Nowadays what’s on the internet doesn’t seem to amaze me. There are a lot of things out there that creep into your private life. I recently came across a web site that claims to provide detailed information on anyone. The site is www.truthfinder.com. Now this site claims to be able to provide the goods on someone. Now being True_George this got me curious, so I decided to put in my name to see how accurate they are, and if the information they claim to be able to get is legit. After a couple of minutes the site produced the names of two of my brothers and mother. It even revealed the name of my ex-wife from my brief secretive marriage. Opps, I guess it isn’t so secret anymore. Then the site search pauses and a warning message is produced.
This Report May Contain Graphic Content
Caution: When you access that report, the results may be surprising. We have
Millions of records that may shed the light on the truth about your subject
Please confirm once again that you’re ready to learn personal details regarding
Then if you want the search to continue you click on the words “I understand.” More waiting until while the search is compiling the information, then finally the search is complete. Then the following messages appear.
I WILL NOT use this information to stalk anyone. If I see someone I know,
I WILL NOT publicize their information or spread gossip.
I WILL NOT harass people whose criminal records appear on this site.
If I learn someone close to me is a dangerous criminal,
I WILL NOT confront them.
I understand this website includes arrest records and it does not necessarily mean the person was convicted.
You actually have to electronically sign that you would not do any of those things. But we all know in the real world some people would do everything they signed their name and pledge that they won’t do. Then before you get access to the report; the site prompts you to put in your payment information. I should have known. Did I think that they were going to allow access to the complied information and give it away for free? Well, my curiosity was nagging me to go ahead and put in my payment info, which I did. Then bang, the information was revealed. All I saw was my basic demographics, and my address along with my E-mail addresses, social media links. They even reveal the names and address of registered sex offenders that live near me. Then a massage appears and states if I want to see arrest records, court judgements, bankruptcies, home and car ownership. I have to pay an additional $15.99 and if I want a more detailed report and get information such as ownership of home, car or boat; tax liens; professional licenses; weapons permits; voter registration and even who are my neighbors; I would have to get the premium services for an additional cost.
In a sense if one does not have any motive to research a person’s background with the exception of checking out the people they are dating. So much for trust, you might as well drop them. Perhaps checking out the neighbor or the maid it is a good tool. But you have those who have an agenda perhaps looking for a victim to scam and suck away their hard earned fruits of their labor; it is a criminal’s treasure trove. But on the flip side law enforcement don’t have to do much to find information on you and your assets either. It makes it hard to create a false identity, but easy to steal other people’s identity.
Hey, be careful out there big brother, little brother, significant others, the boss, Lawyers, scam artists and Police are watching….