SCAM ALERT! 
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.

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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 webscams.org.

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Website Reviews: People Searches
Docusearch Investigations

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: Yes
Phone Number Provided: Yes
Subscription Required?: No
Source of Information: Major Credit Bureaus & Utility Records
Locates are hand searched by real licensed investigators. No outdated databases or guesswork.
People Lookup.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
No customer support phone number.
People Finders

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: Yes
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
A subscription software affiliate.
People Searching.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Link site
This devious site displays links to all the subscription they are affiliates of.
People Smart.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Another subscription based database search co.
Been Verified.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: Yes
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Well publicized subscription software, still a scam.
Net Detective

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
The original subscription software scam is still available.
Spokeo

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: White pages
Provides white page listings which you could do yourself.
People Searches, Inc

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: Yes
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Their guarantee policy: "We cant guarantee results for every PeopleSearchesInc Search".
Inteligator

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Another software subscription containing old information.
Intelius

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
One of the largest subscription software companies.
Info Registry

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
database subscription software.
US Search

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: Yes
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Another large subscription software selling affiliates.
People Search 123

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Don't be fooled by their sophisticated site. Still a subscription database.
My Life

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: No
Source of Information: Directory
A subscription directory that allows others who register to be found.
USA People Search

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Explains that that only use publicly available information, like phone books.
Direct Screening

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: No
Source of Information: Outdated database
At least you are not required to purchase a subscription. Still old data.
Zaba Search

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: No
Source of Information: Search engine
Like Google, Zaba is a search engine. However, they are also an Intelius affiliate which requires additional fee.
Addresses.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: No
Source of Information: White pages
A white page directory that sells ads for other pay sites.
Skipease

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: No
Source of Information: White pages
Another white page directory that sells ads for other pay sites.
Private Eye.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Misleads consumer by their web site name, but not a private investigator.
Consumer Warning.org

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Probably worst of all. Cleverly disguised as a public service warning, just a front for Net Detective.
USA People Search

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: Yes
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
A subscription software affiliate.
IdentityPI.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Company name suggests a private investigative firm. It's not.
EasyClick People Search

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
A front for Inteligator subscription software.
Find People Search.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Another subscription software affiliate.
PeopleSearchNow.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
A Net Detective-like subscription.
Abika

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: No
Source of Information: Search engine
Provides links to US Search.
Lookup Anyone.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
More subscription software.
411 Locate.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Another rip-off that trys to sell you identity theft protection with your subscription.
Detective Magic

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Unbelievably garbage database.
Instant Checkmate.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: Yes
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Slick website requiring a subscription.
Next Advisor

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: No
Source of Information: Link farm
An affiliate link farm masquerading as consumer advisory.
People Records.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
A subscription software site reselling old information.
Search By SSN.org

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
More subscription software.
USA Trace.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: Yes
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Subscription software.

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