective or Internet Detective. You can recognize these sites by their signature trademark catch-phrase instant results. Stay away from these sites as they are just selling you old “white pages” historical addresses and links to other investigative web sites that you could have find on your own. Any web site claiming instant results is probably a scam.

Common Sense Rule #3:

Only buy from a reputable state licensed, insured investigative firm.
Just as you wouldn’t hire an unlicensed, uninsured contractor, providers of information are no different. State licensed investigators answer to governmental agencies and are bonded and/or insured. They are much less likely to perpetrate a scam. They also have access to information sources that others don’t.

Following these three simple rules should keep you safe. For additional information regarding the providers of people searches and the scams they employ, please review the Related Articles section on the right side of this page.


Below, please find an honest review of some of the most popular web sites offering online people searches. We even provide a link to their site, so you can judge for yourself.  Would you like us to review a people search website not included below? Contact

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