Over the last couple of years, you’ve probably heard of the word PeopleFinders at least once. Although the company’s been around since 1999, they’ve really taken off in the last couple of years. So, you might be wondering, what does PeopleFinders do exactly? Well, we’re very glad you asked. So fasten up, because this is going to be an interesting one.
PeopleFinders is, as its name suggests, a website dedicated to providing you valuable information about people. They offer a number of services which we’ll get to in a bit, but before we do all of that we have to take a look into how the website works. And before you ask, yes, it’s completely legal, and you’re about to see why. If it was illegal the site wouldn’t be able to survive, let alone you being able to use it.
In essence, PeopleFinders browses through various online public records and gives you the results for the given search item. Think of it as a giant brain which can scan the web incredibly quickly and compute billions of information in a matter of seconds. The site itself doesn’t hold any personal data, so there are no laws to break or violate. All of the results it is able to display come from public records and/or data published by users themselves on various social media websites such as Facebook, Instagram, etc.
In essence, you could do the same searches via PeopleFinders instead of doing it yourself. It would probably take you years if not decades to come up with the same result. Yes, you read that right, decades. The advantage of PeopleFinders is that it can scan multiple databases simultaneously and fetch that same data in the blink of an eye. A human would take infinitely more time, and still not get the same result in the end.
So, what exactly are public records you might ask? Well, pretty much any legal document can be listed under public records. This includes but is not limited to date of birth, date of death, address, phone number, marriage records, divorce records, criminal records, etc. In a lot of cases, it depends on the state. Some states decide to publish bankruptcy records for instance, while some do not. This is why you might see different results for different people. The state they’re in may have chosen to keep some records hidden and private.
Using these tools, PeopleFinders is able to offer various services such as a background check, reverse phone lookup, and an address lookup. So if you wanted to get in touch with a long-lost friend, reconnect with a distant family member or just find out a colleague’s work number, you now know how to do it, and where to look.