When you're looking to hire someone or even to date someone new, it's not uncommon to look into their background as much as possible. It's not that we are paranoid or untrusting, but as the old saying goes, you should always "Trust but verify!" But where do you start? What information is most important to you? These are some of the questions that need to be considered before starting a background check and before hiring someone to do a background check for you.
Getting Started with Background Checks
Flatirons Private Investigators are experts at finding out people's deep and sometimes dark secrets. Starting with Facebook, there is a lot that can be learned about an individual's past, beliefs, convictions, friends, associates, and personality. By digging up dirt on Facebook, you can quickly get a good idea of exactly who you are actually dealing with. Also, the County Clerk's website can be a very helpful source of information. Of course, these aren't very "secret," but still! For someone who is looking to find a little background information about someone else on their own, Facebook and the County Clerk's website are great places to start.
The Importance of Professional Background Checks
Background checks can help to keep you safe. Whether it's online or in-person, you meet new people every day, and who they say they are may not be who they really are! People hide judgments, convictions, and all sorts of negative information about themselves. For example, what they call "a little misunderstanding a few years ago" might be a serious felony.
What Information Will I Uncover with a Background Check?
Background checks from Flatirons Private Investigators will list things like criminal records, licenses, property addresses, phone numbers, sexual offender registry, lawsuits, and more. Be wary of the Internet paid background checks because you'll get, say, a telephone number for $1.99, and then it's a constant upgrade, upgrade, upgrade if you want more information. Before you know it, you may have spent hundreds of dollars on a background check.
Don't Step in the Trap
There are a plethora of websites online that will gladly conduct a background check for you for dirt cheap. Consider these companies as red flags!
Just remember, you get what you pay for! The more common the name and the more complex the information that you are looking for, you're likely better off hiring a professional! The common misconception is that private investigations are too expensive to afford, but you can get our background checks much cheaper than you would online, and ours are more accurate!
Is There Anything We Can't Obtain with a Background Check?
Unfortunately, yes. We will not be able to obtain a person's credit score, credit history, social security number, or tax returns. By law, these must be obtained with the person's permission, but you might be surprised that there are often ways to find this information on your own.
Contact Flatirons Private Investigators today for low-cost Denver background investigations.