Running a Background Check on an Online Buyer

Question: I have an online buyer that wants to meet in person – can people finder websites give me a background check on them before we meet, even if I don’t have a lot of information about them?

background check on online buyerAnswer: The internet makes it very easy to advertise and get connected with people who are interested in what you’re selling. Unfortunately, we’ve all heard the horror stories about how these Craigslist and other classifieds deals can sometimes go bad with in person meet-ups.

People finder websites are perfect for getting a complete public records profile on a person you’re selling to; it’s a perfectly legitimate use for the service and all you need is a name, City and State to get started.  You can even start a free people search below with our background check option below this article.

People finder websites comb through and sort through billions of points of data to be able to create profiles on just about anyone in the US. Perhaps even more impressively, people finder websites are able to connect the dots in such a way that even if you only have limited information – like the person’s full name and a state – they can still locate them and offer you a complete report on everything from criminal records, to possible associates, to their current address.

Even if you’re not sure you have the person’s real name, people finder websites offer the ability to run phone number searches so you can get their full name and get a complete report from there. If people finder websites are saying that the person that wants to buy from you has a lengthy rap sheet, you might decide you’re better off waiting for the next prospective buyer.

background check on online buyerMore than that, most people finder websites allow you to expand your searches to include social media profiles to give you an even more complete picture of what the person is like in their own words, through pictures, etc.  Coupled with the public records information, you should have a pretty good idea of who you’re dealing with.

You can also think of it as a sort of insurance policy if something should go wrong; you’ll have a complete report in hand to either track the person down (or, in the worst case scenario, give to the police).

Bottom line: 5 minutes on one of the people finder websites and $20 may very well be worth you money before you go out to meet a stranger to sell your goods.

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