Top 5 Background Check Companies And Services

There are a lot of background check companies and services on the Web. So how do you filter the best from the rest? I’ve used several criteria as whether the business is accredited by the BBB (Better Business Bureau) and its “grade” (A+ being the highest), the popularity of the company’s website and the year founded. Based on that criteria, here are the top 5 background check companies:

1. Inteligator

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BBB Accredited: Yes, Grade: A+

Founded: 2003

Review: This is one of the rare companies which has the highest BBB grade. They offer several options like getting an ordinary report (current name, phone, address) and a background check report (everything from the ordinary report, plus history of addresses, all kinds of records and so on).

 

2. US Search

ussearch background check company

BBB Accredited: Yes, Grade: A+

Founded: 1994

Review: US Search is maybe the oldest background check service online. They are considered to be a reputable company and received positive reviews from companies like the Wall Street Journal and some other mainstream media outlets. They take the third place in terms of popularity, but #1 for reputability.

3. Intelius (most popular)

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BBB Accredited: No, Grade: B

Founded: 2003

Review: Intelius is the lowest-rated company among these 5 by the BBB. They are, however, the most popular one; they attract more visitors than the rest 4 companies combined. After taking a careful look at the complains Intelius received on its service, I saw that most of them are not because of the quality of the service itself, but the recurring charge by their partner (more on that later).

4. Info Cubic

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BBB Accredited: Yes, Grade: A+

Founded: 2002

Review: Info Cubic also seems to be a good background search provider. Their BBB rating is high and they were founded 8 years ago.

5. Identity PI

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BBB Accredited: Yes, Grade: A-

Founded: 2007

Review: It’s not an easy thing to find a background check provider with a good Better Business Bureau rating. I’ve included Identity PI because they seem to be a really nice service that allows you to search by multiple criteria (name, phone, address and so on).

Details:

This section is for those who are interested to learn more on the criteria I’ve used to evaluate the businesses above.

I’ve mentioned above that most of the complaints Intelius received is not because of the quality of the service itself, but because of the recurring charges:

Intelius Free Trial Identity Protect

You see that “With FREE Identity Protect Trial” text? If you sign up for the $10 offer, you’ll sign up for a monthly recurring service that will renew automatically. Some people forget to cancel the service before the end of the month, so when they are billed automatically, people often complain, say that the company is a scam and so on. So be careful if you take those “10-30% off” offers and don’t forget to cancel before the end of the month.

More on BBB

According to Wikipedia, “Better Business Bureaus gather and report information on business reliability, alert the public to frauds against consumers and businesses, provide information on ethical business practices, and act as mutually trusted intermediaries between consumers and businesses to resolve disputes.”

Here are the BBB ratings of US Search, People Finders, Intelius, Info Cubic and Identity PI.

As for popularity, I’ve used:

– Alexa.com – which gives you an idea of how popular a website is in the entire world.

– Compete.com – which gives you an idea of how popular a website is in the US.

The higher the number is, the better. I’ve decided not to include the current rankings for the 5 companies above because they constantly change. You can get an idea of how popular a company’s website  is, however, by reading my reviews on them above.

As for the date founded, I think it’s a good metric because it distinguishes good/reputable from newbie/risky businesses.