Would you buy a used car from a Washington D.C. politician today? Many background check companies are also pretty smooth operators….and may even leave you on the hook for charges which you never intended.
WHAT WE”RE REALLY SAYING: When it comes down to brass tacks, you can trust very few recommendation’s about this sort of thing. Here’s the other thing: Consumer services can be a colossal waste of time, but many folks do them anyway out of curiosity…and there is a lot of curiosity out there. The long and short is that while there are definitely a couple of companies that offer better results than the others, the glorious concept of digging up all the skeletons in one digital swoop is none-existent.
To help you out, we have put together a couple of tips you can use if you want to evaluate a company.
- Do we know about the company? If we don’t about them then you shouldn’t use them. However, if there is a service not listed on this website, send the url and we’ll check it out for you.
- Does the company have external feedback? This shows people are using it do checks. The BBB and Ripoff Report will usually have reviews, but they’re only negative so take with a giant grain of salt.
- Do they have a satisfaction guarantee? Don’t be fooled by grand promises. Read the refund policy very carefully as this can be a very contentious subject.
- Is your contact information kept private and secure? It’s all about protecting your identity. Look for the VeriSign, Thawte or Mcafee logo on a website for assurance of digital security.
- How long has the company been in business? Some have been in the business over a decade, so they know how it’s done. This is generally true except for Net Detective.
- What do you actually receive for your money? READ THE TERMS ON THE PRODUCT PAGE BEFORE FINAL SELECTION. E.g. make sure you aren’t signing up for a subscription service.
- What data collections methods do they use? In reality there isn’t much of a difference between top services. However, rest assured they are light years ahead of everyone else.
- Do they have reachable customer service? If they have taken the trouble to hire someone in order to keep you happy that obviously shows at least some commitment.
- Do they have About us, FAQ and Privacy pages? We have found any service worth considering has pages dedicated to informing the customer about the company, community involvement, etc.
These techniques determine, along with user tests, if a service is to be included in our directory.
Tell us how happy you are, or if you’re fuming mad or frustrated about your background check experiences.
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