This company offers its services to businesses and consumers with legitimate uses for their data.
This company offers some searches for consumers.
Docusearch is a reliable information broker that has been recognized by Forbes Magazine. It does searches for the general public, as well as investigators, but it does reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason. Recommended.
KnowX provides many free searches, and for other searches there is a nominal fee. Some free searches require registration. Recommended.
There are a wealth of available reports and information here. Services include legal employee background checks, where the employee must sign a consent form to numerous legal services. Check it out.
One thing to note about this particular service is that it uses Verisign - many info. broker sites have no security measures in place, yet they take your personal and credit card information in online forms.
This site is certainly eye candy and is worth a look, even if you don't order any searches!
There are some inexpensive searches offered here, but some of the searches offered can be obtained free elsewhere.
Discreet Research, Inc.
There are lots of searches available to the general public here, perfect for people-locating or background checks.
Here is an online locator service, open to the public.
Sources For Pros Only
Accurint helps collection agencies, companies with internal collections departments, lawyers, insurance professionals, law enforcement agencies, and corporations locate debtors, witnesses, suspects, and other persons, as needed.
Kroll Risk Consulting
This company does employee screening that complies with county, state and federal laws. It can help you to identify potential problem employees and verify integrity, business practices and track records.
Commercial Business Intelligence
Services of this company include asset searches, due dilligence, competitive intelligence, business research, skip tracking, bank complicance, offshore bank searches, pre-employment screening, intrusion detection, and security surveys.
Commercial ChoicePoint Online
This service provides information for insurance, government, banking, law enforcement, healthcare, the legal industry, or other similar fields.
This company provides services to businesses such as lawyers, insurance industries, journalists, collections, banks, credit unions, law enforcement and investigators.
Here is a source for information, but please note that they list a lot of searches for information that is available for free elsewhere on the Net.
Here's another resource for professionals.
DCS Information Systems
DCS Information Systems provides online investigative solutions for business and government, from financial institutions to law enforcement or investigators. It's Amerifind systems includes PrimeData (serving banking, finance and collection), QuikFind (serving general investigations, security, and fraud prevention and detection), FraudTracer (serving insurance fraud investigations and claims), and CaseMaker (serving government and law enforcement).
They offer services to professionals to provide asset checks, background checks, criminal records, people locates, and such.
This service is apparently used by many PIs and apparently offers good rates.
They perform searches for auto repossessors, collection agencies, law enforcement, government, universities, retail collectors, collection attorneys, district attorneys, insurance companies, financial institutions, medical collectors, professional investigators, skiptracers and leasing companies. Note that in some areas, anyone can set up shop as an auto repossessor. You have to pay 100 bucks to set up an account as of the time of this writing, though.
Here is another service that offers various searches for the professional.
This company offers various screening services to business, and they also have a whole host of software for various monitoring, spying and other functions.
While the site design is a bit awkward, this is a source for private investigators, law enforcement, attorneys, the insurance industry, investigators and businesses.
This company caters to businesses. Some of the fees seem rather steep. For example, at the time of this writing, the cost for a birth certificate search was 60 bucks!
A big concern about using any of these information brokers is that the information that you provide to them via their websites (i.e. credit card numbers, social security numbers, etc.) is transmitted securely. Some may not be using a secure server. Before using a service, please check it out to make sure that your information will be secure. Needless to say, use of any of these information brokers is at your own peril.
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